The Lineup

September 26, 2004

50 YEARS OF SPORTS IN AMERICA

92

Why We Play

To earn glory and money, but most of all to feel truly alive

100

Timelines

How things changed, from sneakers to sports couples

102

As They Were

Before they became icons, they were beguiling prodigies

112

The Prose

A quick trip through great writing from 50 years of SI

114

Tipping Points

Many crucial events occurred far from any field or arena

130

The Shock

When Cassius Clay battered Sonny Liston, sports changed

138

Genesis

A fresh look, via Michelangelo, at the evolution of sports

146

Apocalyptica

We've collected signs of doom for 11 years; the end is still nigh

150

Great Sports

Some favorite characters--for humor, style (and a mink coat)

164

They Said It

Think of the folks quoted here as Yogi Berra's children

167

The Poll

Here's what sports fans think about the past 50 years

173

Dumb Moves

We'll not soon forget, or ever understand, these colossal blunders

176

The Beauties

Why not apply instant replay to the Swimsuit Issue?

Departments

12 Leading Off

22 Contributors

24 Catching Up With...

28 Letters

33 Air and Space

Tom Coughlin, unholy spawn of Draco and Emily Post

by Steve Rushin

38 Scorecard

• Ageless Titan kicks on own terms

• A few handoffs for Tony Dorsett

• Recalling ladies' baseball pioneer

53 Faces in the Crowd

57 Players

202 The Life of Reilly

Our 50-year subscribers remember ... practically nothing

by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

71 The NFL

• Colts' Big Three prevail again

77 Baseball

• Cubs see Sosa stepping up

80 College Football

• Tigers (Auburn) beat Tigers (LSU)

83 Boxing

• Hopkins drops De La Hoya

86 Golf

• A bloody dismal Ryder Cup for U.S.

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