50 YEARS OF SPORTS IN AMERICA
This is an article from the Sept. 27, 2004 issue
Why We Play
To earn glory and money, but most of all to feel truly alive
How things changed, from sneakers to sports couples
As They Were
Before they became icons, they were beguiling prodigies
A quick trip through great writing from 50 years of SI
Many crucial events occurred far from any field or arena
When Cassius Clay battered Sonny Liston, sports changed
A fresh look, via Michelangelo, at the evolution of sports
We've collected signs of doom for 11 years; the end is still nigh
Some favorite characters--for humor, style (and a mink coat)
They Said It
Think of the folks quoted here as Yogi Berra's children
Here's what sports fans think about the past 50 years
We'll not soon forget, or ever understand, these colossal blunders
Why not apply instant replay to the Swimsuit Issue?
12 Leading Off
24 Catching Up With...
33 Air and Space
Tom Coughlin, unholy spawn of Draco and Emily Post
by Steve Rushin
• Ageless Titan kicks on own terms
• A few handoffs for Tony Dorsett
• Recalling ladies' baseball pioneer
53 Faces in the Crowd
202 The Life of Reilly
Our 50-year subscribers remember ... practically nothing
by Rick Reilly
71 The NFL
• Colts' Big Three prevail again
• Cubs see Sosa stepping up
80 College Football
• Tigers (Auburn) beat Tigers (LSU)
• Hopkins drops De La Hoya
• A bloody dismal Ryder Cup for U.S.
ILLUSTRATION BY JEFF WONG
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