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Oct. 04, 2004
Oct. 04, 2004

Table of Contents
Oct. 4, 2004

SCORECARD
CATCHING UP WITH
LETTERS
SI Players
Baseball
Basball
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
  • By H.G. BISSINGER

    A new movie based on his controversial 1990 best seller about high school football in West Texas took the author on a long-dreaded journey to revisit his main characters

PRO FOOTBALL
College Football
Inside College Football
Inside Tennis
Inside The NFL
Inside Baseball
LIFE OF REILLY
Departments

TheLineup

BASEBALL

This is an article from the Oct. 4, 2004 issue Original Layout

44 The Pride of St. Louis

The Cardinals have baseball's strongest lineup, but are they armed enough for October?

by Daniel G. Habib

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

50 Back to Odessa

A movie based on Friday Night Lights took the author on a long-dreaded journey to the West Texas oil patch

by H.G. Bissinger

PRO FOOTBALL

56 Turned Around by a Tackle

Led by lineman Marcus Stroud, the surprising Jaguars stayed unbeaten

by Josh Elliott

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

62 The Big Ten's Big Shift

Purdue is leading a realignment of the conference's pecking order

by Austin Murphy

BOOK EXCERPT

66 The Czar Is Born

In 1963 Pete Rozelle, despite personal turmoil, positioned the NFL to conquer the sports world

by Michael MacCambridge

Departments

4 Leading Off

10 Catching Up With ...

14 Letters

19 Air and Space

The NHL is locked out. Do any of you hosers care? by Steve Rushin

20 Scorecard

• Ichiro raises the singles bar

• Montreal bids Expos adieu

• U.S. faces tough Davis Cup final

31 Faces in the Crowd

33 Players

88 The Life of Reilly

Stats, schmats. I'd slap asterisks on half of them

by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

76 College Football

• Quarterback leads Louisville to 3-0

• Boise State rolls up points, victories

78 Tennis

• Roger Federer, SI's player of the year

80 The NFL

• Dennis Green's struggles in Arizona

84 Baseball

• Dodgers starters hanging in there

Cover

COVER PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVID E. KLUTHO

INSET PHOTOS: Donald Uhrbrock/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images (Rozelle); Louis DeLuca (Ichiro); © Robert Clark

COVER FLAP: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

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