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TheLineup

Nov. 08, 2004
Nov. 08, 2004

Table of Contents
Nov. 8, 2004

LETTERS
SI Players
SI PLAYERS
Baseball/Boston Red Sox
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
PRO FOOTBALL
PRO BASKETBALL
Inside
Inside The NFL
Inside College Football
Inside Horse Racing
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This is an article from the Nov. 8, 2004 issue

4 Leading Off

12 Letters

14 Catching Up With ...

17 Air and Space

Why don't we just tattoo corporate logos on all athletes' foreheads? by Steve Rushin

20 Scorecard

• Should Spurrier want back in?

• Favre's new family setback

• Remembering Bobby Avila

• Woody Harrelson on the grill

32 Faces in the Crowd

35 Players

88 The Life of Reilly

Yellow bracelets 1, anal-retentive rules freaks 0 by Rick Reilly

Inside...

78 The NFL

• Those up-and-down Seahawks

82 College Football

• Miami trips over Tar Heels

84 Horse Racing

• Ghostzapper romps in Classic

BASEBALL

44 Now, the Hard Part

The world champion Red Sox face difficult roster decisions--and the challenge to repeat

by Tom Verducci

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

50 They're for Real

After failing to deliver last year, Auburn's Tigers are clawing at the door of the BCS title game

by Austin Murphy

PRO FOOTBALL

54 Ben There, Done That

Rookie QB Ben Roethlisberger has led the surprising Steelers to the top of the AFC

by Michael Silver

PRO BASKETBALL

58 A Hero in Hiding

The Spurs' Manu Ginobili is an inspiration to Argentina but an object of dangerous scrutiny

by Chris Ballard

64 Funk Brothers

What up, Dog? The ratings of Atlanta's 790 the Zone, after it unleashed Ryan (left) and Doug Stewart in the once- lily-white arena of sports-talk radio

by John Helyar

Cover

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WALTER IOOSS JR.

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COVER FLAP PHOTOS: Bob Rosato (Auburn, Steelers); Jeffery A. Salter (Stewarts); Al Tielemans (Eagles)

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