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TheLineup

Dec. 20, 2004
Dec. 20, 2004

Table of Contents
Dec. 20, 2004

LETTERS
CATCHING UP WITH
SI Players: Life On and Off the Field
SI Players
Pro Football
PRO BASKETBALL
College Basketball
Baseball
Inside
Inside The NFL
Inside the NBA
Inside College Football
Inside College Basketball
Departments

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This is an article from the Dec. 20, 2004 issue Original Layout

4 Leading Off

12 Letters

14 Catching Up With ...

17 Air and Space

Yes, they're rich, but do sports stars treasure anything as much as their old Christmas toys? by Steve Rushin

18 Scorecard

• The Grinch stole hockey

• SI's exotic holiday gift guide

• Mia Hamm's farewell to the pitch

• The Show: Heisman vs. Heisman

34 Faces in the Crowd

37 Players

98 The Life of Reilly

Baghdad to the Big 12: an Aggie with a Purple Heart by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

84 The NFL

• Weis to juggle Patriots, Irish jobs

91 The NBA

• Carmelo Anthony's learning curve

95 College Football

• Will recruits flock to Spurrier?

97 College Basketball

• Hoosiers taking a hammering

PRO FOOTBALL

48 Passing Marks

The Colts' Peyton Manning is on the verge of breaking a hallowed record set by one of his quarterbacking idols

by Michael Silver

PRO BASKETBALL

56 Suspiciously Good

The surprising Sonics are off to a torrid start--and doubters are starting to believe

by Chris Ballard

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

60 Ready for Takeoff

Senior forward and newly licensed pilot Joey Graham is flying high for the unbeaten Oklahoma State Cowboys

by Grant Wahl

BASEBALL

66 He Gets $33 Million?

At the winter meetings teams spent fortunes on second-tier pitchers such as Russ Ortiz

by Tom Verducci

BASEBALL

72 Pride of Peabody

Jeff Allison, bound for big-league stardom, was nearly killed by drugs

by Michael Bamberger

Cover

PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN BIEVER

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COLOR PHOTOBILL FRAKES (GRAHAM)HE'S GOT HIS PROPS Oklahoma State's Joey Graham is mad about hoops and planes (page 60). COLOR PHOTOJIM DALY/SALEM NEWS (ALLISON)