The Lineup

January 10, 2005

Departments

4 Leading Off

12 Letters

15 Air and Space

A newborn daughter avoids being named after a beer but is instantly baptized into sports by Steve Rushin

16 Scorecard

• Billy Crystal, sportswriter

• Gretzky's next Gretzky

• Farewell to Johnny Oates

26 Faces in the Crowd

28 Players

76 Life of Reilly

A couple make their first scuba dive during the Asian tsunami and live to tell the tale by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

70 College Basketball

• Nothing plain about Kansas

72 Baseball

• Where's Carlos Beltran going?

74 The NBA

• Wizards have the right guards

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

34 Without a Doubt

A thundering victory in the Orange Bowl gives USC back-to-back titles

by Austin Murphy

37 Second to None

That's what 13--0 Auburn is calling itself after winning the Sugar Bowl

by Lars Anderson

38 All-Bowl Team

Not even Santa had a better holiday than Texas quarterback Vince Young

by Kelley King

40 2005 Outlook

An early peek at next season's Top 10 and the Heisman front-runners

by Mark Beech

PRO FOOTBALL

42 Gotta Have a Bruschi

Make that Tedy Bruschi, and New England has the only one. That's why the Pats are going for their third title in four years by Josh Elliott

PRO BASKETBALL

50 The Good Life?

He may be a rich NBA superstar with his own jet, but Tracy McGrady has worries, too by Karl Taro Greenfeld

HOCKEY

58 Tampa Bay to Tatarstan

With the NHL in cold storage, some of hockey's biggest stars are playing for the best hockey team rubles can buy by Michael Farber

Cover

PHOTOGRAPH BY BOB ROSATO

INSET PHOTOS: John Biever (Favre); David E. Klutho (Auburn)

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COLOR PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER (BRUSCHI) STEAMIN' Linebacker Tedy Bruschi is a big reason the Patriots are all fired up for the playoffs. COLOR PHOTOHEINZ KLUETMEIER USC's Steve Smith

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