Departments

4 Leading Off

14 Letters

17 Air and Space

If it's BC versus BU for the Beanpot in the Bay State, I'll B there

by Steve Rushin

18 Scorecard

• Matt Leinart knows a good gig

• Baseball's semi-tough drug policy

• Jayson Williams tries a comeback

• The Show: Desperate Point Guard?

28 Faces in the Crowd

30 Players

78 The Life of Reilly

Hey, Randy: Vulgarity is all right. Lack of imagination is unforgivable

by Rick Reilly

PRO FOOTBALL

38 Pat Answer

New England showed it is still the team to beat by rocking Peyton Manning and the high-powered Colts

by Michael Silver

• Eagles storm to fourth straight NFC title game

• Running backs rescue Steelers against Jets

• Falcons rack up yards as they mow down Rams

•Dr. Z's AFC, NFC picks

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

48 Boo Devil

In the grand tradition of despised Dukies, sure-shooting J.J. Redick is the player fans love to hate

by Grant Wahl

FIGURE SKATING

52 Flash of the Future

Michelle Kwan, nearly upstaged, won the nationals

by E.M. Swift

BASEBALL

54 The Man Has a Plan

Mets G.M. Omar Minaya bagged two Latin stars

by Michael Farber

BASKETBALL

58 The Fast Track

Demetrius Walker, 14, may be on the express to the NBA. Is he going too fast?

by Karl Taro Greenfeld

Inside ...

72 College Wrestling

• Mocco makes Cowboys scarier

73 College Football

• Top high school QB undecided

74 College Basketball

• Badgers don't lose at home

76 NBA

• T-Wolves chasing own tails • Walker, Celtics miss each other

Cover

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INSET PHOTO: Todd Bigelow/Aurora

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