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Nov. 07, 2005
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Nov. 7, 2005

Sports Illustrated Bonus Section: SI Adventure
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NOVEMBER 7, 2005 VOLUME 103, NO.18

This is an article from the Nov. 7, 2005 issue

FEATURES

BASEBALL
40 All for One
The White Sox won their first World Series in 88 years with impeccable pitching and improbable homers, and by playing their best when it mattered most
by Tom Verducci

PRO FOOTBALL
46 Face Off
Tom Brady or Peyton Manning? The NFL's two best quarterbacks. Who's better? And who wins on Monday night? It's the ultimate fan debate
by Michael Silver

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
52 Like Mike
Marcus Vick is showing the same magic that his older brother did at Virginia Tech, but he and the unbeaten Hokies may need help to get to the national title game
by Phil Taylor

HOCKEY
56 It's Working
In the reprogrammed NHL, with defenders constrained by new rules, forwards are running wild and scoring is way up--just as the league had hoped
by Michael Farber

BONUS
Ground Breakers
Long after Jackie Robinson smashed the color barrier in baseball, these Southern college football pioneers desegregated a more violent sport, in a more violent place, at a more violent time
by Alexander Wolff
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Departments

8 Leading Off
15 Letters

19 Air and Space
It's time for Michael Jordan to do more than charm by Jack McCallum

20 Scorecard
• Todd Bertuzzi's tepid defense
• The NFL after Wellington Mara

31 Faces in the Crowd
33 Players

78 Life of Reilly
An expert's guide to the sports-obsessed male by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

70 College Football
• Michigan's grind-it-out game plan

72 The NFL
• The newest teams' growing pains

76 The NBA
• How the big Bucks hit the jackpot

77 Horse Racing
• Merv Griffin's Derby dreams

Cover
PHOTOGRAPHS BY BOB ROSATO (MANNING) AND PETER READ MILLER (BRADY)
INSET PHOTOS: Courtesy of the University of Kentucky (Page); Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images (White Sox); Simon Bruty (Vick)

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PHOTOCHARLES KRUPA/AP (QUARTERBACKS)46 GRIPPING In the playoffs last January, Tom Brady (12) guided the Patriots to a 20-3 defeat of Indianapolis and Peyton Manning. Can the Colts finally gain the upper hand in New England? PHOTOCOLLEGIATE IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES (HACKETT)Wilbur HackettPHOTOROBERT BECK (USC)70 IN THE GRASP Steve Smith snatched the first of his two touchdown catches away from Washington State safety Husain Abdullah during USC's 55-13 victory last Saturday. PHOTOJOE MURPHY/WIREIMAGE.COM (HARRISON)PHOTOAP PHOTO/ALESSANDRO TROVATI (MILLER)PHOTOROBERT BECK (WOODS)