SUPER XL BOWL
52 Hearts of Steel
An inspired performance by Hines Ward and big plays by lesser names carriedPittsburgh to its fifth NFL title
by Michael Silver
• The Steelers'defense made the right moves when it mattered most
by Paul Zimmerman
• Jerome Bettishad a rousing finale in front of fans from both his hometowns
by Peter King
62 The Yankee Clippee
Now that he's jumped to New York and shaved, what will Johnny Damon do?
by Tom Verducci
February 13, 2006
66 Everybody Loves Chris
No rookie has made more of an impact than Hornets point guard Chris Paul
by Chris Ballard
70 Miracle Man?
Coach Peter Laviolette has lifted underdog Carolina to the top of the NHL
by Michael Farber
Let Us Now Raze Famous Men
As the famed boxing promoter is fond of saying, "Only in America"
By Jeff MacGregor PAGE 72
8 Leading Off
18 From theEditor
25 Air andSpace
I to XL, these V fans have seen every Super Bowl by Steve Rushin
• It's not a good time to be bad
• Recruits awash in text messages
• Stiff competition for Games on TV
41 Faces in theCrowd
96 Life ofReilly
Bill Cowher has a ring--and he won't change a thing
by Rick Reilly
• The Colonials ascend to the Top 10
• Ole Miss (!) bags a top class
94 The NBA
• SI's dream team for the worlds
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INSET PHOTOS:David Bergman (King); Walter Iooss Jr. (Damon, left); Justin Lane/EPA (Damon,right)
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