Lineup

January 08, 2007

FEATURES

PRO FOOTBALL

38 The Wild Cards
How far can quarterbacks Jeff Garcia and Chad Pennington go in the playoffs?
• Dr. Z's predictions, All-Pro Team

41 Mysterious Marvin
Perhaps the best NFL receiver ever, Marvin Harrison doesn't open up easily
by Nunyo Demasio

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

46 Stepping Stone
USC warmed up for a 2007 title run by thrashing Michigan in the Rose Bowl
by Phil Taylor

50 Who Knew?
Chris Leak seemed ill-suited to run the Florida attack. Now he's playing for a title
by Austin Murphy

PRO BASKETBALL

54 Correct Answer
Allen Iverson has done all the right things since the Nuggets traded for him. But a question still hangs over Denver
by Jack McCallum

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

56 A Man among Boys
Wisconsin fifth-year senior Alando Tucker is building something bigger than a case for player of the year honors
by Grant Wahl

HOCKEY

60 Chicago Hope
The enthusiasm of new coach Denis Savard and the scorching play of Martin Havlat have the Blackhawks on the rise
by Michael Farber

PETE MARAVICH

the Pistol

Before Magic Johnson and Showtime, before Michael Jordan's scoring sprees, fans and players alike were dazzled by Pete Maravich. This excerpt from a revealing new biography traces the creation of a legend who shattered scoring records at LSU and was an All-Star in the NBA
by Mark K riegel
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Departments

6 Leading Off

12 Letters

15 Air and Space
The Sunshine State leads the nation in superlatives, from decadence to prurience to excellence
by Steve Rushin

16 Scorecard

• The steroid double standard

• Duty calls a Maryland football player

• The death of a Broncos cornerback

25 Faces in the Crowd

28 Players

• First person: WR Marques Colston

• A color-coordinated Seahawk

• NBA sophomore diary: Gerald Green

72 Life of Reilly
Carmelo Anthony got a dream Christmas present. Now he has to wait until Jan. 22 to open it
by Rick Reilly

Cover

PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN IACONO

INSET PHOTO: Rich Clarkson

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PHOTOGREG NELSON (IVERSON)54 NEW IN BLUE Allen Iverson has been a comfortable fit with the Nuggets after playing his first 10 plus seasons in Philadelphia. PHOTORICH CLARKSON (MARAVICH) PHOTOBILL FRAKES (BRADY)A MAN FOR POSTSEASONS Tom Brady and the Patriots begin their quest for a fourth Super Bowl championship in six seasons when they host the Jets on Sunday in a wild-card matchup. Get round-by-round playoff predictions from the experts at SI.com/nfl. PHOTOGREG NELSON (NOAH) PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (O'NEAL) TWO PHOTOSDAMIAN STROHMEYER (ANDERSON, QUINN) PHOTOHIKARI YOKOYAMA/WIREIMAGE.COM (COSTAS) PHOTOERICK W. RASCO (SORIANO)

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