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Jan. 22, 2007
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Jan. 22, 2007

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
Pro Football
Hockey
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
PRO BASKETBALL
Happy Birthday, Champ
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This is an article from the Jan. 22, 2007 issue

PRO FOOTBALL

38 Marching In
Drew Brees and the Saints, an unlikely pair, are one win from the Super Bowl
by Tim Layden
• Tom Brady finds a way to win
• Peyton Manning turns the tables
• The Bears' D remains confident
• Dr. Z's forecast

HOCKEY

50 MidseasonReport
Sidney Crosby (at 19!) is setting himself apart from the rest of the league
by Michael Farber
• An old Devil raises hell
• Philadelphia's in free fall

COLLEGEBASKETBALL

56 Wild, WildWest
With an infusion of homegrown talent and smothering defenses, the Pac-10 is thenation's top conference
by Grant Wahl
• Watch out for the Cougars

PRO BASKETBALL

60 The Mav WhoMatters
If the league's winningest team is to earn an NBA title, no player will be ascrucial as forward Josh Howard
by Jack McCallum
• Super sidekicks

MUHAMMAD ALI

The Lost
Photographs

Newfound imagesshot by Neil Leifer in the early '60s document the time when Ali, 65 this week,began to transform sports and popular culture
by Karl Taro Greenfeld
PAGE 64

Departments

6 Leading Off

12 Letters

15 Air andSpace
At West Virginia they're pondering the big thinkers in sports, from Jean-PaulSartre to Satchel Paige by Steve Rushin

16 Scorecard
Behind the David Beckham deal
Celebrations gone bad
Remembering Jimmy Connors's mom

25 Faces in theCrowd

28 Players
First Person: the Lakers' Luke Walton
Wayne Gretzky reflects on his SI covers

74 Life ofReilly
They save pro bull riders from horrendous fates. Just don't count on them toshoot the bull by Rick Reilly

Inside...

72 The NBA
Don't rule out the Nets in the weak East

73 CollegeBasketball
ACC women: top teams, small crowds

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PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVID BERGMAN

INSET PHOTOS: NeilLeifer (Ali); Bill Wippert (Crosby)

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NFL Playoffs
Can Marvin Harrison and the Colts reach the Super Bowl? See the experts' picksat SI.com/nfl.

NFL Draft
Will the Raiders take Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn with the first pick? Take alook at a mock draft at SI.com/nfl.

Tennis
Keep up with Andy Roddick (left), Serena Williams and other American hopefulsin Australia at SI.com/tennis.

High SchoolFootball
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Senior Bowl
Read daily reports on Florida QB Chris Leak and others before the Jan. 27Senior Bowl at SI.com/nfl.

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PHOTOBILL FRAKES (NFL)38 SHEL SHOCKED On the game's second play last Saturday in New Orleans, Eagles cornerback Sheldon Brown laid out Reggie Bush, who got up and got even by helping the Saints to their first divisional playoff win.PHOTONEIL LEIFER (ALI)PHOTOPETER READ MILLER (WALTON)28 COOL HAND Slimmed-down Lakers forward Luke Walton is looking at a dazzling future—on the court and (perhaps) in front of the camera.PHOTOBILL FRAKES (HARRISON)PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER (QUINN)PHOTOMANNY MILLAN (RODDICK)PHOTOMICHAEL KUREC (AUSTIN)PHOTOBOB ROSATO (LEAK)PHOTOCLAY PATRICK MCBRIDE (REILLY)PHOTOELAINE THOMPSON/AP (BECKHAM)PHOTO