This is an article from the Jan. 22, 2007 issue
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
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
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
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
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
6 Leading Off
15 Air andSpace
At West Virginia they're pondering the big thinkers in sports, from Jean-PaulSartre to Satchel Paige by Steve Rushin
Behind the David Beckham deal
Celebrations gone bad
Remembering Jimmy Connors's mom
25 Faces in theCrowd
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
72 The NBA
Don't rule out the Nets in the weak East
ACC women: top teams, small crowds
PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVID BERGMAN
INSET PHOTOS: NeilLeifer (Ali); Bill Wippert (Crosby)
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