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January 29, 2007

FEATURES

PRO FOOTBALL

42 "It's Our Time"
With a heart-stopping comeback win for the AFC title, Tony Dungy's Colts finally lived up to their promise
by Michael Silver

46 In Rex He Trusts
Coach Lovie Smith's patience with quarterback Rex Grossman paid off
by Peter King
•Dr. Z's Super Bowl forecast

PRO BASKETBALL

50 Sultans of Swat
Part art and part science, NBA shot blocking is in short supply. Why?
by Chris Ballard

BASEBALL

56 Pronk of the Plains
With a swing honed in North Dakota, Travis Hafner has made a name (and a nickname) for himself as a top hitter
by Franz Lidz

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

60 Playing with Pain
Alabama forward Jermareo Davidson, reeling from the deaths of two loved ones, has found solace on the court
by Grant Wahl

BOISE STATE

How Did They Pull That Off?
An inside look at the three trick plays that the Broncos ran to earn a Fiesta Bowl victory so spectacular that even the losers knew they'd been part of something special
By Austin Murphy
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Departments

6 Leading Off

12 Letters

15 Air and Space
The ever-more-pointless worlds we're out to conquer
by Steve Rushin

16 Scorecard
The strange ways of Michael Vick
Did dashed dreams lead to murder?

25 Faces in the Crowd

26 Players

78 Life of Reilly
The best hoops coach (with the sweetest deal) you've never heard of
by Rick Reilly

Inside...

74 The NHL
Dressing for success

75 College Basketball
Marquette's precocious point guard

76 The NBA
Chris Webber transforms the Pistons

77 Tennis
The heat is on in Australia

Cover
PHOTOGRAPH BY BILL FRAKES
INSET PHOTOS: Rick Scuteri/US Presswire (Boise State); Simon Bruty (Bears)

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PHOTOHEINZ KLUETMEIER (BERRIAN)46 CHI HIGH After his 33-yard TD catch in the Bears' 39--14 NFC title game win on Sunday, wide receiver Bernard Berrian got a lift from Desmond Clark. PHOTOTED S. WARREN/AP (BOISE STATE) PHOTOD. LIPPITT/EINSTEIN/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (PISTONS)76 JUST MOSHIN' Chris Webber (right) joins Rip Hamilton and his new Detroit teammates in their pregame ritual. PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (WOODS) PHOTODAVID CALLOW (FEDERER) PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (BRYANT) PHOTOLOU CAPOZZOLA (CROSBY) PHOTOBOB ROSATO (WEIS) PHOTOSIMON BRUTY (VICK) PHOTO

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