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Feb. 12, 2007
Feb. 12, 2007

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Feb. 12, 2007

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
Pro Football
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Hockey
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This is an article from the Feb. 12, 2007 issue Original Layout

PRO FOOTBALL

42 Bringing ItHome
Trusting in each other and in their history-making coach, Peyton Manning andthe Colts came together to vanquish the Bears and lay claim to greatness
by Michael Silver
• A Father's Wish
by Peter King
• Possession Obsession
by Paul Zimmerman

PRO BASEBALL

54 Smash Hit
Carlos Delgado's convictions, like his power stroke, were forged in PuertoRico
by Karl Taro Greenfeld

HOCKEY

62 The FightingDuck
Anaheim is the NHL's most pugnacious team, led by its Princeton-educatedgoon
by Michael Farber

KNICKS

64 Lord Jim
For the NBA's most baffling franchise, the spotlight is on the tempestuousowner, Jim Dolan, and a much-maligned coach who will either build a winner orlose his job
by S.L. Price

Departments

10 Leading Off

18 Letters

21 Air andSpace
He's a 6'10", shot-swatting high school junior. So what if he has no lefthand—literally? by Steve Rushin

22 Scorecard
The NFL's concussion conundrum
Sammy Sosa's back in Texas
Iona finally wins a game

31 Faces in theCrowd

37 Players
First Person: Candace Parker
Emmitt Smith reflects on his SI covers

78 Life ofReilly
The Bears may be good enough to win a Super Bowl, but they never will without aRexorcism
by Rick Reilly

Inside...

76 CollegeBasketball
Reggie Theus revives the Aggies

77 The NBA
The No. 1 pick starts to pay off

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PHOTOGRAPH BY AL TIELEMANS

INSET PHOTO: NickLaham/Getty Images

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PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (COLTS)42 INDY-FATIGABLE Peyton Manning (18) and the Colts' offense were not to be denied a victory over Chicago in Super Bowl XLI.PHOTOTODD PLITT/GETTY IMAGES (DOLAN)PHOTODAVID BERGMAN (THOMAS)PHOTORICK WILKING/REUTERS (NUGGETS)77 WORK IN PROGRESS Since his return from a 15-game suspension, Carmelo Anthony has struggled to mesh with Allen Iverson in Denver.PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER (BRIGGS)PHOTOGEORGE TIEDEMANN/GT IMAGES (NASCAR)PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (PUJOLS)PHOTOCLAY PATRICK MCBRIDE (REILLY)PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (NASH)PHOTOBILL FRAKES (BARBARO)PHOTO