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Jan. 14, 2008
Jan. 14, 2008

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Jan. 14, 2008

SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
NFL PLAYOFFS
PRO BASKETBALL
PRO HOCKEY
MICHAEL BEASLEY
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This is an article from the Jan. 14, 2008 issue

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

34 Two for LSU
The Tigers beat Ohio State, becoming the first school to win a pair of BCS titles
By Austin Murphy

NFL PLAYOFFS

46 Dream On!
Jaguars QB David Garrard is ready to send the mighty Patriots a wake-up call
By Tim Layden

50 Full Blast
As the Redskins learned, Patrick Kerney is Seattle's most sophisticated weapon
By Lee Jenkins

PRO BASKETBALL

56 So Far ... So Great
The new-look, defensive-minded Celtics are off to the fourth-best start in NBA history. And as Detroit found out, it's not just thanks to the Big Three
By Jack McCallum

PRO HOCKEY

62 Tale of Three Goalies
With Martin Brodeur, Rick DiPietro and Henrik Lundqvist playing at an elite level, the debate over who's the best hearkens back to Willie, Mickey and the Duke
By Michael Farber

MICHAEL BEASLEY

B-EASY DOES IT

Living up to his nickname, the Kansas State forward is coolly piling up plaudits as a freshman and putting his boisterous past behind him
By Grant Wahl!
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Departments

10 Leading Off

16 Letters

18 Players
• Is Roger Clemens believable?
• Why June Jones left Hawaii
• Unrest in Kenya affects athletes
• What Marion Jones's future holds
• The best of Warren Sapp
• First Person: Greg Jennings
• Steep: a look into extreme skiing

32 Faces in the Crowd

80 Point After
What isn't welcome news for baseball's old-boy network, but should be: Mark Cuban wants to buy the Cubs
by Chris Ballard

Inside ...

76 College Basketball
• Washington State grinds out wins
• A freshman juices up the Orange

78 The NFL
• Four Pats on Dr. Z's All-Pro team
• A 49ers rookie makes the squad

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FEATURED COLUMNS

PETER KING

> Garrard's Glory Road
David Garrard's game-saving run says loads about the character of the Jaguars—the confidence of their QB and the ethos of their players.

> Read more of this column at SI.com/king.

JON HEYMAN

> Standing by His Story
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