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Jan. 21, 2008
Jan. 21, 2008

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Jan. 21, 2008

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
SPECIAL REPORT
NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS
PRO BASKETBALL
SURFING
  • What do you get when a violent Pacific storm collides with a massive underwater mountain range? Nine-story faces that four top big-wave surfers could ride into history

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SPECIAL REPORT

30 Sins of a Father
He was a champion in-line skater at 13. Then his dad gave him steroids and HgH
By Luis F. Llosa and L. Jon Wertheim

NFL PLAYOFFS

36 Winter Wonderland
The Packers prevailed at frosty Lambeau
By Peter King

39 Big Blue Brotherhood
The Giants punched out a familiar foe
By Damon Hack

41 Believabolts
The Chargers squelched their skeptics
By Jim Trotter

43 Two Wins Away
The Pats had an answer for everything
By Tim Layden

• AFC, NFC predictions
By Paul Zimmerman

PRO BASKETBALL

46 Early to Rise
Even without the No. 1 pick, the NBA's youngest team—Portland—is on a tear
By L. Jon Wertheim

SURFING

50 Reef Madness
What you get when a violent storm meets a massive underwater mountain range
By Susan Casey

RICK MAJERUS

The Wizard of Odd

He's funny, charming and loved by many of his former players, but something about the game he adores brings out the worst in the new Saint Louis coach
By S.L. Price Page 54

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8 Leading Off

14 Letters

16 Players
• The tabloidization of Tony Romo
• Farewell to Johnny Podres
• Sir Edmund: the last conqueror
• The best sports years for one city
• First Person: Giants' Justin Tuck
• Jackie Stewart's autobiography

28 Faces in the Crowd

70 Point After
Can a church-affiliated school chase Division I glory without losing its soul?
by Selena Roberts

Inside ...

66 The NHL
• A rare split for the Sedin twins
• The Bruins' second-round steal

68 College Basketball
• A big Badger finally rises
• The McDonald's class of 2003

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PETER KING

> Pack It In? No Way
If Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre retires (which I don't think he'll do), he's nuts. He's too good, and right now he's having too much fun.

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JON WERTHEIM

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