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Feb. 09, 2009
Feb. 09, 2009

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Feb. 9, 2009

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
SUPER BOWL XLIII
TENNIS
  • In blistering heat that brought down some of the fittest players at the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams left no doubt: They are the undisputed king and queen of their sport and may soon deserve berths among the alltime greats

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Big Bend
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger goofed around in his agent's Tampa hotel room before leading Pittsburgh to a 27--23 victory in Super Bowl XLIII (inset; page 32). Seated on the bed was Pittsburgh practice-squad player Martin Nance, a friend of Roethlisberger's since they were college teammates, at Miami of Ohio.

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Football Pool
Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu wielded a cue stick at the Steelers' practice facility at the University of South Florida. Three days later he wielded the Lombardi Trophy in the team's locker room at Raymond James Stadium (inset).

Air Bag
Steelers wideout Hines Ward zipped into a portable hyperbaric chamber in his Tampa hotel room two days before the Super Bowl. The tent provided oxygen therapy to help heal his right knee, which he strained on Jan. 18 in the AFC Championship Game. Ward caught two passes for 43 yards on Sunday.

PHOTOPhotograph by Michael J. LeBrecht II/1Deuce3 PhotographyPHOTOBOB ROSATOPHOTOPhotograph by Ben Roethlisberger/1Deuce3 PhotographyPHOTOMICHAEL J. LEBRECHT/1DEUCE3 PHOTOGRAPHYTWO PHOTOSPhotographs by Michael J. LeBrecht/1Deuce3 Photography