This is an article from the Jan. 18, 2010 issue
Glam, snakebit Cowboys quarterback got off his personal postseason schneid with an interception-free gem in Dallas's 34--14 (page 46) demolition of the Eagles. The 'Boys may be back in the saddle as America's team: TV ratings were the highest for a Saturday first-round game since '99.
Vancouver can't come soon enough: Named the starter for Team USA, the Sabres' netminder shut out Montreal and pulled off a 48-save tour de force against Toronto—the fifth victory for Miller (a league-leading .935 save percentage) over the Leafs this season.
The third-year PGA player is a hero to hackers for cocreating the ultimate on-course cheat sheet: "Golf like a Tour Pro," an instructional smart-phone app selling for $4.99. "It was honestly one of those ideas where my mind started racing," the Duke grad said.
High SATs suddenly translate to lofty RPIs: Cornell and Ryan Wittman (right) nearly shock Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse; upstart Harvard thumps Seattle and Santa Clara on the road. Meanwhile, Columbia guard Noruwa Agho is the nation's No. 2 trey shooter.
Glam, historically clutch Patriots quarterback (and Comeback Player of the Year) suffered his earliest playoff exit, a three-pick day in New England's 33--14 dismantling by the Ravens (page 50). The loss was the Pats' first home playoff defeat in 11,333 days, in 1978—the year after Brady was born.
Vancouver can't come soon enough: Team USA coach Ron Wilson needs a break from standing behind the bench in Toronto after his cellar dwellers lost five of six. The Leafs are the NHL's worst at killing penalties. Said Wilson, "I think we're a little bit psyched out."
Where there's Hope, there won't be Daly: Long John has been denied an exemption into the field in next week's Bob Hope Classic in La Quinta, Calif. "I felt like I brought a lot of celebrity friends to that tournament," Daly said. "That was kind of a slap in the face."
Life on court in Motown mirrors existence off it (page 66). A loss to the 76ers last Saturday was the club's 12th straight, the worst Detroit hoops downturn in 16 seasons. "It's very discouraging that we had no sense of urgency," said forward Charlie Villanueva. "None."
SI PLAYERS NBA POLL
WHO IS THE NBA'S BIGGEST TRASH TALKER?
Kevin Garnett, Celtics F 62%
Kobe Bryant, Lakers G 7%
Rasheed Wallace, Celtics F/C 5%
Paul Pierce, Celtics F 3%
Nate Robinson, Knicks G 3%
Garnett's landslide victory belies the relative politeness of his play. Over the past five seasons 81 starters, including 37 other forwards, have more personal fouls than KG.... Of those receiving votes, only Suns forward Amar'e Stoudemire (1.4%) and Bulls forward-center Joakim Noah (0.7%) are among this season's top 25 in personal fouls.... Suspended Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas received two votes.
Based on a survey of 173 NBA players • For more on the poll, and to comment on it, go to SI.com/players