2004 Olympics
Water Craft
Michael Phelps's ambitious gold rush hit a couple of bronze bumps, but he remained the center of attention as his medal haul grew, befitting the world's most versatile swimmer
Hi-Ho Silver!
The gold went to Japan, but the U.S. men's gymnastics team, led by the dazzling Hamm twins, were thrilled to be on the podium at last
While getting spanked by Puerto Rico in its first game, the U.S. basketball team played like an NBA team--the Clippers--and the Americans' nightmare in Athens may have just begun
Iraq on a Roll
Two improbable soccer wins raised spirits and worked as a salve for past pain and future uncertainty
American Graffiti
In an ambivalent Athens one message is clear: At these Games restraint could be as precious as gold for the U.S. and its athletes
Special Bonus Section: Sports Illustrated Presents: Fantasy Football 2004
You the Fan
Frustrated with your favorite team? In this game no one is more powerful than a fantasy owner
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Team Effort
Saving their best for last at Whistling Straits, Chris DiMarco and Chris Riley played their way onto a U.S. Ryder Cup side badly in need of their help
Baby Steps
For the handful of natives playing in the Russian Open, simply making the cut would have been a major accomplishment
Up & Down
Vijay's victory, Smilin' Marvin and Ryder Cup fallout from the PGA Championship
Air and Space
Straits To the Top
With a dogged playoff win in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, Vijay Singh removed any doubt that he is the world's best player
De La Salle High is a Catholic boys' school in a quiet Northern California suburb, with modest facilities, unassuming student-athletes--and a football team that has won 151 games in a row
Boom Times
Let's go back-back-back through 25 years with ESPN's Chris (Boomer) Berman, whose outsized enthusiasms have stamped his network, sports and television
Inside The NFL
Inside Baseball
The Life of Reilly
Taking a Pass
The NHL declines to get involved in yet another star's gambling mess