September 19, 2004

LETTERS
CONTRIBUTORS
SCORECARD
CATCHING UP WITH
AIR AND SPACE
SI Players: Life On and Off the Field
MONDAY-NIGHT MADDEN
Who'll win the Eagles-Vikings game on Monday night? In a video-game rehearsal, Eagles defensive end Jerome McDougle battled Vikings tackle Bryant McKinnie in EA Sports Madden 2005 on Xbox Live
Packerland
... where football and cheese go together like sports and dairy products
Pro Football
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Beware Of the Bears
Exciting things are afoot in Berkeley, where high-scoring Cal is in the Pac-10 hunt thanks to quarterback Aaron Rodgers and brilliant young coach Jeff Tedford
BASEBALL
The Prodigy Arrives
Only a year ago, the L.A. brass was losing patience with gifted young third baseman Adrian Beltre. Now he leads the majors in homers and might just be the league's MVP
NASCAR: CHASE FOR THE CUP PREVIEW
Two for the Road
The Chase is on and very fast friends Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon are the drivers to beat in the brand new 10-race showdown
TENNIS
Swat Team
At the U.S. Open, Roger Federer confirmed his hegemony over the men and Svetlana Kuznetsova consolidated the Russian revolution in the women's game
POLO
The Ride of Their Lives
Thanks to one woman's fervent mission, African-American kids in Philadelphia have found a refuge from violence and despair in the least likely sport of all
Inside
Inside College Football
Show Stopper
In his first college game, running back Darius Walker powered Notre Dame to a stunning upset of No. 8 Michigan
Inside Baseball
Head First
With better thinking at the plate, the A's Eric Chavez has solved lefthanded pitchers and made his game whole
Inside The NFL
Backup Plan
The Ravens think Deion Sanders can help get them to the Super Bowl, even in the role of part-time nickelback
LIFE OF REILLY
Departments
Unlike Mike
On Saturday, Bernard Hopkins tries to cement his status as an alltime great. But one legacy is secure: He's the most penny-pinching pugilist around
What Kobe Said
Why do Bryant's lawyers want his statement to police sealed? Because he admits to a further infidelity and says another player paid women hush money
Rarin' to Throw
Three years after his last big league homer, a slugger takes up pitching