The Lineup
LETTERS
AIR AND SPACE
SI Players
Talking the Talk
In 1969 Jets QB Joe Namath guaranteed that his 17 1/2-point underdog Jets would whip the Colts in Super Bowl III (above). They did. Last week Jets DE Shaun Ellis boasted his team would beat the Steelers. Oops. Here's a look at one of the NFL's liveliest arts
Pro Football
Pat Answer
New England showed it is still the team to beat by rocking Peyton Manning and the high-powered Colts
The Great Escape
Using its big backs to bore a hole through the New York defense, Pittsburgh rallied and got its rookie quarterback off the hook
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Boo Devil
In the grand tradition of despised Dukies, cocky, sure-shooting J.J. Redick is the player that fans love to hate
FIGURE SKATING
Flash of the Future
Michelle Kwan made history with her ninth win at the U.S. championships, but daring 15-year-old Kimmie Meissner almost stole the show
BASEBALL
The Man Has A PLAN
When it came to signing a pair of marquee Latin free agents, Mets general manager Omar Minaya knew precisely the right language: español--and dinero
Basketball
THE FAST TRACK
The next LeBron? Some say 14-year-old Demetrius Walker is on the express to the NBA. Others say he's traveling too quickly, too soon
Inside
Inside College Wrestling
Top of the Heap
A savvy coach and a big-name transfer from Iowa have Oklahoma State rolling toward a third straight title
Inside College Football
Thinking Twice
 Top QB Ryan Perrilloux wasn't among the high school players who named their colleges at the U.S. Army Bowl
Inside College Basketball
Don't Go There
Wisconsin extended its home winning streak to a nation-leading 38 games by knocking off No. 15 Michigan State
Inside the NBA
Crying Wolves
Preseason howling about roles and contracts has sidetracked Minnesota, which needs a unified D to gain ground
LIFE OF REILLY
Departments
One Mo' Time
Matt Leinart will stay at USC, where he's won the Heisman, dated a model and led the Trojans to a national title. Who says youth is wasted on the young?
Semi-Tough
Baseball's new steroid policy is better than its old one--but that's not saying much
Trial Run
Still facing a manslaughter charge, Jayson Williams starts a comeback in Idaho
Q+A Ice Cube
The 35-year-old actor and rapper plays a sports collectibles dealer in the comedy Are We There Yet? opening on Friday