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Super Bowl XXXIX
Meeting of the Minds
The NFL title game boils down to a battle between the innovative coaching staffs of New England's Bill Belichick and Philadelphia's Andy Reid. What strategy will they cook up, and which team's countermoves will win out?
Catch Them If You Can
With a pedal-to-the-metal attack led by MVP favorite Steve Nash, the red-hot Suns are forcing the NBA to reconsider its plodding ways
There's Joy in Illinois
Ignited by a three-guard lineup, the top-ranked Illini have blown through opponents with surpassing ease. But will they have enough muscle in March?
Digging Down Deep
Serena Williams and Marat Safin gave gut-check performances to win the Australian Open and make it clear that they intend to return to the top of the game
Sports Bars
Finding The Perfect Sports Bar
You can't watch the Super Bowl just anywhere. So SI went in search of the best sports watering holes in the land. The trip took us back to the joints of the past and gave us a glimpse of the bars of the future, with a lot of long, grueling research in between. Hey, somebody's got to do it
Requiem for a Beloved Bar
Before it closed in 1996, the Eliot Lounge in Boston was one of the best sports bars ever
Inside Skiing
Bodes Well
Bouncing back from injuries and a midseason slump, Bode Miller kicked off the worlds with an impressive win
Inside The NBA
Mr. Fix-it
Intense? Sure. Controversial? You bet. But to the Nuggets, George Karl was the best hope for salvaging the season
Over and Out
Slammin' Sammy Sosa? It's become a favorite pastime in Chicago, where disillusionment with the slugger forced the Cubs to all but give him away
Sunday Best
Randy was dandy on last year's Super Bowl broadcast, but advertisers and network execs are now promising a cleaner show
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