Catching Up With
Air and Space
SI Players: Life On and Off the Field
The Best of 2005
Paulie Revered
First baseman Paul Konerko experienced a once-in-a-lifetime October, leading the White Sox to their first title in 88 years
Class in Session
The Colts take on the personality of Tony Dungy, their poised and pioneering coach. That means no wasted breath
Wrap Star
Every team had a crack at lockdown defender Bruce Bowen; the Spurs signed him. That's why they're the champs
March Magic
A spate of Did you see that? moments during an NCAA tournament weekend had cellphones ringing across the land
United Mates
Displaying a newfound camaraderie, an inspired U.S. team gave Captain Jack a memorable Presidents Cup victory
Foreign Idea
Fans may have come to the U.S. Open hoping to see homegrown talent, but a pair of European stars opened their eyes
Glory at Last
After deferring his retirement, U.S. shot putter Adam Nelson finally struck gold at the world championships
Extra Special
Look no further than the Harvard-Yale triple-overtime thriller for proof that the NCAA has gotten at least one thing right
Hot Tickets
Two dozen games crammed into 13 days? No problem. SI picks the winners and offers a viewer's guide to which matchups are worth watching
Force Majeure
In Lance Armstrong's seventh and final triumph in the Tour de France, the race was all but over as soon as he started
The Year in Sports 2005
The Liars Club
The congressional hearings on steroids in baseball, the bigger-than-sports story of the year, turned into a three-ring circus. And only the clown, Jose Canseco, may have told the truth
Gone But Not Forgotten
An array of influential figures from the sports world passed away in 2005, from subtle contributors to trailblazers to true giants in their fields
'Twas the Fight Before Christmas
A high-wire experiment in sports fiction, written in nine chapters, sequentially, by nine SI authors, wherein a fast-fading pugilist suddenly finds himself in the bout of his life. Read on....
Best of the Worst 2005
Inside
Inner Demons
Freestyle skier Jeret (Speedy) Peterson has overcome personal hardships to become a gold medal favorite in Turin
Life of Reilly
Departments
Saints Elsewhere
Despite leading the NFL in evictions, distractions and uncertainty, the storm-blown New Orleans players are hanging together
Born Too Late
One of the world's top figure skaters--Japan's Mao Asada--is too young for the Olympics
Cracking Down
Prosecutors are rewriting the rules and getting aggressive in their pursuit of drug-using athletes
Q&A: Dale Murphy
The two-time NL MVP, 49, is the author of The Scouting Report, a how-to guide to negotiating life as a professional athlete