Cover
Air and Space
SI Players: Life On and Off the Field
Getting Sacked
Ask your favorite QB: The pain in games stays plainly on the brain
College Football
The Night is Young's
In perhaps the most stunning bowl performance ever, Texas quarterback Vince Young put the Longhorns on his back and carried them to the title, beating USC in the final seconds to end the Trojans' 34-game winning streak
Same Time Next Year?
Playmakers Troy Smith and Ted Ginn Jr. led Ohio State over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, sending an early message that the Buckeyes could be primed for a return to the desert next January
Bowl Season: a 25-Game Salute
Here are the highs (and lows) from a college postseason that was dominated by offenses and filled with fantastic finishes, along with a sneak peek at who will rise and who will fall in 2006
Pro Football
Bear Season
A speedy and spirited defense led by All-Pro linebacker Brian Urlacher has upstart Chicago believing in itself--and its Super Bowl chances
Season's Best
Dr. Z's All-Pro team features a veteran who finally gets his due and many new faces who've just begun to make their marks
College Basketball
Here Come the Buckeyes
Ohio State is off to its best start in 15 years and boasts the nation's hottest coach in charismatic Thad Matta. And this is all sweet prelude to next season, when a dazzling recruiting class arrives
Hockey
The Russian Evolution
Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Ovechkin—the NHL's other top rookie alongside Sidney Crosby—has the tools to carry a team the way none of his countrymen ever has
Special Report: Teen Suicide
Inside
Finals Answer
While a title clash between San Antonio and Detroit seems inevitable, at least a few teams are keeping their eyes on the prize
Whiz Kids
Skilled beyond their years, fearless freshmen are boosting many top teams-none more than Memphis
Departments
December Madness
No, it may not have quite the same ring to it, but a playoff system by any name would add thrills and drama to the bloated bowl season
Going Forward
Even as he grieves for his son, coach Tony Dungy is teaching the Colts about life and football
Q&A Josh Lucas
The actor plays Don Haskins, who coached Texas Western to the 1966 NCAA title, in Glory Road, which opens on Jan. 13