WINTER X GAMES 2008
62 THE GRETCHEN BLEILER SHOW
For four days, 200-plus athletes in 17 events will shock and awe. The most awesome: hometown halfpipe champ GRETCHEN BLEILER, who's more than ready for her close-up. BY ALYSSA ROENIGK
70 GUEST STARS
Winter X is an arena where a no-name day player can go from Joe Schmo to Joe Pro just by stealing the snow show. Just ask slopestyle champ Jamie Anderson and three other spotlight-grabbers. BY EDDIE MATZ
78 FLIGHT PLAN
Ever wonder how Xers pull off their aerial stunts? We asked snowboarder Torstein Horgmo to take us inside a frontside 1080.
82 7 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WINTER X
The freeskier bites the hand that feeds him. BY SIMON DUMONT
36 THE BOOK OF LIFE
Forget the wife, teammates and coaches. The closest relationship an NFL player has is with his playbook. Equal parts instruction manual, motivational guide and diary, it's the key to unlocking a Super Bowl season. BY DAVID FLEMING
42 EVERYBODY LOVES ANDREW (EVEN KOBE)
Not too long ago, ANDREW BYNUM'S main value to his team was as trade bait. Just goes to show you what a bunch of double-doubles can do for a rep. BY CHRIS BROUSSARD
48 NOW YOU SEE HIM ...
He plays in obscurity, in a city that is no one's idea of hockey heaven, and he has a fraction of the YouTube cred of Crosby and Ovechkin. But the Thrashers' llya Kovalchuk is the greatest show on ice. BY EDDIE MATZ
52 IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
From predictable (Mike Modano's record-setter) to remarkable (Al Arbour's coaching comeback), the NHL's first half was a high- (and low-)light reel.
54 WHAT YOU GOTTA DO
When Tyler Smith transferred home to Tennessee, he had everything he'd ever wanted: to be close to his dad while he played for the team of his dreams. The only thing missing was time. BY TOM FRIEND
58 THIS WAY TO THE DRAFT
NFL prospects like Tigers QB MATT FLYNN are always being judged-and not just by future employers. BY LUKE CYPHERS, ALYSSA ROENIGK AND CARMEN RENEE THOMPSON
7 SPORTS GUY
On Sept. 18, 1996, ROGER CLEMENS struck out 20 Tigers and gave us a memory to cherish forever. Or at least until now.
10 OPEN LOOK
DAN LE BATARD
12 TWO WAY
14 REPLY ALL
24 PAGE 2
KENNY MAYNE/CHASE BUDINGER
92 0:01 / IF IT WORKED FOR THE NHL ...
Nobody's hotter than the Blazers, and BRANDON ROY is one of five reasons why ... The beard-growing comp between Drew Gooden and DeShawn Stevenson gets hairy.
86 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
TODD BOZEMAN left hoops on an unhappy note. Now Morgan State is singing his praises ... DeVon Hardin tested the NBA waters. Now things are going swimmingly at Cal.
Our 2008 PGA Calendar takes all the guesswork-like who will be the next John Daly (hint: BOO WEEKLEY)-out of the Tour... Natalie Gulbis on putting.
Five secret weapons ready to blow up in 2008? Buster Olney likes Twins lefty FRANCISCO LIRIANO ... Nats reliever Ray King wins the battle of the bulge.