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66 Joey Pants in the Hot Seat
Joe Pantoliano has made a good living playing some not-so-good people. His memorable villains include a killer pimp in Risky Business, a money laundering psycho in Bound, and a two-faced traitor in The Matrix. Now the cigar-loving, Hoboken-born actor returns for his second season as Tony Soprano's oily nemesis on the hit HBO mob drama, "The Sopranos." Despite all this, and despite the very real mob ties from his own childhood (including a stepfather who was connected with the Genovese crime family), the man with the classic wiseguy nickname "Joey Pants" wants you to know that he's not really a bad guy.
BY MICHAEL GEFFNER
PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN-FRANCIS BOURKE

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54 The Gridiron's On Fire
The 2002 NFL season has kicked off, and with divisional realignment, a promising class of 'rookie talent (Jeremy Shockey), franchise players switching teams (Drew Bledsoe), and records poised to be broken by stars in their prime (Barry Sanders), it could prove to be one of the wildest ones yet. Find out which quarterbacks are playing with jobs on the line, which coaches are going to make their mark on the league, and which teams are destined for a championship run in the new age of parity.
BY BRIAN DOOLITTLE
61 Jungle Love
Sometimes civilization can be too much to take, and one city dwelling writer decided that a tour of the primal wilderness of South Africa was the cure. Rolling through the brush in a Land Rover, led by a Zulu-speaking guide, experiencing close encounters with elephants, lions, giraffes, impalas, and other native fauna proved to be a revelation, and brought a new appreciation of this dark corner of the world that many see as the cradle of civilization itself.
BY JOAN TARSHIS
72 Legends of Havana
H. Upmann, Partagas, Punch, Por Larranaga - most of us know the cigars, but what do we know about the men - both real and fic­tional - behind these classic old brands? We dug deep into the archives to unearth the stories behind the cigars, and found lots of interesting characters, a few surprises, and even an unsolved mys­tery or two. An A-to-Z primer that should quench the curiosity of cigar history enthusiasts everywhere.
BY MARK BERNARDO

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