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January
12
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DeSean Jackson
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NFL Wild Card Weekend - Road to Redemption (San Diego, once left for dead, forges past Indianapolis.)(Unflappable Ravens dispatch Miami)(Eagles don't look back)(James leads Cardinals over Falcons), College Football - Why Not Us (USC and Utah won't be in the title game, proving that we need a playoff.), Hockey - Trouble with Sean (Dissing old girlfriends was only the last straw. Former Dallas Star Sean Avery is a pariah because he's a lousy teamate.), College BasketballThe Courage of Detroit - And Yet...(They say your teams are a disgrace and your city is dying. They say you are the past and you will never win again. And yet you are from Detroit and there is strength in that.)
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January
26
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Troy Polamailu
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NFL Conference Finals - Red Storm Rising (Larry Fitzgerald and Kurt Warner led the Cardinals to the NFC title.), Steel Pulse (Coach Mike Tomlin kept his players focused and led Pittsburgh to its seventh Super Bowl with a 23-14 win over the Ravens at frigid Heinz Field on Sunday.) College Basketball - Post Impressionist (Blake Griffin is a skilled mimic off the court, but on it he does a great player-of-the-year impression.) Pro Basketball - Coming of Age? (J.J. Redick and Adam Morrison struggle.) NHL Midseason Report - Two Strong (Bruins and Sharks have the best lines.) High School Football - Home Grown (Smart college coaches recruit locally.) Culture - Jumbo Dreams (The giant video screen, that electric mirror of out sports culture, has transformed the way we watch games - and even the way they're played.)
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February
2
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LeBron James
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Pro Basketball - Anatomy of LeBron (Oh, no; He's getting bigger and stronger.) Pro Football - Super Bowl Previews (It's the Pittxburgh D vs Larry Fitzgerald.), Woe Be Gone (The Cardinals last won an NFL championship in 1947 with Vic Schwall, Bill Campbell, Charley Trippi and Vince Banonis.) College Basketball - Prized Fighter (Karate black belt James Johnson has helped make Wake Forest a contender.) Figure Skating - Coming of Age (Twentysomethings Alissa Czisny and Jeremy Abbot won their first U.S. titles.) SI Exclusive - So, You Want Me to Manage? (In a revealing excerpt from his new book, Joe Torre recounts his bitter final day with the Yankees and the silence of a onetime ally.)
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February
9
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Santonio Holmes
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Super Bowl XLIII - Steelers! Super! (Pittsburgh won its sixth title in a classic.) Tennis - Survivor: Melbourne (Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams won the Australian Open in blistering heat.) Pro Basketball - Young Star, Old Soul (The Blazers have entrusted their future to a prematurely mature shooting guard, 24-year-old Brandon Roy.) Hockey - No Looking Back (Ducks rookie Bobby Ryan has overcome a slow start and a messy family history.) College Basketball - Double Time (Behind twin shooters Travis and Chavis Holmes, VMI has mobilized its long-dormant basketball program with a freewheeling attack that will make the Keydets dangerous come March.
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February
16
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A-Rod
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Baseball - Confronting A-Rod (The game is haunted by revelations of steroid use in 2003 by its biggest star.), Odd Man Out (Before entering Harvard Medical School, the author spent a sometimes maddening, often hilarious , undeniably unforgettable year as an Angles minor leaguer. He loved it so much that he wrote a book about it.) NBA Midseason Report - See You in June? (This year the road to the Finals won't be as easy for the Celtics and Lakers.), College Football - Rocking Rocky Top (Brazen coach Lane Kiffin is making few friends in his new job at Tennessee.) NASCAR Preview - Over the Top (Wins, wrecks, fights, flips; Carl Edwards is easily the circuit's most exciting driver.)
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February
23
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Cole Hamels
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Lineup - Piping Up (At the Olympic venue outside Vancouver, Japan's Ryoh Aono won silver in the men's halfpipe in last weeks World Cup event.), College Basketball - The Big Brutal (Spend a week with Syracuse and you'll see why the Big East is the best - and toughest - conference in the land.) NASCAR - Bang-Up Revival (In a wreck-marred Daytona 500, NASCAR's ultimate survivor showed he's back and gunning for the cup.) Hockey - Stimulus Needed (It's on Sid the Kid to rescue the Penguins.) Snowboarding - Good 'n' Ugly (Shaun White put on a show in Vancouver.) Soccer - Proving Ground (Tough tests await the U.S. in '09.) Baseball - The Fabulous New Life of Cole Hamels (Suddenly everyone wants a piece of the World Series hero. How does he cope? With help from a savvy celebrity, his wife.) Departments - Leading Off, Letters, Players, Faces in the Crowd, Just My Type, Point After Inside... - The NBA, College Basketball, The NFL
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March
2
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Tiger Woods
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Lineup Cycling - Guess Who? (Lance Armstrong's comeback is on track.) Golf - Tiger To The Rescue (The sport rides on his repaired knee.) Pro Basketball - Ball's In His Hands (Will Boston gain home court advantage in the East? It's up to Rajon Rondo.) Baseball - Renegade Back On (Jason Giambi hopes to bring a much missed jolt to Oakland's lineup.) College Basketball - Flying Tigers (Missouri is a contender once again.) NFL Combine - Bobby Layne II? (Detroit takes a look at Matthew Strafford.) Hockey - The Ever Elusive, Always Inscrutable and Still Incomparable Bobby Orr (At 60, he's been a player agent for longer than he ruled the ice. He is fiercely private and deeply loyal, and the force of his singular presence has not waned.)
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March
9
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SI's Elite Eight
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Lineup - College Basketball - Don't Count Us Out (Memphis is still in the NCAA hunt.) Hockey - Party, Interrupted (Montreal's centennial hits rough ice.) Football - He's Very Sorry (Tony Mandarich lied about steroids.) Pro Basketball - The Tao of Pop (Why the Spur's keep on rolling.) Baseball - India Reality Show (Two South Asians join the minors.), The Wrong Man (Erom the moment their beloved Dodgers moved to Los Angeles, Brooklyn's julted fans never forgave the team's owner, Walter O'Malley. Problem is: O'Malley didn't want to go. The culprit was someone else.) Departments - Leading Off, Letters, Players, Faces in the Crowd, Just My Type, Point After Inside... - Baseball, The NFL, The NBA, Olympics
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March
16
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Albert Pujols
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Baseball - Power to Believe (Albert Pujols won't let you down.) Golf - Good Luck, Chuck (Charles Barkley tries to fix his swing.), College Basketball - Point Forward (Meet Louisville's Terrence Williams.), Hockey - He Doesn't Flinch (With a calm all of his own, New Jersey's Martin Brodeur is putting up statistics that could lead him where no goalie - not even his archrival = has gone before.), Pro Basketball - Buying Short (For years the Knicks' Nate Robinson was seen as nothing but a 5'9" slam dunk novelty act. Not anymore.), The Shot That Saved Lives (Mykal Riley sank a three that kept fans out of the path of a tornado. But Riley would never have been there if not for a web of chance meetings, false starts and a terrible crime.)
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March
30
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Kalin Lucas
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NCAA Basketball Tournament - The Road to Redemption (That twisty thoroughfare winds into a second week for the myriad teams and players seeking to restore a reputation, fix a tarnished image or seize one last chance at glory.( College Baseball - Ready to Bring It (San Diego State righthancer Stephen Strasburg throws 102-mph heat to go with pinpoint control, making him the likely first draft pick in June.) Mixed Martial Arts - Rattling the Cage (Heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar, the antithesis of the UFC's Vegas-style excess, is ready for a huge payday.) Pro Football - Cutler's Last Stand (Convinced that the Broncos nearly traded him, Jay Cutler wants out of Denver. Making peace won't be easy.)
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April
6
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CC Sabathia
Lineup - Baseball Preview - Big Love (Everything in CC Sabathia's new life comes in extra large - his salary, a city's expectations, his pinstripes - but his heart is even larger), Next Top Models (Run prevention is the new rage as teams invest not only in slick fielders but also in advanced systems for analyzing defensive play), Scouting Reports (Besides analyzing each team's strengths and weaknesses, SI predicts the final division standings and the results of each playoff series and the Fall Classic), College Basketball - Only The Strong (Four powerful teams survived the hyperphysical NCAA tournaments), Golf - Don't Doubt Him (After a scintillating win at Bay Hill, Tiger Woods is primed for Augusta) Departments - Leading Off, Letters, Players, Faces In The Crowds, Just My Type, Point After
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April
13
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Tyler Hansbrough
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NCAA Champsionship - Blue Crush )North Carolina capped a brilliant run), High School Basketball - Is This Good?, Baseball - Only in Baseball (Phils pitcher Jamie Moyer hangs on), Hockey - The Third Russian (Pavel Datsyuk is the total package), Pro Basketball - Ron Being Ron (Ron Artest is...a stabilizing force!)
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April
20
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Dwight Howard
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Golf - Last Man Standing (Angel Cabrera survives Masters thriller.), Pro Basketball - The Happy Dunker (Can Dwight Howard win an NBA title?), Hockey - Back Line Drivers (In the fast and furious postseason, highly mobile defensemen such as the Capitals' thrilling Mike Green will try to power their teams to the Stanley Cup.), (Dan Boyle redefines Sharks' attack.), (First-round playoff matchups, picks.) Baseball - Hit in the Head (Through deaths from thrown or batted balls are rare, frequent scares - like the one involving pitcher Joe Martinez last week - keep the issue of ballpark safety in play.)
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May
11
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Mine That Bird
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Lineup - Forensic Photos (It's a cliche that every picture tells a story, but the markings on slide mounts, in which iconic SI shots were before the age of digital photography, take the narratives in new directions.) Kentucky Derby - Rail Bird (Jockey Calvin Borel guided his 50-1 long-shot, Mine That Bird, down the rail from 30 lengths back to win a thrilling Run for the Roses.) NBA Playoffs - Nuggets (Guard Chauncey Billups is just the player Denver needs to go deep into the postseason: experienced, disciplined and unflappable.) Book Excerpt - A-Rod (During his three years with the Rangers the pressure of living up to a $252 million contract brought out the best and the worst in Alex Rodriguez.)
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June
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Tom Brady
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Lineup - NBA Conference Finals - New Heroes (In a pair of electric series, the sparks have come not only from superstars but also from unlikely figures such as the Lakers' Trevor Ariza.) >b>Pro Football - Tom Brady Is Back (Exuding confidence in his surgically rebuilt left knee, the Patriots quarterback is pushing himself to the limit and dying to play again.) Indianapolis 500 - A Record Run (With a masterly performance, Helio Castroneves won his third Indy 500 and gave team owner Roger Penske an unprecedented 15th.) NBA Draft - Who Gets Ricky Rubio? (The flashy teenage point guard from Spain could go as high as No. 2, but whichever team chooses him might be running some risks.) Stanley Cup Playoffs - The Mighty Red Wings (Detroit, closing in on yet another Cup finals, owes its success to a daring draft 20 years ago that embraced European-style hockey.) Baseball - The Greatest Game Ever Pitched (Fifty years ago Harvey Haddix threw 12 perfect innings - more than any pitcher before or since - and then lost. How the unassuming lefty's brilliant effort turned bittersweet.) Departments - Letters, Leading Off, Scorecard, Just My Type, Faces in the Crowd, Inside - Baseball, NASCAR, NFL, The Vault, Point After
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August
17
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College Football
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College Football Preview - Breakout Teams (Three resurgent progams - Oregon, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss - have what it takes to become BCS spoilers and title contenders.), Heisman Watch (The top three vote-getters return, and long shots are bound to move into contention. Follow the games that will determine the winner.), Forecast (Breakdowns of the Top 20, analysis of each BCS conference and predictions for the bowl matchups.)
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September
28
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Detroits Baseball Stadium
Lineup - Baseball - Hope In Detroit (Nothing has lifted the spirits of downtrodden Detroit like the Tigers, who are leading their division, filling Coamerica Park and giving fans more than their money's worth), College Football - Washington's Week (The Huskies, not to be confused with the team that lost every game last year, took down No. 3 USC in the week's biggest upset) Pro Football - Mike Singletary (In his first full season as San Francisco's coach, The Hall Of Fame linebacker has transformed the 49ers into a team that believes in itself and is commited to winning) High School Sports - One-Woman Team (Although she never liked the spotlight, a teenage cowgirl and bow-hunter from tiny Rochelle, Texas, still won a state track and field team title all by herself - two years in a row) Departments - Leading Off, Letters, Scorecard (Partying in the new Cowboy's Stadium), Just My Type (Adrian Peterson on Favre, Super Bowl), Faces In The Crowd, Inside...(The NFL - Jets blitz Patriots, Fantasy Football - Who's up, who's down, College Football - Auburn's hot offense, Baseball - Blah free-agent class, NASCAR - Montoya's first Chase, Boxing - Mayweather's return), The Vault (Steeler's camp, 1974), Point After (Why hasn't Brad Lidge blown a fuse?)
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October
12
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Denver Broncos
Lineup - Denver Broncos (With eight new defensive starters and a stress on situational football, the team that hemorrhaged points last season is giving up the fewest in the NFL), Fearsome Frogs (TCU coach Gary Patterson has made the Horned Frogs a perennial power by taking good high school offensive players and turning them into great college defenders), Postseason Preview (There's no playoff spectacle like a start by Pedro Martinez, who is finally back in October, this time with the Phillies), Kenny Washington (He was Jackie Robinson's college teammate, but today who remembers the man who broke the NFL's color barrier a year before Robinson integrated baseball?) Departments - Letters, Leading Off, Scorecard (Soccer diplomacy: U.S. at Honduras), Just My Type (Dancin' Michael Irvin), Faces In The Crowd, Inside...(The NFL - The Saints stingy D, Fantasy Football - Who's up, who's down, College Football - Stanford's shifty back, NASCAR - Junior looks forward), The Vault (Walter Payton's record), Point After (Quit playing, Tim Tebow - No, don't)
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November
9
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Iowa Hawkeyes
Lineup - Baseball - World Series (Led by shortstop Derek Jeter, the Yankee's played like the relentless machine of old) College Football - Iowa Hawkeyes (The Big Ten leaders are 9-0 but keep having to come up from behind to win, and even their coach doesn't think they're an elite team. How much of it is luck?) Pro Football - Cedric Benson (The former No. 4 pick washed out with the Bears, learned how to be a pro with the Bengals and is now one of the NFL's leading rushers) Olympic Sports - U.S. Bobsledders (The world-champion four-man sled USA1, a.k.a Team Night-Train, is 880 pounds of muscle clad in spandex that is determined to win gold in Vancouver) NASCAR - Jimmie Johnson (He grew up in a trailer park and he's bearing down on a record fourth consecutive Cup championship. So why do people think he's so vanilla?) Departments - Letters, Leading Off, Scorecard (Philly, sports heaven - Coaches turned actor's), Just My Type (WR Patrick Crayton wants to play QB), Faces In The Crowd, Inside...(Olympic Sports - Meb wins marathon, College Football - Irish on the bubble, The NBA - Bulls count on Deng, The NFL - Ravens' D roars back, Fantasy Football - Who's up, who's down), The Vault (Ali's rope-a-dope, 1974), Point After (Confessions of a youth coachaholic)
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Winter
2009
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Bar Refaeli
Contents - Start Your Engines (To get your heart racing, IndyCar star Danica Patrick takes you to her hood), SI.com (Models gone rogue, the greatest live blog ever, customized calendars and Swimsuit goes YouTube), Dan Patrick (The SI columnist and radio-show host goes one-on-one with Brooklyn Decker on this years shoots, her boyfriend and the Speedo), Rookies (The best group of newbies yet, from Brooklyn (New York) to Brazil to Bratislava), Grenadines (The models kick off the '09 Swimsuit odyssey in the laid-back Land of the Turtle), How Civilized (Journey to four countries with ancient cultures and pillars of modern beauty), Naples (Uncovering works of art near the ruing of Pompeii), Cappadocia (The landscape isn't the only Turkish delight), Body Paint (Tour these natural wonders of the world. Oh, the topography!), Canary Island (Three beauties bring the magma to a boil), Riviera Maya (Surrender yourself to the new conquistadores), Dancer Fever (The women of the NBA's dance squads make their swimsuit debut. Talk about an all-rookie team), Volley Of The Dolls (Three top players from tennis's post-Kournikova generation make a smashing impression), Where To Buy (Want some phone numbers? Not the models' but the ones for the stores where you can find the swimsuits and accessories), Final Shots (The Swimsuit culture grid shows how SI's models have fit in with the lifestyles of the last four decades)
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November
23
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Kalin Lucas
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Linup - College Basketball Preview - Defense First (Every contender this season has a lockdown defender.), Calipari and Pitino (Is Kentucky big enough for two egos of this magnitude?), SI's Men's Top 20 (Scouting reports, season schedules and projected starting lineups.), 5 Minute Guide (New faces to watch, All-America teams and story lines to follow.), Stanford Women (Jayne Appel leads a frontcourt that foes look up to.) Pro Football - San Diego Chargers (The offense no longer runs through LaDainian Tomlinson, but in accepting the new order he has redixcovered the joy of running.) College Football - Boise State (The undefeated Broncos showed that they deserve a BCS bowl berth, but will they get it.)<
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November
30
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Mark Ingram
Lineup - College Football - Mark Ingram (As his father watches from prison, the Tide tailback is carrying Alabama on a national title run and trying to deliver the program's first Heisman) Pro Basketball - Brandon Jennings (After a fretful draft night when he had to wait and worry, the Buck's speedy point guard has zoomed to the top of this year's rookie class) Soccer - The MLS Cup (Real Salt Lake squeaked into the postseason and then turned into a giant killer, completing an improbable Cup run with a defeat of the mighty Galaxy) Pro Football - Michael Oher (The rookie tackle hasn't read the book that was written about him and has no plans to see the movie, but, as foretold, he's thriving in the NFL) NASCAR - Jimmie Johnson (In the Chase finale, the reigning champ wrapped up an unprecedented fourth-straight Cup title. Now the question is: How do you stop him?) High School Football - Muck Bowl (Deep in Florida's destituete sugarcane country, two neighboring powerhouses teeming with Division 1 talent collide every year in a fierce rivalry game) Departments - Letters, Leading Off, Scorecard, Just My Type, Faces In The Crowd, Inside...(The NFL, The NHL, College Football), The Vault, Point After
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December
7
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Derek Jeter
Lineup - 2009 Sportsman Of The Year - Derek Jeter (It is not so much his historic season as how he arrived at the iconic place that brought him still another title), Boo Birds (Donovan McNabb, Andy Reid and the restless crowd in Philadelphia), 'Melos's Progress (Thought he's never quite get there? Look how far Carmelo Anthony has come), All-Access (A new exhibit showcasing the work of Walter Iooss Jr. and Neil Leifer celebrates moments large and small), QB Central (Signal-callers from Texas are thriving in pass-happy attacks from coast to coast), Chris Pronger (Big, skilled and the dirtiest player in the NHL. In short, he's the ideal Flyer), Michelle Wie (She has her breakthrough LPGA victory. Now can she pass her stats class?), Kevin Pearce (The new snowboarding star and his "Friends" will vie for spots on Team USA), Gossip Girl (How undefeated filly Rachel Alexandra became the talk of the track in '09), Urban Meyer (The Florida coach can be a contradiction, but he's consistently a winner) Departments - Letters, Leading Off, Scorecard, Just My Type, Faces In The Crowd, Inside...The NFL, Fantasy, The NBA, College Football, College Basketball, Tennis, The NHL..., The Vault, Point After
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December
14
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Alabama-Florida game
Scandals - Tiger Woods (The shattering of a carefully constructed public image is grist for gossip, speculation and jokes, but in the end it's just a very sad story) College Football - Alabama Is No. 1 (The Crimson Tide drubbed Florida in the SEC championship game and will be favored to win it's first national title in 17 years in Pasadena), Heisman Gallery (Every trophy winner, from Berwanger to Bradford) Pro Football - Vince Young (The fourth-year quarterback has led the Titans to five victories in six games in a personal comeback every bit as impressive as his team's) Paralymipcs - Champions To The End (Swimmer Marin Morrison and sailor Nick Scandone fought fatal diseases long enough to fulfill their dream of competing in Beijing) Departments - Letters, Leading Off, Scorecard (Old coaches fade away, Yankees great dies, World Cup forecast), Faces In The Crowd, Just My Type (Toby Gerhart on the Heisman, NFL, MLB), Inside (Olympic sports, College Basketball, The NFL, The NBA), The Vault (Bo Jackson stars in two pro sports, 1987), Point After (Sports is full of b.s., and I'm calling it)
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December
28
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LeBron James
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Pro Football - Hot Blitz (The Double A Gap is the new king of blitzes and the bane of NFL quarterbacks.) The '00s - All-Decade (SI's experts choose the best players, position by position, in six sports.), Biggest Moments (Ten events, triumphant to tragic, that made the last 10 years memorable.), Top Teams (The best pro and college champions in football, baseball, hoops and hockey.), Bad Guys (Villians whose actions drew scorn and whose names will live in infamy.), Best Athletes (SI ranks the top 10 since 2000; the floor is now open for debate.), Love Story (Boise State's fairy-tale cople, three years later.) Obituaries - Farewells (Mark Fidrych was one of dozens of beloved sports figures who died in 2009.)
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