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December 14, 2009 | Volume 111, Issue 24

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Colin Peek Cover - Sports Illustrated December 14, 2009

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Up in Armon

December 14, 2009 | JOE POSNANSKI
The legendary college football coach is a thing of the past

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Who's Hot

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WHO IS THE STRONGEST PLAYER IN THE LEAGUE?

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Broken

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Bernard Hopkins

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396,224

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The position of Yankees rightfielder was made famous by Babe Ruth, a larger-than-life carouser known almost as much for his partying as his hitting. Funny, then, that the man who filled Ruth's...

December 14, 2009
Former NBA center Luc Longley paid $2,900 for the right to name a newly discovered species of shrimp after his daughter.

December 14, 2009 | George Dohrmann
U.S. feeling optimistic after a favorable World Cup draw

December 14, 2009
SI senior writer Grant Wahl predicts which teams (in bold) will advance from the group stage next summer

December 14, 2009 | As told to Sarah Kwak
The Community star attended Marquette

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What smart fans should do this week

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Ryan, whose home arena is 30 miles from the International House of Pancakes main office in Glendale, Calif., prefers the French specialty, though he acknowledges crepes are "just thin pancakes."...

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Anne Riddle Lundblad

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The commissioner envisions a coed NBA

December 14, 2009 | Dan Patrick
The Interview

December 14, 2009 | TIM LAYDEN
Lindsey Vonn's World Cup dominance is evoking visions of a gold medal bonanza in Vancouver

December 14, 2009 | SETH DAVIS
Kentucky's John Wall (below) is my leading contender for national player of the year. Wall had 16 points, seven assists and five rebounds for No. 4 Kentucky (8--0) in a 68--66 win...

December 14, 2009 | GEORGE DOHRMANN
Opportunistic UNLV is off and running again thanks to a deep reservoir of ready-for-impact transfers

December 14, 2009 | Peter King
There's only one way for the Cowboys to win this game, and I'm confident that it won't take long for Dallas offensive coordinator Jason Garrett to figure it out. The Chargers' sole weakness over...

December 14, 2009 | JIM TROTTER
Don't look now, but behind a revitalized defense the Cardinals are stalking the leaders in the NFC

December 14, 2009 | DAVID SABINO
Who's up, who's down

December 14, 2009 | DAVID SABINO
Colt Storage

December 14, 2009 | CHRIS MANNIX
The Yao-less Rockets are a surprising success, thanks in no small part to a center who's 6'6"

December 14, 2009 | CHRIS MANNIX
Cat Power

December 14, 2009 | PHIL TAYLOR
When celebrity falls, as Tiger Woods did last week in admitting to certain "transgressions," we rush to the scene, eager for the best view. You know the drill. We scour gossip websites in search...

December 14, 2009 | AUSTIN MURPHY
The new king of the SEC is Alabama, which pushed around Florida on both sides of the ball and moved closer to its first national championship since 1992

December 14, 2009 | AUSTIN MURPHY
A polling of 14 writers and editors produced the SI playoff, which would solve the problem of who deserves to play for the national title

December 14, 2009
It's the 75th anniversary of the most coveted award in college football, and in keeping with tradition, a quarterback or running back will be honored for the 70th time when, after a wide-open...

December 14, 2009 | ALBERT CHEN
Texas is back in the title game, but Colt McCoy may have thrown away the Heisman

December 14, 2009 | ALBERT CHEN
One second from probably playing for the national title, TCU was forced to settle for its first BCS appearance

December 14, 2009 | LEE JENKINS
With the memory of his late mentor to guide him, Vince Young has rediscovered the joy of football and reclaimed his career

December 14, 2009 | L. Jon Wertheim
As swimmer Marin Morrison and sailor Nick Scandone fought deadly diseases, they mustered all their strength and courage to fulfill a final dream: to compete in the Beijing Paralympics

December 14, 2009
Your projected field of 65 NCAA tournament teams includes just nine from the six conferences in the west. You have eight teams making the tournament from the Big East alone. You've got to be...

December 14, 2009
Every SI Story ... Every SI Photo ... Ever SI.COM/VAULT

December 14, 2009 | SETH DAVIS
SI.com's college basketball expert goes inside the game. This is just a taste of what you'll get online.

December 14, 2009 | CHRIS BALLARD
So let me get this straight. Tiger Woods—lord of the back nine, toothy pitchman, total control freak—turns out to be the newest character in a Desperate Housewives fantasy sequence, and some...

December 14, 2009
MY BAG

December 14, 2009 | EVAN ROTHMAN
Perhaps it's time to take a more kidlike approach to golf, literally

December 14, 2009 | EVAN ROTHMAN
WILL L'AFFAIRE TIGER AFFECT HIS ON-COURSE PERFORMANCE?

December 14, 2009 | Dottie Pepper
• Only seven of the last 37 LPGA majors have been won by Americans, and none of the last three. Who has the best chance to turn the tide? Michelle Wie. Where? The LPGA Championship. Why? School...

December 14, 2009 | Michael Bamberger
SI convened a meeting of its golf experts—senior writers Michael Bamberger, Damon Hack, Alan Shipnuck and Gary Van Sickle—and a PGA Tour pro (who participated on the condition of anonymity) to...

December 14, 2009 | GEOFF SHACKELFORD
The adoption of Twitter by pro golfers has punched a hole in George Plimpton's theory that the smaller the ball, the better the writing. Undaunted, the SI Golf Plus Academy of Tweeting Arts and...