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January 24, 2011 | Volume 114, Issue 3

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Jay Cutler Cover - Sports Illustrated January 24, 2011

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Founder: Henry R. Luce 1898--1967

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Being a fan of both blues guitar and sports, I was absolutely thrilled to see one of my alltime favorites, the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan, on the cover of SI's year-end issue. Say what? That's...

January 24, 2011 | Mark Shepard
The sly satirists at The Onion have found big laughs in ESPN's Big Show

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Who's Hot

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WILL THERE BE AN NBA SEASON IN 2011--12?

January 24, 2011 | Lars Anderson
A new NASCAR rule will allow young drivers to shine

January 24, 2011 | Lars Anderson
A 23-year-old Nebraska student made good on a pact with his fantasy football league that the last-place owner would get a tattoo declaring himself such.

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Retired

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Shawne Merriman

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112--57

January 24, 2011 | Lars Anderson
Auburn's national title stirred no Crimson pride in neighboring Tuscaloosa

January 24, 2011 | Lars Anderson
On the occasion of Nicolas Mahut, the ATP's No. 132--ranked player, taking the court for a Hopman Cup mixed doubles event while wearing a tennis skirt to match partner Kristina Mladenovic—and with...

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Tracking the week's news both inside and outside the confines of cool

January 24, 2011 | Dan Patrick
Vince Vaughn

January 24, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
Jonathan Jones

January 24, 2011 | CHRIS MANNIX
A scrappy second-round pick has not just become a Knicks starter—he's also the secret to their success

January 24, 2011 | LUKE WINN
The most surprising father-son combination in Division I is Creighton's Greg and Doug McDermott

January 24, 2011 | SETH DAVIS
D.J. Gay is the reason No. 6--ranked San Diego State is still undefeated. The Aztecs' front line of Kawhi Leonard, Malcolm Thomas and Billy White is celebrated, but Gay, a 6-foot senior point...

January 24, 2011 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
The most improved player in the league is Kris Letang, who has filled two big voids for the Penguins

January 24, 2011 | PIERRE MCGUIRE
The Oilers may trade Dustin Penner soon. After scoring 32 goals last season, he's netted just 14 in 2010--11. The winger is due $4.25 million next year, and by dealing him Edmonton—already stocked...

January 24, 2011 | Tim Layden
It's Green Bay versus Chicago for the NFC title—the 182nd edition of the NFL's oldest and most storied rivalry. But never has the game meant as much as it will on Sunday, when nine decades of...

January 24, 2011 | JIM TROTTER
Role players on defense are helping the Bears reconnect with their glory days as they push to Dallas

January 24, 2011 | JIM TROTTER
Sunday, 3 p.m. Eastern Soldier Field, Chicago

January 24, 2011 | Damon Hack
First the Jets talked a good game against New England, then they throttled their buttoned-down archrival when it counted. Next stop for the Big Apple circus: an AFC title game showdown with the...

January 24, 2011 | PETER KING
Pittsburgh's Super Bowl formula remains true as ever: Build from within, trust tradition—and strike hard

January 24, 2011 | PETER KING
Sunday, 6:30 p.m. Eastern Heinz Field, Pittsburgh

January 24, 2011 | Ian Thomsen
Like the rest of his superstar buddies, Carmelo Anthony wants to dictate where he plays. Unlike one in particular, he'd like to do it without tarnishing his legacy

January 24, 2011 | Luke Winn
Kenneth Faried owns the glass like no other player in the country, and he does it in obscurity. It's a nice little story, but only the start of his unlikely narrative

January 24, 2011 | Luke Winn
A look at the top Division I rebounding averages (per 40 minutes, pace-adjusted) from the previous three seasons puts Faried in good company. His average for the 2010--11 season (16.3) would rank...

January 24, 2011 | Selena Roberts
AS THE CYCLIST AND CANCER CRUSADER FACES POSSIBLE INDICTMENT BY A GRAND JURY, SI TAKES A CLOSE LOOK AT OLD AND NEW ALLEGATIONS THAT HE USED PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING DRUGS WHILE WINNING TOUR DE FRANCE...

January 24, 2011 | JOE POSNANSKI
His fellow scouts see him on television, just as they have seen him a hundred times behind home plates at high school, college and AAU games across America. They can't help but notice him. Some...