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November 28, 2011 | Volume 115, Issue 21

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Tim Tebow Cover - Sports Illustrated November 28, 2011

November 28, 2011 | TERRY MCDONELL
LAST WEEK SI announced the Sport in America: Our Defining Stories HBO documentary series that we are producing with Endgame Entertainment and Playground Entertainment. This week In My Tribe (page...

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Founder: Henry R. Luce 1898--1967

November 28, 2011
• Anyone who thinks a proposed $2,000 stipend for college athletes will cure the ills of big-time college athletics is naive. Some athletes, particularly the stars, will still have their hands...

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How concerned should the Jets be about QB Mark Sanchez's recent struggles?

November 28, 2011 | TAYLOR PLIMPTON
For the author and his late father, Thanksgiving was about the Lions and the gift of losing

November 28, 2011 | TAYLOR PLIMPTON
Louisville football coach Charlie Strong explained that the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3—and his players' subsequently spending late nights playing the video game—was at least partly...

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NOT: ORANGE CRUSHED

November 28, 2011 | Michael Bamberger
| DIED |

November 28, 2011 | Michael Bamberger
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November 28, 2011 | Michael Bamberger
Last week, new logos for the Marlins, Orioles and, in London, an upstart baseball team called the, ahem, Rippers. Each new design brought headlines—though not all for the intended reasons.

November 28, 2011 | Kelli Anderson
Ten years after an Oklahoma State plane crash, another flight disaster stuns Stillwater

November 28, 2011 | DAVID EPSTEIN
Efforts to clean up Penn State reveal how deep the institutional problems lie

November 28, 2011 | DAVID EPSTEIN
"Just tell them I'm 0--10 as an assistant for Indianapolis."

November 28, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
KATIE LEDECKY

November 28, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
Sweet Kicks, Man

November 28, 2011 | DAN PATRICK
Mike Krzyzewski

November 28, 2011 | JIM TROTTER
Don't fret about the Packers' porous defense. It's the points that count

November 28, 2011 | DAVID SABINO
There were a number of Week 11 performances that looked impressive, but they aren't likely to be repeated and are better off ignored—except for the new guy in Detroit

November 28, 2011 | PETER KING
1. I think the Bengals, despite their two-game slide, will still make the playoffs. It's as much my faith in rookie QB Andy Dalton as it is in their softer schedule down the stretch (with games...

November 28, 2011
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November 28, 2011 | MICHAEL FARBER
The mystifying decline of some of hockey's top offensive talents is just one takeaway from the NHL's early-season report card

November 28, 2011 | PIERRE MCGUIRE
Penguins defenseman Paul Martin has only been a minus player once in his eight-year career, so Pittsburgh G.M. Ray Shero and coach Dan Byslma are not worried about his -10 rating. Both men know...

November 28, 2011 | DAN GREENE
Several programs turned to nontraditional—and some unintentional—activities to strengthen their bonds

November 28, 2011 | SETH DAVIS
Catch Casper Ware if you can. Long Beach State's 5'10" senior point guard may be hard to find on TV, but he is a dynamic athlete who averaged 24.6 points and 5.3 assists in the 49ers' first three...

November 28, 2011 | Tom Verducci
Major League Baseball, once chided by Congress and fought by the players' association over its drug-testing policy, took another significant step away from its tainted past. Baseball became the...

November 28, 2011 | JOE SHEEHAN
A new CBA furthers the commish's vision: The AL and NL are no longer leagues apart

November 28, 2011 | JOE SHEEHAN
If the new playoff system had been in place the last few years, there'd be less angst in Boston and Atlanta this winter. The new CBA adds a fifth playoff team in each league: two wild-card clubs...

November 28, 2011 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
Love him. Doubt him. Praise him. Ridicule him. Gape in awe. As the last two months have shown, there are 300 million opinions of the Broncos' quarterback, and every one of them is right

November 28, 2011 | PETER KING
The Broncos face hard questions in the coming months—including whether to draft a QB

November 28, 2011 | LARS ANDERSON
Seemingly out of the title hunt midseason, Tony Stewart caught fire in the Chase and capped a historic run with a head-to-head win over Carl Edwards at Homestead for his third Cup crown

November 28, 2011 | LARS ANDERSON
Consistency counts—but only to a point. Here's a look at the top drivers in the Chase era, ranked by average finish in the 10 playoff races. Carl Edwards's metronomic run leads them all, but it...

November 28, 2011 | LARS ANDERSON
Even as NASCAR's closest championship battle was drawing the headlines, other stories were playing out—here are three that will resonate beyond 2011

November 28, 2011 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Rivalry Week will once again deliver must-see matchups, but this year's Kansas-Missouri showdown is like no other: It may very well be the last

November 28, 2011 | GENE MENEZ
Here are the teams and the themes to follow this week

November 28, 2011 | GRANT WAHL
If this was indeed David Beckham's final game in MLS, he went out in style, carrying the Galaxy to a championship and affirming the value of star power in America

November 28, 2011 | TERRY MCDONELL
Our sports have become more and more about money and marketing. But to most of us they're still about the stories we tell one another, the transcendent moments that lift us—the very way we define...

November 28, 2011 | TERRY MCDONELL
Sport in America: Our Defining Stories is a television series to air on HBO in 2013 that will explore the national character and shared history through the unifying culture and language of sport....

November 28, 2011 | PHIL TAYLOR
The leaders of what used to be the NBA players union took their labor fight to civil court by filing something called a disclaimer of interest last week, downgrading their organization to a trade...

November 28, 2011
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED asked the 132 teenagers—90 boys and 42 girls—playing in a recent American Junior Golf Association tournament for their opinions on Tiger Woods, favorite playing partners,...

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MY BAG

November 28, 2011 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Hey, Cap'n, when the Ryder Cup arrives you'll have two-time Prez Cup winner Fred Couples on board, right?

November 28, 2011 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
How did you watch the Presidents Cup?

November 28, 2011 | BRANDEL CHAMBLEE
From 1937 through 1966 the Titleholders was held in Augusta and brought together the best in women's golf. Now it has been rejuvenated—with a twist. In 2011 the top three finishers in each LPGA...

November 28, 2011 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Half a world away and in the middle of the night, a team of freewheeling Americans handily won another Presidents Cup, but the big-picture takeaway was that in the scheme of global golf, the U.S....

November 28, 2011 | GARY VAN SICKLE
The grades are out: Here's how the 24 players and the two captains handled the heat and a diabolical Royal Melbourne