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January 09, 2012 | Volume 116, Issue 1

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Tom Brady Cover - Sports Illustrated January 09, 2012

January 09, 2012 | DICK FRIEDMAN
What makes a kid in Boston geaux for a team so far from home?

January 09, 2012 | DICK FRIEDMAN
For her Dec. 21 nuptials a 38-year-old Englishwoman made her own wedding gown by stitching together parts of vintage jerseys from the groom's favorite soccer team, Manchester City.

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NOT: PSU: STILL #UNOCCUPIED

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| DIED | At age 72 of heart failure, former AFL and NFL defensive tackle Houston Antwine. An eighth-round steal out of Southern Illinois in 1961, he was promptly shipped by the Oilers to the...

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Who is hockey's most underrated player?

January 09, 2012 | David Epstein
The turmoil and hope embroiling an entire region are reflected at the Arab Games

January 09, 2012 | Tim Newcomb
A new training tool has athletes sporting specs to reach their peak performance

January 09, 2012 | Tim Newcomb
"We're like the Israelites. After 40 years we're just finding our way."

January 09, 2012 | Matt Gagne
The NBA unveils a Christmas classic

January 09, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
CHANCE BUKOSKI

January 09, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
The Heat were blasted last season for their arrogance, beginning with a showy, LED-light-backed welcoming party. (Remember: "Not two, not three, not four....") What better way, then, to make...

January 09, 2012 | Alexandra Fenwick
After losing a leg, a high school quarterback continues to inspire

January 09, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
Kevin Love

January 09, 2012 | IAN THOMSEN
Youth, depth and continuity offer the greatest advantage in the condensed schedule

January 09, 2012 | Mark Bechtel
The sight of Dallas forward Sean Williams throwing up on the floor after playing 12 minutes in a loss against the Nuggets on Dec. 26 underscored this truth: After an abbreviated preseason, not...

January 09, 2012 | DAN GREENE
BYU fans haven't forgotten a certain high-scoring point guard, but his replacement, UCLA transfer Matt Carlino, is making it easier

January 09, 2012 | DAN GREENE
You could assemble a potent lineup of active college players who, like Matt Carlino, have left UCLA for greener pastures. Here are three others

January 09, 2012 | SETH DAVIS
Rutgers will get a huge bounce from upsetting Florida last Thursday. The Scarlet Knights might not make the NCAA tournament, but because their top four scorers are three freshmen and a sophomore,...

January 09, 2012 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
The New Year and the Winter Classic have passed, marking the season's midpoint. Here are SI's picks for the top NHL trophies thus far

January 09, 2012 | PIERRE McGUIRE
When the Blues acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from the Avalanche last season, most evaluators saw him as a throw-in for the trade that sent Erik Johnson, the first overall pick in 2006, to...

January 09, 2012 | PETER KING
The field has never been more wide open, as nine—count 'em, nine—teams have a realistic shot at winning the Lombardi Trophy. But in this most pass-happy of seasons, the teams with elite (and...

January 09, 2012 | PETER KING
Record-breaking quarterbacks dominate SI's year-end honors

January 09, 2012 | PETER KING
After an aerial show in January, it will be Brees and Brady going full-throttle at Indy

January 09, 2012 | Ben Reiter
He's bigger and stronger and faster than anyone in the secondary, his hands a bear trap. This season he caught more touchdown passes—17—than any tight end before him, and after each one he spiked...

January 09, 2012 | Ben Reiter
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January 09, 2012 | Ben Reiter
The one consistently robust element of New England's defense has been its pass rush, with half of the Patriots' 40 sacks coming from Mark Anderson and Andre Carter, two free-agent ends who were...

January 09, 2012 | Ben Reiter
Two weekends from now, when they commence what they hope will be the Super Bowl run that has eluded them during John Harbaugh's otherwise successful four-year tenure as coach, the Ravens will not...

January 09, 2012 | Ben Reiter
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January 09, 2012 | Ben Reiter
The fifth wideout selected in last April's draft, Torrey Smith trailed only the Bengals' A.J. Green and the Falcons' Julio Jones among rookies in receiving yards (841), but he was inconsistent....

January 09, 2012 | Damon Hack
It takes certain traits to earn a spot on the Texans' offensive line. "You need intelligence, and you have to be able to run," says left tackle Duane Brown of Houston's vaunted cut-blocking...

January 09, 2012 | Damon Hack
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January 09, 2012 | Damon Hack
A year ago Connor Barwin was a backup 4--3 defensive end who didn't play a snap after dislocating his right ankle in the opener. Since replacing the injured Mario Williams in Week 5 this season,...

January 09, 2012 | Jim Trotter
The Broncos did a free fall into the playoffs, losing three straight and getting in by virtue of a Raiders home loss on the final weekend. If coach John Fox is searching for something to buoy...

January 09, 2012 | Jim Trotter
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January 09, 2012 | Jim Trotter
Wideout Demaryius Thomas was a key contributor during the Broncos' hot streak, with TD catches in the final three minutes of regulation in wins against the Dolphins and the Bears and two scores in...

January 09, 2012 | Jim Trotter
Arguably no team could have used a first-round bye more than the Steelers, who limp into the playoffs with their quarterback playing on a sprained left ankle, their leading rusher out for the...

January 09, 2012 | Jim Trotter
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January 09, 2012 | Jim Trotter
Second-year pro Antonio Brown might not be a household name, but he has become one of the Steelers' playmakers as a receiver and returner. He broke the franchise record for all-purpose yards, with...

January 09, 2012 | Damon Hack
Marvin Lewis treated his ninth season in Cincinnati as if it were his first. "A new beginning at the same address," says the Bengals' coach, who steered the NFL's third-youngest team (average age:...

January 09, 2012 | Damon Hack
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January 09, 2012 | Damon Hack
In his first two years as an outside linebacker, Rey Maualuga was talented but undisciplined. During training camp defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer challenged Maualuga to become more focused and...

January 09, 2012 | Damon Hack
The Packers' locker room is an oval. All players are easily visible, and their accountability to one another is a given.

January 09, 2012 | Damon Hack
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January 09, 2012 | Damon Hack
Defensive end Ryan Pickett, at 340 pounds, adds heft to the Packers' line, savvy to the locker room and smothering hits to Green Bay's run defense. His return to action in the season finale after...

January 09, 2012 | Jim Trotter
When new coach Jim Harbaugh issued blue-collared mechanics shirts to the 49ers' players and coaches before the season, replete with name tags on the chest, his message was as clear as his...

January 09, 2012 | Jim Trotter
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January 09, 2012 | Jim Trotter
Defensive end Justin Smith figures to draw double teams, so outside linebacker Aldon Smith has to take advantage of the one-on-one blocking he's likely to get. The 6'4", 258-pound rookie from...

January 09, 2012 | Peter King
The Saints don't often play in poor weather, and this year they had just one game even remotely affected by the elements. On Dec. 11 in Nashville it was a breezy 41°. Tennessee held New Orleans to...

January 09, 2012 | Peter King
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January 09, 2012 | Peter King
Over the previous two seasons Reggie Bush caught 81 passes from Drew Brees out of the backfield. In his first year in New Orleans, Bush's replacement, Darren Sproles, had 86 receptions. It's easy...

January 09, 2012 | Damon Hack
Four years after the Giants won Super Bowl XLII by attacking quarterbacks from different angles, the current edition tries to create mayhem in similar ways, lining up defensive ends on the inside...

January 09, 2012 | Damon Hack
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January 09, 2012 | Damon Hack
He didn't start a college game until his junior year at UMass, was passed over in the 2010 NFL draft and didn't have a reception as a rookie. That résumé hasn't stopped Victor Cruz from becoming a...

January 09, 2012 | Jim Trotter
The game was changing and he needed to adapt. So after watching Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers shred his defense for 366 yards and three touchdowns in the divisional round of last year's...

January 09, 2012 | Jim Trotter
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January 09, 2012 | Jim Trotter
If the Falcons want to go downfield in the passing game, Matt Ryan is going to need ample blind-side protection from Will Svitek, a 6'6", 308-pound sixth-year pro from Stanford who has allowed...

January 09, 2012 | Damon Hack
At the end of an interview at the Lions' practice facility during training camp in 2010, coach Jim Schwartz left with a final word to a reporter: "You'll be coming back here." It was Schwartz's...

January 09, 2012 | Damon Hack
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January 09, 2012 | Damon Hack
While he has benefited from lining up beside defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh—who commands double teams and chipping running backs—end Cliff Avril is forcing offensive coordinators to deal with him...

January 09, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
SI asked three SEC assistant coaches to break down the first LSU-Alabama game and analyze how the rematch will play out. Their conclusions? Another low-scoring affair, with a surprise ending

January 09, 2012 | COMPILED BY GENE MENEZ
FROM LSU COACH LES MILES'S RECORD IN GAMES DECIDED BY SEVEN POINTS OR FEWER TO HOW MANY THREE-AND-OUTS ALABAMA'S DEFENSE HAS FORCED THIS SEASON, HERE's EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BCS...

January 09, 2012 | MICHAEL ROSENBERG
Before he became the premier postseason performer of his generation, the Patriots icon was a middling college quarterback who invited skepticism, even scorn, from fans and his coaches. That was...

January 09, 2012
• Great coaches are like great musical conductors: They have to set the tempo, unify their performers and bring the best out of each section of the orchestra for a brilliant performance. Pat...

January 09, 2012
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What is your bold sports prediction for 2012?

January 09, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
At the risk of having all the coaches I've criticized as a sportswriter show up to heckle me at my team's next game, I will reveal that I am the boys' junior varsity basketball coach at Summit...