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December 10, 2012 | Volume 117, Issue 23

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Lebron James Cover - Sports Illustrated December 10, 2012

December 10, 2012 | STEWART MANDEL
Following the 2006 through '10 seasons, SEC teams shut down high-powered opponents from the Big Ten (Ohio State, twice), Big 12 (Oklahoma and Texas) and Pac-12 (Oregon) in the BCS championship...

December 10, 2012 | ANDY STAPLES
Against Georgia, Alabama's offensive line bulldozed an athletic 3--4 defense with great linebackers and a massive nosetackle, paving the way for 350 rushing yards and a 32--28 win. Guess what the...

December 10, 2012 | Andy Staples
FRIENDS, FAMILY, COACHES AND TEXAS A&M QB JOHNNY MANZIEL HIMSELF EXPLAIN HOW HE WENT FROM HYPERCOMPETITIVE TEXAS TOT TO BEST PLAYER IN THE NATION

December 10, 2012 | Andy Staples
Watch as four top candidates—Collin Klein, Marqise Lee, Johnny Manziel and Manti Te'o—talk about what the Heisman means to them, at SI.com/cfb

December 10, 2012 | Andy Staples
SHOELACE? DAT? GENO? MATT? THE NAMES THAT DOMINATED HEISMAN TALK WHEN THE SEASON BEGAN HAVE FADED LIKE THE SUMMER HEAT. NEVER MIND THE OFFICIAL LIST, SI'S FINAL FOUR CHOICES, LED BY FRONT-RUNNER...

December 10, 2012 | Seth Davis
THE FRESHLY RETIRED UCONN BASKETBALL COACH AND THREE-TIME NCAA CHAMPION REFLECTS ON HIS COMPLICATED LEGACY AND WHAT HE MISSES—AND DOESN'T MISS—ABOUT THE PROFESSION

December 10, 2012 | Seth Davis
To read about Calhoun's all-nighter with Bill Clinton, download the SI digital edition, available free to subscribers at SI.com/activate

December 10, 2012 | Albert Chen
... FOR THEY SHALL INHERIT THE GAME—AS SOON AS STATHEADS, LIKE BASEBALL'S SABERMETRICIANS BEFORE THEM, CONVINCE THE FOOTBALL MEN THAT ANALYTICS, RATHER THAN GUT INSTINCT, OFFERS THE BEST FORMULA...

December 10, 2012 | Albert Chen
A look at the NFL's shifting run-pass balance over the past 30 years suggests that Burke's ideas may be trickling down—just very slowly

December 10, 2012 | Albert Chen
Oregon's Chip Kelly, one of college football's hottest coaching prospects, is expected to be courted by needy NFL franchises this off-season. If he takes a pro job, here's the kind of forward...

December 10, 2012 | Albert Chen
When Bill Belichick's failed fourth-and-two conversion cost the Patriots against the Colts in 2009, pundits picked apart the play. Brian Burke fired back with a defense—but coaches don't appear...

December 10, 2012 | Albert Chen
To read Kerry J. Byrne's Inside the Numbers column, a weekly take on NFL analytics, visit SI.com/mag

December 10, 2012 | Jordan Conn
THIS YEAR'S WORLD SERIES WASN'T EXACTLY ONE FOR THE AGES, BUT IT WAS A CHANCE FOR EVERYONE ELSE TO DISCOVER SOMETHING SAN FRANCISCANS HAVE LONG KNOWN: IT'S HARD NOT TO LOVE PABLO SANDOVAL

December 10, 2012 | Jordan Conn
If facing Justin Verlander is supposed to be a terrifying experience, someone forgot to tell Pablo Sandoval. The Panda had three plate appearances against the Tigers' ace this season, one in the...

December 10, 2012 | Jordan Conn
Get complete coverage of the winter meetings and Hot Stove analysis all off-season long from Tom Verducci at SI.com/mlb

December 10, 2012 | ROY BLOUNT JR.
FRANCO HARRIS'S MIRACLE CATCH IN DECEMBER 1972 TURNED THE AUTHOR AND HIS YOUNG SON INTO PASSIONATE STEELERS FANS. FORTY YEARS LATER THEY WENT BACK TO PITTSBURGH TO WAVE TERRIBLE TOWELS AND SEE...

December 10, 2012 | ROY BLOUNT JR.
For more on the 80 years of pro football in the Steel City, buy Pittsburgh Steelers: Pride in Black and Gold (Sports Illustrated Books, $34.95), which includes photos from SI's archives and...

December 10, 2012 | STEVE RUSHIN
When should a man stop wearing sports jerseys? When the buttons of his White Sox top finally pop, like rivets on a distressed ocean liner? When the pinstripes of his Yankees shirt have grown wider...

December 10, 2012
ANNUS MIRABILIS

December 10, 2012 | PAUL FICHTENBAUM
One of the most intriguing parlor games played here at SPORTS ILLUSTRATED begins in January, when our attention turns to the coming year and we think about the tantalizing possibilities the next...

December 10, 2012
Founder: Henry R. Luce 1898--1967

December 10, 2012 | DAVID EPSTEIN
The horror and tragedy of the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide make clear that even the spotlight of big-time sports and the immediacy of social media cannot fully illumine the human heart

December 10, 2012 | DAVID EPSTEIN
Get the latest coverage of the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide at SI.com/mag, including:

December 10, 2012 | L. JON WERTHEIM
As pro football becomes more popular than ever, the NFL finds itself all too often struggling with disturbing headlines

December 10, 2012 | Rebecca Shore
Boxer, bookmaker, author Beth Raymer finds herself the subject of a new romantic comedy

December 10, 2012 | Rebecca Shore
To celebrate his first Premier League goal of the season, Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli had a quotation from Genghis Khan tattooed on his chest: "I am the punishment of God./If you had...

December 10, 2012
HOT: MOUNTAIN HIGHS

December 10, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
DONTRE WILSON

December 10, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
"I may get thrown out at halftime and end up in an Irish bar in Cincinnati."

December 10, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
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December 10, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
MANTI TE'O

December 10, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
SAY WHAT?

December 10, 2012 | TOM VERDUCCI
First, tainted stars from the Steroid Era hijacked the record book. Now they may squeeze worthy older candidates off the Hall of Fame ballot

December 10, 2012 | Ben Reiter
It was strange that much of the coverage of Marvin Miller's death—at the age of 95 of liver cancer on Nov. 27—centered upon his absence from baseball's Hall of Fame. That institution has the feel...

December 10, 2012 | JOE SHEEHAN
The theme of the off-season so far is Centerfielders on the Move. Several top free agents play the position (not even counting Josh Hamilton, a corner outfielder who can play center), and several...

December 10, 2012 | IAN THOMSEN
The Grizzlies, owners of the league's best D and a balanced offense, are playing like a team that can make a deep run in the West

December 10, 2012 | IAN THOMSEN
How Memphis has ranked in offensive and defensive efficiency since Lionel Hollins became coach

December 10, 2012 | DAVID SABINO
RISERS

December 10, 2012 | GRANT WAHL
The Galaxy's repeat MLS Cup win fittingly capped the Beckham experiment—and suggested that L.A. and the league will thrive even as the idol departs

December 10, 2012 | GRANT WAHL
For a photo gallery from the MLS Cup final, download the SI app on your tablet, or subscribers can log in at SI.com/activate

December 10, 2012 | CHRIS MANNIX
Once again Manny Pacquiao is not fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr., continuing a ruinous pattern of disengagement by boxing's stars

December 10, 2012 | CHRIS MANNIX
Austin Trout's decision over Miguel Cotto last Saturday in Madison Square Garden was proof that perseverance pays off. When Trout (far right, tagging Cotto) turned pro in 2005, no major promoters...

December 10, 2012 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
The saddest happy coach

December 10, 2012 | Lee Jenkins
THERE IS STILL ONE LAST FRONTIER TO CONQUER, BUT THE PREMIER TALENT OF HIS GENERATION REACHED SEVERAL OTHERS IN 2012—A RING, A SECOND GOLD, A THIRD MVP—AND STARTED TO WIN BACK A PUBLIC CURDLED BY...

December 10, 2012 | Lee Jenkins
Check out exclusive Sportsman of the Year video on the SI digital edition, available free to subscribers at SI.com/mag

December 10, 2012
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December 10, 2012 | Grant Wahl
THROUGH THE YEARS WITH LEBRON, IN THE WORDS OF THOSE WHO HAVE COVERED HIM

December 10, 2012 | Dan Greene
FOR THESE SIX MEN AND ONE WOMAN, THE BENEFICENCE THAT INSPIRED SI TO HONOR THEM CONTINUES TO SHINE THROUGH

December 10, 2012 | Alexander Wolff
IN 1987, SI BESTOWED ITS HIGHEST HONOR ON A GROUP OF SPORTS FIGURES DEDICATED TO HELPING OTHERS. A QUARTER CENTURY LATER, ATHLETES ARE CHANNELING THE SAME PASSION AND COMMITMENT TO EVER BROADER...

December 10, 2012 | Alexander Wolff
To read the original Athletes Who Care story from the 1987 Sportsman of the Year issue, download this week's digital edition of SI.

December 10, 2012 | Tim Layden
CRIMSON VS. GOLD. ROLL TIDE VS. SHAKE DOWN THE THUNDER. KNUTE VS. THE BEAR. SOUTHERN PASSION VS. CATHOLIC PRIDE. NOTRE DAME VS. ALABAMA IS MORE THAN A BATTLE FOR THE NATIONAL TITLE. IT'S A...

December 10, 2012 | Tim Layden
Read Zac Ellis's final Heisman Watch and see whom readers chose for the award in our People's Heisman poll, at SI.com/mag

December 10, 2012 | DAVID DUSEK
FOR THE 2013 WEST COAST SWING

December 10, 2012 | John Underwood
ON DEC. 31, 1973, ARA PARSEGHIAN AND THE IRISH BEAT BEAR BRYANT AND THE TIDE 24--23 IN A SUGAR BOWL FOR THE AGES. THE TWO TEAMS COMBINED FOR 738 YARDS IN AN OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION THAT HINTED AT THE...

December 10, 2012 | John Underwood
Read John Underwood's full examination of Notre Dame's win over Alabama in the classic 1973 Sugar Bowl at SI.com/mag

December 10, 2012 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
WHAT WERE THE STORIES OF THE YEAR? WHAT DO WE THINK OF THE BELLY-PUTTER BAN? WHO IS SET UP FOR A BIG 2013? AND WHO WILL WIN NEXT YEAR'S MAJORS?

December 10, 2012 | Sal Johnson
Compare the early careers of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, and the numbers are eerily similar. McIlroy (left) was more than four months younger when he won his second major, but he'll have to be...