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December 20, 2010 | Volume 113, Issue 23

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Mark Wahlberg Cover - Sports Illustrated December 20, 2010

December 20, 2010 | STEVE RUSHIN
Will sportswriting software lead to a robotic Red Smith?

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December 20, 2010 | PABLO S. TORRE
Powered by the passion of Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter just may be the best boxing film ever

December 20, 2010 | PABLO S. TORRE
ALREADY FORGOTTEN

December 20, 2010 | Chris Mannix
The real Micky Ward weighs in

December 20, 2010 | Rebecca Shore
LOOK PAST THE ROBOTS, implores director Shawn Levy of his boxing pic, Real Steel , due in October. "[This] is less a descendent of Transformers than it is...

December 20, 2010 | Rebecca Shore
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December 20, 2010 | Rebecca Shore
When he entered the movie business, it wasn't Mark Ciardi's goal to produce sports films. But because of his baseball résumé—he was 1--1 with a 9.37 ERA in one season pitching for the Brewers, in...

December 20, 2010 | Richard Deitsch
ESPN's 30 for 30 fields a rich lineup of documentaries

December 20, 2010 | Richard Deitsch
ALREADY FORGOTTEN

December 20, 2010 | Ryan Hatch
ONION SPORTSDOME

December 20, 2010 | Ryan Hatch
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December 20, 2010 | Ryan Hatch
Whether soccer is ever embraced in the U.S. as a truly major spectator sport remains to be seen. If it is, one man will be due much of the credit. Longtime English announcer Ian Darke burst onto...

December 20, 2010 | Ben Reiter
New services are providing a never-ending stream of live-action sports

December 20, 2010 | Ben Reiter
ALREADY FORGOTTEN

December 20, 2010 | Rebecca Shore
GAMERS WILL be able to add a new dimension to their NFL experience in March with the release of Nintendo's 3DS, a handheld dual-screen device that can display 3-D graphics without the need for...

December 20, 2010 | Rebecca Shore
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December 20, 2010 | Rebecca Shore
Speaking off the cuff has never been as risky as in the YouTube age, in which a postgame gaffe could become a SportsCenter sound bite—or worse, a catchy song. Some badly behaving coaches and...

December 20, 2010 | Tim Layden
Laura Hillenbrand expands her own world through her subjects' stories

December 20, 2010 | Tim Layden
Several books were published by SPORTS ILLUSTRATED BOOKS or written by SI writers, editors and contributors this year. The lineup includes:

December 20, 2010 | Alexandra Fenwick
A DECADE AFTER blowing the lid off of Saturday Night Live with a revealing oral history, authors Jim Miller and Tom Shales—artists at cajoling unflattering reminiscences—will lift the curtain in...

December 20, 2010 | Alexandra Fenwick
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December 20, 2010 | Alexandra Fenwick
A finalist for the 2010 Casey Award for baseball writing, Josh Wilker, 42, spent eight years working in liquor stores and bookstores and trying his hand at young-adult nonfiction before he...

December 20, 2010 | Chris Mannix
A numbers dispute between labor and the league bodes ill for the NBA in 2011

December 20, 2010 | Chris Mannix
Two weeks after being assaulted and robbed of $315,000 in jewelry, F/1 racing boss Bernie Ecclestone appeared in a Hublot wristwatch ad that featured Ecclestone's black eye along with the tagline...

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Won

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Cam Newton

December 20, 2010 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
Lucy McCullough

December 20, 2010 | Dan Greene
On Dec. 8, after his Jets were trounced 45--3 by the Patriots, coach Rex Ryan ceremoniously buried a game ball, hoping that his players might forget "all that happened Monday night." If he'd have...

December 20, 2010 | Dan Patrick
Jeremy Shockey

December 20, 2010 | Matt Gagne
By learning to control his speed, UConn point guard Kemba Walker has lifted the Huskies back into the top 10

December 20, 2010 | SETH DAVIS
Michigan State is going to be fine. The Spartans got waxed by Syracuse and only beat Oakland by one, but they often get off to shaky starts because no coach consistently plays a more grueling...

December 20, 2010 | Peter King
One thing is certain about the de facto AFC South title game on Sunday: It's going to be close. The last six meetings between these two have been decided by 21 points, total. Another certainty is...

December 20, 2010 | JIM TROTTER
Offenses love it when opponents choose man-on-man coverage over zone in goal-to-go situations

December 20, 2010 | ANDY STAPLES
Three days after Urban Meyer resigned, Florida replaced him with the right man, Texas's Will Muschamp

December 20, 2010 | STEWART MANDEL
Will Muschamp's departure from Texas shows again that anointing an assistant as the future coach often backfires. Either the incumbent is pushed out or the successor tires of waiting.... The...

December 20, 2010 | TOM VERDUCCI
After a brief period of financial restraint, clubs are giving huge—and long—contracts to aging players

December 20, 2010 | Charles P. Pierce
It takes an audacious imagination for a 5'9" football castoff to view himself as an NFL difference-maker. But Patriots receiver Wes Welker has always envisioned the world as it might be, turning...

December 20, 2010 | DAMON HACK
A new wave of Smurfs is making an impact in the NFL—none more so than DeSean Jackson, Philly's electric wideout

December 20, 2010
This may strike some as being odd because I was in charge of Michael Vick's prosecution in 2007, but I too am rooting for him. I have seen hundreds of men and women go to prison. Many, the greedy...

December 20, 2010
The annual SI Swimsuit Issue will be published in February. If you're a subscriber and would prefer not to receive it, call our customer service center toll free at 1-800-528-5000 and let us know....

December 20, 2010 | Lee Jenkins
Kevin Love, that is. The Timberwolves forward with the Beach Boys in his blood is rising up and pulling down rebounds at an astonishing rate

December 20, 2010 | Michael Farber
Rookie defenseman P.K. Subban has talent to burn, but so far he's made his mark more as a trash-talker. After a recent benching, can he learn to channel his passion into better play on the ice?

December 20, 2010 | PIERRE MCGUIRE
When it comes to trash-talking, this is the NHL's top five

December 20, 2010 | Austin Murphy
His death was the fine print in an August plane crash that killed a former U.S. senator, but Bill Phillips left behind a legacy as massive as the man himself, including three Division I-A...

December 20, 2010 | JOE POSNANSKI
Army-Navy football feels as if it was preserved in a snow globe many years ago. All that's missing for the game in Philadelphia this year is the snow. Everything is blue and gray, even the sky....