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December 12, 2011 | Volume 115, Issue 23

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Pat  Summitt Cover - Sports Illustrated December 12, 2011

December 12, 2011
All good company men, whether in football or at a large corporation, are loyal to the organizations they work for and follow the directives of the executives above them. Joe Paterno is no...

December 12, 2011
What do you think of Tiger Woods's victory at the Chevron World Challenge?

December 12, 2011 | LEE JENKINS
In 136 major league seasons, there's never been a more dizzyingly dramatic day than Sept. 28, 2011. The Red Sox and the Braves may disagree, but for everyone else it's a date that will live in ecstasy

December 12, 2011 | LEE JENKINS
Breaking down Sept. 28, when fortunes changed by the minute. Win Expectancy (WE) measures a team's average chance of winning given a particular game situation. WE data from baseball-reference.com....

December 12, 2011 | MICHAEL FARBER
With the club slumping and captain Alex Ovechkin seemingly checked out, the Capitals dumped their coach. Now one of the NHL's superstars isn't just struggling to rediscover his game, but he's also...

December 12, 2011 | PIERRE MCGUIRE
The NHL's coaching carousel began to go 'round in earnest last week, with three jobs turning over in a four-day stretch. Besides the departure of Bruce Boudreau and the arrival of Dale Hunter in...

December 12, 2011 | TERRY McDONELL
SENIOR EDITOR Trisha Blackmar played basketball in college. She doesn't brag about this and it is not a requirement for running our college basketball coverage, but it helps. Her school was...

December 12, 2011
Founder: Henry R. Luce 1898--1967

December 12, 2011 | JIM GORANT
The world's first teenage recruiting guru spreads the word on prospects through Twitter, Skype, Facebook and message boards, and college coaches (not to mention fans) have learned to pay attention

December 12, 2011 | Walter Iooss Jr.
The intrepid SI photographer spent the last 50 years shooting the biggest games, the greatest athletes and the most beautiful swimsuit models. Some guys just can't catch a break

December 12, 2011 | PHIL TAYLOR
The cardboard envelope I had been expecting arrived at my house in mid-November, priority mail, from the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche. Inside was a single sheet of paper with the...

December 12, 2011 | RICHARD HOFFER
As evidenced by the Heat and the Eagles, it's time for athletes to get hip to the hubris of the Dream Team tag

December 12, 2011 | RICHARD HOFFER
The makers of a PlayStation smartphone arranged a live-action soccer match in which two "coaches" commanded the action by using video game controllers that electronically transmitted instructions...

December 12, 2011
NOT: SKINS SMOKED

December 12, 2011
| DIED |

December 12, 2011
12-0-1

December 12, 2011
By Frank Thomas and Yao Ming, two new beverages: Big Hurt Beer, "a crisp full-flavored lager with all-star taste"; and from Yao Family Wines, a Cabernet Sauvignon, described as being "austere" on...

December 12, 2011
Which team's fans are the toughest to play in front of?

December 12, 2011 | Brian Cazeneuve
The family of track legend Sydney Maree is protesting his imprisonment in South Africa

December 12, 2011 | L. Jon Wertheim
Trading punches for pride with the Emerald Isle's nomadic Travellers

December 12, 2011 | L. Jon Wertheim
"The view of his knee by way of tweet is not as strong as a one-on-one examination. I don't imagine there will be any problem there."

December 12, 2011
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

December 12, 2011 | Tim Layden
Seven years ago, when women's ski jumping pioneers such as Lindsey Van of the U.S. were just beginning a long fight for the sport's Olympic inclusion, which was granted last spring, Sarah...

December 12, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
JOSEPH SADLER

December 12, 2011 | Ben Freed
For Stanford's star QB, upper arms are a cardinal concern

December 12, 2011 | DAN PATRICK
Bobby Valentine

December 12, 2011 | DAN PATRICK
SAY WHAT?

December 12, 2011 | GEORGE DOHRMANN
A new coach and a roster full of transfers have made Sin City hoops exciting again

December 12, 2011 | GEORGE DOHRMANN
Northwestern has never been to the NCAA tournament. Harvard has—just once—in 1946, when the field consisted of eight schools. This year, however, after decades of false starts and false hope, both...

December 12, 2011 | SETH DAVIS
Xavier's Tu Holloway is the nation's best clutch shooter. The Musketeers' 6-foot senior guard, who buried two three-pointers in OT to cap a comeback win over Vanderbilt on Nov. 28, hit three...

December 12, 2011 | JIM TROTTER
Cardinals rookie Patrick Peterson has been bringing back punts for touchdowns at a torrid pace—and making it look easy. If only someone would just kick the ball to him again

December 12, 2011 | JIM TROTTER
Of players with at least four punt-return TDs, the top five in frequency are all active, with Peterson setting the pace.

December 12, 2011 | Damon Hack
Denials to the contrary, the Lions' Ndamukong Suh has a problem. And so do his teammates

December 12, 2011 | PETER KING
1. I think the most underrated skill player in the NFL may finally get some pub. San Francisco running back Frank Gore is fifth in the league with 982 rushing yards. On Sunday he passed both Roger...

December 12, 2011 | JOE SHEEHAN
It's been nearly a decade since the Red Sox' new manager has been inside a big league dugout—but that's not why he's such a refreshing hire

December 12, 2011 | Mark Bechtel
The NBA's 149-day lockout sent dozens of players to all corners of the globe. For some, it was an extended vacation. For others, a holiday from hell

December 12, 2011 | CORY MCCARTNEY
The month of December means it's that time of the year: time to recognize the best in college football for 2011. The top of the list? One unstoppable dual-threat quarterback from Baylor

December 12, 2011 | Alexander Wolff
The two winningest coaches in Division I college basketball history (907 for him, 1,075 for her) have more in common than just extraordinary success. For reaching far beyond their campuses and...

December 12, 2011 | Alexander Wolff
Pat Summitt's eponymous foundation will raise awareness and much-needed funds to help battle the coach's toughest opponent yet

December 12, 2011 | Alexander Wolff
Three former recipients of SI's top honor reflect on the lessons of lives spent trying to uphold sports' highest standards

December 12, 2011 | LEE JENKINS
The megawatt smile is still there, and perhaps shines even brighter for the wisdom and perspective he's gained the hard way

December 12, 2011 | L. JON WERTHEIM
A couple of recent divorces have dusted up the Girl Next Door, but as always she will never sit back and accept defeat

December 12, 2011 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
A man can gather plenty of insight on the road from boy wonder to senior statesman for the sport he loves

December 12, 2011 | BEN REITER
The Patriots' defense, built from spare parts, castoffs and converted receivers, ranks dead last in the NFL, and yet New England is once again cruising to the playoffs. The real test is yet to come

December 12, 2011 | PETER KING
In a first-ever comprehensive survey of football's long-term effects on an entire NFL roster, SI polled the former members of the 1986 Bengals, whose physical and psychological conditions a...

December 12, 2011 | PETER KING
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December 12, 2011 | MATT GAGNE
Former linebacker Emanuel King weighs his own daily pain against his son's dream of reaching the NFL

December 12, 2011 | PETER KING
Quarterback Boomer Esiason maintains a full media workload and still has plenty left for fun and games

December 12, 2011 | MATT GAGNE
Bobby Kemp, once a punishing safety, committed suicide at age 38. Was it football, or lifelong depression?

December 12, 2011 | AUSTIN MURPHY
For a weekend of football that would not change the national-title picture, the author ventured to the only place where every game still counts

December 12, 2011 | CHARLES P. PIERCE
In the west Arkansas town of Magazine, one sure way for boys from the immigrant Hmong community to assimilate is to put on helmets, cleats and shoulder pads

December 12, 2011 | MICK ROUSE
The game will long remember Europe's leading light, a pioneering woman and a television innovator

December 12, 2011
How big was Tiger's victory at the Chevron? Can Luke Donald hang on to No. 1? Who's most likely to become the top American? How do the major venues rate, and who will win the four championships?

December 12, 2011 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Great majors, a new No. 1, LPGA dominance, an old school fight for the money title and the rediscovery of a vintage track too tough to die made 2011 a terrific year in golf