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December 06, 2010 | Volume 113, Issue 21

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Drew Brees Cover - Sports Illustrated December 06, 2010

December 06, 2010 | Joe Posnanski
When it comes to SI covers, it's all about the emotional imprint they leave. With that in mind, one man (with a little help from his friends) picks his 32 favorites of all time

December 06, 2010 | Thomas Lake
Three days after he collapsed from heatstroke at practice in 2008, 15-year-old Max Gilpin became one of at least 665 boys since 1931 to die as a result of high school football. Here's what made...

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Founder: Henry R. Luce 1898--1967

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For years I've listened to people rant about how greed was blocking a playoff system in college football without ever knowing the truth about the power brokers involved. I believed that a playoff...

December 06, 2010 | L. JON WERTHEIM
An homage to the most influential NBA figure since Jordan

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Who's Hot

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WHO WOULD YOU WANT TO HAND OFF TO ON THIRD-AND-THREE?

December 06, 2010 | Jim Trotter
The NFL's fine of the Broncos in a new spy case suggests a double standard

December 06, 2010 | Jim Trotter
2K Sports last week reacted to reports of Spurs guard Tony Parker's infidelity by adjusting his "loyalty" rating (which weighs a player's willingness to stay with a team in career mode) from 87 to...

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Stabbed

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Larry Fitzgerald

December 06, 2010 | Lars Anderson
Taking a closer look at No. 1 Oregon's image-is-everything sideline strategy

December 06, 2010 | Kelli Anderson
An extraordinary coach's story offers inspiration far beyond his team

December 06, 2010 | DAMON HACK
Will Leslie Frazier's calm coaching presence lead to long-term climate change in Minnesota?

December 06, 2010 | Peter King
It's not just the game of the week, Jets coach Rex Ryan says, "It's the marquee game of the year." Two emerging kids could determine the outcome of this showdown between 9--2 teams. Jets QB Mark...

December 06, 2010 | DAVID SABINO
It's a long season, and the bumps and lumps of NFL life can present opportunities for savvy owners

December 06, 2010 | CHRIS MANNIX
It can take a while for a young center to learn the pro game. Indiana's Roy Hibbert is finally hitting his stride

December 06, 2010 | SARAH KWAK
The Kings are fit to contend, thanks to a stifling defense led by one of the best young American players in the NHL

December 06, 2010 | PIERRE MCGUIRE
Flyers wing Claude Giroux has become a star in his third season. He has 12 goals and is the only player to have scored three times while shorthanded and on the power play. The only downside for...

December 06, 2010 | JOE SHEEHAN
Want a big-ticket Japanese starter? Beware the high price of negotiating with them—and their shaky history

December 06, 2010 | JOE SHEEHAN
Solid Signing

December 06, 2010 | LARS ANDERSON
Nothing fancy about Pasadena-bound Wisconsin's offense: just a molar-rattling ground game

December 06, 2010 | LARS ANDERSON
To watch an interview with South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, go to SI.com/justaskin. For highlights of the interview, snap a photo of this JAGTAG with your phone. Verizon and AT&T...

December 06, 2010 | STEWART MANDEL
Randy Shannon's four years as head coach at Miami were baffling. The former Hurricanes linebacker and assistant recruited well, cleaned up the program's reputation and produced some of the highest...

December 06, 2010 | PABLO S. TORRE
Stacked with talented teams from top to bottom, the Big Ten is in a league of its own this season

December 06, 2010 | SETH DAVIS
Kemba Walker is the hottest player in the country right now. UConn's 6'1" junior point guard is averaging 30.0 points (tops in the nation) after leading the Huskies to surprise wins in the Maui...

December 06, 2010 | L. JON WERTHEIM
The men's tour ended the year with a bang as Roger Federer played with his old sense of urgency in London

December 06, 2010 | L. JON WERTHEIM
Strong Return

December 06, 2010 | Tim Layden
THE SAINTS QUARTERBACK BROUGHT A LOMBARDI TROPHY TO NEW ORLEANS—JUST ONE OF THE COUNTLESS WAYS HE HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE REBIRTH OF A GREAT AMERICAN CITY

December 06, 2010 | TERRY MCDONELL
What happened? We are feeling the final tremors in a seismic sports decade. Let's skip the predictable rant against performance enhancing drugs (asterisk goes here) and bad behavior. Think Chutes...

December 06, 2010 | Interviews by Richard Deitsch
Since 1954, SI has awarded the Sportsman of the Year title to figures from the world of sports whose accomplishments transcend the field of play. Here, six of the past honorees—including the first...

December 06, 2010 | Austin Murphy
As if the 75th Iron Bowl lacked drama—a Heisman favorite dogged by scandal, a road to the BCS title game that ran through its most hostile rival—Cam Newton and a feral Auburn defense added one...

December 06, 2010 | KELLI ANDERSON
The offensive fad of 2010 shot down No. 3 Boise State and the Broncos' national title hopes

December 06, 2010 | SIMON MAXWELL APTER
Oregon and Oregon State have a rivalry unlike any other. Call it Hate Lite, but that ducky relationship could change forever this weekend, when the stakes go way up

December 06, 2010 | Joe Posnanski
Drawing on a lifetime of lessons and a network of like-minded confidants across sports, Scott Pioli is rebuilding the Chiefs based on his ideal of what makes a winner

December 06, 2010 | PETER KING
Sometimes team-building comes down to a single brilliant personnel move—like these 10 most influential trades in NFL history

December 06, 2010 | Lee Jenkins
Yes, the Heat have three of the best players on Earth—but it takes 15 to fill out an NBA roster. The Other 12 could be key to getting a sputtering team on the right track