SI.com's 10 most popular stories from the week ending Dec. 12
Here is a roundup of SI.com's 10 most popular stories this week. Be sure to read to the bottom for a bonus story from the SI Vault.
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner had one of the greatest performances in MLB postseason history as he helped his team win its third World Series in five years. But Bumgarner's magic on the mound starts with a close connection to home. By Tom Verducci.
The three-time Super Bowl winner was named Sportsman of the Year at age 28. Brady is 37 years old now, but the Patriots quarterback isn't showing signs of slowing down -- in fact, he might be getting better. By Greg Bishop.
Ohio State trounced Wisconsin 59-0 in the Big Ten Championship, but the team's spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff was far from certain even after the convincing victory. Step inside the room where Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer found out his team's fate. By Pete Thamel.
We're still a long way from finding a cure for ALS. But former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, who inspired this year's Ice Bucket Challenge, and former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason have moved us a few steps closer. By Emily Kaplan.
American soccer icon Landon Donovan played his final professional game last weekend, winning his sixth MLS Cup as the LA Galaxy defeated the New England Revolution 2-1. SI's soccer writers share what it was like to cover a U.S. legend.
The White Sox have lost 188 games over the past two seasons, the most in any two-year period for the team since 1970 and 1971. But with recent acquisitions like Jeff Samardzija and Adam LaRoche, the White Sox have been MLB's most surprising team this winter. By Tom Verducci.
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota appears to be on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy, following dual-threat winners like Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III and Johnny Manziel. The numbers show Mariota belongs in that elite group. By Zac Ellis.
Optimistically, around 20 NFL teams will be content with their quarterback situation heading into 2015. But for those teams looking to upgrade under center, there's no shortage of options who could be available this offseason. By Chris Burke.
A team that makes even the 76ers look good. SI.com reveals its second annual All-Atrocious Team, the worst possible lineup of NBA starters. By Ben Golliver.
Watching all 39 bowl games would be a praiseworthy achievement, but understandably it isn't easy to make time for every game. Instead, check out the 20 bowl games you have to watch this year to ensure you have a perfect college football postseason. By Martin Rickman.
This story -- one of 60 iconic stories being republished, in full, in honor of Sports Illustrated's 60th anniversary -- describes the night Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's longstanding career home runs record. Remarkably, it was written on deadline and ran as the cover story of the issue that closed just hours later. By Ron Fimrite.