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December 27, 2010 | Volume 113, Issue 24

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Tim Lincecum Cover - Sports Illustrated December 27, 2010

December 27, 2010
Drew Brees's dedication and unwavering faith have allowed him not only to overcome his own adversity but also to give millions of Gulf Coast residents the greatest gift of all: hope. Brees has...

December 27, 2010
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December 27, 2010 | TERRY MCDONELL
When we read obituaries, we think about more than the person who has died. We see our parents or, in tragedy, our children. We see ourselves, and we wonder what our own life might look like...

December 27, 2010
Founder: Henry R. Luce 1898--1967

December 27, 2010 | L. JON WERTHEIM
Imagining what 2011 would look like without the NFL

December 27, 2010
Who's Hot

December 27, 2010
WHICH CITY HAS THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE FANS?

December 27, 2010 | Joe Sheehan
The Greinke trade helps both teams—and it's also great for baseball

December 27, 2010 | Joe Sheehan
A Cleveland radio station has been playing Jay-Z's rap song Empire State of Mind with LeBron James's name out.

December 27, 2010
Won

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$500

December 27, 2010
Jason Hatcher

December 27, 2010 | Stewart Mandel
The Mavs' owner says cash is the key to a college football playoff system

December 27, 2010 | Sarah Kwak
There's life after all in the day-to-day grind of the NHL—HBO swears it

December 27, 2010 | KEVIN KERR
Paris Hilton on steroids, a game ball for Mom and Twitter trash talk with God: taking stock of a year's sporting absurdities

December 27, 2010
Tracking the week's news both inside and outside the confines of cool

December 27, 2010 | Dan Patrick
CHIP KELLY

December 27, 2010 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
Joe Newton

December 27, 2010 | Stephen Cannella
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO LOOK INTO THE EYES OF GREATNESS? A WORLD-CLASS PHOTOGRAPHER ASKED HIMSELF THAT QUESTION, SO HE CHASED DOWN ATHLETES WHO HAVE GIVEN US SOME OF THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS...

December 27, 2010 | Ben Reiter
Talent alone gets you nowhere in the NFL—it's a lesson that took Roddy White years to learn. Now the Falcons' wideout is a major weapon on a team that looks primed for a Super Bowl run

December 27, 2010 | Tim Layden
The Steelers' All-Pro linebacker has become the poster child—some would say scapegoat—in the NFL's crackdown on vicious hits, beginning with his Oct. 17 shot on Browns wideout Mohamed Massaquoi....

December 27, 2010 | Jim Trotter
Love him, hate him. Laugh wit him, laugh at him. Bottom line: The second-year coach of the 10--4 Jets, fresh off a star turn in HBO's Hard Knocks, has become a larger-than-life figure for whom...

December 27, 2010 | Damon Hack
The TV camera loves Ray Lewis, even after all these years. He's 35, in his 15th season, and still causing mayhem, forcing fumbles and intercepting passes for the 10--4 Ravens. He's even scored a...

December 27, 2010 | Andrew Lawrence
Between his rebuilt throwing shoulder and the Rams' banged-up receiver corps, the No. 1 overall pick could have been excused for underwhelming in 2010. Instead the quarterback from Oklahoma has...

December 27, 2010 | Peter King
When the 5'8" Woodhead walked into the Patriots' locker room in September after being claimed on waivers from the Jets, Tom Brady looked right through him. Or over him. "I thought he was in our...

December 27, 2010 | Ben Reiter
"Everybody makes mistakes in their lifetime," the veteran QB gloated after a 17--12 victory over Philadelphia on Oct. 3, "and they made one last year." Now they—being Andy Reid and the Eagles, who...

December 27, 2010 | Lars Anderson
The biggest names in the BCS championship game between No. 1 Auburn and No. 2 Oregon are Newton and James. The biggest matchup, however, will be the heavyweight bout in the trenches between the...

December 27, 2010 | Lars Anderson
Open the gatefold to see who holds the edge in the BCS title game.

December 27, 2010 | Albert Chen
TALE OF THE TAPE

December 27, 2010 | MARK BECHTEL
Whether they simply felt larger than life (a fireballing phenom, an imperious owner) or were literally so (a 7'7" social activist, a gentle giant), the figures the sports world lost had impacts...

December 27, 2010 | MARK BECHTEL
Maury Allen, 78

December 27, 2010 | PHIL TAYLOR
On the 10th of December, a cold Midwest night,