What to Look For in 2009

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SI.com's experts forecast the biggest story lines of next year on the court, field and ice

College BasketballThe national player of the year race will come down to two big men: North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough and Oklahoma's Blake Griffin.By Seth Davis

The NFLWith franchise quarterback Tom Brady back after his season-ending, left-knee injury, will the Patriots return to dominance in the AFC?By Don Banks

BaseballPitcher Matt Garza and the Rays are coming off a stunning turnaround. Now comes the hard part: playing with expectations.By Tom Verducci

The NHLDevils goalie Martin Brodeur will likely recover from biceps surgery before the playoffs. Will the 36-year-old All-Star be back to his old self?By Michael Farber

College FootballTexas quarterback Colt McCoy (who has completed 77.6% of his passes this season) will return to try to win the Heisman Trophy.By Stewart Mandel

The NBANext year's Hall of Fame induction class will be filled with headliners: Michael Jordan, David Robinson and John Stockton.By Steve Aschburner

NFL:One hit altered the course of a season. By Don Banks

College football: A game -- and play -- to remember. By Stewart Mandel

Baseball: A night of redemption at Yankee Stadium. By Tom Verducci

NBA:The Truth went down and then stepped up when it mattered most. By Steve Aschburner

College Basketball: Mario and the Miracles come through in the nick of time. By Seth Davis

NHL:A Swede becomes the first European to captain a Cup champion. By Michael Farber

Golf:Azinger leads the Americans back to glory. By Alan Shipnuck

MMA: A Slice of reality. By Josh Gross