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The Year in Sports 2005

Dec. 26, 2005
Dec. 26, 2005

Table of Contents
Dec. 26, 2005

Catching Up With
SI Players: Life On and Off the Field
The Best of 2005
The Year in Sports 2005
Best of the Worst 2005
Departments

The Year in Sports 2005

So many winners and losers, saints and sinners over the past 12 months that it's impossible to recall them all. The year's highlights ripped by in a blur, but the best of those moments reveal the essence of sports and sportsmanship. Consider, for example, the weekly miracles pulled off by cover boys Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart and the grace with which they performed them. That's the idea behind the following pages: to savor the very best sports has to offer with stories and pictures that resonate beyond yesterday's box score.

This is an article from the Dec. 26, 2005 issue Original Layout

CROWD-PLEASERS
BY WALTER IOOSS JR. P. 44

THE BEST OF 2005
BASEBALL P. 62 | THE NFL P. 66 | THE NBA P. 70 COLLEGE BASKETBALL P. 74 | GOLF P. 76 TENNIS P. 78 | OLYMPICS P. 80 COLLEGE FOOTBALL P. 82 | THE REST P. 90

TOO TRUE TO BE GOOD
BY STEVE RUSHIN P. 99

THE LIARS CLUB
BY S.L. PRICE P. 110

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN P. 118

'TWAS THE FIGHT
BEFORE CHRISTMAS BY NINE SI WRITERS P. 126

PHOTOWALTER IOOSS JR.