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This is an article from the Dec. 29, 2008 issue
A Shot for theAges
In a year full ofamazing feats, let's not forget Mario's Miracle
This weekSI.com's Joe Posnanski looks back on the year in sports. His favorite memory?Kansas guard Mario Chalmers's last-second, game-tying three-pointer againstMemphis in the NCAA final. "Even now," Posnanski writes, "those fewseconds overwhelm everything for me, which is odd because the moment was sosimple and direct—and this was a year of the overwhelming."
PICTURES OF THEYEAR
Alabama wideout Marquis Maze's play to thwart an interception by LSU's ChrisHawkins was one of the many telling images from SI photographers in 2008. Checkout galleries of the best pictures, plus games of the year and notableretirements.
> For the best SI photographs, go to SI.com/bestpics.
BEST MOMENTS OF2008
Oh, What aYear
This week SI writers recap the best and most memorable moments in each sportduring 2008, from the Giants' upset of the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, to PaulAzinger's captaining the U.S. to victory in the Ryder Cup, to Oklahoma's runthrough the Big 12 South in college football.
> See shots of this year's breakout stars at SI.com/breakout.
What to Look Forin 2009
SI.com's expertsforecast the biggest story lines of next year on the court, field and ice
By Seth Davis
The nationalplayer of the year race will come down to two big men: North Carolina's TylerHansbrough and Oklahoma's Blake Griffin.
By Don Banks
With franchisequarterback Tom Brady back after his season-ending, left-knee injury, will thePatriots return to dominance in the AFC?
By Tom Verducci
Pitcher MattGarza and the Rays are coming off a stunning turnaround. Now comes the hardpart: playing with expectations.
By Michael Farber
Devils goalieMartin Brodeur will likely recover from biceps surgery before the playoffs.Will the 36-year-old All-Star be back to his old self?
By Stewart Mandel
Texas quarterbackColt McCoy (who has completed 77.6% of his passes this season) will return totry to win the Heisman Trophy.
By Steve Aschburner
Next year's Hallof Fame induction class will be filled with headliners: Michael Jordan, DavidRobinson and John Stockton.
> For more2009 predictions, go to SI.com/lookahead.
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