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NFL CONFERENCE FINALS

28 Red Storm Rising
Larry Fitzgerald and Kurt Warner led the Cardinals to the NFC title
By Damon Hack
• Steelers owe AFC crown to coach
• Jim Trotter's Super Bowl forecast

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

36 Post Impressionist
Blake Griffin is a skilled mimic off the court, but on it he does a great player-of-the-year impersonation
By Kelli Anderson

PRO BASKETBALL

40 Coming of Age?
J.J. Redick and Adam Morrison struggle
By L. Jon Wertheim

NHL MIDSEASON REPORT

44 Two Strong
Bruins and Sharks have the best lines
By Michael Farber

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

51 Home Grown
Smart college coaches recruit locally
By Andy Staples

Jumbo Dreams
The giant video screen, that electric mirror of our sports culture, has transformed the way we watch games—and even the way they're played
BY JACK MCCALLUM
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Departments

6 Leading Off

12 Letters

14 Players
• Peyton Manning, comedian
• Political sports bets gone bad
• Shaun White DVD shreds

22 Faces in the Crowd

24 Just My Type by Dan Patrick
• Giants' Justin Tuck talks Plax

70 Point After by Phil Taylor
The Braves' new world: A mom-and-pop operation no longer

Inside ...

67 College Basketball
• Butler's young Bulldogs are 16--1

68 The NBA
• O.J. Mayo wants to run point

PHOTOSIMON BRUTY (TOMLIN)33 STEELY RESOLVE Coach Mike Tomlin kept his players focused and led Pittsburgh to its seventh Super Bowl with a 23--14 win over the Ravens at frigid Heinz Field on Sunday. PHOTOBOB ROSATO (JUMBOTRON)

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