42 | COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Mark Ingram

As his father watches from prison, the Tide tailback is carrying Alabama on a national title run and trying to deliver the program's first Heisman By Selena Roberts

48 | PRO BASKETBALL

Brandon Jennings

After a fretful draft night when he had to wait and worry, the Bucks' speedy point guard has zoomed to the top of this year's rookie class By Ian Thomsen

52 | SOCCER

The MLS Cup

Real Salt Lake squeaked into the postseason and then turned into a giant killer, completing an improbable Cup run with a defeat of the mighty Galaxy By Grant Wahl

54 | PRO FOOTBALL

Michael Oher

The rookie tackle hasn't read the book that was written about him and has no plans to see the movie, but, as foretold, he's thriving in the NFL By Andrew Lawrence

58 | NASCAR

Jimmie Johnson

In the Chase finale, the reigning champ wrapped up an unprecedented fourth-straight Cup title. Now the question is: How do you stop him? By Lars Anderson

Departments

8 Letters

10 Leading Off

20 Scorecard

The geeks shall inherit the games

30 Just My Type

In defense of the BCS by Dan Patrick

32 Faces in the Crowd

34 Inside ...

The NFL

Chicago's bullish QB

The NHL

The Pens' MVP battle

College Football

Clemson Tigers roar

76 The Vault

A salute to a Kentucky Colonel

80 Point After

A job for which whites need not apply by Phil Taylor

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Muck Bowl

Deep in Florida's destitute sugarcane country, two neighboring powerhouses teeming with Division I talent collide every year in a fierce rivalry game

By Austin Murphy

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Inset: Fred Vuich (Johnson)

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