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Dec. 14, 2009
Dec. 14, 2009

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Dec. 14, 2009

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
PRO FOOTBALL
Departments

Gameplan

What smart fans should do this week

REVISIT

This is an article from the Dec. 14, 2009 issue

Miami's vice squad

In The U, a documentary about Hurricanes football in the 1980s, Michael Irvin says, "We were bad boys, and we were enjoying being bad boys." Pretty much sums it up; think four NCAA titles and Fiesta Bowl fatigues. But director Billy Corben goes deeper, with insights from dozens of 'Canes (Saturday, ESPN).

SEE

Invictus

Banner days for rugby: It's now an Olympic sport, and it's featured in a buzz-worthy Oscar-season film. Clint Eastwood directs, Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon star in the story of the 1995 rugby World Cup, which South Africa hosted and Nelson Mandela used as a postapartheid unifying force. Invictus hits theaters Friday.

WATCH

Division II championship

Must be December: Lights are hung, malls are jammed and Northwest Missouri State is in the D-II football final. On Saturday the Bearcats make their fifth straight trip, against Grand Valley State. They've lost four years running; no, Susan Lucci did not study there. NMS tries again on ESPN2.

ADMIRE

The Answer's answers

You thought nothing could top Allen Iverson's infamous "talkin' about practice" rant. Check out his teary reintroduction to the Philly media when he returned to the 76ers last week. (It's on YouTube.) Iverson may not make the Sixers great, but postgame coverage will be more interesting.

WATCH

Bengals vs. Vikings

Once, opponents thought shutting down Adrian Peterson was the key to beating Minnesota. No more: Thanks to Brett Favre, the Vikings are 3--1 against teams in the top five in rushing defense. They get another shot on Sunday against the Bengals (CBS), the AFC North leader and the second-toughest run defense.

The Pop Culture Grid

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Athletes in the mixMy advice to Tiger is ...Fad that should never come backWeirdest thing a fan said to youWhen I'm done playing I'll likely ...Crepes, pancakes or waffles?
PIERRE THOMAS Saints RBNo commentFanny packsSomeone called me a sexy squirrelGo to law schoolI like all three
BOBBY RYAN Ducks LWCheck the rearview mirrorTrucker hatsWas I Scarlett Johansson's brother?Gain 150 poundsCrepes
CHRIS JOHNSON Titans RBKeep your head upBaggy clothesAsked by a guy to sign his arm so he could get a tattoo of my nameBecome a rapperPancakes
HENRIK SEDIN Canucks CTake care of your familyBell-bottom pantsAn old woman asked me to sign her breastsTrain horsesPancakes

Inside the Grid

Ryan, whose home arena is 30 miles from the International House of Pancakes main office in Glendale, Calif., prefers the French specialty, though he acknowledges crepes are "just thin pancakes." Johnson, who has seven straight 100-yard rushing games, naturally likes pancakes' consistency: "They're always nice, fluffy and soft."

PHOTOPETER READ MILLER (IRVIN)PHOTO© WARNER BROS./EVERETT COLLECTION (INVICTUS)PHOTOKENNY FELT/ICON SMI (NORTHWEST MISSOURI)PHOTOTIM SHAFFER/REUTERS (IVERSON)PHOTOTOM DAHLIN (FAVRE)PHOTOCORBIS (PANCAKES)PHOTOBILL FRAKES (HORSE)PHOTOJEFF VINNICK (SEDIN)PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (JOHNSON)PHOTODAVID E. KLUTHO (RYAN)PHOTOBOB ROSATO (THOMAS)PHOTOGARY OMBLER/GETTY IMAGES (FANNY PACK)PHOTODAVID AZIA/AP (JOHANSSON)