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Dec. 20, 2010
Dec. 20, 2010

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Dec. 20, 2010

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
HOCKEY
The Phillips Family
  • His death was the fine print in an August plane crash that killed a former U.S. senator, but Bill Phillips left behind a legacy as massive as the man himself, including three Division I-A football-playing sons—brothers who banded together to honor a life lived in full

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YEAR IN SPORTS MEDIA

This is an article from the Dec. 20, 2010 issue

From the champs (The Fighter) to the chumps (The Decision), here's the best and worst of what the world watched, played and read in 2010

MOVIES

Page 20

TELEVISION

Page 26

DIGITAL

Page 28

BOOKS

Page 30

54 PRO FOOTBALL

DO YOU SEE WHAT HE SEES?

Patriots receiver Wes Welker has always seen the world as it might be, turning possibilities into reality

By Charles P. Pierce

62 PRO BASKETBALL

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

The Timberwolves' Kevin Love is rising up and pulling down rebounds at an astonishing rate

By Lee Jenkins

68 HOCKEY

MONTREAL'S MIGHTY MOUTH

Rookie P.K. Subban has talent to burn, but so far he's made more of a mark with his trash talk

By Michael Farber

The Season After

Three Division I-A football-playing brothers banded together to honor the life of their dad

By Austin Murphy

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Departments

6 Letters

10 Leading Off

18 Scorecard

Sportswriting sans sportswriters

38 Faces in the Crowd

42 Just My Type

Jeremy Shockey on tattoos and marriage

By Dan Patrick

46 Inside ...

College Basketball

UConn's breakout star

The NFL

Red-zone zones

College Football

Change at Florida

Baseball

Older and richer

80 Point After

The importance of Army-Navy

By Joe Posnanski

ON THE COVER

Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale photographed by Michael O'Neill at Church Street Boxing Gym in New York City on Dec. 9, 2010. Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund photographed by Michael O'Neill at Gold's Gym in Chelmsford, Mass., on Dec. 10, 2010.

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