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November 28, 2011

DEPARTMENTS

4 Leading Off

10 Editor's Letter

14 Letters

19 Scorecard

Taylor Plimpton on losing and the Lions

26 Faces in the Crowd

28 Just My Type

Coach K recalls when the W's were scarce

BY DAN PATRICK

30 Inside ...

The NFL

Parsing the Packers' D

College Football

A BCS road map

The NHL

Offensive turnover

College Basketball

Off-season bonding

Baseball

A new CBA for MLB

84 Point After

How an NBA players' league would play out

BY PHIL TAYLOR

FEATURES

44 | PRO FOOTBALL

TIM TEBOW

There are 300 million opinions of the Broncos' QB, and every one of them is right

By Alan Shipnuck

50 | NASCAR

TONY STEWART

Smoke caught fire in the Chase to win a third Cup crown

By Lars Anderson

58 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

BORDER WAR

Kansas-Missouri is a rivalry like no other—and this meeting may be the last

By Austin Murphy

64 SOCCER

MLS CUP

David Beckham affirmed the value of star power in America

By Grant Wahl

SPORT IN AMERICA

In My Tribe

Despite all the money and marketing, sports are still about the stories we tell one another

BY TERRY MCDONELL

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"My dad may have been the Lions' least successful player, but he was a most loyal fan. We'd sit in front of the tube and cheer them on, the two of us sharing the same angst and hope and delight.

—Taylor Plimpton, on the affection for Detroit he shared with his father, George, the author of Paper Lion

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PHOTOFRED VUICH (STEWART)EMOTIONAL LIFT Before he clinched the Cup in Miami, Tony Stewart got a clamorous sendoff from supporters. PHOTOCOURTESY OF PLIMPTONMOVIE.COM (PLIMPTON) TWO PHOTOS

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