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THE POP CULTURE GRID

Dec. 12, 2011
Dec. 12, 2011

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Dec. 12, 2011

LEADING OFF
GOLF PLUS
  • How big was Tiger's victory at the Chevron? Can Luke Donald hang on to No. 1? Who's most likely to become the top American? How do the major venues rate, and who will win the four championships?

  • Great majors, a new No. 1, LPGA dominance, an old school fight for the money title and the rediscovery of a vintage track too tough to die made 2011 a terrific year in golf

  • The game will long remember Europe's leading light, a pioneering woman and a television innovator

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR / SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR, 1981
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR, 1976
  • A couple of recent divorces have dusted up the Girl Next Door, but as always she will never sit back and accept defeat

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR, 1982
  • A man can gather plenty of insight on the road from boy wonder to senior statesman for the sport he loves

PRO FOOTBALL
  • The Patriots' defense, built from spare parts, castoffs and converted receivers, ranks dead last in the NFL, and yet New England is once again cruising to the playoffs. The real test is yet to come

SPECIAL REPORT
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
BASEBALL
  • In 136 major league seasons, there's never been a more dizzyingly dramatic day than Sept. 28, 2011. The Red Sox and the Braves may disagree, but for everyone else it's a date that will live in ecstasy

PRO HOCKEY
  • With the club slumping and captain Alex Ovechkin seemingly checked out, the Capitals dumped their coach. Now one of the NHL's superstars isn't just struggling to rediscover his game, but he's also trying to shed an ugly label

  • The NHL's coaching carousel began to go 'round in earnest last week, with three jobs turning over in a four-day stretch. Besides the departure of Bruce Boudreau and the arrival of Dale Hunter in Washington, D.C., here's the lowdown on what went wrong and what to expect from here on in

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
WALTER IOOSS JR.
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Athletes in the mixIf I were a Muppet, I would be ...Occupy Wall Street is ...Twilight is for ...Go-to holiday DVDTebowmania: yea or nay?
ROBERT GRIFFIN IIIBaylor QBKermitA bold movementHopeless romanticsElfYea
DAN BOYLESharks DOne of the guys in the balconyThe thing in Oakland? I have no ideaYoung girls. I hate itNational Lampoon's Christmas VacationYea
CULLEN JENKINSEagles DTAnimalConfusingVampires or something? I've no ideaPlanes, Trains and AutomobilesYea
JERMICHAEL FINLEYPackers TEElmoPretty insaneFemales and feminine peopleA Christmas StoryYea

Inside the Grid

While polarizing among pundits, Tebow is a winner with athletes. "I like the story of an underdog," says Boyle, who knows about overachievers. (An undrafted free agent, he's won a Stanley Cup and two All-Star nods.) "People may not like the way he's doing it," adds Jenkins, "but he's getting the job done."

PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (TEBOW)PHOTO© MGM/EVERETT COLLECTION (CHRISTMAS STORY)PHOTORICHARD DREW/AP (ELMO)PHOTOAARON JOSEFCZYK/ICON SMI (FINLEY)PHOTOAL TIELEMANS (JENKINS)PHOTOROBERT BECK (BOYLE)PHOTODAVID E. KLUTHO (GRIFFIN III)PHOTOJANETTE PELLEGRINI/WIREIMAGE/GETTY IMAGES (MUPPET)PHOTOSUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT/PHOTOFEST (TWILIGHT)