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PETER KING'S THINGS I THINK

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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PETER KING'S THINGS I THINK

1. I think the most underrated skill player in the NFL may finally get some pub. San Francisco running back Frank Gore is fifth in the league with 982 rushing yards. On Sunday he passed both Roger Craig and Joe Perry on the club's alltime NFL rushing list, and is the No. 1 rusher in the 49ers' NFL history.

This is an article from the Dec. 12, 2011 issue

2. I think the Texans don't want anyone but rookie T.J. Yates, a third-stringer who was forced into action because of injuries to Matt Schaub and backup Matt Leinart, playing QB. "We love the guy," said running back Arian Foster. "He's so much more confident than a rookie should be."

3. I think we're not going to know much about Peyton Manning's ability to play in 2012 until at least mid-February. He'll need at least two months to increase the strength in his arm to the point where he'll be able to throw for real.

PHOTOMICHAEL ZAGARIS (GORE)