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

4 Leading Off

10 Letters

12 Editor's Letter

17 Scorecard

Why we love to hate a Dream Team

26 Faces in the Crowd

29 Just My Type

The ideal job for the Red Sox' new manager

BY DAN PATRICK

32 Inside ...

College Basketball

The Rebels are runnin'

The NFL

Punt return revolution

Baseball

Why Bobby V matters

The NBA

Lockout postcards

College Football

Season awards

150 Point After

To whom should I hand the Heisman?

BY PHIL TAYLOR

FEATURES

50 SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR

PAT SUMMITT

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR

MIKE KRZYZEWSKI

Division I basketball's two winningest coaches have more in common than success

By Alexander Wolff

• THREE PAST WINNERS

68 PRO FOOTBALL

PATRIOTS DEFENSE

Despite a unit built with spare parts, New England is once again cruising to the playoffs

By Ben Reiter

74 SPECIAL REPORT

1986 BENGALS

A comprehensive survey of football's long-term effects on an entire NFL roster

By Peter King

86 | COLLEGE FOOTBALL

SO I WENT TO VEGAS

A trip to the only place where every game still counts

By Austin Murphy

92 | HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

HMONG IMMIGRANTS

One way to assimilate is to put on helmets and cleats

By Charles P. Pierce

100 | BASEBALL

BEST. NIGHT. EVER.

The games of Sept. 28, 2011, will live in ecstasy

By Lee Jenkins

112 | PRO HOCKEY

ALEX OVECHKIN

The superstar is trying to shed an ugly label

By Michael Farber

122 | BASKETBALL RECRUITING

WIZ KID

Coaches pay attention to 17-year-old Alex Kline

By Jim Gorant

WALTER IOOSS JR.

MY EDUCATION

Fifty years of shooting the biggest games and greatest athletes

BY WALTER IOOSS JR., WITH CHRIS BALLARD

P. 130

"What of the typical retired player who should still be young enough to enjoy his post-NFL life? How does he feel decades after his playing days are over?

—Peter King, in a special report on the 1986 Bengals

P. 74

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ON THE COVER

PHOTOGRAPHS BY SIMON BRUTY; DAMIAN STROHMEYER (SUMMITT IN 1991); RICHARD MACKSON (KRZYZEWSKI IN '91)

PHOTODAVID E. KLUTHO (OVECHKIN)SUPERSTAR SLUMP Alex Ovechkin's game has gone from dominant to dormant: He has just eight goals in 25 games.PHOTOWALTER IOOSS JR. (IOOSS)PHOTO