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Dec. 10, 2012
Dec. 10, 2012

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Dec. 10, 2012

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THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
SPORTSMAN of the YEAR
BCS CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW
HEISMAN TROPHY PREVIEW
JIM CALHOUN
PRO FOOTBALL
BASEBALL
  • THIS YEAR'S WORLD SERIES WASN'T EXACTLY ONE FOR THE AGES, BUT IT WAS A CHANCE FOR EVERYONE ELSE TO DISCOVER SOMETHING SAN FRANCISCANS HAVE LONG KNOWN: IT'S HARD NOT TO LOVE PABLO SANDOVAL

FOUR DECADES OF STEELERMANIA
  • By ROY BLOUNT JR.

    FRANCO HARRIS'S MIRACLE CATCH IN DECEMBER 1972 TURNED THE AUTHOR AND HIS YOUNG SON INTO PASSIONATE STEELERS FANS. FORTY YEARS LATER THEY WENT BACK TO PITTSBURGH TO WAVE TERRIBLE TOWELS AND SEE WHAT'S NEW IN THE AGE OF POLAMALU

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PHOTOPhotograph by Pouya DianatChampionship Ring Lining up inside the circular SEC logo at midfield, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (top right) waited for the shotgun snap from center Barrett Jones during the first quarter of the conference championship game in Atlanta last Saturday. McCarron finished 13 for 21 for 162 yards—including a 45-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper that put the Crimson Tide ahead for good with 3:15 left in the game—as No. 2 Alabama defeated No. 3 Georgia in a 32--28 thriller and secured a berth in the BCS title game against Notre Dame in Miami on Jan. 7 (page 98). To see more great photos from this weekend's college football action, go to SI.com/Top25PHOTOPhotograph by David E. KluthoThey're Not Crazy. Their Mothers Had Them Tested Duke fans taunted Ohio State forward Sam Thompson as he waited to inbound the ball during the Blue Devils' 73--68 victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C., on Nov. 28. Thompson scored only four points in the game, but that did not induce the Cameron Crazies to show him any mercy.PHOTOPhotograph by Jeff Haynes/ReutersEnd Over End Zone Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett did a flip over Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) and strong safety Kam Chancellor (on the ground) to score a touchdown in the first half of their game in Chicago on Sunday. Seattle went on to win 23--17 in overtime.