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Don't Open Until 2112

Dec. 31, 2012
Dec. 31, 2012

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Dec. 31, 2012

LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
BEST MOMENTS OF 2012
  • HOW DO YOU MEASURE A YEAR IN SPORTS? IN MIRACLE COMEBACKS, IN LAST-SECOND SHOTS, IN VICTORY LEAPS, IN MIND-BLOWING LAPS. ONCE AGAIN WE ASKED SI'S FACEBOOK FANS TO PICK THE YEAR'S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT. AN ALLTIME OLYMPIAN'S FINAL ASCENT TO THE PODIUM STOOD ABOVE THE REST, BUT THERE WAS PLENTY MORE TO CELEBRATE—AND TO MARVEL AT

  • SIX TEAMS, EIGHT HOURS, THREE OVERTIMES, 10 LEAD CHANGES AND 206 POINTS: HOW ONE EVENING IN NOVEMBER SHAPED THE BCS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHUP AND BECAME, EASILY, THE BEST DAY OF SPORTS IN 2012

  • By Ed Feng

    WHO WILL WIN? OUR ANALYTICS EXPERT, AN ENGINEERING PH.D. FROM STANFORD AND THE BRAINS BEHIND THEPOWERRANK.COM, WENT INSIDE THE TENDENCIES OF BOTH CONTENDERS THIS SEASON TO CREATE A SIMULATION THAT MAY BE CLOSER TO REALITY THAN REALITY ITSELF

  • FOR ONE MAGICAL APRIL AFTERNOON, PHILIP HUMBER WAS FLAWLESS. BUT THAT RANDOM SMILE FROM THE PITCHING GODS CAME WITH A HEAVY BURDEN: THE PRESSURE TO LIVE UP TO A STANDARD NO ONE CAN MEET

  • GRINNELL'S JACK TAYLOR IS THE LATEST MEMBER OF A TINY FRATERNITY OF PLAYERS WHO SCORED AT LEAST 100 POINTS IN A COLLEGE OR NBA GAME. THE QUESTION IS, AT WHAT COST?

  • A BOWLER AND SEVERAL BRAWLERS, COACHES AND A CARD SHARP, TWO SLUGGERS AND A TACKLE WHO SLUGGED A HORSE—LUMINARIES OF ALL SORTS PASSED AWAY IN 2012

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Don't Open Until 2112

A time capsule of things we'll miss

One hundred years from now, the games we play and watch will be radically different. Football players should finally have those long-promised jet packs. Basketball players will dunk on 15-foot goals. The halftime act at Super Bowl CXLVI will be the Rolling Stones. (O.K., not everything will change.) To show the futuristic fan what he or she is missing, SI created a time capsule of things that left the sports world in 2012, indexing each item by likability and cultural importance:

This is an article from the Dec. 31, 2012 issue

IRRITATING

ULTRA IMPORTANT

LOVABLE

DISPOSABLE

All-male Augusta National

Tebowing

Wenlock and Mandeville

Lance Armstrong, Tour champ

Roger Goodell, Mr. Invincible

Ochocinco as a name

Replacement refs

The New Jersey Nets

VORP

Matt Schaub's left ear lobe

Linsanity

Keith Hernandez's mustache

Gangnam Style sports

Kansas-Mizzou Border War

Paternoville

McKayla's disapproval

THEY SAID IT

"Whatever day he returns will be Christmas, so I guess there's that."

MIKE D'ANTONI Coach of the struggling Lakers, on the prospect of injured point guard Steve Nash's returning for L.A.'s Dec. 25 game against the Knicks

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