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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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HOT: DEVILISHLY GOOD

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

Last Thursday wasn't that bad for Dukies. First, the nation's No. 2 recruit (and former SI cover boy) Jabari Parker announced he's Durham-bound next season. Then, that night, the Blue Devils pounded Elon 76--54 to run their home nonconference winning streak to an even 100.

NOT: PUCK STOPS HERE

Don't miss the NHL? You're not alone. A recent poll in Canada (Canada!) revealed that 58% of its population has "no interest" in whether the season is salvaged. If it isn't, then more than 10% of games in commissioner Gary Bettman's 20-year reign will have been canceled.

HOT: FOSTER THE PEOPLE

Arian Foster has wrapped up his third consecutive 1,000-yard season. To give thanks, the Texans' running back gave each of his O-linemen a Segway for Christmas. Said Foster, "I feel like all of them big hogs up front can enjoy the joy that I get from riding my Segway."

NOT: GUNNERS: GONE?

Arsenal was knocked out of the Capital One Cup on Dec. 11 by fourth-division Bradford City, and its chances in the Champions League took a turn for the worse last Thursday when it drew 2011--12 runner-up Bayern Munich, which was second in the group stage with 15 goals.

HOT: MICHIGAN POSSIBLE

No. 2--ranked Michigan rattled off 12 straight wins to start the season for the first time in 27 years. Credit the famous sons: Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III. But don't forget Trey Burke (above); the nation's top PG is pouring in 17.4 points per game with 7.1 assists.

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