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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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THE YEAR THAT WAS

From Manning to Manning, and from ol' ball coaches to young ball players, my favorite answers from athletes, coaches and broadcasters in 2012.

DAN PATRICK:What's on your mind? A simple question, but I'm constantly surprised by sports figures' answers. Here are some of the more memorable of 2012.

PEYTON MANNING: I don't know if I could get into medical school right now, but I'm probably closer than I was before, with all the medical jargon I've learned.

MARK MCGWIRE: I totally respect the [Baseball] Hall of Fame. They have rules. They have guidelines they go by. I totally abide by that. You'll never see Mark McGwire fight it.

TROY POLAMALU: When people say they feel a little buzzed or dazed, it's considered a concussion. I wouldn't [think that]. But if that is a concussion, any football player has 50 to 100 concussions a year.

JIMMY JOHNSON: The Number 1 motivator [in team sports] is fear. Fear of letting down your teammates, being embarrassed or losing the job. Where is the fear in Dallas? There's no fear [among the Cowboys]. It's a country club where everybody is buddies.

CHIPPER JONES: When I'm out there between the lines, I'm focused and ready to go. When the season's over, there's going to be a part of me that's going to take a deep breath and say, I'm glad it's over.

STEVE SPURRIER: Alabama, gosh, they look like they could beat a couple of those NFL teams that I've watched on Sundays.

NICK SABAN: LSU wasn't winning when I went there. Michigan State wasn't winning when I went there. Toledo wasn't winning when I went there. And Alabama really wasn't winning when I came here. I guess I gotta go someplace else.

JOHN CALIPARI: Everyone thinks this is my rule. I can't stand the [one-and-done] rule. One year is not what these kids should be about. People have to understand, Billy Hunter and the [NBA] Players Association own the rule. They're the only ones who can change that. Not the NCAA. Not the NBA.

DREW BREES: The perception is that we have this locker room full of hit men. That's not the case at all. I would say, for a lot of us, this was as shocking as it was embarrassing.

LARRY BROWN: [Michael Jordan] is brilliant, but he's around people that don't have a clue. They won't challenge him, and the more you challenge him, the more you get from him.

KERRI WALSH JENNINGS: I'm 33 and Misty [May-Treanor] just turned 35. That's not old by any means. If you're an athlete competing and kicking butt, who cares how old you are?

MIKE TROUT: No curfew. I live in the basement [of my parents' house]. I got everything I need. Home cooking ... it's awesome.

CHARLES BARKLEY: People forget I played on the second Dream Team. The second Dream Team really sucked.

ELI MANNING: With Saturday Night Live, going live doesn't bother me. I've done live every Sunday for the last eight years.

Congratulations to the for winning the ultimate tailgating challenge. Go to SI.com/grillseekers for the complete recap.

"Packers fans are going to hate me, but, yes, I would. I want him to do it. I really do. It's impressive to watch a player dominate the way he's dominated.... It would be almost devastating if he gets that close and doesn't get it."
—GREG JENNINGS, Green Bay receiver, on Adrian Peterson's trying to break the single-season rushing record against his team

GUEST SHOTS

SAY WHAT?

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim says conference realignment is all about making money, but it really doesn't help schools. "The problem with the money grab," Boeheim told me, "is we're all making 10 times what we used to make and we're still spending it." ... Foxsports.com columnist Jason Whitlock thinks Dwight Howard needs to be more of a leader on the Lakers. "Kobe's personality is so pervasive," Whitlock said. "Howard has to take control of that team defensively and get on Kobe's butt about his defensive play." ... NBC analyst Stan Van Gundy explained how the Thunder stay under the radar. "If you had [that team] in New York," Van Gundy said, "they'd be the most covered team in the league. As unbelievable as they're doing, they're overshadowed by the stories in New York and L.A." ... I asked LaDainian Tomlinson why his former team didn't consider moving Tim Tebow to fullback. "How could he block guys like Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman, Brandon Spikes or Jerod Mayo?" L.T. wondered. "I think [instead] he could be a good change-of-pace guy at H-back or tight end."

PHOTOMICHAEL J. LEBRECT II/1DEUCE3 PHOTOGRAPHY (PATRICK)PHOTOROBERT BECK (PEYTON MANNING)PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (ELI MANNING)PHOTODAVID N. BERKWITZ (HELMET)PHOTOPATRICK GREEN/SOUTHCREEK GLOBAL (TOMLINSON)PHOTODOUGLAS JONES/US PRESSWIRE (VAN GUNDY)PHOTOCOURTESY OF FOX SPORTS (WHITLOCK)PHOTOFRED VUICH (BOEHEIM)