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Sports Illustrated DIGITAL

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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BOWLING, ANYONE?

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

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year ... for college football fans! With the bowl season in full swing, SI.com has complete coverage of every game, including breakdowns of the matchups you can't miss, players to watch, and an in-depth look at all five BCS bowl games. Will Florida annihilate Louisville in the Sugar Bowl? Can Northern Illinois silence the critics and prove its worth in the Orange Bowl? Will Oregon and Kansas State live up to the hype in the Fiesta Bowl? Stewart Mandel predicts the winner of every game in the Bowl Pickoff, while Holly Anderson provides answers to fans' Frequently Asked Questions for every bowl.

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Namath And the Bear

In August 1961, two legends-in-the-making met on a practice field in Tuscaloosa. Alabama—and the game itself—would never be the same

BY RICHARD HOFFER

SI.COM'S PREDICTIONS

FOR 2013

• The NHL will eventually return and will expand by two teams

• The Patriots will beat the Packers in Super Bowl XLVII

• Derrick Rose will be awfully good upon his return—but won't ever be the same

• Kentucky won't recover in time to win the SEC or make a Final Four run

• A defensive player will be the No. 1 pick of the NFL Draft

• Bryce Harper will be better at 20 than Mike Trout was

Kevin Durant will win his first NBA MVP Award

• The Yankees and the Red Sox will miss the postseason

• Ohio State will dominate Big Ten football (and this time it'll count)

• An SEC school will qualify for the BCS title game for the eighth straight season

For more of our writers' predictions for 2013 go toSI.com

PHOTOSTEPHEN M. DOWELL/MCT/ABACAUSA.COM (ELAM)MATT ELAMPHOTOSTEVEN KING/ICON SMI (LYNCH)JORDAN LYNCHPHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (BARNER)KENJON BARNERPHOTOGREG NELSON (DURANT)PHOTONEIL LEIFER (NAMATH)PHOTO