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SI'S BCS PREDICTION: YUUUUUUULE TIDE! AND A RAMMER JAMMER NEW YEAR!

ALABAMA 23 NOTRE DAME 16

A QUARTER-BY-QUARTER SIMULATION P.32

BEST MOMENTS OF 2012

FANS' CHOICE

Two Manning Miracles! Two Giants Comebacks! But Only One Michael Phelps

PLUS

THE PERFECT DAY

Two College Football Seasons Saved

P. 26

THE PERFECT GAME

Three of Them! In One Baseball Season

P. 42

THE IMPERFECT RECORD

Jack Taylor's 138-Point Night

P. 48

FAREWELL | Gary Carter | Junior Seau | Rick Majerus | Alex Karras | Joe Paterno | Hector Camacho | Art Modell | Teófilo Stevenson | Johnny Pesky | Darrell Royal | Orlando Woolridge | Sarah Burke | Slater Martin | Jeff Blatnick | Pascual Perez | Angelo Dundee | Marvin Miller | Dan Roundfield | Moose Skowron | Ben Davidson | Giorgio Chinaglia | Jack Twyman | Emanuel Steward | Eddie Yost | Lee MacPhail | Dwayne Schintzius | Carmen Basilio | Margaret duPont | Don Carter | Amarillo Slim | Art Heyman | Vladimir Krutov | Johnny Tapia | Steve Van Buren | Harry Keough | Doris Sams

PHOTOON THE COVER: Photograph by Heinz Kluetmeier (Phelps)

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