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Dec. 30, 2013
Dec. 30, 2013

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Dec. 30, 2013

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LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
The MMQB
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The Way They Were
  • THE EARL OF BALTIMORE, A PAIR OF SACK SPECIALISTS (INCLUDING ONE WHO COINED THE TERM) AND THE GUTTIEST U.S. OPEN CHAMP WERE AMONG THOSE WHO PASSED AWAY IN 2013

CANDLESTICK
  • The soon-to-be-demolished Candlestick Park wasn't much to look at. It could be bone-chillingly cold, and the bay breezes that blew through were anything but soothing. But for those, like the author, willing to wrap themselves in a blanket and brave the unfriendly aesthetics, the drafty house was a home.

POINT AFTER
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HOT: Damian Lillard

This is an article from the Dec. 30, 2013 issue

How do you cap a two-buzzer-beater week? If you're the Blazers' point guard, you take Portland Boys & Girls Clubbers on a Toys "R" Us shopping spree.

HOT: Big Drummer Boys

TNT's Inside the NBA crew proved once again why it's the best, with a percussive holiday jam session last Thursday (though Sir Charles was strangely Grinch-like).

HOT: Ugly Sweater

At least the Toledo Walleye's ECHL jerseys will be auctioned off for charity.

NOT: Bearish Bulls

Chicago has lost 13 of 16, and to make matters worse, center Joakim Noah, who was just trying to be friendly, was thrown out of the Thunder locker room by Kendrick Perkins.

NOT: Dennis Rodman

The North Korea thing was cute once. Now that the Worm is going back yet again to train the country's hoops team, it's just getting obnoxious.

PHOTOGREG NELSON FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (LILLARD); ELI ASENOVA/GETTY IMAGES (HAT)PHOTOTIM BARRET/TOLEDO WALLEYE HOCKEY CLUB (JERSEY)