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SoCal Sweep

Nov. 24, 2014
Nov. 24, 2014

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Nov. 24, 2014

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STEVE SMITH
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
P.K. SUBBAN
  • Bold, but reckless. Brilliant, but exasperating. Big-game ready, but sometimes unfocused. The face of the Canadiens is all of that, not to mention one of the best defensemen in the NHL. And though he's still chasing his first Cup, the league's most demanding fans love him as the successor to the franchise's most hallowed ghosts

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Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw are the best of their generation

THIS YEAR'S BBWAA awards built up to a coronation. Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom and White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu were Rookies of the Year; the Nationals' Matt Williams and the Orioles' Buck Showalter were Managers of the Year; and Corey Kluber (page 54) surprised many by edging Felix Hernandez for the AL Cy Young. There was no suspense about the NL Cy Young, though: It went to Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who was so dominant—21--3 with a 1.77 ERA and 239 strikeouts in 198 1/3 innings—that the next day he took home the NL MVP too. Meanwhile, the Angels' Mike Trout had the worst of his three full major league seasons, and he still won the AL MVP unanimously, after hitting .287/.377/.561 with 36 homers and 111 RBIs.

This is an article from the Nov. 24, 2014 issue Original Layout

TROUT

LED THE LEAGUE IN RUNS IN EACH OF HIS FIRST THREE SEASONS

First player in history to accomplish that

NINTH AL PLAYER TO BE NAMED ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AND MVP

LED THE LEAGUE IN WAR FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR

The first unanimous MVP winner since Ken Griffey Jr., in 1997, and the 10th ever in the AL

At 23, the fifth-youngest MVP in history and the youngest since Cal Ripken Jr. in 1983. (Vide Blue, Johnny Bench and Stan Musial are the others.)

KERSHAW

HAD THE LOWEST ERA IN BASEBALL FOR THE FOURTH STRAIGHT SEASON

No other pitcher has ever managed that

YOUNGEST THREE-TIME CY YOUNG WINNER

THE FIRST NL PITCHER TO WIN MVP SINCE BOB GIBSON IN '68

Had a higher on-base percentage as a batter (.235) than opposing hitters had against him (.231)

The only other pitchers who've won three or more Cy Youngs: Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver, Steve Carlton, Jim Palmer, Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez.

THEY SAID IT

"That'll probably be my last one after I got groped up."

JIMMY GRAHAM

Saints tight end, on why he'll no longer jump into the Superdome stands to celebrate a TD after a fan got too friendly when he scored against the Niners on Nov. 9.

OLYMPIC BUSTS

On Nov. 11 the International Ski Federation banned Vanessa-Mae, the famous English violinist of Thai descent, for allegedly qualifying for Sochi by competing in a fixed race. She's not the first Olympian who was out of her depth. A brief history, ranked by how far behind the winner each finished.

Hamadou (the Otter) Issaka

Niger, London

2012 • Learned to row three months before the Games.

BEHIND GOLD: 128%

Vanessa-(the Violinist) Mae

Thailand, Sochi

2014 • Allegedly faked race results to qualify for the giant slalom.

BEHIND GOLD: 132%

Philip (Cool Runnings) Boit

Kenya, Nagano

1998 • Nike project to build an African cross-country skier.

BEHIND GOLD: 173%

Eric (Eel) Moussambani

Equatorial Guinea, Sydney

2000 • Trained for only eight months before the games—in a hotel pool.

BEHIND GOLD: 233%

Eddie (the Eagle) Edwards

Great Britain, Calgary

1988 • Qualified because he was the only jumper from GB.

BEHIND GOLD: 390%

Gary (the Banker) di Silvestri and Angelica (the Banker's wife) di Silvestri

Dominica, Sochi

2014 • Rumored to have bought citizenship to get into cross-country event.

BEHIND GOLD: DNF AND DNS

PHOTOROBERT BECK/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (TROUT)PHOTOROBERT BECK/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (KERSHAW)PHOTOCLIVE ROSE/GETTY IMAGES (VANESSA-MAE)PHOTOCHRIS KEANE FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (GRAHAM)