LEADING OFF
GOLF PLUS
PGA TOUR CONFIDENTIAL
How big was Tiger's victory at the Chevron? Can Luke Donald hang on to No. 1? Who's most likely to become the top American? How do the major venues rate, and who will win the four championships?
ELEVEN FOR '11
Great majors, a new No. 1, LPGA dominance, an old school fight for the money title and the rediscovery of a vintage track too tough to die made 2011 a terrific year in golf
EDITOR'S LETTER
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
MANY HAPPY RETURNS
Cardinals rookie Patrick Peterson has been bringing back punts for touchdowns at a torrid pace—and making it look easy. If only someone would just kick the ball to him again
THE SHOE FITS
Denials to the contrary, the Lions' Ndamukong Suh has a problem. And so do his teammates
THE NEXT ACT OF BOBBY V
It's been nearly a decade since the Red Sox' new manager has been inside a big league dugout—but that's not why he's such a refreshing hire
SEASON'S BEST
The month of December means it's that time of the year: time to recognize the best in college football for 2011. The top of the list? One unstoppable dual-threat quarterback from Baylor
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR / SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR, 1981
SUGAR RAY LEONARD
The megawatt smile is still there, and perhaps shines even brighter for the wisdom and perspective he's gained the hard way
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR, 1976
CHRIS EVERT
A couple of recent divorces have dusted up the Girl Next Door, but as always she will never sit back and accept defeat
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR, 1982
WAYNE GRETZKY
A man can gather plenty of insight on the road from boy wonder to senior statesman for the sport he loves
PRO FOOTBALL
THE NEW NO-NAMES
The Patriots' defense, built from spare parts, castoffs and converted receivers, ranks dead last in the NFL, and yet New England is once again cruising to the playoffs. The real test is yet to come
SPECIAL REPORT
One Team, 25 Years On
In a first-ever comprehensive survey of football's long-term effects on an entire NFL roster, SI polled the former members of the 1986 Bengals, whose physical and psychological conditions a quarter century later range from near complete normalcy to near total disability. But no matter their current hardships, the vast majority say they have no regrets
SWINGING AWAY
Quarterback Boomer Esiason maintains a full media workload and still has plenty left for fun and games
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
SO I WENT TO VEGAS ...
For a weekend of football that would not change the national-title picture, the author ventured to the only place where every game still counts
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
HOW TO BECOME AN AMERICAN
In the west Arkansas town of Magazine, one sure way for boys from the immigrant Hmong community to assimilate is to put on helmets, cleats and shoulder pads
BASEBALL
BEST. NIGHT. EVER.
In 136 major league seasons, there's never been a more dizzyingly dramatic day than Sept. 28, 2011. The Red Sox and the Braves may disagree, but for everyone else it's a date that will live in ecstasy
PRO HOCKEY
IT'S ALL ABOUT OVIE
With the club slumping and captain Alex Ovechkin seemingly checked out, the Capitals dumped their coach. Now one of the NHL's superstars isn't just struggling to rediscover his game, but he's also trying to shed an ugly label
TURN, TURN, TURN
The NHL's coaching carousel began to go 'round in earnest last week, with three jobs turning over in a four-day stretch. Besides the departure of Bruce Boudreau and the arrival of Dale Hunter in Washington, D.C., here's the lowdown on what went wrong and what to expect from here on in
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
ACCORDING TO ALEX KLINE ...
The world's first teenage recruiting guru spreads the word on prospects through Twitter, Skype, Facebook and message boards, and college coaches (not to mention fans) have learned to pay attention
WALTER IOOSS JR.
THE EDUCATION OF WALTER IOOSS JR.
The intrepid SI photographer spent the last 50 years shooting the biggest games, the greatest athletes and the most beautiful swimsuit models. Some guys just can't catch a break
POINT AFTER
Departments
DREAM ON
As evidenced by the Heat and the Eagles, it's time for athletes to get hip to the hubris of the Dream Team tag