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LEADING OFF
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
THE MAIL
EDITOR'S LETTER
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
Crowded House
First, tainted stars from the Steroid Era hijacked the record book. Now they may squeeze worthy older candidates off the Hall of Fame ballot
Good News, Bears
The Grizzlies, owners of the league's best D and a balanced offense, are playing like a team that can make a deep run in the West
Stature of David
The Galaxy's repeat MLS Cup win fittingly capped the Beckham experiment—and suggested that L.A. and the league will thrive even as the idol departs
The No-Match Game
Once again Manny Pacquiao is not fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr., continuing a ruinous pattern of disengagement by boxing's stars
SPORTSMAN of the YEAR
LeBron James: 2012 Sportsman of the Year
There is still one last frontier to conquer, but the premier talent of his generation reached several others in 2012—a ring, a second gold, a third MVP—and started to win back a public curdled by his regrettable Decision ... and that one last frontier, he's coming for it, coming for it real soon
BCS CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW
As Big As It Gets
CRIMSON VS. GOLD. ROLL TIDE VS. SHAKE DOWN THE THUNDER. KNUTE VS. THE BEAR. SOUTHERN PASSION VS. CATHOLIC PRIDE. NOTRE DAME VS. ALABAMA IS MORE THAN A BATTLE FOR THE NATIONAL TITLE. IT'S A HISTORY-DRENCHED SHOWDOWN THAT EMBODIES THE ESSENCE OF THE GAME
HEISMAN TROPHY PREVIEW
JIM CALHOUN
One-on-One with... Jim Calhoun
THE FRESHLY RETIRED UCONN BASKETBALL COACH AND THREE-TIME NCAA CHAMPION REFLECTS ON HIS COMPLICATED LEGACY AND WHAT HE MISSES—AND DOESN'T MISS—ABOUT THE PROFESSION
PRO FOOTBALL
Blessed Are the Geeks ...
... FOR THEY SHALL INHERIT THE GAME—AS SOON AS STATHEADS, LIKE BASEBALL'S SABERMETRICIANS BEFORE THEM, CONVINCE THE FOOTBALL MEN THAT ANALYTICS, RATHER THAN GUT INSTINCT, OFFERS THE BEST FORMULA FOR WINNING
BASEBALL
Pandamonium
THIS YEAR'S WORLD SERIES WASN'T EXACTLY ONE FOR THE AGES, BUT IT WAS A CHANCE FOR EVERYONE ELSE TO DISCOVER SOMETHING SAN FRANCISCANS HAVE LONG KNOWN: IT'S HARD NOT TO LOVE PABLO SANDOVAL
FOUR DECADES OF STEELERMANIA
Immaculate Memory
FRANCO HARRIS'S MIRACLE CATCH IN DECEMBER 1972 TURNED THE AUTHOR AND HIS YOUNG SON INTO PASSIONATE STEELERS FANS. FORTY YEARS LATER THEY WENT BACK TO PITTSBURGH TO WAVE TERRIBLE TOWELS AND SEE WHAT'S NEW IN THE AGE OF POLAMALU
POINT AFTER
Departments
Unknowable
The horror and tragedy of the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide make clear that even the spotlight of big-time sports and the immediacy of social media cannot fully illumine the human heart
Trying Times
As pro football becomes more popular than ever, the NFL finds itself all too often struggling with disturbing headlines