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LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
2012 THE YEAR IN SPORTS MEDIA
ADRIAN PETERSON
ALL DAY ALL THE WAY
ADRIAN PETERSON SHREDDED HIS KNEE ON CHRISTMAS EVE 2011 AND WENT UNDER THE KNIFE SIX DAYS LATER. NOW, DRIVING HIMSELF RELENTLESSLY, HE'S TWO GOOD GAMES FROM THE ALLTIME SINGLE-SEASON RUSHING RECORD. THE BEST RUNNING BACK OF OUR AGE IS THE NFL'S STORY OF THE YEAR
Decision 2012
With two alltime greats returning in stunning form, this season's Comeback Player vote will be the toughest call of them all
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Put Your Trust in ... Russ?
DO WHAT YOU WANT. SWAGG ALL THE TIME. LOUISVILLE GUARD RUSS SMITH FOLLOWS HIS OWN RULES—AND THAT'S WHAT MAKES HIM AMERICA'S MOST ENDEARINGLY RUSSDICULOUS PLAYER
BASEBALL
Swaps Meet
It looks like the Royals and the Blue Jays made similar trades, but not all prospects-for-pitching deals are equal
PICTURES OF THE YEAR
THIS PHOTO TELLS A STORY (BUT NOT THE ONE YOU THINK)
IT'S A PERFECT STORM OF A PINUP: A LAST-GASP PLAY SEEMINGLY INTERPRETED IN OPPOSITE WAYS BY TWO REPLACEMENT REFS—PATSIES, REALLY—WORKING FROM A COMPLEX RULE BOOK. BUT IT WILL FORCE YOU TO RETHINK THE PACKERS-SEAHAWKS FINISH THAT SET THE NFL AFIRE
POINT AFTER
Departments
Rudy Can't Fail
A screenwriter implores Hollywood not to give up on sports movies, which, like many of their protagonists, are true underdogs