THE YEAR INSPORTS 2006
Photos that illuminate 11 sports on five continents
68 THE NFL
by Michael Silver
by Tom Verducci
78 THE NBA
by Jack McCallum
by Phil Taylor
by Grant Wahl
by L. Jon Wertheim
by Alan Shipnuck
94 THE NHL
by Michael Farber
96 THE REST
101 TOO TRUE TOBE GOOD
by Steve Rushin
106 GAME OF THEYEAR
by Chris Ballard
by Mark Bechtel
21 Air andSpace
'Tis the NFL season: A Who's Who of stars has made every day Christmas for anailing teen
by Steve Rushin
Division II's answer to Bob Knight
SI's holiday gift guide
In appreciation of Lindsay Davenport
35 Faces in theCrowd
154 Life ofReilly
That Christmas letter telling [in mind-numbing detail] what a family [you couldcare less about] is up to
by Rick Reilly
138 The NBA
The biggest loser in the New York brawl
Did Toronto overpay Vernon Wells?
143 The NFL
Jeff Bzdelik puts the buzz in Air Force
150 The NHL
A blue line blueprint for success
PHOTOGRAPH BY PETER READ MILLER
INSET PHOTO:Chuck Solomon
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Arron Afflalo (left) and No. 1 UCLA could go undefeated, writes Grant Wahl atSI.com/collegebasketball.
Is LeBron James (left) overpaid or underpaid? Check out every player's salaryat SI.com/nba.
Can Rex Grossman (left) lead the Bears to a Super Bowl? Get Peter King's answerat SI.com/nfl.
It's decision time for Adrian Peterson (right) and other juniors. Which onesshould go pro? Find out at SI.com.
Get original video at SI.com, including Dr. Z and Brooklyn Decker (right) in ZSays/She Says.
Andre Agassi (right) wasn't the only star to retire this year. See the top 25at SI.com/photo.
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AL TIELEMANS (HENNE)
PASSIN' IN PASADENA To learn more from Stewart Mandel about Rose Bowl QBs Chad Henne of Michigan (left) and John David Booty of USC before their Jan. 1 showdown, go to SI.com, which will have predictions and complete breakdowns for all 32 bowl matchups.
JOHN W. MCDONOUGH (BOOTY)
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NICK UT/AP (AFFLALO)
BILL FRAKES (JAMES)
BILL FRAKES (GROSSMAN)
ROBERT BECK (PETERSON)
MEL LEVINE (SHE/Z)
BOB MARTIN (AGASSI)