In masks or on crutches, in Speedos or in snowsuits, on bikes or inwheelchairs, wearing spikes or running barefoot--athletes giving their all.
THE BEST OF...
What could be better than back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs? A rundown ofthat and other compelling feats, as well as predictions for 2007.
THE WORST OF...
For the sixth year, Steve Rushin recaps the outrageous (T.O., a children'sauthor?), leaving no misdeed, miscreant, malaprop or liquored-up treeunturned.
GAME OF THE YEAR
A high school running back scored nine touchdowns--yet his team lost. For thewinning school, it was the only victory of the season. Really.
The sports world lost such beloved figures as Celtics monarch Red Auerbach,golfing great Byron Nelson and two-time heavyweight champ Floyd Patterson.
NIC BOTHMA/EPA; PAUL BUCK/EPA; JOHN UELAND; COURTESY OF EAST POINSETT COUNTY HIGH; RICH CLARKSON