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That Magical Time of Year

Lo, it cometh: SI's first annual Advent calendar
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1 10th anniversaryof Latrell Sprewell choking P.J. Carlesimo

2 Disgraced Tourde France rider Jan Ullrich (1973)—and Britney Spears (1981)—are born

3 Recentlyconfessed HGH user Paul Byrd born (1970)

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6 FIA will hold ahearing on another F/1 spy scandal: Renault is now accused of illegallypossessing intellectual property belonging to McLaren

7 Barry Bonds duein court; Tank Johnson (1981) and Terrell Owens (1973) celebrate birthdays

8 67th anniversaryof the Bears beating Washington 73--0, the most lopsided game in NFLhistory

9 30th anniversaryof Kermit Washington punching Rudy Tomjanovich

10 Michael Vickdue in federal court for sentencing on dogfighting charges

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12 Recentlyconfessed steroids user Mike Golic born (1962)

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15 Wanted murdererand Panthers wideout Rae Carruth found hiding in trunk of car (1999)

16 O.J. Simpsonbecomes first NFL player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season, (1973)

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18 India's SanthiSoundarajan stripped of Asian Games 800-meter silver medal after failing gendertest (2006)

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20 Joe Namathconfesses desire to kiss Suzy Kolber (2003)

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22 Todd Bertuzzipleads guilty to assault for on-ice attack of Steve Moore (2004)

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25 Chronic basestealer Rickey Henderson born (1958)

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ILLUSTRATIONS BY D. JIMENEZ

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© CARL FISHER (LISTON)

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JOHN W. MCDONOUGH (SPREWELL)

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EDDY RISCH/KEYSTONE/AP (ULLRICH)

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DARRELL WALKER/UTHM/ICON SMI (BYRD)

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BERND THISSEN/EPA (CAR)

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HEINZ KLUETMEIER (BONDS)

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AP (BEARS'SID LUCKMAN)

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ROBERT STRAUSS (TOMJANOVICH)

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HARAZ N. GHANBARI/REUTERS (VICK)

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RICH ARDEN/ESPN (GOLIC)

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THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER (CARRUTH)

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JOHN IACONO (SIMPSON)

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BABU/REUTERS (SOUNDARAJAN)

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WALTER IOOSS JR. (NAMATH)

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TIM DEFRISCO (BERTUZZI)

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JEFF ROBBINS/AP (HENDERSON)