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December 29, 2008 Table Of Contents

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Little Things Mean a Lot

Seemingly trivial incidents led to the lasting memories of 2008

By Stephen Cannella


For the Record

The End Is Near

Apocalypse Now: There were signs everywhere

The Love Boat

Acts of compassion in a grueling race


By Arash Markazi

Let's Get Ready to Bungle

By Chris Mannix

Game Plan

What smart fans should do this week

HOT TIP FROM ... Santa Claus

SI caught up with the Man at Macy's flagship store in New York City

As told to Sarah Kwak

Faces in the Crowd

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick


Is the Sooner Express Unstoppable?

Florida at least has to slow the point-a-minute Oklahoma offense and give its own high-powered attack a chance to run off with the BCS championship

By Austin Murphy

Trapping the Gators

With speedsters it likes to isolate in the middle of the field, Florida figures to give the Sooners all they can handle too

By Albert Chen

Something to Prove

Big Ten pride, Big 12 defense and the mid-majors' image are all on the line as the busiest bowl season kicks into gear

By Mark Beech


The Best Year EVER 2008

By Michael Farber

Parting Shots

Josh Hamilton gave Yankee Stadium one final unforgettable display in the Home Run Derby

By Tom Verducci

A Sand Slam

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh turned beach volleyball into brilliant Olympic TV

By Kelli Anderson

Hail, Hub Subs!

In the Celtics' stirring Finals comeback, a quartet of role players supplied the knife edge of victory

By Jack McCallum

Buffalo Savior

In just his third season, Turner Gill turned a longtime doormat into a bowl-bound conference champion

By Austin Murphy

Precious Medal

An altruistic act by eight high school runners in Washington reaffirmed the value of sportsmanship

By Phil Taylor

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

No, you really can't. From a point guard's fruit-related injury to a third baseman's wimpy delivery, it's been another sublime year for the ridiculous

By Kevin Kerr


By Mark Bechtel

Happy New Year

Since being rescued 20 months ago from the dogfighting ring financed by Michael Vick, all but a few of the abused pit bulls have been recovering in sanctuary, foster care and adoptive homes. Now even the most traumatized of them can have a...

By Jim Gorant


Inside: The Week In Sports


Cast off by the Jets to make way for Brett Favre, Chad Pennington deserves the MVP for turning around Miami

By Jim Trotter

Peter King's Pick of the Week

By Peter King

Help Wanted

With teams' needs becoming obvious, here are five trades that should be made before the February deadline

By Ian Thomsen

Mr. Big Shot

Nashville's Shea Weber really rips 'em from the point. The league's newest elite defenseman is a hitter and a passer too

By Michael Farber

Pierre McGuire's In the Crease

By Pierre McGuire

Flash Point

The demotion of veteran floor leader Greg Paulus in favor of Nolan Smith has given Duke a much-needed spark

By Kevin Armstrong

Seth Davis's Three-Pointer

By Seth Davis

Point After

Getting Ahead by Staying in Place

By Phil Taylor


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