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January 19, 2009 Table Of Contents

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Look on the Sunny Side

Geoff Ogilvy and the 2008 winners accentuated the positive as they rang in a bright new year

By Alan Shipnuck

Channel Changes

The cable home of golf upgrades

By Jim Gorant

Big Play

By Michael Breed

The Pepper Mill

By Dottie Pepper

Hand It To Them

An early stab at 2009's season-ending awards

By Jim Gorant


Would I Lie to You?

Good luck keeping up with all the betrayals in college coaching

By Joe Posnanski


For the Record

We Are the Chomp-ions

When athletes attack: a brief history of masticating jocks

Ballot Initiatives

By Sarah Kwak

Fighting Words

The history of the UFC is not for the squeamish

The Beat

By Arash Markazi

AFL Centralizing

By Joe Lemire

Game Plan

What smart fans should do this week

Michael Sheen

The Welsh actor stars in Frost/Nixon and the upcoming Underworld

As told to Sarah Kwak

Faces in the Crowd

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick


Who's Gonna Stop 'Em Now?

On a weekend when other favorites fell hard at home, the Steelers rolled past the Chargers and on to an epic third showdown with the archrival Ravens. At stake: a trip to Super Bowl XLIII

By Lee Jenkins

Bringing the Hurt

On the Ravens' emotion-charged run to the title game, battle-tested wideout Derrick Mason leads by example

By Peter King

Peter King's Forecast: AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

By Peter King

Do You Believe?

Two more wins by the Eagles will turn Philly into a most unlikely Titletown—but first these Giant killers have a date with destiny in Arizona

By Damon Hack

Out of the Desert

The perennially woeful Cardinals are riding a wave of renewed intensity all the way to their first NFC title game

By Jim Trotter

Peter King's Forecast: NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

By Peter King


Get Used To It

Youthful Florida stuffed Oklahoma to win its second BCS title in three years, and with a coach who's winning the recruiting battles in his talent-rich state, the Gators have built a program to last

By Austin Murphy


The Power of One

Sure, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James have their teams atop the standings, but what Dwyane Wade has done is no less impressive: single-handedly lift the Heat into playoff contention

By Phil Taylor

First Among Equals

By David Sabino


Champaign Dreams

An atypical power forward and a pass-happy cast of unselfish teammates have made Illinois this season's most surprising team in the nation's most surprising conference

By Mark Beech


The Audacity of Hoops

If there's any one reason Barack Obama was elected president, it might just be this: As a boy he began playing basketball, and he never stopped

By Alexander Wolff


Inside: The Week In Sports

Bullish Bears

Cal is ready for a run at its first Pac-10 championship—if it can end its streak of futility against Bay Area rival Stanford

By Kelli Anderson

Seth Davis's Three-Pointer

By Seth Davis

Two for "1"

A pair of very different prospects are vying to become the next top draft pick. The choice: offense or defense?

By Kostya Kennedy

Pierre McGuire's In the Crease

By Pierre McGuire

Point After

Helping Kayla Remember

By Chris Ballard


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