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SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD

Take My Quarterback, Please

Deconstructing the comedy stylings of master pitchman Peyton Manning

By Bill Scheft

WHO'S Hot WHO'S Not

For the Record

Push Up or Shut Up

Making good on a political wager isn't easy

Tomato's in the Can

A young filmmaker shadows Shaun White

By Mark Bechtel

THE BEAT

By Arash Markazi

Prep Programs

By Joe Lemire

Game Plan

What smart fans should do this week

HOT TIP FROM ...Kevin James

The New York City native stars in Paul Blart: Mall Cop, which opened last Friday

As told to Arash Markazi

Faces in the Crowd

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

NFL CONFERENCE FINALS

Red Storm Rising

Behind the phenomenal Larry Fitzgerald and the ageless Kurt Warner, the Arizona Cardinals (!!!) are NFC champions. Next up for the NFL's new juggernaut: a Super Bowl XLIII date with the Pittsburgh Steelers—the model on which these Cardinals were built

By Damon Hack

Steel Pulse

Unknown when he took over, Mike Tomlin proved a perfect fit in Pittsburgh—and now the Steelers are one win from a record sixth Super Bowl title

By Peter King

XLIII Forecast: Card Party!

Believe it—Arizona's football fantasy will culminate in a Super Bowl championship

By Jim Trotter

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Post Impressionist

Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin is a skilled mimic and practical joker off the court, but on it the sophomore double-double machine does a pretty good player-of-the-year impersonation

By Kelli Anderson

PRO BASKETBALL

Coming of Age (Or Not) In the NBA

Three years ago they turned the college season into their personal stage as they waged a dizzying game of can-you-top-this? These days former lottery picks J.J. Redick and Adam Morrison are battling just to get on the floor

By L. Jon Wertheim

NHL MIDSEASON REPORT

Two Strong [Boston: 33-8-4 / San Jose: 33-6-5]

Three years after a trade that led to the remaking of both teams, the Bruins and the Sharks are winning like never before. The two best lines in hockey have plenty to do with that

By Michael Farber

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

HOME GROWN

As USC has shown, signing the top local and in-state talent is the foundation for a college powerhouse

By Andy Staples

JUMBOTRONS

JUMBO DREAMS

THE GIANT VIDEO SCREEN, THAT ELECTRIC MIRROR OF OUR SPORTS CULTURE, HAS TRANSFORMED THE WAY WE WATCH GAMES—AND EVEN THE WAY THEY'RE PLAYED

By Jack McCallum

Inside

Inside: The Week In Sports

The Butler Way

With a boy-wonder coach and a cast of underrated overachievers, these Bulldog pups are carrying on a tradition

By Bill Trocchi

Seth Davis's Three-Pointer

By Seth Davis

Rook's Move?

Having already proved himself as a shooting guard, O.J. Mayo is lobbying for a change of positions in Memphis

By Chris Mannix

Point After

In Atlanta, Lowe and Behold

By Phil Taylor

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