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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

Orange Groove

Despite losing its top three players, Syracuse is better on both ends of the floor—and this season's biggest surprise

By Kelli Anderson

SETH DAVIS'S Three-Pointer

By Seth Davis

See CJ Run

As he assaults the record book, the Titans' Chris Johnson is staking his claim to be the league's premier back

By Jim Trotter

Cutting Corners

By Peter King

The Man Show

Buffalo's Tyler Myers, the league's best rookie, handles a load once unthinkable for a teenage defenseman

By Michael Farber

PIERRE MCGUIRE'S In the Crease

By Pierre McGuire

PUNTERS

Hang 'Em High

Never, it seems, have punters been more valuable to NFL teams. So who are these guys—and why hasn't a single punter been voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

By John Ed Bradley

Block That Punt

Drop back 15 and boot it away on fourth down? It's not automatic anymore

By Adam Duerson

SI's Punter Ratings

By David Sabino

PRO BASKETBALL

Welcome, The King Of Israel

By Lee Jenkins

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Game Changer

By Kelli Anderson

THE YEAR IN MEDIA

5th ANNUAL: The Year in Sports Media

The sports-entertainment crossover: It's good (Peyton Manning's ads), it's bad (Ron Artest's rapping)—and once in while, it's sublimely funny. Just ask speedskating savior Stephen Colbert

Edited by Mark Bechtel

Thrill Ride

By Mark Mravic

Colorful Stories

By Dick Friedman

Smooth Transition

By Ben Reiter

Ratings Hike

By Dick Friedman

Basketball Jones

Think NBA fans and the Web generation don't buy books? Think again

By Jack McCallum

Playing It Straight

By Mark Bechtel

Sweet Success

By Melissa Segura

Band on the Run

By Mark Bechtel

Tweet Liberty

Led by a certain name-changing wide receiver, athletes revealed more of themselves than ever

By Rebecca Shore

Point After

Divine Invention

By Phil Taylor

Departments

Letters

Is There a Doctor In the Arena?

The NCAA has to control rough play in college hoops

By Alexander Wolff

Who's Hot Who's Not

Lucky Pick

Notre Dame gets its (Irish)man: Cincinnati's savior, Brian Kelly

By Albert Chen

For the Record

Life Without Tiger

What Woods's "indefinite leave" will cost him—and the Tour

By Alan Shipnuck

When Nature Calls

Gameplan

What smart fans should do this week

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Elizabeth McGarr

Winning Tune

A Sam Cooke buff has a hit at Prairie View

By Pablo S. Torre

The Vault

Things I Think I Think

By Peter King