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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

TV REPAIRS

The Angels broke the bank with the Pujols and Wilson signings, but that $331 million didn't come out of nowhere

By Tom Verducci

A MOVABLE EAST

Has the Big East lost its mind? No, but in the wake of last week's mass migration, it did lose another piece of its glorious past

By Pablo S. Torre

A GOOD PROBLEM TO HAVE

Hey, the unbeaten Packers have worries too: Should they push for perfection, or rest up for the playoffs—and risk losing their edge?

By Damon Hack

PETER KING'S THINGS I THINK

By Peter King

PRO FOOTBALL

The Power of the Possible

Tim Tebow has led the Broncos from 1—4 to the division lead with the craziest, most unlikely eight-week run in NFL history. It's taken clutch playmaking, a newly stout defense and, most of all, unwavering belief

By Jim Trotter

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

GET READY FOR A FIESTA

The bowls are upon us, and what's the most exciting matchup of the postseason? (Hint: not the BCS title game.) It's the Fiesta Bowl, in which prolific Brandon Weeden and the unstoppable offense of Oklahoma State meet the sublime skills of Andrew Luck and Stanford

By Austin Murphy

BOWL PREVIEW 2011

BOWL PREVIEW 2011

SI's pick for the BCS championship game won't be revealed until the Jan. 9 issue, but here's how the 34 other bowl games will turn out

By Andy Staples

PRO BASKETBALL

WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR THEM?

On the to-do list for new Lakers coach Mike Brown: Succeed a legend, install a new system and manage a roster in flux. Rest assured, he'll stay on-task

By Lee Jenkins

A BIG LOSS

The Lakers' failed courtship of Chris Paul cost them one of their most versatile interior threats

By Chris Mannix

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

X MARKS ITS SPOT

Xavier established its claim to be King of the Queen City in its long-bubbling rivalry with Cincinnati, and Tu Holloway his place in the player of the year discussion. Then everything got really ugly

By Kelli Anderson

The Year In Sports Media

THE YEAR IN Sports Media

Edited by Adam Duerson

The Coach Who Won't Coach

After leaving the Steelers' sideline five years ago, Bill Cowher found a new career, and new contentment, on the set at CBS. And though he'd be first choice for any team with an opening, he says he's not going anywhere

By Joe Posnanski

POINT AFTER

SOMEWHERE A CUB IS SMILING

By Phil Taylor

Departments

LETTERS

IT CAN'T END PRETTY

Once boxing's best, pound for pound, Roy Jones Jr. fights recklessly on

By Chris Mannix

HOT | NOT

FOR THE RECORD

A Hit or an Error?

Ryan Braun's positive drug test rocks baseball—but proves the game is serious about prevention

By David Epstein

Both Sides of the Story

A new documentary takes an inside look at Army and Navy football—down to the wire

By Matt Gagne

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick