8 Leading Off
Remember the NFL lockout? Neither do we
26 Just My Type
Urban Meyer does not mow his own lawn
By Dan Patrick
29 Faces in the Crowd
32 Inside ...
Predictions for 2011--12
Playing résumé games
BCS coaching carousel
FIFA's year of corruption
Why not tournaments?
90 Point After
Going from who? to hero in a year
BY PHIL TAYLOR
THE YEAR IN SPORTS
50 THE MOMENTS
Among the surprising champions and stellar achievements of 2011, one inspiring figure stood out. How do we know? You told us
By Alexander Wolff
56 THE PICTURES
From Derek Jeter's milestone hit to the magical come-from-behind victories of the Bruins and the Cardinals—the most memorable images of '11
64 THE KISS
How fate and chance converged in Vancouver to yield the year's most compelling sports photograph
By Chris Ballard
74 THE FAREWELLS
The sports world said goodbye to a host of remarkable figures
By Mark Bechtel
"The officers moved on, leaving the street empty except for Alex Thomas and Scott Jones. She lay on her back, crying, hysterical. He bent over her, trying to comfort her. Then, in a moment of tenderness, he kissed her.
—Chris Ballard, on an indelible moment from the rioting in Vancouver after the 2011 Stanley Cup final
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED WILL NOT PUBLISH NEXT WEEK BECAUSE OF THE HOLIDAYS. THE NEXT ISSUE WILL BE DATED JANUARY 9, 2012.
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GRAND ENTRANCE Paralyzed during an Oct. 16, 2010, game, defensive tackle Eric LeGrand joined his Rutgers teammates on senior day last month.