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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

2012 THE YEAR IN SPORTS MEDIA

The Year in Sports Media: Books

The Year in Sports Media: Television

By Richard Deitsch

The Year in Sports Media: Digital

The Year in Sports Media: Movies

By Mark Bechtel

ADRIAN PETERSON

ALL DAY ALL THE WAY

ADRIAN PETERSON SHREDDED HIS KNEE ON CHRISTMAS EVE 2011 AND WENT UNDER THE KNIFE SIX DAYS LATER. NOW, DRIVING HIMSELF RELENTLESSLY, HE'S TWO GOOD GAMES FROM THE ALLTIME SINGLE-SEASON RUSHING RECORD. THE BEST RUNNING BACK OF OUR AGE IS THE NFL'S STORY OF THE YEAR

By Ben Reiter

Decision 2012

With two alltime greats returning in stunning form, this season's Comeback Player vote will be the toughest call of them all

By Peter King

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Put Your Trust in ... Russ?

DO WHAT YOU WANT. SWAGG ALL THE TIME. LOUISVILLE GUARD RUSS SMITH FOLLOWS HIS OWN RULES—AND THAT'S WHAT MAKES HIM AMERICA'S MOST ENDEARINGLY RUSSDICULOUS PLAYER

By Luke Winn

BASEBALL

Does Wil Myers Remind You of Someone? (Maybe This Guy?)

THE RAYS' NEWEST PRIZE IS MUCH, MUCH MORE THAN THE 2012 MINOR LEAGUE HOME RUN KING. SCOUTS LIKEN HIM TO DALE MURPHY

By Lars Anderson

Swaps Meet

It looks like the Royals and the Blue Jays made similar trades, but not all prospects-for-pitching deals are equal

By Joe Sheehan

PICTURES OF THE YEAR

THIS PHOTO TELLS A STORY (BUT NOT THE ONE YOU THINK)

IT'S A PERFECT STORM OF A PINUP: A LAST-GASP PLAY SEEMINGLY INTERPRETED IN OPPOSITE WAYS BY TWO REPLACEMENT REFS—PATSIES, REALLY—WORKING FROM A COMPLEX RULE BOOK. BUT IT WILL FORCE YOU TO RETHINK THE PACKERS-SEAHAWKS FINISH THAT SET THE NFL AFIRE

By Ben Reiter

POINT AFTER

The Second Best and the Brightest

By Phil Taylor

Departments

Rudy Can't Fail

A screenwriter implores Hollywood not to give up on sports movies, which, like many of their protagonists, are true underdogs

By Brian Koppelman

HOT | NOT

Out of Their League

The departure of the Big East's seven Catholic schools will reshape the college landscape

By Alexander Wolff

California Dreamin'

Sizing up the seismic off-season moves in Los Angeles

By Joe Sheehan

The 8 Debate

Boxing's Greatest One-punch Knockouts

By Richard O'Brien

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick