2012 THE YEAR IN...
The most stunning photos, including the one chosen by readers as the best of 2012
32 SPORTS MEDIA
The highs and lows in TV, books, movies, Twitter ... and "Call Me Maybe" parodies
42 Adrian Peterson
A year after a devastating knee injury, the Vikings' running back is stronger and better than ever—and ready to run all day, every day
BY BEN REITER
The Comeback Player of the Year debate
48 Russ Smith
Shoot often and swagg all the time: The Louisville guard follows his own rules—which is why he's the nation's most Russdiculous player
BY LUKE WINN
54 Wil Myers
The Rays' newest prize is more than a minor league home run king: He's a slugging prospect who makes scouts dream of Dale Murphy
BY LARS ANDERSON
Prospects for pitching: a tale of two trades
60 A Photo That Tells a Story
The crazy final play of a Packers-Seahawks game helped end the referee lockout. But another look makes us rethink the call that set the NFL afire
BY BEN REITER
4 SI Digital
20 The Mail
Let's make Hollywood a sports town again
29 Faces in the Crowd
30 Just My Type
Bobby Petrino, Hilltopper
BY DAN PATRICK
68 Point After
Gimme that clipboard!
BY PHIL TAYLOR
ON THE COVER: Photograph by John Biever
JAN. 7 | 3:39 p.m.
It was a good year to be a Texan: Houston (in blue) began the year with its first playoff victory and this season has the best record in the AFC.