SPORTS YEAR IN REVIEW
Did that really happen? Are you ready to relive the most mind-blowing, earth-shattering, mystifying, serious and seriously sublime sports moments of the past year? This week SI.com takes a look back at the wild and woolly year in sports and ranks the best of the best from 2012. Also included are Richard Deitsch's 2012 Media Awards; sport-by-sport picks for favorite story of the year, as chosen by SI.com writers; and photo galleries featuring the breakout athletes of 2012, games of the year and photos of the year.
USAIN BOLT becomes first to win back-to-back 100m and 200m Olympic titles
MICHAEL PHELPS becomes most decorated Olympian ever
LEBRON'S HISTORIC YEAR NBA Title, MVP, Olympic Gold, SI Sportsman
The overnight rise of LINSANITY
NOTRE DAME returns to glory (for real this time)
REPLACEMENT REFS' GAFFES Golden Tate's controversial touchdown
ELI MANNING-MARIO MANNINGHAM Super Bowl XLVI's dynamic duo
MAN CITY wins Premier League in stoppage time
JOHNNY MANZIEL becomes first freshman to win the Heisman
GABBY DOUGLAS wins all-around gold
SEC TITLE GAME CLASSIC Alabama holds off Georgia
MIGUEL CABRERA wins first Triple Crown since '67
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SI DIGITAL BONUS
The Oklahoma Kid
From the SI Vault: Oct. 11, 2004
The Sooners were suddenly running wild thanks to true freshman Adrian Peterson, the best tailback prospect in a generation.
BY AUSTIN MURPHY
4 yrs watching [Florida's] Kenny Boynton and I still can't decide if he's the best bad shooter I've ever seen or the worst good shooter I've ever seen.
Chargers down 21--0 to the Panthers. What will Dean Spanos give Norv Turner after this one? (Supply your own punch line.)
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Peter King On ...
The Packers have the most underrated wide receiver in football with Jones. When I watch him play, I think of a guy who shuts out all outside distractions and focuses on one thing—catching the ball. Jones has a league-leading 12 touchdown receptions. That's the number of touchdowns Calvin Johnson, Wes Welker and Steve Smith have combined.
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GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION BY NICOLE ZIGMONT
MEL LEVINE (KING)
JOHN BIEVER (PETERSON)