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EDITOR'S LETTER

Sportsmanning Of the Year

By Christian Stone

LEADING OFF

Leading Off PICTURES Of The Year

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

Sportsman of the Year

Peyton Manning: 2013 Sportsman of the Year

Two years after his career appeared in jeopardy, the Broncos' quarterback is burnishing his legacy with a record-breaking season, further inspiring a legion of Peytons to strive for excellence in his (and their) name

By Lee Jenkins

A Glimpse of The Future

EVEN WHEN HE WAS IN HIS TEENS, IT WAS EASY TO SEE THE SAVVY AND COMPETITIVE FIRE THAT WOULD MAKE PEYTON MANNING AN ALLTIME GREAT

By John Ed Bradley

A Most Willing Volunteer

PEYTON MANNING COULD HAVE USED TENNESSEE AS LITTLE MORE THAN AN NFL WAITING ROOM. INSTEAD, HE STAYED FOUR YEARS, SAVORING EVERY MINUTE

By Tim Layden

Measures of A Manning

FROM 3--13 ROOKIE TO SUPER BOWL MVP TO SPORTSMAN, SI'S MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK HAS HAD A SIDELINE—AND FILM ROOM, AND PRESS BOX, AND LOCKER ROOM—VIEW OF PEYTON'S PROGRESS

By Peter King

Experts in the Field

WHO KNOWS BEST WHAT IT TAKES TO BE SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR? OTHER SPORTSMEN AND SPORTSWOMEN. SI ASKED PAST HONOREES WHO SHOULD BE IN THE RUNNING—OR THE SERVING, PUNCHING, SHOOTING OR COACHING—FOR THE 2013 AWARD. THE RESULT: INSIGHTS INTO WHAT CONNECTS YESTERDAY'S STARS TO TODAY'S

Ordinary Heroes

THERE'S ONLY ONE SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR, BUT IT WAS A YEAR OF MANY SPORTSMANLIKE MOMENTS—GESTURES LARGE AND SMALL THAT QUIETLY REMIND US HOW GOOD OUR GAMES CAN BE

By Alexander Wolff

The Five Lives of Jonny Gomes

THE HOME RUN THE RED SOX OUTFIELDER HIT IN GAME 4 OF THE FALL CLASSIC WAS THE TURNING POINT OF THE SERIES. IT WAS THE PERFECT CODA, TOO, TO A CAREER JOURNEYMAN'S SURVIVAL STORY, WHICH RUNS FAR DEEPER THAN FIVE TEAMS IN 11 SEASONS

By Thomas Lake

A Swing And a Hit

IN JANUARY, JORDAN SPIETH WAS LOOKING FOR A TOUR TO CALL HOME. THEN THE KID WENT ON A TEAR NOT WITNESSED SINCE TIGER BURST ONTO THE SCENE AND, AT 20, STAMPED HIMSELF AS A RISING STAR

By Alan Shipnuck

Anatomy of A Miracle

RAY ALLEN'S GAME 6 THREE-POINTER DIDN'T JUST SWIPE THE NBA TITLE FOR MIAMI. IT CAPPED A BEAUTIFULLY FRENETIC HALF-MINUTE THAT, FOR BETTER AND WORSE, NO ONE CAN STOP RELIVING

By Lee Jenkins

Learning to Fly

BUOYED BY ITS SKIPPER'S UNFLAGGING CONFIDENCE (AND ITS OWNER'S TOWERING WALLET), TEAM ORACLE USA FOILED NEW ZEALAND, WINNING EIGHT STRAIGHT RACES TO CLAIM THE WORLD'S OLDEST SPORTING TROPHY

By Nancy Ramsey

When Reality Bites

MODERN FANDOM ISN'T JUST ABOUT DEALING WITH HEARTBREAK. (MAPLE LEAFS DIEHARDS HAVE THAT PART NAILED.) IT'S ABOUT SHARING THAT PAIN WITH HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF YOUR CLOSEST YOUTUBE FRIENDS

By Jack Dickey

A Left Hook from Leftfield

IN 2009 AN ASPIRING GYM TEACHER DISCOVERED MMA. FOUR YEARS LATER, WHEN CHRIS WEIDMAN ENTERED THE OCTAGON TO FACE ANDERSON SILVA, NO ONE GAVE HIM A CHANCE

By Melissa Segura

Nellie in Paradise: A Love Story, with Cards

SAY WHAT? DON NELSON, THE NBA'S MAD SCIENTIST, OUTGREW HIS OBSESSION WITH COACHING AND RETIRED HAPPILY TO SMOKE CIGARS, PLAY POKER AND GAZE AT THE WAVES ON MAUI? A STUPEFIED REPORTER WENT OFF THE GRID TO SEE FOR HIMSELF

By Chris Ballard

POINT AFTER

A Fan's Notes

By Boomer Esiason

Departments

Bowled Over

Santa's season has arrived, and with corporate help far and wide, college football will not subside

Winter Winners

Who's winning the hot stove league? The Mariners? The Yankees? The Cardinals? It may not matter, as a look at the splashiest teams of the last six off-seasons suggests

By Cliff Corcoran

People's Champ

David Koechner reprises his role as boorish sportscaster Champ Kind in Anchorman 2.

By Mark Bechtel

HOT | NOT

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Just My Type

By Interview by Dan Patrick

The Case for ... Maurice Creek

By Dan Greene