He broke off his engagement to another world-class star—tennis player Caroline Wozniacki—on May 21 but still had the summer of his life. Since that announcement, the world's No. 1--ranked golfer has won four events, including the British Open and the PGA Championship.
He hasn't been superhuman—his batting average is down to .288—but he has been superb. He is second in the American League in WAR, he won the All-Star Game MVP, and Google briefly thought he'd already won the AL MVP. He's also helped the Angels (last postseason: 2009) get into playoff position.
Losing the NBA Finals was a bummer—and so was the Twitter beating he took for suffering the cramps heard 'round the world—but King James restored his mojo with his July 11 decision to take his talents back to Cleveland. Now, about that 50-year championship drought the city is stuck in....
Johnny Football's defense of his robust social life raised eyebrows, and then his famous fingers got him in trouble when he flipped off the Redskins during a preseason game on Aug. 18, earning him a $12,000 fine. Oh, and he failed to win the starting quarterback job for the Browns.
The Pacers' swingman was poised to make this the Summer of George by becoming one of the breakout stars for Team USA at the FIBA World Cup. Instead the 24-year-old broke his leg in gruesome fashion during an intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 1 and will likely miss all of next season.
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
The Packers are selling a 22-inch kielbasa smothered in beer cheese and sauerkraut called the Horse Collar at Lambeau Field this season.
THOMAS LOVELOCK FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (MCILROY)
ROBER BECK/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (TROUT)
TY WRIGHT/GETTY IMAGES (JAMES)
AL TIELEMANS/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (MANZIEL)
ANDREW D. BERNSTEIN/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (GEORGE)
COURTESY DELAWARE NORTH (KIELBASA)