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Big Shots for December 2, 2009

The whole change of seasons pageant that New Englanders profess to love largely escapes me. I'm a summer guy. I prefer heat waves and long hours of daylight. But for this blog, nothing beats a new sports season to keep things fresh. Winter sports are already cranked up, and there's so many great basketball pictures it's overwhelming. So I'm joining the chorus of cheers for the approach of winter and celebrating the change of sports seasons. I'd also like to announce that beginning next week, on Thursdays I'll start posting the 100 best sports pictures of 2009, three months' worth at a time. I'll start on Thursday, December 10, with the best 25 pictures from January, February, and March. ( 34 photos total)

Blaine Gabbert of the Missouri Tigers takes a snap in a shaft of sunlight during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Arrowhead Stadium November 28 in Kansas City. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Ana Drev trains before the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup November 27 in Aspen. (Francis Bompard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images) #

Rafael Nadal serves against Novak Djokovic during the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena November 27 in London. (Julian Finney/Getty Images) #

Jeev Milkha Singh hits the ball at the 7th hole during round 2 of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup golf tournament in Dongguan, China. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) #

Vincent Jackson of the San Diego Chargers tries to catch a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the NFL football game November 29 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. (Donald Miralle/Getty Images) #

Noriaki Kasai jumps during the World Cup qualification round of the ski jumping contest in Ruka-Kuusamo November 27. (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images) #

Germany's Vanessa Low competes in the women's long jump during International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation World Games 2009 in Bangalore November 26. More than 800 athletes from 43 countries are participating in the week long event. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi) #

Yves Rossy leaps from his launch aircraft attempting to cross the Strait of Gibralter from Africa to Europe with a jet-powered wing strapped to his back November 25. He failed, and was plucked from the sea by a rescue helicopter. (Stephane Marmier/ via AP Images) #

Canadian ski racer John Kucera is airlifted off the course after breaking a leg in the FIS World Cup men's Super G November 29 in Lake Louise. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images) #

Hans Olsson races down the course during the first training run for the Lake Louise downhill World Cup skiing race in Lake Louise November 25. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press/Frank Gunn) #

Driver Guido Cappellini competes in the Qatar Formula 1 powerboat Grand Prix in Doha November 28. (REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad) #

Louise Dixon and Casie Lack compete in their boat True Blue during the 2009 World Jetsprint Championships at the Melton Motorsports Complex November 29 in Melbourne. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) #

The Clemson Tiger mascot (left) watches as Will Cutler, a member of the Clemson University Military Tiger Platoon, lights a University of South Carolina mascot replica on fire after a pep rally November 23 in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail/Mark Crammer) #

Firefighters work to extinguish flames in the stands during a Serbian first division soccer match between Red Star and Partizan in Belgrade November 28. (REUTERS/Ivan Milutinovic) #

Jeroen Hertzberger of the Netherlands shoots on the Spanish goal during their Champions Trophy field hockey match in Melbourne November 28. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images) #

Portsmouth's Aruna Dindane reacts after a missed opportunity during the English Premier League soccer match against Manchester United at Fratton Park in Portsmouth November 28. (REUTERS/Kieran Doherty) #

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins looks back as a shot by Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens goes in the net November 25 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) #

Andy Murray reacts during his ATP World Tour Finals tennis match against Fernando Verdasco at the 02 Arena in London November 26. (REUTERS/Dylan Martinez) #

Henrik Stenson looks concerned on the 13th hole during Fourball on the third day of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup on the Olazabal course November 28 in Shenzhen. (Stuart Franklin/Getty Images) #

Ran Altman rests after winning the "Stair Race" at Azrieli Tower in Tel Aviv November 27. The 29-year-old raced up 1,144 steps in the 51-storey round tower in 6 minutes and 54 seconds, setting a new record. (REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun) #

Florida's Alex Tyus tries to hang on to the ball against Florida State during an NCAA college basketball game in Gainesville, Fla. November 24. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin) #

The Pheonix Suns' Steve Nash tries to find space between Toronto Raptors players during an NBA basketball game in Toronto November 29. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press/Chris Young) #

Texas A&M's David Loubeau passes the ball as he is defended by Minnesota players during an NCAA college basketball game in the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif. November 29. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) #

Derek Glasser of the LSU Tigers is fouled by Zach Kinsley of the Arizona State Sun Devils during an NCAA college basketball game at Madison Square Garden November 27 in New York. (Nick Laham/Getty Images) #

Porto's Hulk Sousa (left) celebrates his goal against Rio Ave with his teammate Raul Meireles during their Portuguese Premier League soccer match at Dragao stadium in Porto November 29. (REUTERS/Miguel Vidal) #

France's Francois Trinh-Duc (left) vies with Samoa's David Lemi during their rugby union test match November 21 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. (LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images) #

England's Ugo Monye jumps for the ball against New Zealand during the Investec Challenge Series International rugby union match at Twickenham, London November 21. (ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images) #

Colombia's Juan Cardenas (left) fights with Peru's Jesus Paucarcaja during a karate match at the Bolivarianos Games in Sucre, Bolivia November 25. (REUTERS/David Mercado) #

The Collegers challenge the Oppidans during the Eton Wall Game at Eton college in Eton November 21. Originating from 1766, the game is played on a narrow strip 110 meters long up against a wall. The idea is to move the ball along the wall with your feet and score a goal at the far end. Goals are very rare, the last one scored was a hundred years ago in 1909. (REUTERS/ Eddie Keogh) #

Sevilla FC's Frederic Kanoute (center) challenges for the ball with Unirea Urziceni's Vasile Maftei (right) and Ersin Mehmedovic during a Champions League match in Ghencea Stadium in Bucharest November 24. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) #

South African grandmothers play football in the Nkowankowa township November 24 in Tzaneen, South Africa. The grandmothers are part of a team called Vakhegula Vakhegula, which means "Grannies" in the local Xitsonga dialect, and hope to play an exhibition game before one of the World Cup 2010 games. (Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images) #

Griselda Lavender (left) hits a ball during the Elephant Polo World Championship match in Thakurdwar, at Bardiya wildlife resort, in Nepal December 1. (AP Photo/Binod Joshi) #

Russia's Natalia Korosteleva (center) competes during the World Cup ladies 10km classic individual in Ruka-Kuusamo, Finland November 29. (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images) #

About 1,800 people dressed in Santa costumes run down the main street in central Sydney November 29 in support of a children's charity, hoping to challenge the world record for people running dressed as Santa. (REUTERS/Tim Wimborne) #


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