Now that the year is coming to an end, it's impossible to avoid thinking about the bests—the best songs, the best movies, the best celebrity mess-ups and, of course, the best sports performances.
And with those performances come the biggest stars of the year. Some of them were one-hit wonders—kind of like that chick who sings that terrible song I won't mention to spare you the terror of having it stuck in your head for the next 13 hours but will certainly top several year-end lists of its own. Others are here to stay for the long run. Some of them are human and others are not, while some of them do the work on the field and others do the work on the sideline.
One thing is for sure: All of them made us care, and all of them made us take notice, for better or worse. (And when I say "worse," I'm talking to you, Dwight.)
Here are the 50 biggest stars of the sports world in 2012.