12/21/2011 11:50 am ET

The 50 Coolest Sports Pictures Of 2011

There's that old cliche about a picture and a bunch of words, and I'm not going to bore you with any of that. The following article has 50 of the most beautiful, most iconic or simply coolest photos from the past year. What else do you need to know?

Well, I should mention the following: Generally on an article such as this, I would put the pictures in a slideshow. But in the spirit of displaying these photos in all of their splendor at full size, I've put them in a standard article for your enjoyment.

Say cheese.