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1980
November 15, 1989
Bing Crosby's daughter (it now can be told) shoots J.R. Less suspensefully, Ronald Reagan routs Jimmy Carter, whose decision it was to boycott the Moscow Olympics. The Phillies, Raiders, Lakers and Islanders win in the pros; Louisville's Doctors of Dunk and Herschel Walker's Georgia Bulldogs in the college ranks.
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November 15, 1989

1980

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Bing Crosby's daughter (it now can be told) shoots J.R. Less suspensefully, Ronald Reagan routs Jimmy Carter, whose decision it was to boycott the Moscow Olympics. The Phillies, Raiders, Lakers and Islanders win in the pros; Louisville's Doctors of Dunk and Herschel Walker's Georgia Bulldogs in the college ranks.

IN SI'S WORDS
MIRACLE ON ICE
For millions of people, their single, lasting image of the Lake Placid Games will be the infectious joy displayed by the U.S. hockey team following its 4-3 win over the Soviet Union. It was an Olympian moment, the kind the creators of the Games must have had in mind, one that said: Here is something that is bigger than any of you.... The American players...hugged and danced and rolled on one another. The Soviet players, slightly in awe, it seemed, of the spectacle of their defeat, stood in a huddle near their blue line, arms propped on their sticks, and waited for the ceremonial post-game handshakes with no apparent impatience. There was no head-hanging. This was bigger, even, than the Russians. "The first Russian I shook hands with had a smile on his face," said Mark Johnson, who had scored two of the U.S. goals. "I couldn't believe it. I still can't believe it. We beat the Russians."
—E.M. SWIFT

INCIDENTALLY
PRIORITIES
A four-member panel searches for a chancellor to head the University of Nevada. A 17-member panel searches for an athletic director for the school's Las Vegas campus.

INCIDENTALLY
BELTING THE CHAMP

Exchange at the start of a Washington-New York flight:

STEWARDESS: Mr. Ali, please fasten your seat belt.

MUHAMMAD ALI: Superman don't need no seat belt.

STEWARDESS: Superman don't need no plane, either.

Boston Marathon impostor Rosie Ruiz: "What's a split?"

Gipper Power.

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