?How 'bout them Dawgs? Georgia unleashes the Bulldogs, the best college football team in the country. The Philadelphia German Shepherds successfully defend veterans Stadium against exuberant Phillie and Eagle fans. And a Siberian husky named Ch. Innisfree's Sierra Cinnar is chosen best-in-show at Westminster.
?How 'bout them horses? Not only does Genuine Risk have the utter audacity to crash the customarily all-male winners' circle of the Kentucky Derby, but she finishes second in the Preakness and Belmont as well. Spectacular Bid ends his spectacular career in the Woodward Stakes with a walkover—the first at a major track since 1949. And Niatross harnesses the major pacing races and all kinds of world records.
? Billy Martin doesn't hit anyone.
?In Montreal Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran give us one of the best welterweight fights in history. Unfortunately, in the rematch for the title, Duran gives us gas.
Great expectations. For sheer excitement, nothing could match the five-set, four-hour and 13-minute victory by John McEnroe over Borg in the U.S. Open, except perhaps the five-set win by Borg over McEnroe at Wimbledon two months before. McEnroe's Flushing Meadow triumph denied Borg a chance at the Grand Slam, but together they promised one of the great tennis rivalries of all time.
Brett came within five hits of becoming the first player since Ted Williams in 1941 to bat .400 or better, and in the process he charmed America and enlivened the summer (page 66). Then he took the Royals to the World Series, in which they met the Phillies, who had their own formidable third baseman, Mike Schmidt.
Nothing was quite so pathetic as the sight of Ali remaining on his stool when the bell for the 11th round sounded. But in the months before his title fight with Larry Holmes, Ali, who likes to perform magic tricks, made us believe he could win back his title. If only he'd consumed some of the steaks that Duran later gorged himself on.
The Summer Olympics seemed very far away, and not just because they were in Moscow. The U.S. chose not to send a team because of the U.S.S.R.'s invasion of Afghanistan. Still, we should take nothing away from Miruts Yifter of Ethiopia, who won the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, Teofilo Stevenson of Cuba, who got his third Olympic heavyweight title, and the duels between Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett of Great Britain in the 800 and 1,500.
With sadness, and gratitude, we said goodby to retirees Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Willie McCovey, Dave Cowens and Rocky Bleier. To the other Pittsburgh Steelers, we can only cite Dickens' words: "Accidents will occur in the best regulated families."
But we also said hello to Hana Mandlikova, Joe Charboneau, Alberto Salazar, Beth Daniel, Herschel walker and Rod Martin. And let's not forget Freedom, Darren Griffith, the Cosmos, Johnny Rutherford or Jacqueline Gareau, who was momentarily robbed of her glory at the Boston Marathon by the imposter, Rosie Ruiz.