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1991 THE YEAR IN SPORTS
Steve Rushin
December 30, 1991
Look back on 1991. You'll notice that this century's only palindromic year appears the same from the back as it did from the front, looks no different receding in the rearview mirror than it did when traveling toward us. The number 1991 is reversible, not like a cheap vest but like the surname Seles or the fortunes of worst-to-first World Series participants. Without a calendar, it is difficult to say whether 1991 is coming or going, much the way the numbers 23 and 32 look when colliding, as they did when Michael and Magic bumped heads in June.
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December 30, 1991

1991 The Year In Sports

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All of them unforgettable figures from 1991, which is a set of digits worth remembering in its own right: The 99 in the center recalls the great Gretzky at center for the L.A. Kings. The 1 on either flank evokes raised index fingers. If 1991 could speak, it might say, "Today, I'm the greatest of all time." And, as you've probably heard, numbers don't lie.

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