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December 12, 1977 | Volume 47, Issue 24

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Bryan Trottier Cover - Sports Illustrated December 12, 1977

December 12, 1977
PRO BASKETBALL—It was the final straw for Seattle owner Sam Schulman. His Sonics, playing on their home floor, had just lost their 16th game—to the Nets, of all teams. That was New Jersey's first...

December 12, 1977
11—Drawing by SQW32, 33—Manny Millan34—Carl Iwasaki49—Anthony Donna50—Mickey Pfleger63—illustration by Michael Ramus67, 68—Peter Read Miller70—Bill Eppridge75—George Kalinsky80—illustration by...

December 12, 1977
BERNIE ADELLIPSWICH, MASS.Bernie, a senior tailback, scored two first-half touchdowns to lead Ipswich High to a 54-13 rout of Newburyport in the state Eastern Division III title game. In four...

December 12, 1977 | Edited by Gay Flood
CHEERING SECTIONSir:Your Nov. 28 college basketball cover was your best effort of the year. Indiana State's Larry Bird does indeed look explosive, but the two ISU cheerleaders appear even more...

December 12, 1977 | Edited by Robert H. Boyle
FLUBBED

December 12, 1977 | Edited by Robert H. Boyle
•Dewey Selmon, inside linebacker of the Tampa Bay Bucs, losers of 26 consecutive regular-season NFL games, about his recent marriage: "I was going to wait and get married after we won our first...

December 12, 1977 | Sarah Pileggi

December 12, 1977 | Jerry Kirshenbaum
The Trio Grande of NHL scoring leader Bryan Trottier, top goal producer Mike Bossy and senior citizen Clark Gillies, who is all of 23, has kept the New York Islanders within shooting distance of...

December 12, 1977 | Walter Bingham
Putting two and two together, the PGA and LPGA came up with a honey of a tournament that had the pros hugging happily

December 12, 1977 | Larry Keith

December 12, 1977
A year-end double issue salutes the Sportsman of the Year; depicts a galaxy of young athletes who have made this an exceptional 12 months for youth; introduces a fictional pro basketball hero who...

December 12, 1977 | Sarah Pileggi

December 12, 1977 | J. D. Reed

December 12, 1977 | Bruce Newman
Washington is a city in love with the sound of its own voice. Whether you are in the Senate gallery, in a banquette at Sans Souci or watching TV in suburban Maryland, you will encounter no...

December 12, 1977 | Joe Jares
The University of Nevada's northern branch has a marvelous but little known center in 6'10" Edgar Jones, who hurts opponents even when he himself is injured

December 12, 1977 | Herman Weiskopf

December 12, 1977 | Herman Weiskopf
LARRY BIRD: During three Indiana State wins, including a 91-63 upset of Purdue, the 6'9" junior forward poured in 82 points, pulled down 41 rebounds, had 19 assists, stole the ball six times and...

December 12, 1977 | Jonathan Yardley
These are hard times for the first novelist—hard, that is, unless he happens to have a socko box-office byline. Most young writers have to resort to little magazines and small presses if they want...

December 12, 1977 | John Schulian
You can bet on it—those Chicago messengers who promise to take your wager to the track aren't athletes. Many are working an ingenious, lucrative bookie racket

December 12, 1977 | Joe Marshall
The Rams clinched their division title with a 20-14 victory over the Raiders, who with a hobbled quarterback now face a struggle just to make the playoffs

December 12, 1977 | J. D. Reed
Dwarfed by USF, little Hartwick took the NCAA title from the defending champs

December 12, 1977 | John Papanek
Beloved New York superhero Willis Reed was lured out of retirement by the idea that he could inspire his old club to play the way he did. It has not been easy

December 12, 1977 | J. D. Reed
If you've read it, just stick around, there'll be another on the next car

December 12, 1977 | Robert F. Jones

December 12, 1977 | Robert F. Jones
For all its vast and rugged scope, Alaska is fragile almost to the point of delicacy. Scarred by the passage of a D-9 Caterpillar tractor, a stretch of tundra may take a decade to heal itself....