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December 11, 1978 | Volume 49, Issue 24

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Jeff Lowe Cover - Sports Illustrated December 11, 1978

December 11, 1978 | Harold Rosenthal
Every stand-up TV comedian has used the obit gag, the one where you don't get out of bed until you're sure your name isn't on the newspaper obituary page. With each passing year, I find myself...

December 11, 1978 | Jay Cronley
(Writer's note: The names in this story have been changed to protect the innocent—namely, me. Besides, there is a certain amount of honor among poker players, even those who call home to say they...

December 11, 1978
PRO BASKETBALL—In a matchup of the NBA's two hottest teams, Kansas City edged the Bullets 110-109 in Washington (page 30). Otis Birdsong's 30 points and rookie Phil Ford's floor play led the Kings...

December 11, 1978
26—Peter Read Miller (bottom left), Heinz Kluetmeier (2)27, 29—Heinz Kluetmeier69—Mike Maple60—Eric Schweikardt70—Stephanie Maze73—Anthony Donna84—Hank deLespinasse88—James Drake119—Jet Commercial...

December 11, 1978
TODD BUCHANANNORTH LIBERTY, IOWATodd, 16, won the United Professional Horsemen's Association saddle-seat equitation challenge cup class in Kansas City to become the first male to take the title....

December 11, 1978 | Demmie Stathoplos
Music may have "charms to soothe the savage beast," but in his latest album, Common Ground (A&M Records, Inc., $7.98), saxophonist Paul Winter has turned the old saying around. It is the...

December 11, 1978 | Edited by Gay Flood
Sir:Super college basketball issue (Nov. 27)! Please don't leave me in suspense, though. Did Earvin Johnson make the cover shot?BRIAN J. FAHEYChicago

December 11, 1978 | Virginia Kraft
It only takes a few minutes of conversation with James L. Cox to understand why this crew-cut ex-boxer and one-time member of the Junior Davis Cup squad has turned himself into a corporation....

December 11, 1978 | Edited by William Leggett

December 11, 1978 | Edited by William Leggett
•Sam Rutigliano, Cleveland Browns coach, on how to stop Seattle's scrambling quarterback, Jim Zorn: "Well, you could give your outside linebackers hand grenades."

December 11, 1978 | Joe Marshall

December 11, 1978
In Eclipse for the last six years, the U.S. Davis Cup team meets the British in Palm Springs with every expectation of success. Frank Deford reports on the play of Brian Gottfried, Stan Smith, Bob...

December 11, 1978 | John Papanek
Christmas is still to come, but in Kansas City they're already decking the hall for rookie Phil Ford, who has made the team a winner

December 11, 1978 | Frank Deford
The return of Evansville's great love, basketball, alleviated the grief the city had suffered since its team perished in an air crash

December 11, 1978 | Curry Kirkpatrick

December 11, 1978 | Jule Campbell
Time was when skiing's hotshots would show up with racing stripes on a pair of stretch pants, hoping to be mistaken for Billy Kidd or Jean-Claude Killy. It turns out that was just the beginning....

December 11, 1978 | William Oscar Johnson

December 11, 1978 | E. M. Swift

December 11, 1978 | Kelso F. Sutton
If there is anything that upsets John Zimmerman, it is an interruption when he has the perfect ski photograph in sharp focus, speed and F-stop all set, his finger about to click the shutter....

December 11, 1978 | William Oscar Johnson
At the start of Monday football evenings, radio and television represent the difference between lively conversation after a good dinner and the sounds of carnival barkers. On the CBS Radio...

December 11, 1978 | Larry Keith
With erstwhile non-scoring Center Rosie Bouie now taking a hand in the offense, Syracuse overpowered upstart Iona 89-76 to reaffirm its supremacy in the East

December 11, 1978 | Herman Weiskopf

December 11, 1978 | Herman Weiskopf
CLIFF ROBINSON: Putting on 20 pounds since last season-he now weighs 220-did not slow down USC's 6'9" sophomore, who had 49 points and 26 rebounds as the Trojans beat Houston 88-80 and Utah 70-56.

December 11, 1978 | Mike DelNagro
There were close calls but no upheavals as traditional rivals did battle and the final few bowl berths were decided

December 11, 1978 | Frank Deford
This year's sleeper among the slew of books that always come out at Christmastime for the active, sports-minded reader is The Illustrated History of the T Shirt (Chatterton & Irving, $15.95)...

December 11, 1978 | Sarah Pileggi
Mixed team golf produced good cheer as Hinkle and Bradley won a squeaker

December 11, 1978 | Jerry Kirshenbaum
Wayne Gretzky, 17, can't drink beer legally with his Edmonton Oiler teammates, but the youngest major leaguer is playing with the flair and finesse of an old pro

December 11, 1978 | Ron Reid
The Eagles' 6'8" Harold Carmichael has caught a pass in 94 straight games

December 11, 1978 | William Oscar Johnson