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December 17, 1979 | Volume 51, Issue 25

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Ralph Sampson Cover - Sports Illustrated December 17, 1979

December 17, 1979
4—Evelyn Floret27—Jerry Cooke37—Manny Millan (top)61—courtesy of The Coca-Cola Co.62—Ron Berard71, 72—Richard Mackson75, 76—Carl Iwasaki80—George Tiedemann83—Lynn Pelham86, 87—Indianapolis Motor...

December 17, 1979 | Compiled by BILL COLSON
PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: For the first time all season, Boston hit a slump. Kansas City, which has won three straight, was the first of three teams to knock off the Celtics. The score was 94-88, and...

December 17, 1979
BLAIR KIELCOLUMBUS, IND.Blair, 18, an All-State quarterback and the most heavily recruited high school player in Indiana, passed for 192 yards and two TDs and punted for a 40.4-yard average as...

December 17, 1979 | Edited by Gay Flood
Sir:Curry Kirkpatrick's article on college basketball (, Dec. 3) was pure entertainment. His description of Joe Caldwell's dunk shots brought back fond memories of Chicago Stadium college...

December 17, 1979 | Michael Baughman
At odd times in recent years I've found myself dreaming of what it might be like to own exclusive printing and sales rights to NO TRESPASSING, NO HUNTING and VIOLATORS WILL BE PROSECUTED signs....

December 17, 1979 | Edited by Myra Gelband
PROPORTIONALITY FOR ALL

December 17, 1979 | Edited by Myra Gelband
•Tony (Mac the Sack) McGee, New England Patriot defensive end, describing how he felt after a sackless game against the Miami Dolphins: "Angry. Disappointed. Mad. Sad. Disgusted, busted and can't...

December 17, 1979
In the World Gymnastics Championships at Fort Worth, the Soviet Union's Nelli Kim and young Aleksandr Ditiatin won, but still the U.S. shone

December 17, 1979 | Kent Hannon
For four grueling days the world's two best male gymnasts—a Soviet and an American—had tried to outdo each other on the floor and in the air inside Fort Worth's Tarrant County Convention Center....

December 17, 1979 | Bob Ottum
Don't be fooled by the little darlings. It's hard not to be, when they come parading in on tippy-toe—194 girls from 32 countries—not a pinch of cellulite and huggy as all get out. But if they get...

December 17, 1979
The year-end double issue tells who the Sportsman of the Year is; predicts whether Ohio State or USC will win the granddaddy of them all and previews the other major bowls, too; captures the...

December 17, 1979 | Larry Keith
It's too early to tell for sure, but Ralph Sampson, Virginia's giant freshman, could rule the game

December 17, 1979 | E. M. Swift

December 17, 1979 | Selwyn Parker

December 17, 1979 | Kelso F. Sutton
On the last day of the decade, Bill Bernstein will retire after 30 years with Time Inc., 26 of them on the staff of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. It would be easy to say that we are losing a layout...

December 17, 1979 | John Papanek

December 17, 1979 | Jim Kaplan
Shopping for adult Christmas games is a bewildering experience this year. They are so diverse. Word games. Number games. Board games. Computer games. But there is a way out of the maze: stick with...

December 17, 1979 | Stan Isaacs
Isn't that Coca-Cola commercial with Pittsburgh Steeler Mean Joe Greene and the kid a grabber? You know the one. It opens with Greene, a Goliath of a man, limping down a stadium tunnel, presumably...

December 17, 1979 | Roger Jackson
Torchy Clark is coach of the Central Florida Knights and his star player is his 22-year-old boy Bo, a guard who last season was the leading scorer in the nation

December 17, 1979 | Herm Weiskopf

December 17, 1979 | Herm Weiskopf
LEWIS LLOYD: The 6'6", 215-pound Drake junior popped in 37 points as the Bulldogs upset Oral Roberts 82-81 and scored 32 more as they downed Iowa State 87-76. Lloyd also grabbed 32 rebounds and...

December 17, 1979 | Dan Jenkins
Despite melodrama and misfortune, the Rams as usual are NFC West champs

December 17, 1979 | John Papanek
Already rocked by a scandal involving a phony transcript, New Mexico lost six more players in a growing probe centered on attendance in a mysterious class

December 17, 1979 | Joe Marshall
Matt Malloy of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (above) didn't score in the semis but had a hat trick, including a game-winning header, in the NCAA championships

December 17, 1979 | Frank Deford

December 17, 1979 | Demmie Stathoplos
It's been nearly 60 years since Aileen Riggin, then a 65-pound 14-year-old, got her first look at the ship that would take her to the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. World War I had ended a...