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Rickey Henderson Cover - Sports Illustrated February 16, 1983

February 16, 1983 | Alexander Wolff
"Zone Xavier and get something to eat."—Texas Basketball Coach Abe Lemons, after he was asked what he planned to do in Cincinnati.

February 16, 1983
The year won't be remembered for isolated blows, like this mighty right Alexis Arguello unloaded on Aaron Pryor. Fusillades counted for considerably more. In the 14th round of their WBA junior...

February 16, 1983
The NFL season that almost wasn't ended fittingly when a team that many thought couldn't, the Washington Redskins, overran the Miami Dolphins 27-17 in the Super Bowl. The Skins and the Fins earned...

February 16, 1983
It was the year of the dynasty and the dynamo, of the New York Islanders and Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky. The Isles of Uniondale solidified their claim to being heirs to the Habs of Montreal by...

February 16, 1983
This was the season in which Jimmy Connors (right), baseline slugger and return-of-serve artist, discovered the serve-and-volley. And, by Jimbo, it served Connors well. First, in a meeting of...

February 16, 1983
Hubert Birkenmeier of the Cosmos floats like a butterfly as he's stung by the Chicago Sting's Arno Steffenhagen, who drilled the shot at right. The Cosmos fared better in the Soccer Bowl, beating...

February 16, 1983
Tom Watson was greeted with Open arms by caddie Bruce Edwards after winning the 1982 title on the 18th at Pebble Beach. A hole earlier, surveying a tougher-than-tough 16-foot chip from the rough,...

February 16, 1983
Consider, for a moment, the year's moments: the few extra ones Rick Mears spent in the Indy pits (right) that gave Gordon Johncock the closest 500 victory in history; the few ticks of the clock...

February 16, 1983
More often than not, UCLA's Frank Cephous (right) wasn't running the football during 1982, but watching his teammate, Quarterback Tom Ramsey, throw it. Ramsey, the nation's most efficient passer,...

February 16, 1983
Though down one strike, the baseball season saw record attendance and dramatic division races as interest in the game took off. So did flying Tiger Lance Parrish (right), who set an American...

February 16, 1983
Richard Tuwei of Washington state and Kenya (No. 835) won the steeplechase at the NCAA championships in Provo, Utah, but the biggest splash-as usual—was made by a slight Tanzanian of undetermined...

February 16, 1983 | Kenny Moore

February 16, 1983
The Los Angeles Lakers fast-broke Phoenix in four straight, then San Antonio in four more and, finally, Philadelphia in six. "They may be the best team the league has ever seen," said Spurs Coach...

February 16, 1983
Cecil Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneer outside linebacker, on why he doesn't play middle linebacker: "Playing middle linebacker is like walking through a lion's cage in a three-piece pork-chop suit."

February 16, 1983
Though eager Beavers Charlie Sitton and Lester (The Molester) Conner dammed up Georgetown's Eric Smith at right, the Hoyas shot a tournament-record 74.4% to beat Oregon State in the West regional...