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December 27, 1982 | Volume 57, Issue 27

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Wayne Gretzky Cover - Sports Illustrated December 27, 1982

December 27, 1982 | Joan Ackermann-Blount
Someone with a queasy stomach would do better to gallop on a raging bull camel across a desert than to stand stone still on a glacier. A glacier, in its own slow way, has done more bucking,...

December 27, 1982 | Ray Lovett
When Zimmer called with the invitation, I sensed that it was a moment that would change my life.

December 27, 1982 | Sarah Pileggi
Like many yo-yo aficionados of the 1940s and '50s, Tom Kuhn, 39, inventor of the No-Jive 3-in-1 Yo-Yo, which is made of maple, was weaned on wood. With the advent of plastic yo-yos in 1955, Kuhn,...

December 27, 1982
6—Lane Stewart19—Illustration by Sam Q. Weissman24, 25—Manny Millan26—Heinz Kluetmeier27—Jacqueline Duvoisin/ABC Sports32—Carl Skalak33—Manny Millan34, 39—Carl Skalak40, 41—Mummery &...

December 27, 1982 | Compiled by ARMEN KETEYIAN
PRO BASKETBALL—Since becoming a starter on Dec. 7, Center Wayne Cooper has led the Portland Trail Blazers to six straight wins, including a 107-103 victory over the L.A. Lakers on Dec. 14. Cooper...

December 27, 1982
LARRY BIRDTAMPALarry, 33, a 13-inch hyacinthine macaw who plays power forward in The Busch Gardens Bird Show, shot 100% this year en route to scoring 2,824 points by dropping a plastic golf ball...

December 27, 1982 | Edited by Gay Flood
BIG BULLETSir:Congratulations on a fine article by Bruce Newman about Washington Center/Power Forward Jeff Ruland (A Tough Man in a Scramble, Dec. 13). If Ruland played for the Celtics, he'd be...

December 27, 1982 | Richard Rogin
This mile race may not quite be at the level of Sebastian Coe vs. Steve Ovett or Sydney Maree vs. Steve Scott, but there will be an almost magical competitive aura at 9:50 p.m. Jan. 28 at the...

December 27, 1982 | Edited by Robert W. Creamer

December 27, 1982 | Edited by Robert W. Creamer
•Bum Phillips, New Orleans Saints coach, on Bear Bryant's retirement (page 24) after losing four games this season: "I hate to see him take the blame, but he said when things go wrong you've got...

December 27, 1982 | John Underwood
Paul (Bear) Bryant retires, and a confidant paints a rare and revealing portrait of the gridiron colossus

December 27, 1982 | Jack McCallum
With its new running game in gear, second-ranked UCLA turned away tough Iowa

December 27, 1982 | Barry McDermott
After being slapped around for a set, Martina Navratilova overwhelmed Chris Evert Lloyd to reaffirm she's No. 1

December 27, 1982 | John Papanek
No. 1 Georgia may have Herschel, but in the Sugar Bowl showdown with No. 2 Penn State don't sell Curt Warner short

December 27, 1982 | E.M. Swift

December 27, 1982
Ruth's Falstaffian belly, Wilt's wingspan, the hightop shoes of Johnny U: The image evokes the man. On these pages are images that particularize sports luminaries of 1982. Who, for example, could...

December 27, 1982 | Philip G. Howlett
These are the eyes of Contributing Photographer Brian Lanker: large, blue, curious, spellbinding. The rest of the man is all of those things, too, except blue, but we show only his eyes here...

December 27, 1982 | Jack McCallum
Coach Lou Campanelli has guided James Madison out of the boondocks

December 27, 1982 | Roger Jackson
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December 27, 1982 | Roger Jackson
BRUCE VANLEY: Tulsa's 6'10" junior center was named MVP of the Oil Capital Classic in Tulsa. He scored 38 points and pulled down 19 rebounds in victories over North Carolina and co-host Oral Roberts.

December 27, 1982 | Robert W. Creamer
As a boy in Redlands, Calif., Tony Hyman needed something "to put things in," so he obtained a dozen empty cigar boxes from a local tobacco store. "I Noticed that most of the boxes were for...

December 27, 1982 | William Taaffe
The best and worst on TV in 1982

December 27, 1982 | Kenny Moore