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December 28, 1987 | Volume 67, Issue 28

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Michael Jordan Cover - Sports Illustrated December 28, 1987

December 28, 1987 | Edited by Steve Wulf
THEY SAID IT IN 1987

December 28, 1987
Hear the footsteps of November. Fleet receiver Tim Brown of Notre Dame sped closer to the Heisman Trophy.

December 28, 1987
An odd month, December. The Saints went marching into the NFL playoffs for the first time, while the Giants racked up the most losses ever by a defending Super Bowl champ. Ivan Lendl, who had...

December 28, 1987 | Compiled by Merrell Noden
ARCHERY—DENISE PARKER, 14, of South Jordan, Utah, became the youngest gold medalist ever—in any sport—at the Pan American Games and won the U.S. Junior championship.

December 28, 1987
TARIQ WADOODRESEDA, CALIF.Wadood, 30, the coach of the U.S. badminton team, won the U.S. men's singles badminton crown by beating Chris Jogis of Palo Alto, Calif., 15-9, 15-13. Wadood also teamed...

December 28, 1987
On Father's Day in Baltimore, Thomas Linton sat outside and listened to the Birds.

December 28, 1987 | Ron Fimrite
The sports seasons pass in such swift succession, blurring one into another, that a look back at the end of a year is but a peek into a kaleidoscope. Baseball season, once majestically...

December 28, 1987
The nation's No. 1 team, Miami, swaggered into its Fiesta Bowl showdown with No. 2 Penn State on Jan. 2 and came away a 14-10 loser.

December 28, 1987
The America's Cup came home from Australia in February in the weathered hands of Dennis Conner, skipper of Stars & Stripes. After nearly four months of preliminary races in the Indian Ocean...

December 28, 1987
Early March was wake-up time for baseball. Later came the Knightowls. Indiana's Keith Smart hit a 12-foot jumper with four seconds left to give coach Bob Knight and his Hoosiers the NCAA...

December 28, 1987 | Donald J. Barr
There aren't very many words in pictures '87, our portfolio of the year's most striking sports images, unless you believe, as we do, that each picture is worth a thousand of them. A shot that...

December 28, 1987
April left mouths agape. Sugar Ray Leonard, after five years without a serious bout, danced and feinted his way past middleweight champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler to win the richest prizefight in...

December 28, 1987
In May, former champions returned. The Edmonton Oilers, deposed a year earlier, held off the Philadelphia Flyers in seven games to win their third Stanley Cup in four years. Forty-seven-year-old...

December 28, 1987 | Edited by Gay Flood
POLLUTION (CONT.)You should be commended for Robert H. Boyle's thorough, and hair-raising, Forecast for Disaster (Nov. 16). Mankind has a history of waiting until disaster is imminent before...

December 28, 1987
June was magic for the Los Angeles Lakers, who, under the wizardry of Magic Johnson, disposed of the defending champion Boston Celtics in six games for the NBA title.

December 28, 1987
The games of July had an international flavor. At Wimbledon, Martina Navratilova won a record sixth straight (and eighth overall) women's singles title, and Aussie upstart Pat Cash got his first...

December 28, 1987
Sparks flew in the heat of August. Ben Johnson of Canada burned through 100 meters at the World Track & Field Championships in Rome in a world-record 9.83 seconds. At the politically hot Pan...

December 28, 1987
Ivan Lendl and his Connecticut neighbor, Mats Wilander, spent nearly five hours thrashing out the U.S. Open men's final in September before Lendl prevailed for the third straight year.

December 28, 1987
Fans felt their oats in October. They shunned the games played by scabs during the NFL strike, but they watched, wailed and waved hankies as a World Series fairy tale came true in Minnesota....