18 No Miracle Required
Oakland, which has specialized in the supernatural, stayed earthly to beat K. C. and win its division
24 Barnburner in the Old Barn
The new Indiana arena wasn't finished, so the Hoosiers and Kentucky dedicated themselves to annihilating each other
26 The Real Scrap Was for 60th
A scrambling band of no-name golf pros played a tournament within a tournament at the Bahama Islands Open
28 Arms Against the Ogres
In the big bowls it's the passing of Theismann and Plunkett against the fearsome forces of Texas and Ohio State
December 21, 1970
36 Sportsman of the Year
Only 22, he has already led his team to glory and has been acclaimed the best player his game has ever known
44 Who's Next?
Pictorial reflections on the first year of the new decade: its highlights, the auguries it offered—and its laughs
72 Who Blew the U.S. Nose Count?
You say the census shows a decrease in the number of bores? Impossible. Have you checked all the sports?
78 Goren's Christmas Quiz
The annual bridge puzzler challenges you to choose between no trump and a trump suit in 15 hands
84 Weeds, Bugs, Americans
A renowned author assails the familiar views on conservation and presents instead a cogent philosophy of nature
107 For the Record
108 Basketball's Week
112 19th Hole
Credits on page 107
Cover photograph by Tony Triolo
The Next Issue
(dated Jan. 4, 1971)
Countdown to Super Bowl begins this weekend as six division champs plus two of the runners-up strive in the NFL's tangled playoff setup. Tex Maule unravels and reports.
Smooth John Roche is college basketball's slickest guard, a fast gun and a superb passer. Curry Kirkpatrick scouts this Jerry West-like Yankee on Carolina's court.
The greatest show on earth, on TV anyway, is Pasadena's Tournament of Roses. Alfred Wright peels back the petals on this hardy American Beauty that never wilts.