26 The Juice Flowed On and On
O. J. Simpson broke Jim Brown's season rushing record, and that was only the beginning
30 Half of Big Red is Too Much
UCLA's Bill Walton sat out 21 minutes with four fouls, then rushed back in and destroyed N.C. State
32 Grr, Gate, Great!
Readying for his rematch with Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali is—you'd never guess—sparring with guard dogs
34 Everyone Likes To Be Bowled Over
While there may be flaws in the format, postseason games are usually exciting—and sometimes meaningful
December 24, 1973
42 Sportsman of the Year
Jackie Stewart displayed talent, intelligence and the discipline to quit at the peak of his career
50 A photo essay on sport in the ebullient sun country
62 A tour of the canebrakes with a baseball superscout
70 Charles Goren's Christmas Bridge Quiz
Are long suits your strong suit? SI's bridge expert offers a test of your pre-emptive bidding skills
80 The Power and the Glory
Coming off a strange year, heavyweight boxing's best and near best could be cooking up a storm for 1974
76 College Basketball
97 For the Record
98 19th Hole
Credits on page 97
Cover photograph by Tony Triolo
The Next Issue
(dated Jan. 7, 1974)
The countdown to Super Bowl VIII continues as the IV divisional playoff champs run, pass, kick (and fumble?) to determine the II finalists. Tex Maule and Ron Reid report.
'Tis the season for holiday tournaments, and Barry McDermott covers one of college basketball's best, the Quaker City, where surprising Cincy and tough Penn are favored.
New Year's eve comes up with the college football champion as Alabama and Notre Dame battle in the Sugar Bowl. John Underwood is there to see which will have the happier.