Gone are U.S. troops from Vietnam and 18 minutes of White House tape. Also gone is Bobby Riggs, dispatched by Billie Jean King in a "Battle of the Sexes" extravaganza. Very much present are the champion A's, Dolphins, Knicks, Canadiens, Bill Walton's UCLA basketball team, and Notre Dame and Alabama, cochamps in football.
THE NAME GAME
Bellefontaine (Ohio) High School's basketball team has a 5'10" guard named Long and a 6'5" center named Short. And the manager of Class A Walla Walla is Cliff Ditto.
IN SI'S WORDS
It was the greatest performance by a racehorse in this century. As Secretariat thundered down the homestretch at Belmont Park to the roar of nearly 70,000 fans, he took on legendary stature. His long stride carried him to the finish by an ever-increasing margin in poetic rhythm. And when the wire was reached, the mile-and-a-half Belmont Stakes won and the ninth Triple Crown in racing history earned, the closest competitor—if he can be so called—was 31 lengths to the rear.
IN SI'S WORDS
It was not always easy, and far less dramatic than it might have been, but the Miami Dolphins finally demonstrated rather conclusively that they are the biggest fish in the pro football pond. In the seventh Super Bowl they defeated the Washington Redskins 14-7 before 81,706 sweltering and smog-beset fans in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. This meant that the Dolphins went an entire season without a loss, 17 straight. No other NFL team has ever gone undefeated for a season, and no other club is likely to do it again soon, either. On the record, then, Miami is the best club in pro football history.
The Dolphins won the game with a nearly impeccable first half; with an extraordinarily accurate passer in quarterback Bob Griese; with a rhino of a runner, Larry Csonka; and, above all, with a defense that may have been No Names, but was plenty of adjectives. Try tough, tight, dashing and daring for starters.
Rose Mary Woods: Secretary of the Year.
Another Frazier, Joe, gets knocked down six times in two rounds in losing his heavyweight title to George Foreman.
Here's looking at Ron Turcotte and Secretariat, Belmont victors by a mere 31 lengths.
The Bills' O.J. Simpson becomes the first to rush for 2,000 yards in an NFL season.
Coach Don Shula cheers a Super Bowl win that crowns a perfect '72 season.
—BEAR BRYANT, ALABAMA FOOTBALL COACH, ON THE ROLE OF ATHLETICS ON THE CAMPUS