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Dec. 20, 1976
If you 're the Steelers, you win two straight Super Bowls and, going for a record third straight, lose four of your first five games. Now, as the playoffs begin, Baltimore tries to stop Pittsburgh; Oakland and L.A. look for revenge; Minnesota for redemption
From Olympian and other heights came the candidates: Klammer and Comaneci, Young and Jenner, Nicklaus and Morgan, Dr. J and Tony D. If it was a very good year for men, it was a spectacular one for women. For the 21-year-old on the opposite page it was a year of such distinction that she became the outstanding athlete of them all. Because she dominated her game as no other man or woman did in any sport, she is Sportswoman of the Year for 1976.
Out of Louisville he came, to become champion of the world—twice. Now Ali, whose worldwide celebrity may be unequaled in modern times, is near the end of his boxing career, and if no longer the greatest, he is still the best. He has quit, unquit and requit, the prerogative of the aging genius—and the signal for a shuffle down memory lane. Here is a sampling of his life and times.