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December 25, 1978 | Volume 49, Issue 26

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Jack Nicklaus Cover - Sports Illustrated December 25, 1978

December 25, 1978
PRO BASKETBALL—Elvin Hayes scored a total of 93 points to lead Washington, winner of 15 of its last 17 games, to three straight victories. During a 36-point outburst against San Diego, Hayes...

December 25, 1978
4—David Falconer12, 13—(clockwise from top left) Heinz Kluetmeier, Tony Triolo, Manny Millan, James Drake, Walter Iooss Jr.15—(clockwise from top left) Heinz Kluetmeier, Manny Millan, James Drake,...

December 25, 1978
GEO. WORTHINGTONSAN DIEGOWorthington, 58, a retired naval aviator, set a world hang-gliding altitude-gain record when he soared from 5,800 feet to 17,500 feet. He also holds world records for...

December 25, 1978 | Edited by Gay Flood
SNOW FLURRIESSir:With the temperature plummeting below zero, the wind-chill readings falling to intolerable levels and the snowfall exceeding predictions, the last thing I needed was a Winter...

December 25, 1978 | Dan Jenkins

December 25, 1978 | E. M. Swift
Having conquered the NHL, Montreal and Guy Lafleur are chasing a tougher foe: perfection

December 25, 1978 | John Underwood

December 25, 1978 | Frank Deford

December 25, 1978 | Frank Deford
He won the U.S. Amateur twice (1959 and '61) and finished second in the U.S. Open (1960) before turning professional. Since then, he has won the Masters five times (1963, '65, '66, 72 and 75); the...

December 25, 1978
The Dallas cowboys attempt to repeat as Super Bowl champs as the real season kicks off with divisional playoffs. Ron Reid reports from Big D, Dan Jenkins from Pittsburgh, Joe Marshall from Foxboro...

December 25, 1978 | Kenny Moore
I can show you a trick or two which I don't teach to everybody," Mark Twain wrote to a would-be collaborator. "Bring along lots of dry statistics. Ingeniously used, they just make a reader smack...

December 25, 1978 | Kelso F. Sutton
The article that begins on page 84, The Good Fight—For 102 Years, was written by Kenny Moore, and is a reminiscence of his grandfather, Fred Moore, who will be 102 years old on New Year's Day. We...

December 25, 1978
They are athletes too, although they are not concerned with multiyear contracts, product endorsements or national fame. They will never see their performances on videotape replays, nor hear the...

December 25, 1978 | Ray Kennedy

December 25, 1978 | James F. Fixx

December 25, 1978 | William F. Reed
Dayton's Jim Paxson seeks perfection, but would settle for some recognition

December 25, 1978 | Herman Weiskopf
EAST

December 25, 1978 | Herman Weiskopf
RYNN WRIGHT: The 6'6" Texas A&M forward scored 39 points and grabbed 30 rebounds as the Aggies took the Golden Gate Invitational by upsetting Nevada-Las Vegas 101-99 and San Francisco 68-65.

December 25, 1978 | Edwin B. Kantar

December 25, 1978 | Edwin B. Kantar
200-175 Why don't you give up your job and turn pro? 150-125 Next time you play, suggest that the stakes be higher. 100-75 Suggest that it might be more fun with no money involved. 50-0 Whatever...

December 25, 1978 | Kenny Moore

December 25, 1978 | Edited by William Leggett
TENNIS, EVERYONE

December 25, 1978 | Edited by William Leggett
•Bruce Jenner, decathlon champion and now a TV announcer, on the difference between him and Joe Namath: "I spent 12 years training for a career that was over in a week. Joe spent a week training...