18 Fire from the Ashes
Fanned Io a blaze by Coach Mike Holovak, Boston upset Buffalo to lead the AFL Eastern race
22 The Bug Is Small—but Oh My!
Volkswagens, racing for their biggest purse yet, were as popular with the pros as the amateurs
24 USF Wins One for the U.N.
San Francisco, with a soccer team of varied national origins, beat Long Island University in the NCAA final
26 The Champions Get After It
In El Paso lingo, that means the Texas Western Miners are hustling to retain their NCAA basketball title
32 You Take the Punch or Quit
Toronto's hockey coach is not the best-loved in the NHL, but he may be the most respected
40 Reindeer Find a Santa Claus
John Zumstein raised some real Christmas reindeer, and he is helping Alaskan Eskimos do the same thing
50 Winter's Prettiest Girls
The best new fashions from five ski countries are worn by a galaxy of good-looking skiers
66 The Fighter
He is Lou Nova, who once fought for the heavyweight championship and has never stopped trying
50 Sporting Look
56 College Football
83 For the Record
84 Basketball's Week
86 19th Hole
Credits on page 83
Cover photograph by Herb Scharfman
A special holiday issue, the last issue of 1966, names the Sportsman of the Year and offers a rare array of other distinctive stories: coverage of two major news events, a showdown week in professional football and the richest tournament in golf: 20 pages of color photographs of sport in tropical Africa, with a story on that area's emergence into the world of modern athletics; the 1966 Silver Anniversary Awards; an essay by the celebrated Russian poet, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, the first he has ever written especially for an American magazine; and, to test your bridge mettle, Charles Goren's annual year-end quiz.