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NFC Central

WHEN THE DUST CLEARED, IT WAS MINNESOTA

No other team wanted it, so the Vikings won the poverty-pocket NFC Central title on a last-play Hail Mary touchdown pass of 46 yards

By Paul Zimmerman

Sportsmen Of The Year

A Reminder of What We Can Be

At a time when international tensions and domestic frustrations had dampened traditional American optimism, the underdog U.S. Olympic hockey team gave the entire nation a lift by defeating the world's top team, the Soviets, and ultimately winning the gold medal. Those youngsters did so by means of the old-fashioned American work ethic, which some people feared was disappearing from the land

By E.M. Swift

Buck Belue

THE BUCK PASSES HERE

If Georgia is to defeat Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl and win its first national title, Buck Belue must do more than hand the ball to Herschel

By Douglas S. Looney

College Basketball

THE WEEK (December 8-14)

By Anthony Cotton

Viewpoint

THE NEW YEAR'S DAY BOWLS WOULD BE BETTER IF THEY WERE TRUE PLAYOFFS

By Arnold Schechter

Shopwalk

THE TALL STORY IN SKIING THESE DAYS IS A BOOT THAT EXTENDS TO THE KNEE

By Anita Verschoth

For The Record

A roundup of the week Dec. 8-14

Compiled by Craig Neff

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER

Edited by Gay Flood

Departments

SCORECARD

Edited by Jerry Kirshenbaum

BIG WHEELS MAKE BIG DEALS IN BIG D

A surprising amount of talent—58 players in all—got shuffled around, especially by the Cards, at baseball's annual winter meetings in Dallas

By Steve Wulf

THE HURRICANE IS BLOWING UP A STORM

The coach and four players from last year's junior college championship team have made Tulsa the season's surprise

By Curry Kirkpatrick

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