Bing Crosby's daughter (it now can be told) shoots J.R. Less suspensefully, Ronald Reagan routs Jimmy Carter, whose decision it was to boycott the Moscow Olympics. The Phillies, Raiders, Lakers and Islanders win in the pros; Louisville's Doctors of Dunk and Herschel Walker's Georgia Bulldogs in the college ranks.
IN SI'S WORDS
MIRACLE ON ICE
For millions of people, their single, lasting image of the Lake Placid Games will be the infectious joy displayed by the U.S. hockey team following its 4-3 win over the Soviet Union. It was an Olympian moment, the kind the creators of the Games must have had in mind, one that said: Here is something that is bigger than any of you.... The American players...hugged and danced and rolled on one another. The Soviet players, slightly in awe, it seemed, of the spectacle of their defeat, stood in a huddle near their blue line, arms propped on their sticks, and waited for the ceremonial post-game handshakes with no apparent impatience. There was no head-hanging. This was bigger, even, than the Russians. "The first Russian I shook hands with had a smile on his face," said Mark Johnson, who had scored two of the U.S. goals. "I couldn't believe it. I still can't believe it. We beat the Russians."
A four-member panel searches for a chancellor to head the University of Nevada. A 17-member panel searches for an athletic director for the school's Las Vegas campus.
BELTING THE CHAMP
Exchange at the start of a Washington-New York flight:
STEWARDESS: Mr. Ali, please fasten your seat belt.
MUHAMMAD ALI: Superman don't need no seat belt.
STEWARDESS: Superman don't need no plane, either.
Boston Marathon impostor Rosie Ruiz: "What's a split?"
A five-gold Lake Placid haul for Eric Heiden.
John Lennon (1940-80)
U.S. 4, U.S.S.R. 3.
Bjorn Borg outlasts John McEnroe 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (16-18), 8-6. Will any other man ever win five Wimbledon titles in a row?
At 23, Seve Ballesteros becomes the youngest Masters winner.
From no mercy to no mas: In their first bout, Roberto Duran outslugs Sugar Ray Leonard, but he quits (above) in their rematch five months later.
WERE NO. 1: Bobby Knight
Sebastian Coe wins the Olympic 1,500. He'll repeat in '84.
A Super Bowl-winning grab by John Stallworth, a fourth ring for the Steelers.
Mount St. Helens blows its top.
"They wouldn't need a torch. They could just light Lake Erie."
—LYNN DIXON, COLUMBUS RADIO REPORTER, ON CLEVELAND AS A POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVE OLYMPIC SITE FOR BOYCOTTING NATIONS
"I understand the TV show That's Incredible!' has been filming on the USC campus. They shot 12 football players attending class at the same time."
—GEORGE RAVELING, WASHINGTON STATE BASKETBALL COACH (AND LATER COACH OF, UH, USC)