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Northwestern football coach Dennis Green patrols the sideline during a 1981 game. Green had a 10-45 career record in five seasons as coach of the Wildcats. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

Northwestern football coach Dennis Green patrols the sideline during a 1981 game. Green had a 10-45 career record in five seasons as coach of the Wildcats. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

Sugar Ray Leonard gets ready to throw a right hand at Thomas Hearns during their 1981 fight at Caesars Palace. (Manny Millan/SI)

GALLERY: Top 10 Greatest Fights of All Time

Sugar Ray Leonard gets ready to throw a right hand at Thomas Hearns during their 1981 fight at Caesars Palace. (Manny Millan/SI)
GALLERY: Top 10 Greatest Fights of All Time

A 1981 family photo of the Mannings (left to right): Olivia, Eli, Archie, Peyton and Cooper. (Lane Stewart/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of the Manning Family

A 1981 family photo of the Mannings (left to right): Olivia, Eli, Archie, Peyton and Cooper. (Lane Stewart/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of the Manning Family

Legendary SI photographer Walter Iooss Jr. captures Johnny Bench during spring training in 1981. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

Legendary SI photographer Walter Iooss Jr. captures Johnny Bench during spring training in 1981. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

Michigan coach Bo Schembechler poses during a 1981 SI photo shoot. (Tony Triolo/SI)

Michigan coach Bo Schembechler poses during a 1981 SI photo shoot. (Tony Triolo/SI)

Georgia forward Dominique Wilkins dunks during a 1981 SI photo shoot. Wilkins averaged 21.6 points per game during his college career and was selected third overall by Utah in the 1982 NBA Draft. (Manny Millan/SI)

SI VAULT: Wilkins is top dog of the dunk (11.30.81)

Georgia forward Dominique Wilkins dunks during a 1981 SI photo shoot. Wilkins averaged 21.6 points per game during his college career and was selected third overall by Utah in the 1982 NBA Draft. (Manny Millan/SI)
SI VAULT: Wilkins is top dog of the dunk (11.30.81)

Members of the Los Angeles Lakers — Norm Nixon (10), Mitch Kupchak (41), Michael Cooper (21), coach Paul Westhead, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33), Jamaal Wilkes (52) and Magic Johnson (32) — sit in a classroom during an Oct. 1981 SI photo shoot. (Lane Stewart/SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of the Los Angeles Lakers

Members of the Los Angeles Lakers — Norm Nixon (10), Mitch Kupchak (41), Michael Cooper (21), coach Paul Westhead, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33), Jamaal Wilkes (52) and Magic Johnson (32) — sit in a classroom during an Oct. 1981 SI photo shoot. (Lane Stewart/SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of the Los Angeles Lakers

Georgia RB Herschel Walker jumps over a pile of Notre Dame defenders during the 1981 Sugar Bowl. Walker was named the game’s MVP after scoring two touchdowns in a 17-10 victory. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Herschel Walker

Georgia RB Herschel Walker jumps over a pile of Notre Dame defenders during the 1981 Sugar Bowl. Walker was named the game’s MVP after scoring two touchdowns in a 17-10 victory. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Herschel Walker

Georgia RB Herschel Walker leaps a pile of Tennessee defenders for a touchdown during a 1981 game. (Ronald C. Modra/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Herschel Walker
STAPLES: UGA’s strict drug policy puts program at disadvantage

Georgia RB Herschel Walker leaps a pile of Tennessee defenders for a touchdown during a 1981 game. (Ronald C. Modra/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Herschel WalkerSTAPLES: UGA’s strict drug policy puts program at disadvantage

Larry Bird shoots over Caldwell Jones and Julius Erving during a 1981 Boston-Philadelphia game. The depleted Celtics could use Bird tonight when they take on the Heat. Boston needs one win to secure a trip to the NBA Finals. where they’d face Oklahoma City. (Manny Millan/SI) 

ROSENBERG: Everything on the line for Heat tonight against Celtics
VIDEO: Time to break up Big Three if the Heat lose on Thursday?
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Larry Bird | Julius Erving

Larry Bird shoots over Caldwell Jones and Julius Erving during a 1981 Boston-Philadelphia game. The depleted Celtics could use Bird tonight when they take on the Heat. Boston needs one win to secure a trip to the NBA Finals. where they’d face Oklahoma City. (Manny Millan/SI) 
ROSENBERG: Everything on the line for Heat tonight against CelticsVIDEO: Time to break up Big Three if the Heat lose on Thursday?GALLERY: Classic Photos of Larry Bird | Julius Erving

Pittsburgh QB Dan Marino talks with coach Jackie Sherrill during a 1981 game against Florida State. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

SI VAULT: Player of the Week - Pitt QB Dan Marino (10.12.81)

Pittsburgh QB Dan Marino talks with coach Jackie Sherrill during a 1981 game against Florida State. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)
SI VAULT: Player of the Week - Pitt QB Dan Marino (10.12.81)

Jim McMahon of BYU and Marcus Allen of USC point to their likenesses in a sketch of the 1981 Kodak All-American Team. The two would be selected No. 5 and 10 respectively in the 1982 NFL Draft. Who will be taken with the No. 5 and 10 pick in this year’s draft. SI.com’s Don Banks has his latest projections below. (AP/Marty Lederhandler)

BANKS: 2012 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 
SI VAULT: Dr. Z’s 1982 NFL Mock Draft


Jim McMahon of BYU and Marcus Allen of USC point to their likenesses in a sketch of the 1981 Kodak All-American Team. The two would be selected No. 5 and 10 respectively in the 1982 NFL Draft. Who will be taken with the No. 5 and 10 pick in this year’s draft. SI.com’s Don Banks has his latest projections below. (AP/Marty Lederhandler)
BANKS: 2012 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 SI VAULT: Dr. Z’s 1982 NFL Mock Draft

Bryan Trottier looks for position in front of the Minnesota net during Game 1 of the 1981 Stanley Cup Finals. The Islanders would go onto win the Cup, their second of four straight. On this day 30 years ago, Trottier scored five goals in a 8-2 victory over the Flyers. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

SI VAULT: Islanders blast North Stars to win second straight Stanley Cup (6.1.81)

 

Bryan Trottier looks for position in front of the Minnesota net during Game 1 of the 1981 Stanley Cup Finals. The Islanders would go onto win the Cup, their second of four straight. On this day 30 years ago, Trottier scored five goals in a 8-2 victory over the Flyers. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)SI VAULT: Islanders blast North Stars to win second straight Stanley Cup (6.1.81)
 

Philadelphia fans cheer on the Eagles from a local watering hole during Super Bowl XV in Jan. 1981. As football fans pile into Indianapolis for Sunday’s game, here’s a gallery of Super Bowl Fans Through The Years. (Andy Hayt/SI)

GALLERY: Super Bowl Fans Through The  Years
KING: My prediction for Super Bowl XLVI
VIDEO: Pats expect to thrive | The Super Hype

Philadelphia fans cheer on the Eagles from a local watering hole during Super Bowl XV in Jan. 1981. As football fans pile into Indianapolis for Sunday’s game, here’s a gallery of Super Bowl Fans Through The Years. (Andy Hayt/SI)
GALLERY: Super Bowl Fans Through The  YearsKING: My prediction for Super Bowl XLVIVIDEO: Pats expect to thrive | The Super Hype

Members of the 1981-82 Los Angeles Lakers — Norm Nixon (10), Mitch Kupchak (41), coach Paul Westhead, Jamaal Wilkes (52), Magic Johnson (32), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33), and Michael Cooper (21) — sit in classroom for a SI photo shoot. The Lakers went onto win the title nine months later. Will they have the same success this season? (Lane Stewart/SI)

THOMSEN: The free agent frenzy will soon begin. Here’s all you need to know
MANNIX: The top 20 free agents of 2011 | Complete list of free agents
AMICK: Four teams express interest in David West | Celtics eye Chris Paul

Members of the 1981-82 Los Angeles Lakers —  Norm Nixon (10), Mitch Kupchak (41), coach Paul Westhead, Jamaal Wilkes  (52), Magic Johnson (32), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33), and Michael Cooper  (21) — sit in classroom for a SI photo shoot. The Lakers went onto win the title nine months later. Will they have the same success this season? (Lane Stewart/SI)
THOMSEN: The free agent frenzy will soon begin. Here’s all you need to knowMANNIX: The top 20 free agents of 2011 | Complete list of free agentsAMICK: Four teams express interest in David West | Celtics eye Chris Paul