Events in Sport in December 1980

  • Dec 1 46th Heisman Trophy Award: George Rogers, South Carolina (RB)
  • Dec 4 Islanders end 15 game undefeated streak (13-0-2) (Col Rockies)
  • Dec 7 69th Davis Cup: Czechoslovakia beats Italy in Prague (4-1)
  • Dec 14 Minnesota Vikings pass for 456 yards against Cleveland Browns, winning 28-24

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Dec 14 Nancy Lopez and Curtis Strange wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Dec 14 New Orleans Saints end 14 game losing streak, beat NY Jets 21-20
  • Dec 15 NY Yankee Dave Winfield becomes highest-paid player, 10 years $15M

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 19 "Raging Bull", directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro as boxer Jake LaMotta and Cathy Moriarty as his wife, is released in the United States

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
Actor Robert De Niro
Actor
Robert De Niro
Actress Cathy Moriarty
Actress
Cathy Moriarty
  • Dec 20 NBC broadcasts NY Jets' 24-17 win over Dolphins without audio
  • Dec 21 Harold Carmichael ends NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
  • Dec 22 Cardinals release outfielder Bobby Bonds
  • Dec 26 10th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Penn State beats #11 Ohio State, 31-19
  • Dec 27 Calvin Murphy (Rockets) begins longest NBA free throw streak of 78
  • Dec 31 NY Islanders greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks