The year 1978 consisted of Sports Championship winners Dallas Cowboys (NFL), Montreal Canadiens (NHL), New York Yankees (MLB), Washington Bullets (NBA)
The 1978 NFL
Super Bowl was a matchup between the Dallas Cowboys
and the Denver Broncos
. The Cowboys came into the game as the favorites, but the Broncos put up a good fight. The Cowboys' offense led by quarterback Roger Staubach was too much for the Broncos as they won the game 27-10. The Cowboys dominated the game, outgaining the Broncos in total yards 461 to 185. Staubach threw two touchdown passes and running back Tony Dorsett had a 99-yard touchdown run, which is still the longest play in Super Bowl history. The Cowboys defense also had a great day, holding the Broncos to just one touchdown and forcing four turnovers. The Cowboys won their second Super Bowl in franchise history and Staubach was named the MVP.
Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven series between the Montreal Canadiens
and the Boston Bruins
. The Canadiens took the series in four straight games, outscoring the Bruins 17-8. The Canadiens were led by Guy Lafleur, who scored nine points in the four games, and goaltender Ken Dryden, who posted a .927 save percentage. The Bruins were led by Phil Esposito, who scored five points in the series, and goaltender Gerry Cheevers, who posted a .875 save percentage. The Canadiens went on to win the Stanley Cup and their fourth consecutive championship. It was the first time since the 1940
s that a team had won four straight championships.
World Series featured the New York Yankees
and the Los Angeles Dodgers
in a classic matchup of two of baseball’s most storied franchises. The Yankees won the series in six games, with the deciding game featuring a two-run home run by Yankees catcher, Thurman Munson, to secure the victory. The series was highlighted by the pitching performances of the Dodgers’ Burt Hooton and the Yankees’ Ron Guidry, who combined for three shutouts and two complete game victories. The series also featured the Yankees’ Reggie Jackson, who hit three home runs in game six to secure the Yankees’ victory. The series was a thrilling affair that showcased the best of both teams, and the Yankees’ victory marked their 22nd championship in franchise history.
The 1978 NBA
Championship Final series featured the Washington Bullets
and the Seattle SuperSonics
. The series went to a full seven games, with the Bullets eventually emerging victorious in the deciding game. The Bullets were led by Wes Unseld, Elvin Hayes, and Kevin Grevey, while the Sonics had their own formidable trio of Gus Williams, Dennis Johnson, and Jack Sikma. The Bullets won the first two games of the series, but the Sonics managed to battle back and even the series at three games apiece. In the decisive seventh game, the Bullets pulled away in the fourth quarter and won the series with a 105-99 victory. The Bullets had won their first and only NBA
championship in franchise history.