This is the cover of the January 15, 1975 edition of Sports Illustrated
, featuring none other than Paul Douglas Collins, who at the time was considered one of the best college basketball players in the country. His speed and ball-handling abilities earned him nicknames like The Torpedo Man, The Benton Blur (he played high school ball in Benton, Illinois), and Doug the Jet, and his scoring prowess caused SI
to say that "...he may turn out to be Jerry West all over again...."
Doug's pro career didn't quite match that of The Logo's -- okay, it never even came close -- and he eventually went on to become a head coach who cried a lot and, as Wikipedia
puts it, "is best known as being the coach who could not win an NBA title with Michael Jordan in his prime." But thanks to Sports Illustrated
picture editor George J. Bloodgood, Doug gave the world enough dead sexy to fuel our national libido forever
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