Aerial portrait of NFL prospect and former Oklahoma player Adrian Peterson running through blocking dummies at Everest Training Center in April 2007. Peterson needs to average 168 yards over Minnesota’s final three games to break Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards. (Greg Nelson/SI)
Edward #VanHalen plays a #Gibson #LesPaul at #Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in #Norman #Oklahoma (#OU) on 6 September 1980 in front of a sweltering crowd of 30,000 fans.
The “ROKlahoma show” began at noon with a set by Sammy Hagar, followed by Pat Benatar. Van Halen then took the stage, drawing “the most enthusiastic response of the day,” according to a local paper. The Doobie Bros. closed the show, but “some people had left and others were less than enthralled by … [their] relatively mild performance.”
Translation? Van Halen killed it and blew the headliner off the stage, as always.
Happy 53rd birthday Jim McMahon. The former Bears quarterback, pictured here in a 1986 SI photo shoot with Brian Bosworth, played 15 seasons in the NFL for six teams. He had the most success with the Bears, where he spent seven seasons and won a Super Bowl. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)