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September 10, 1979 | Volume 51, Issue 11

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Billy Sims Cover - Sports Illustrated September 10, 1979

September 10, 1979 | Robert F. Jones
Two mallards, drake and duck, plop off the bank and paddle unhurriedly out toward the fogbank. I pause on the rutted trail, shoulder-deep in poison ivy and brambles, to watch them go. In the...

September 10, 1979 | Byron Rogers
Alec Allen made the front page of our local paper, the Carmarthen Journal, three times. The second time was when he died in March of 1972. Alongside the brief obituary was a photograph of a small...

September 10, 1979
4—Steve Moriarty20, 21—Rich Clarkson22—Heinz Kluetmeier23—Walter Iooss Jr.24, 25—Eric Schweikardt (left), Steve Goldstein28, 29—Manny Millan (left), John McDermott30—John McDermott35—Peter Read...

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KIRSTEN WENGLERMINNETONKA, MINN.Kirsten, 14, holds six state AAU age-group swimming records, four set at the Minnesota long-course championships: the 100-meter freestyle (59.76), 400 freestyle...

September 10, 1979 | Compiled by ROGER JACKSON
PRO FOOTBALL—Rookie Running Back Jerry Eckwood rambled for a club-record 121 yards and Quarterback Doug Williams threw two touchdown passes as Tampa Bay opened its NFL season with a 31-16 victory...

September 10, 1979 | Edited by Gay Flood
TOED YOU SOSir:I guess Pittsburgh Coach Chuck Noll, Philadelphia Coach Dick Vermeil and New Orleans Coach Dick Nolan have more faith in their rookie kickers than SI's Joe Marshall has (Trying To...

September 10, 1979 | Edited by Myra Gelband
FUR REAL

September 10, 1979 | Edited by Myra Gelband
•John Campana, guard for the Bucknell football team, when asked about superstitions: "I don't like to jump from tall buildings before big games."

September 10, 1979 | Paul Zimmerman
Baltimore's stock dropped when Quarterback Bert Jones, who was sidelined for most of the 1978 season, suffered yet another injury to his right shoulder in the Colts' loss to Kansas City

September 10, 1979 | Douglas S. Looney
Though it's unclear where future Hambletonians will be held, Legend Hanover left no doubt who was the best horse this year

September 10, 1979 | Jim Kaplan
Last year critics ran down mercurial Royal Willie Wilson. Now he's running wild as he leads Kansas City on its annual late-season surge

September 10, 1979 | Clive Gammon

September 10, 1979
Two legs up on a Grand Slam, Bjorn Borg sorely wants to walk off with the third, the U.S. Open, a prize that has eluded him—while Chris Evert Lloyd tries for her fifth straight title. Curry...

September 10, 1979 | John Papanek
The race is on: the incumbent, Oklahoma's Billy Sims, who won the 1978 Heisman, vs. the worthy opponent, Charles White, a superb campaigner backed by the No. 1 USC machine

September 10, 1979 | Kelso F. Sutton
Notre Dame's Knute Rockne is a legendary figure, but, as with many great men, the truth of his life has been obscured by the haze of time and the excesses of image-making. To distinguish the real...

September 10, 1979 | Douglas S. Looney
Pageantry in pro football is an end zone full of Suzanne Somers look-alike contest winners breathing deeply for the TV cameras. In college football it is the people in the stadium who get their...

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Besides North Carolina State, the ACC last season had three other bowl teams and the most noted face in college football, that of Clemson Middle Guard Charlie Bauman, the guy whom Woody punched....

September 10, 1979 | Frank Deford
No sport has changed quite so much in the recent past as tennis, and no two books illustrate the changes so well as two disparate volumes: Nasty, Ilie Nastase vs. Tennis, a biography of that...

September 10, 1979
This is Jackie Sherrill's third year as the head man at Pittsburgh, and he's still tinkering. For instance, the Panthers spent most of spring practice trying to master the complexities of a Dallas...

September 10, 1979
The smaller fry of college football may not get the headlines, but with postseason playoffs in the NCAA's divisions I-AA, II and III, at least there's never an argument over who's No. 1.

September 10, 1979 | Mike Field
Until last week, John Kinsella thought the English Channel was for amateurs

September 10, 1979 | Barry McDermott
At the behest of his friend John Cook, Mark O'Meara came to Ohio to qualify for the U.S. Amateur and stay at Cook's condo. So guess who beat whom in the finals

September 10, 1979 | Anthony Cotton
Milwaukee's colorful Gorman Thomas is a hit, even when he misses. He's a league leader in homers and whiffs

September 10, 1979 | Steve Wulf

September 10, 1979 | Steve Wulf
J. R. RICHARD: In pitching two-hit and seven-hit victories, the Houston righthander allowed no earned runs and ran his string of complete games to eight. In his last seven starts, he had 67...

September 10, 1979 | Coles Phinizy