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September 01, 1982 | Volume 57, Issue 10

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 Cover - Sports Illustrated September 01, 1982

September 01, 1982 | Bob Brown
After reading all the scouting reports in this special football issue, it's possible that you still won't have as much information as you'd like to have about your favorite team, particularly if...

September 01, 1982 | Jill Lieber
Beano Cook, who's worth a laugh a minute on network row, seriously lobbied CBS higher-ups to go after college football. Result: ABC shares coverage and Beano's on ABC

September 01, 1982 | Ron Fimrite

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About the only things certain in the NFL are that the Cowboys, love 'em or loathe 'em, will make the playoffs; Kellen Winslow and Dwight Clark will catch almost 100 passes each; and the road to...

September 01, 1982 | Paul Zimmerman

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San Francisco Coach Bill Walsh says, "A pass rush late in the game is the key to NFL football." As the pictures on the following pages illustrate and as Walsh's 49ers show here to the Los Angeles...

September 01, 1982 | Jeremiah Horrigan
The football hovered briefly in the muggy South Buffalo air and then began its end-over-end descent on the scrawny target on the street below. The target—me—regarded the pigskin as if it were a...

September 01, 1982 | Paul Zimmerman

September 01, 1982 | Pat Haden

September 01, 1982 | William Oscar Johnson
The Dallas Cowboy Organization is the NFL's best because of the four men who have ruled over it since the team's inception in 1960: Coach Tom Landry, General Manager Tex Schramm, director of...

September 01, 1982 | Paul Zimmerman

September 01, 1982 | Paul Zimmerman

September 01, 1982 | Paul Zimmerman
Mike Giddings' All-Underrated team, made up of players no longer active (only clients get his current player ratings):

September 01, 1982 | Paul Zimmerman

September 01, 1982 | Paul Zimmerman
Miami 11-5New York Jets 10-6Buffalo 9-7New England 4-12Baltimore 4-12

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Pittsburgh 10-6Cincinnati 10-6Cleveland 7-9Houston 6-10

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L.A. Raiders 10-6San Diego 10-6Denver 9-7Kansas City 9-7Seattle 3-13

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Dallas 11-5Philadelphia 11-5New York Giants 10-6Washington 8-8St. Louis 6-10

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The new season prompts the old question: Who's No. 1? We say it's Pitt and tell you why on page 40 (and we give you a closeup of Quarterback Danny Marino, starting on page 28). But the Panthers...

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Detroit 9-7Chicago 8-8Tampa Bay 7-9Minnesota 6-10Green Bay 5-11

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San Francisco 11-5Atlanta 9-7L.A. Rams 8-8New Orleans 3-13

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Cover photograph by Paul Kennedy3—(top to bottom) Heinz Kluetmeier, Peter Read Miller, Walter Iooss Jr., Peter Read Miller6—Lane Stewart20, 21—Heinz Kluetmeier30, 31—Paul Kennedy40—Manny...

September 01, 1982 | William Taaffe
Baseball playoffs in Kansas City. Yom Kippur in Miami. Conventions in Chicago. Those are just a few of the factors the NFL must consider in making up its 224-game television schedule

September 01, 1982 | Rick Telander

September 01, 1982 | Douglas S. Looney

September 01, 1982 | Douglas S. Looney
The most inglorious big-time football reputation in the country belongs to Kansas Stale. The Wildcats have had one winning season in the last 27 and have been shut out 50 times in that span. Over...

September 01, 1982 | Douglas S. Looney

September 01, 1982 | N. Brooks Clark
The Panther schedule means they'll have to win the title the old-fashioned way: They'll have to earn it

September 01, 1982 | N. Brooks Clark
This team is so loaded with pluses that even its coach can't think of anything bad to say

September 01, 1982 | N. Brooks Clark
It is not running down Walker to say that he's far from being the Bulldogs' only star

September 01, 1982 | N. Brooks Clark
Now that SMU is off NCAA probation, it's the Mustangs who'll be handing out the punishment

September 01, 1982 | N. Brooks Clark
The season will pop into place for the Cornhuskers if Quarterback Gill regains sophomore form

September 01, 1982 | N. Brooks Clark
The Tigers will disabuse one and all of lingering notions that their national title was a fluke

September 01, 1982 | N. Brooks Clark
The Sun Devils may have lost a lot on offense, but they make up for it with a defense that's hellacious

September 01, 1982 | N. Brooks Clark
Having paid the price for last season's overconfidence, the Wolverines are meeker—but not milder

September 01, 1982 | N. Brooks Clark
After scouring basketball courts, Coach Joe Paterno has high hopes, but the shorts at guard and center

September 01, 1982 | N. Brooks Clark
Injuries made '81 a what-if year for the Tar Heels. With all hands healthy, this is a should-be season

September 01, 1982 | Philip G. Howlett
This issue is a first for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, reflecting the acute and continuing interest in football in America. It has been only 22 weeks since the networks agreed to disburse $2 billion for...

September 01, 1982 | N. Brooks Clark
After 1981's turmoil, the Bear intends to get back to the business of turning out championship teams

September 01, 1982 | N. Brooks Clark
There's talent, to be sure, but is it enough to give the Razorbacks an edge in the Southwest Conference?

September 01, 1982 | N. Brooks Clark
Schnellenberger, a sloganeer par excellence, says this is the year for his Hurricanes to "Go for It"

September 01, 1982 | N. Brooks Clark
It's a blessing to Golden Eagle disciples that religious scruples didn't halt Collier's career

September 01, 1982 | N. Brooks Clark
The Aggies have bought the coach they wanted; now it's time to get a return on their investment

September 01, 1982 | N. Brooks Clark
The Irish were 5-6 in Gerry Faust's first year, so there's no place to go but up, and that's where they're headed

September 01, 1982 | N. Brooks Clark
The Trojans are ineligible for a bowl game, which could make things rough for regular-season rivals

September 01, 1982 | N. Brooks Clark
The Gators would like to snap up their first SEC title, but they play a schedule that could eat them alive

September 01, 1982 | N. Brooks Clark
If any team can sustain the loss of a passer like Jim McMahon without missing a beat, it's the Cougars

September 01, 1982 | N. Brooks Clark
There are too many new faces to satisfy the longing for a national title that pervades Longhorn country

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Speeding in congested areas? Reckless diving? Guilty to a man are the ballcarriers on these pages, representative of a bumper crop of rushers. At the top of the defenders' most-wanted list is...

September 01, 1982 | N. Brooks Clark
Oklahoma just plain came unstuck in 1981. The Sooners led the nation in rushing offense (334.3 yards per game), but they fumbled an astounding 52 times and ended up with their worst record (7-4-1)...

September 01, 1982 | N. Brooks Clark

September 01, 1982 | N. Brooks Clark
Independents

September 01, 1982 | N. Brooks Clark
Southwest Texas State, situated in San Marcos, 30 miles south of Austin on I-35, isn't the state's most renowned school, but it's one of the fastest-growing, with 15,500 students, and counting....