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September 11, 1989 | Volume 71, Issue 11

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Randall Cunningham Cover - Sports Illustrated September 11, 1989

September 11, 1989 | Paul Zimmerman
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September 11, 1989 | Paul Zimmerman
Coach Joe Gibbs of the Washington redskins suffered the first losing season of his career last year. The defense was hit by injuries. so were the quarterbacks. The offensive line was in disarray....

September 11, 1989 | Paul Zimmerman
Super bowl prediction: Chicago bears 20, buffalo bills 17. last year, the bears won the division, and—with 20 draft picks this year, including two No. 1's—they are still on the way up.

September 11, 1989 | Downs Matthews
At the edge of the shore ice, where Hudson Bay's cold waters move sluggishly beneath a bank of gray fog, a big male polar bear ambles into view. From a distance he seems little more than a...

September 11, 1989 | Paul Zimmerman
Report from super bowl country: Bill Walsh is in the TV booth, George Seifert is manning the San Francisco 49ers' headphones, eight vets staged holdouts, Joe Montana is sharp, Roger Craig says...

September 11, 1989 | Paul Zimmerman
Look at the buffalo bills' 1988 season this way: if defensive end Bruce smith hadn't hurt his thigh in the first quarter of the AFC championship game, if cornerback Derrick Burroughs hadn't been...

September 11, 1989 | Paul Zimmerman
Joe Montana's heroics for the 49ers killed what could have been a good super bowl story on the Cincinnati Bengals. just look what they had to overcome. Lost Stanley Wilson, their best...

September 11, 1989 | Paul Zimmerman
It came up in chitchat at the training camp of the Denver Broncos. Someone remarked to John Elway that he looked happier this year, and he said, "well, the shoulder's O.K." Shoulder? We knew he...

September 11, 1989 | Peter King

September 11, 1989 | Peter King
Since last Sept. 25, Miami quarterback Dan Marino has thrown 497 passes without being sacked. That is almost certainly an NFL record, though the league doesn't track sacks of individual...

September 11, 1989 | Peter King
San Francisco at Indianapolis: The Super Bowl champion 49ers, who played their last exhibition game on the road, begin the season with three games in the Eastern time zone. After traveling to...

September 11, 1989 | Paul Zimmerman

September 11, 1989 | Peter Gammons
THE RACE IS ON

September 11, 1989 | Peter Gammons
SEPTEMBERS TO REMEMBER

September 11, 1989 | Jay Feldman
A stickball league has regulations standardizing the familiar street game

September 11, 1989 | Shelley Smith
...20 of the best-ever NFL teams played a "Dream Season"?

September 11, 1989 | Compiled by Sarah B. Schmidt
BASKETBALL—The YOUNGSTOWN PRIDE won the World Basketball League championship, defeating Calgary 118-116 in the second game of a best-of-three series in Youngstown. Ohio. Eric Newsome sank a...

September 11, 1989
ETHAN OBERMANDEERFIELD, ILL.Ethan, an eighth-grader at Wilmot Junior High won four gold medals setting national record: in each event, at the National Short Track Speed Skating Championships He...

September 11, 1989 | Steve Wulf
In tennis, decorum is imposed only on the fans

September 11, 1989 | Edited by Austin Murphy
A BRIEF REIGNIll can he rule the great, that cannot reach the small.—EDMUND SPENSERThe Faerie Queene

September 11, 1989 | Edited by Austin Murphy
•Nate Newton, 320-or-so-pound Dallas Cowboy guard, on his quest to attain a leaner state: "Every night I tell myself, 'I'm going to dream about my girl, I'm going to dream about my girl.' But it's...

September 11, 1989 | Franz Lidz
Feathers are flying in the AL East, where the soaring Blue Jays have plucked the stubborn Orioles from the catbird seat

September 11, 1989 | Paul Zimmerman
TO REMAIN A HOT COMMODITY IN THE 1990S, THE NFL HAS TO PUT ITS HOUSE IN ORDER

September 11, 1989 | Ralph Wiley

September 11, 1989 | Donald J. Barr
The beauty of a notes column is that you can get so much information into such a concentrated form," says senior writer Peter Gammons, who writes SI's INSIDE BASEBALL column. That's a lesson staff...

September 11, 1989 | Randall Cunningham
"I want people to understand, whether it's practice or a game, I don't hold anything back," says Cunningham. "If you do that, you can live with your mistakes. Yes, I've seen booed. But I want the...

September 11, 1989 | Buddy Ryan
"I've spent a lot of time watching people," says Ryan. "I sit in the back of airplanes oh road trips, just watching people. The players will tell you that. I study people. I knew Randall was my...

September 11, 1989 | Lois Shearer
"I'm in publishing, but I'm a big sports fan, especially of the Eagles now," says Shearer. "I've known Randall since he was 14. His family lived down the street from mine in Santa Barbara. Now I...

September 11, 1989
AS THE NFL REVS UP FOR A NEW ERA, EIGHT FUTURE STARS GET READY TO TAKE OFF

September 11, 1989 | Paul Zimmerman
Whatever else may change in the 1990s, speed, power, Reggie White and Cornelius Bennett will remain the same. Dr. Z offers this early line on the other players who will be among the NFL elite by...

September 11, 1989 | Rick Telander

September 11, 1989 | Rick Telander
THE "SILVER STRETCH" OFFENSE FEATURES FOUR WIDE RECEIVERS, ONE RUNNING BACK AND NO TIGHT END. THE LIONS HAVE ONLY EIGHT PLAYS, BUT THE RECEIVERS HAVE DOZENS OF OPTIONS ON EACH, DEPENDING ON THE...

September 11, 1989 | Edited by Gay Flood
JORDAN'S NEW GAMEMy golfing friends and I are outraged at the hype surrounding Michael Jordan's golf game (Sink, Blast You! Aug. 14). His best round is only 73. Granted, Jordan once poured in 63...

September 11, 1989 | Kenny Moore