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September 02, 1991 | Volume 75, Issue 10

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Bruce Smith Cover - Sports Illustrated September 02, 1991

September 02, 1991 | Paul Zimmerman
Let's go back to Jan. 12, the Washington Redskins against the 49ers, in the second round of the playoffs. It's midway through the third quarter, and the Skins are down by 11. Quarterback Mark...

September 02, 1991 | Paul Zimmerman
There are two ways to look at the Chicago Bears. In the context of this division the Bears—presto!—are an instant playoff team. We're talking about a division that includes Detroit, Tampa Bay and...

September 02, 1991 | Paul Zimmerman
A tip-off on how high the expectations of San Francisco 49ers fans have become is that the Niners can—as they did last year—go 14-2, hold the eventual Super Bowl champion Giants to no touchdowns...

September 02, 1991 | Paul Zimmerman
AFC

September 02, 1991 | Peter King

September 02, 1991 | Peter King
Forty-niner wideout Jerry Rice tells SI he wants to play eight more years—until 1998, when he will be 36 and would have played 14 seasons. "I'm in the best shape of my life now," says Rice. "I...

September 02, 1991 | Peter King
After three years, teams are still experimenting with Plan B free agency, the system whereby clubs can protect 37 players, with the risk of losing the unprotected players during a two-month...

September 02, 1991 | Paul Zimmerman

September 02, 1991 | Tim Kurkjian

September 02, 1991 | Tim Kurkjian
On the Hit ListPhillie first baseman John Kruk got hit by a pitch for the first time in his major league career on Aug. 21, when the Pirates' Randy Tomlin plunked him on Kruk's 2,682nd plate...

September 02, 1991 | William F. Reed

September 02, 1991 | Penny Ward Moser
The public radio call-in show "Good Dirt" provides a trove of ecological info

September 02, 1991 | Edited by Michael Jaffe
FannedBy pitcher Pan Chin-Chiang, 14 of the 23 batters he faced in leading Taiwan to an 11-0 victory over San Ramon Valley of Danville, Calif., in the final of the Little League World Series, in...

September 02, 1991
Becky SisleyEUGENE, ORE.Sisley, 52, a physical education professor, won five gold medals in the 50-to-54 age group at the TAC Masters Track and Field Championships: the high jump, long jump,...

September 02, 1991 | William Oscar Johnson
The U.S. could make billions by legalizing—and taxing—sports gambling

September 02, 1991 | Edited by Richard Demak

September 02, 1991 | Edited by Richard Demak
[Thumb Up]To the Black Tennis & Sports Foundation and its chairman, Arthur Ashe, for launching a program to provide grants to promising minority and disadvantaged junior tennis players for...

September 02, 1991 | Edited by Richard Demak
According to their plaques in Yankee Stadium's historic Monument Park, Roger Maris was a "couragous" player, and Elston Howard was a true "genteleman." Team officials noticed the misspellings when...

September 02, 1991 | Edited by Richard Demak
Mike Hargrove, Cleveland Indians manager, after a recent glut of doubleheaders: "I never knew anybody who said they liked double-headers except Ernie Banks, and I think he was lying."

September 02, 1991 | Edited by Richard Demak
The U.S. Open began on Monday at Flushing Meadow in New York City. The Open is the only Grand Slam tournament that has been held on three surfaces—grass, clay and hard court—and five-time champion...

September 02, 1991 | Edited by Richard Demak
San Francisco quarterback John Brodie appeared on the cover of the Sept. 20, 1971, issue, our pro football preview. Inside, we profiled light-bulb-eating Philadelphia linebacker Tim Rossovich....

September 02, 1991 | Kenny Moore

September 02, 1991 | Rick Telander

September 02, 1991 | Mark Mulvoy
It was in the blood."

September 02, 1991 | Peter King

September 02, 1991 | Peter King
On most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the off-season, tackle Joe Walter lifted weights at the Cincinnati Bengals' training facility, a spartan, corrugated-metal building underneath a city...

September 02, 1991 | Peter King
The Baltimore Colts won back-to-back NFL championships in 1958 and '59, and they did it with one of the first teams to be loaded with huge linemen. Tackle Jim Parker, at 275 pounds, anchored the...

September 02, 1991 | Nate Newton/Dallas Cowboys Tackle
I'll never forget the first day I walked onto the Dallas Cowboys' practice field, five years ago. This was the team I had idolized as a kid. After a couple of years in the USFL and trials with the...

September 02, 1991
And a wet and icy one, too. NFL players—and fans—take whatever Mother Nature can dish out

September 02, 1991
The Black AthleteSI is to be acclaimed. I found Part One of the Black Athlete Revisited in your Aug. 5 issue so riveting that I read all the articles in one sitting. They were tough and...

September 02, 1991 | Jill Lieber
When Los Angeles Rams Coach George Allen named Dick Vermeil the first special teams coach in pro football, in 1969, most of the other NFL coaches thought it was just another gimmick from an...

September 02, 1991
Cardinals hit man Ron Wolfley deals with the violence of his job by describing it in verse

September 02, 1991 | Leo W. Banks
In U.S. professional baseball the king of home run kings is Joe Bauman, who blasted 72 in 1954

September 02, 1991
Good study habits made Reyna Thompson of the Giants a big-play man on punt coverage

September 02, 1991
There was the devil to pay when the angelic Steve Tasker landed on the Bills' special teams

September 02, 1991 | Paul Zimmerman
Leonard Griffin and the Chiefs, who improved to 11-5 in 1990, will make another rush at the AFC title.

September 02, 1991 | Paul Zimmerman
First, let us regard the wondrous personnel of the Buffalo Bills: Jim Kelly, the best quarterback in the NFL in 1990; Thurman Thomas, the league's finest running back and the best player on the...

September 02, 1991 | Paul Zimmerman
There's a tingly feeling about the Houston Oilers, like when a fighter bounces on the balls of his feet before the opening bell, or when a G.I. buckles his helmet before going into battle—a "This...

September 02, 1991 | Paul Zimmerman
To Al Davis, they are not really Roger Craig and Ronnie Lott, two aging superstars who came to the Los Angeles Raiders, along with their hefty salaries, via Plan B. No, they are Johnny Mize and...

September 02, 1991 | Curry Kirkpatrick