22 You Gotta Have Sock
Boston's battling Bruins—as well as some expansion teams—have provided early surprises in a wild hockey race

28 The Raiders Take Up the Charge
Oakland, exhibiting an all-round game, got ahead of San Diego and stayed there to clinch—almost—the AFL title

30 A Couple of Coming-out Parties
The debuts of Purdue's Rick Mount and Niagara's Calvin Murphy were smashers, though in losing causes

34 Jimmy Ellis Gets His Own Show
The Louisville heavyweight, long in the shadow of fellow townsman Muhammad Ali, last week fought to the top

40 How to Stop the Pillage of America
Some proposals for escape from the bureaucratic maze that enfolds and devours our wildlife resources

54 A Bloody Wild Way to Go Sailing
The genteel traditions of amateur yacht racing are the first casualties in an Aussie 18-footer race

80 The Great Chili Championship Fix
An Easterner meets a Westerner in a Texas ghost town to decide which one's recipe is the world's greatest

The departments

14 Scorecard
62 People
65 College Football
68 Tennis
72 Cross Country
74 Bowling
97 For the Record
98 Basketball's Week
100 19th Hole

Cover photograph by Tony Triolo

Credits on page 97


Next week

Fighting for their lives, Los Angeles meets Green Bay and St. Louis gets a last-chance crack at Cleveland. Tex Maule covers both games as the NFL rushes toward a showdown.

The big Z is Fred Zollner, a kindly millionaire who, as owner of the Detroit Pistons, has won the affection of everyone in pro basketball but, alas, not one championship.

The supersleek look of downhill racing suits and of turtleneck-inspired after-ski clothes is photographed by Jerry Cooke in Colorado on the eve of an Olympic winter.