10 Rushing to Stake a Claim
Of the four teams that survived the scramble for Super Bowl gold, the fittest, fittingly, looks like the 49ers
16 Blues and Hangovers on the Nile
Oxford and Cambridge, performed with spirit—between happy hours—to avoid being swamped by Egypt
20 The Toughest Kid on Anybody's Block
John Roche is leading some mean New Yorkers who might Dead End UCLA on behalf of South Carolina
30 Top Hat, White Tie and Bare Toes
Barefoot McDonald kicks the shoe habit—and leaves a trail of footprints in the Florida sports world
34 Don't Cry Until It's All Over
Few people suffer as much for their pleasure as the Nordic racers: a stirring portfolio of a painful pursuit
40 Fishing on the Rivers of the Mind
The Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club offers a quiet scene for practice and contemplation—sometimes
56 La Vie en Rose
People have been known to run the wrong way in the Rose Bowl, but never in Pasadena's splendiferous parade
Credits on page 67
Cover photograph by James Drake
46 College Basketball
67 For the Record
68 19th Hole
A wild week of football showdowns will settle who is No. 1 in the college bowl games and produce the Super Bowl contestants. SI's experts and the color camera report.
Yukio Mishima, the famed Japanese author whose bizarre suicide a month ago shocked the world, explained in a newly translated article how fitness can shape a philosophy.
Children's games provided Pieter Bruegel with the theme for a rollicking 16th-century masterpiece, and art historian Alexander Eliot with grist for a sporting critique.