20 Oklahoma Stampede
As poor Oregon (68-3) will testify, the Sooners and their Wishbone offense may be more impressive than last year
24 Just Call Him Shubert Ali
Muhammad came out clowning, and then it was curtains for poor old Floyd Patterson
26 Tender Bird in a Hot Skillet
As the Orioles fought off despair, their steadiest hitter proved to be young Bobby Grich
28 Canadians in Hockeyland
Russia, that is, where 3 million play and the best of them beat Team Canada again—then lost a thriller
October 1, 1972
36 How to Succeed While Scared
Air racing terrified him, Gunther Balz said, but somewhere over Nevada he broke the fright barrier
42 Woodstock on Wheels
The U.S. Grand Prix will spotlight speed in a folksy setting—and Emerson Fittipaldi, the new champion
56 'There Is a Disease in Sports Now...'
Former pro basketball star Tom Meschery writes of the abuses and corruption he perceives in the game today
80 Ye Gods! What's Up!
A leisurely afternoon hike in the foothills of Fujiyama turns into a nightmare for a trapped businessman
66 College Football
70 Pro Football
76 Harness Racing
94 For the Record
98 19th Hole
Credits on page 94
Cover photograph by James Drake
Already embattled, hockey begins with a covey of nouveaux riches players, an expanded NHL, a new WHA and legal turmoil over jumpers from the former to the latter.
Baseball nears the last of the ninth: William Leggett previews the playoff showdown between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, while Ron Fimrite limns Oakland's Charlie O.
Tall tales have been told for half a century about the skill and skulduggery of an old gambler named Titanic Thompson. Now the man himself recounts his sporting life.