14 To Make Three People Happy
That's all Ohio State's Rod Gerald set out to do. Instead, he wowed millions of Buckeye fans
by Douglas S. Looney

18 He Leaves Losers Proud
Mighty Forego left his rivals in the ruck in the Woodward, yet they were far from disgraced
by William Leggett

20 The $2.5-Million Man
O. J. Simpson finally returned to Buffalo, but he may have left his legs in California
by Robert F. Jones

22 The Rubber Match
Ken Norton won the first fight; Ali squeaked by in the second. The choice in the third: Ali
by Mark Kram

28 King James Eyes a Crown
James Hunt lives life as he bloody well wants, and he wants a World Driving Championship
by Clive Gammon

32 Regulated to the Bench
A whimsical and somewhat critical report on our mother tongue—or what's left of it
by Edwin Newman

62 The Power Behind Ali
If Herbert Muhammad, Ali's manager, is so "dull, dull, dull," why is everyone scared of him?
by Mark Kram

The Departments

9 Scorecard
38 TV/Radio
43 College Football
48 Hockey
50 Boating
54 Archery
58 Baseball
75 For the Record
76 19th Hole

Credits on page 75

Cover photograph by Neil Leifer


Next Week

The Terrapins have come out of their shells and are basking in the prospect of an undefeated football season: they are 2-0 and their schedule's a snap. Edwin Shrake looks at Maryland and its star, Mark Manges.

A babe in the woods was George V. Packard when he took part in the ancient and elaborate ritual of a hunt in Germany's Black Forest, which is enacted to the blare of horns and the whir of noisemakers.