The Broncos Say Thanks 26
Denver's winning weapons in its showdown at Oakland were Raider fumbles and penalties, a blocked punt and three interceptions
by Joe Marshall

Behold the New Kings of the Midwest 30
Christmas is still to come in Kansas City, but they've unwrapped a goodie named Phil Ford and he's turned the team around
by John Papanek

Beginning of Another Life for the Aces 32
The return of basketball, Evansville's love, alleviated the grief that racked the city after an air crash killed its team
by Frank Deford

Winning Is No Laughing Matter 34
But to much of the tennis public the bristling behavior of John McEnroe has obscured his brilliant talent
by Curry Kirkpatrick

Forecast: Racy Winter

The competitive image is In and the season's message is clear: no matter how slow you ski, look fast at all times 40
by Jule Campbell

Skiers who are otherwise sane go bananas over ski bowls, where powder makes a whoopee wonderland 46
by William Oscar Johnson

A Tongue on the Loose 59
Neither age (75) nor jail has slowed the flow of blather—or curbed the championship lust—of Canadian sports mogul Harold Ballard
by E.M. Swift

Daring Young Man on a Tower of Ice 94
Its violence stilled by the grip of winter, Bridalveil Fall loomed into the sky, an invitation to a chilling climb
by William Oscar Johnson

The Departments

Scorecard 21
TV/Radio 70
College Basketball 73
College Football 78
Golf 81
Hockey 84
Pro Football 88
For the Record 119
19th Hole 120

Credits on page 119

Cover photograph by Willis A. Wood

Next Week

In Eclipse for the last six years, the U.S. Davis Cup team meets the British in Palm Springs with every expectation of success. Frank Deford reports on the play of Brian Gottfried, Stan Smith, Bob Lutz and the terrible-tempered young John McEnroe.

He changed his style and the boos changed to cheers for Mike Rossman, who took the WBA light heavyweight title from Victor Galindez. Pat Putnam chronicles the metamorphosis of a former fat kid who went from stylish boxer to big banger.

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