The U.S. Open 18
Youth prevailed at Flushing Meadow as John McEnroe and Tracy Austin won the singles championships
by Curry Kirkpatrick and Barry McDermott

A Spectacular Shoe-In for Bid 24
Affirmed's weighty problems took some of the drama from the race, but Spectacular Bid won a memorable Marlboro Cup
by William Nack

Pittsburgh Made Them Face the Music 26
The Steelers' Monster played a tune on Houston, chasing Dan Pastorini from the game and stopping Earl Campbell cold
by Paul Zimmerman

The Whitecaps Kicked Up a Storm 34
In Soccer Bowl '79, Vancouver was unpopular and unyielding, stopping Tampa Bay to win the NASL championship
by Clive Gammon

A Pitch in Time Saves Nine 36
When the Cubs are in trouble, in comes Bruce Sutter, whose split-fingered fastball has made him the best reliever in baseball
by Ron Fimrite

"Win One for the Gipper" 40
Was that George Gipp's deathbed request, or just another ploy by Knute Rockne? The concluding part of a series
by Coles Phinizy

Some Wild and Krazy Guys 62
They dress up as chickens, have crazy names and wear psychedelic wigs, but these "whatevers" keep the fans hopping
by Bruce Newman

The Departments

Scorecard 15
Baseball 50
College Football 54
Marathon 56
For the Record 85
19th Hole 86

Credits on page 85

Cover photograph by Walter Iooss Jr.

Next Week

Transatlantic golf with a twist: a team of the 12 best pros from Great Britain, Ireland and the Continent face a dozen top U.S. players in the biennial Ryder Cup Matches in four-ball, foursomes and singles. Dan Jenkins is at The Greenbrier.

"You gotta have 'wa' " could be the theme song of Japanese baseball, but author Robert Whiting says "wa"—the concept of team unity taking precedence over individual flash—is an idea that U.S. players in Japan have difficulty understanding.

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