Down to the Wire 18
In the National League West, Houston needed a three-game sweep to catch Cincinnati, but it came up one win shy
by Ron Fimrite
In the league's Eastern Division, Montreal and Pittsburgh went up and down, back and forth in a ding-dong battle for the lead
by Larry Keith
Kicking and Clawing at Maryland 24
Paced by a walk-on who leads the nation in field goals and a back who's the NCAA's top rusher, the Terps are undefeated
by William Nack
September 30, 1979
Time for Good Times in Tampa Bay 26
Once the NFL's sorriest team—and losers of 26 games in a row—the Bucs are 4-0 after routing the Rams
by Joe Marshall
Pilgrimage to Mecca 32
It was a long trek, but heavyweight Earnie Shavers made it to his dream house. Will Larry Holmes help pay for it?
by William Nack
Oh, the Joys of Losing Fish 36
Tred Barta lost 110 yellowfin before landing a record fish on six-pound test, but he's still hooked on light tackle
by Dan Levin
"Let Those Big Wheels Sing to Me" 66
Tyrone Malone listened to the melody, and now, with some help from a whale, he has truck racing revving up for the big time
by Frank Deford
College Football 43
Horse Racing 59
Harness Racing 62
For the Record 91
19th Hole 92
Credits on page 91
Cover photograph by Walter Iooss Jr.
Hockey's lost decade is Ken Dryden's view of the 70s. The retired Montreal goaltender, now a full-time law student, assesses the NHL's shortcomings and discusses life as a Canadien. And as E. M. Swift sees it, Les Canadiens' reign is finis.
Not an everyday tour, but every day the entrants in the Great Hawaiian Footrace ran until the 500 kilometers—nearly three times around Oahu—were done. Kenny Moore tells of life on and off the road, of tropical serenity and street gangs.