Holmes, Sweet Holmes 24
And how sweet it was for Larry, who in dismantling Earnie Shavers not only retained his title but also restored his reputation
by Pat Putnam

Mayday for the Favorites 28
For two seasons it has been smooth sailing for the Yankees, Royals, Dodgers and Phils, but this year all were lost at sea
by Larry Keith

Dear Tom: They Don't Miss You in Buffalo 30
Rookies Jerry Butler and Jim Haslett have played so well that Buffalonians have forgotten Tom Cousineau's defection to Montreal
by Joe Marshall

Nearly a Vale of Tears 32
USC barely managed to get out of LSU's Tiger Stadium—a/k/a Death Valley—with its championship hopes intact
by Douglas S. Looney

HOCKEY 1979-80 38

The newly retired goaltender of the Montreal Canadiens surveys his old sport and finds it a game in search of some contests
by Ken Dryden

Having absorbed four of the now-defunct WHA 's leftovers, the NHL may be a bigger league this season, but it won't be any better
by E. M. Swift

Hawaii Five Double 0 96
In a 20-day 500-kilometer race around Oahu the entrants experienced exhaustion, ecstasy and the execrable
by Kenny Moore

The Departments

Scorecard 21
TV/Radio 79
College Football 80
Baseball 85
Pro Football 88
Golf 92
For the Record 121
19th Hole 122

Credits on page 121

Cover photograph by John Iacono

Next Week

Pro basketball tips off a season that promises something old, something new, something borrowed and somethin' else. The newcomers are Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, whom Douglas S. Looney calls the most exciting rookies to hit the NBA since Bill Walton. Walton, writes John Papanek, is his old self on the court, but changed off it—what with his new vested suits and appearances at Rotary lunches. Plus coverage of the baseball playoffs, the football news and the long-awaited matchup in New York's Jockey Club Gold Cup of Affirmed and Spectacular Bid.

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