CONTENTS

September 09, 1990

28
THE RICH GET RICHER
The Oakland A's sent a shudder through the American League by landing Willie McGee and Harold Baines
BY STEVE RUSHIN

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THE FACE OF SWEEPING CHANGE
With Paul Tagliabue firmly lodged in the commissioner's seat, the NFL faces a challenging new decade
BY RICK TELANDER

48
NOT SHORT ON TALENT
Small running backs made big gains in 1989, a trend that is sure to continue in the season ahead
BY PETER KING

A gentle soul off the field, 5'8" Barry Sanders is a mighty mite who runs up a storm for the Lions on it
BY AUSTIN MURPHY

68
LIFE ON THE LINE
The men in the pro trenches star in a pictorial portfolio, and they speak their minds, too

Anthony Munoz, offensive tackle extraordinaire for the Bengals, sets a lofty standard for linemen
BY JAY GREENBERG

84
RISKY BUSINESS
Recent developments have made building a roster and keeping players happy a mind-boggling ordeal
BY PETER KING

90
DR. Z'S SCOUTING REPORTS
A preview setting forth what to expect in all the divisional races, complete with the author's selections
BY PAUL ZIMMERMAN

Presenting L.A. receivers Flipper Anderson and Henry Ellard
BY RICHARD HOFFER

Brothers Clay and Bruce Matthews are divided—but united.
BY JILL LIEBER

122
THE HAND THAT FEEDS THEM
To Eddie DeBartolo Jr., the most generous owner in sports, nothing is too good for a San Francisco 49er
BY RICK REILLY

DEPARTMENTS

6
LETTERS

21
SCORECARD

118
INSIDE THE NFL

142
INSIDE BASEBALL

168
FOR THE RECORD

170
POINT AFTER

COVER PHOTOGRAPH BY RONALD C. MODRA

PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH

BACK GROUND

When L.A. Raider guard Steve Wisniewski buckles down, he gets dirty, which comes with the territory.

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