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CONTENTS

Dec. 23, 1991
Dec. 23, 1991

Table of Contents
Dec. 23, 1991

Track & Field
Division III
Division II
Esa Tikkanen
Boxing
Sportsman Of The Year
Perspective
Point After
Departments

CONTENTS

26
BIRDS OF PREY
In the NFC West, formerly the 49ers' domain, the upstart Falcons are now circling in for the kill
BY ED HINTON

This is an article from the Dec. 23, 1991 issue

32
PLEASE DON'T FEED THE WOLVERINES
Michigan's five basketball freshmen are hungry for success, and they very nearly feasted on No. 1 Duke
BY PHIL TAYLOR

34
COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ithaca College gave Coach "Butts" his third Division III title by defeating the Dayton "cigar butts" 34-20
BY AUSTIN MURPHY

The Gorillas of Pittsburgh State mauled the Gamecocks of Jacksonville State to win the Division II crown
BY RICHARD O'BRIEN

42
THE GRATE ONE
Oiler Esa Tikkanen may be the NHL's most annoying player, verbally and physically, and one of its best
BY AUSTIN MURPHY

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR

64
ALONE ON THE MOUNTAINTOP
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls, a singular sportsman and athlete, stands at the pinnacle of his game
BY JACK McCALLUM

70
THE UNLIKELIEST HOMEBOY
For all his immense fame and fortune, Michael Jordan is, at heart, still just a North Carolina kid called Mike
BY CURRY KIRKPATRICK

76
A HERO FOR THE WIRED WORLD
In a satellite age, Michael Jordan has become the fast-rising global star of basketball's fast-growing global show
BY DAVID HALBERSTAM

82
TEN LIVING LEGENDS
Luminous images of athletes for the ages, whose virtuosity we are fortunate enough to be able to marvel at today
PHOTOGRAPHS BY WALTER IOOSS JR.
TEXT BY STEVE WULF

Cover Holographic Photography by Sharon McCormack
Hologram Produced by American Bank Note Holographics Inc.

DEPARTMENTS

8
LETTERS

19
SCORECARD

52
PRO FOOTBALL

56
COLLEGE BASKETBALL

63
BOXING

106
FOR THE RECORD

108
POINT AFTER

PHOTOMANNY MILLANGround Jordan: Neither Michael Jordan's NBA career nor his hair had really taken off in 1984 when Jordan and Bulls teammate Rod Higgins hit the road at a Phoenix amusement park (page 64).