CONTENTS

December 14, 1992

14
DUKE MAKES A STATEMENT
The Blue Devils' basketball team hushed the fast-talking Michigan Fab Five for the third consecutive time
BY ALEXANDER WOLFF

22
'HE HAS THE STRENGTH'
Dennis Byrd of the Jets lies partially paralyzed, fighting the odds, as he has helped many others to do
BY PETER KING

28
JOHNNY ON THE SPOT
Though beset by marital ills and paparazzi, John McEnroe rescued the U.S. team in the Davis Cup final
BY SALLY JENKINS

30
A TIDY FINISH
Alabama relied on its defense to win the SEC's initial title game and set up a Jan. 1 showdown with Miami
BY AUSTIN MURPHY

32
THE COLOR PURPLE
That's the one hue that counts with Dennis Green, who has made the Vikings believe hard work wins games
BY RICK TELANDER

44
TWO AND ONLY
In their long rivalry, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson gauged themselves by one measure: each other
BY BOB RYAN

70
ALL THAT GLITTERS
Two winners and two losers from the '92 Olympic Games learned competing was the great prize
BY E.M. SWIFT

DEPARTMENTS

4
LETTERS

7
FACES IN THE CROWD

9
SCORECARD

56
PRO FOOTBALL

61
SOCCER

64
COLLEGE BASKETBALL

82
POINT AFTER

COVER PHOTOGRAPH BY ANDREW D. BERNSTEIN/NBA PHOTOS

PHOTOLANE STEWARTRide 'em Cowboy: J.T. Eckstrum found himself on the horns of a dilemma during the steer wrestling at last week's National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)