14 Never Pumpkins Again
The old joke has died and the New York Mets are living, breathing champions of baseball after burying Baltimore
22 The View from the Bottom
The Bears and the Saints both have perfect records, 0 and 5, and their fans are beginning to throw things
26 Pro Basketball's New Season
The NBA's balance of power is gone but the ABA's problems remain. Reports and prophecies by Frank Deford
36 Transformed by the Transfer
Quarterback Dennis Dummit, a refugee from a junior college, has turned the losing UCLA Bruins into a winner
40 Jose Settles an Old Account
Defending his welterweight title, Jose Napoles took on the nemesis of many of his countrymen
42 The Kelso Bit, or a Career Nipped
The life of a sportswriter isn't all beer and skittles. Sometimes it's Mantle, Hogan and Arthur Daley
82 Lew Alcindor's Own Story
Breaking his silence for the first time, Lew starts a full and candid account of his experiences
50 College Football
103 For the Record
104 19th Hole
Credits on page 103
Cover photograph by Neil Leifer
The purple people eaters of Minnesota have parlayed a ferocious pass rush and a revitalized Joe Kapp to lead the NFL's Central Division. Tex Maule provides the analysis.
Some like it hot, but to Painter Richard Estes ice hockey has muted moments that speak more eloquently about the sport than any slavish representation of its violence.
The Russians may be the crowned kings of caviar, but Robert H. Boyle maintains that we have our Ace in the hole—Ace Lent, a Hudson River commercial fisherman.