20 Red, White and Who?
The NBA still has more size and style—but the first week of interleague play pushed the ABA toward parity
24 She Does a Lot for a Little
"Miss Budweiser," queen of the unlimited hydroplanes, made it three straight titles for her flamboyant owner
26 Purple People Eaters Eaten
Coach Jim Dooley had a plan and his Bears implemented it. Chalk up an upset over the mighty Vikings
28 Well, He's That Kind of Guy
Baltimore's Merv Rettenmund acts like the good old boys of another age. Even better, he is a good old hitter
34 The Magic Number Is Sixkiller
Washington's quarterback, Sonny Sixkiller, is a Cherokee, but his passing arm, not his heritage, has made him a hero
38 An Uptight Island
What started as something of a shark scare has made Prince Edward Island a new Mecca for big-game fishermen
74 My Drive to Be a Champion
Weekend golfers often feel that if they just had the opportunity, they could be whizzes. The theory gets tested
54 College Football
66 Harness Racing
84 Baseball's Week
87 For the Record
88 19th Hole
Credits on page 87
Cover photograph by Fred Kaplan
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