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Two for the Super Bowl

Jim Plunkett's pinpoint passing and Mark van Eeghen's running powered Oakland past San Diego for the AFC title 16
by Paul Zimmerman

Wilbert Montgomery rushed for 194 yards and led Philadelphia to the NFC championship in a 20-7 romp over Dallas 22
by Steve Wulf

The Master of Disaster 32
Kelly Tripucka of Notre Dame grew up scuffling with his five brothers. Now he wreaks havoc among Irish opponents
by Bruce Newman

The Phantom of the Rinks 36
Now you see him, now you don't, but when New York Islander sniper Mike Bossy shoots the puck, have the red light ready
by Larry Brooks

Tackling a New Career 106
After 15 seasons of knocking 'em dead for the Rams, Merlin Olsen is off to a socko start in show biz
by Bob Ottum

The Departments

Scorecard 11
Track & Field 43
College Basketball 85
Pro Basketball 94
College Hockey 96
Golf 103
For the Record 121
19th Hole 124

Credits on page 121

Cover photograph by Andy Hayt

Next Week

The city of champions is what Philadelphia wants to be called, and the Eagles have a chance to join the Phillies when they meet Oakland in Super Bowl XV. Paul Zimmerman gauges the assets and debits of both teams—and picks the winner.

Bobby Knight of Indiana has won more games and stirred more controversy at an earlier age than any other major college basketball coach in history. A remarkable profile by Frank Deford examines the man who bewilders friends and foes alike.