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20 On Top of the Pack
The Bears and Packers squared off in a vintage brawl, and when it ended, Chicago, led by Walter Payton, was 3 and 0
by Rick Telander

26 They're Making a Strong Pitch
Ten worthy contenders are competing for the Cy Young Awards, which ol' Denton True would've won four times
by Steve Wulf

36 The Day the Hero Was a Hero
A crucial tackle by hero back Michael Zordich helped Penn State to an upset of Iowa and new respect for its D
by Jack McCallum

38 He's Got 'Em Cornered
There's no question that Mike Haynes of the Raiders is as good as they ever get, and that's true off the field as well
by Rick Telander

46 Just Call Me Slick, Pal
Manager Billy (Slick) Gardner has lived up to his nickname while keeping Minnesota alive in the AL West race
by Ron Fimrite

66 Pitchin' Shoes
There's progress afoot in horseshoe pitching—new courts, more money even. But mostly the game remains what it was
by Bil Gilbert


15 Scorecard
50 College Football
56 Baseball
60 Pro Football
87 For the Record
88 19th Hole

Credits on page 87

Cover photograph by Ronald C. Modra


LEADING OFF: With a 3-0 record, the Super Bowl-champion L.A. Raiders are really on the ball, in no small part because of their outstanding secondary: from left, Mike Davis, Vann McElroy, Lester Hayes, Mike Haynes and Ted Watts.