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October 15, 1984 | Volume 61, Issue 18

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Walter Payton Cover - Sports Illustrated October 15, 1984

October 15, 1984 | Terry Todd
H.G. Wells is deservedly famous for his ability to persuade us to suspend disbelief in the unbelievable just long enough to set the hook of a story. In his short novel , he postulates the...

October 15, 1984 | Robert Sullivan
Ten thousand migrating caribou, meeting a river swollen as never before, followed their instincts to death in Canada

October 15, 1984 | Timothy F. Comstock
My early childhood in Sacramento during the 1950s was close to idyllic. I was smart enough to understand that even at the time. School and friends were close by. Family was secure and loving....

October 15, 1984 | Compiled by GREG KELLY
PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: After Cincinnati lost its fifth straight game of the season Monday night, 38-17 to AFC Central-leading Pittsburgh, Bengal wide receiver Cris Collinsworth suggested, "Maybe we...

October 15, 1984
L.P. HOLMESNAPA, CALIF.Holmes, an 89-year-old author of 42 Western novels, hit 99 of a possible 100 clay pigeons at the Napa Rifle and Pistol Club. In the process he became the first person in the...

October 15, 1984 | Edited by Gay Flood
THE CUBSSir:What a work of art by William Nack and Franklin McMahon (At Last, the Cubs Are First, Oct. 1). No finer portrait of the Cubs could have been wrought by pen and brush as far as this...

October 15, 1984 | Lisa Twyman
When Carlie Geer won the silver medal in women's single sculling at the '84 Olympics, I cheered out loud. After all, she had been my rowing teammate at Dartmouth. It was a case of glory by...

October 15, 1984 | Edited by Jerry Kirshenbaum
A SIDESHOW WE DIDN'T NEED

October 15, 1984 | Edited by Jerry Kirshenbaum
•Ron Meyer, New England Patriots coach, arguing that emotion is overrated in football: "There was a lot of emotion at the Alamo, and nobody survived."

October 15, 1984 | Steve Wulf
Led by MVP Steve Garvey, San Diego charged from way behind to defeat Chicago and take its first National League crown ever

October 15, 1984 | Ron Fimrite
In the end, the little things counted. The lordly Detroit Tigers swept the Kansas City Royals in the best-of-five American League playoffs last week not so much because the Tigers' bats boomed,...

October 15, 1984 | Robert L. Miller
When news broke last week of the mass drowning of thousands of caribou in northern Quebec—a bizarre, horrific event that appalled even veteran wildlife experts—SI's editors moved quickly to cover...

October 15, 1984 | Rick Telander
Needing 66 yards to catch Jim Brown, Walter Payton got 'em against the Saints with 88 to spare

October 15, 1984 | Jack Falla
That's the novel direction in which the NHL may be headed now that Wayne Gretzky's slick Oilers are the Stanley Cup champions

October 15, 1984 | E.M. Swift
The pitiful Penguins figure that they'll be a lot higher in the NHL pecking order now that their prize draft pick, Mario Lemieux, is in their nest

October 15, 1984 | Jack Falla
ADAMS DIVISION

October 15, 1984 | William Taaffe
College football ratings appear to be suffering from overexposure

October 15, 1984 | William Taaffe
A glassy-eyed Taaffe rates the networks currently doing national college games

October 15, 1984 | Douglas S. Looney
Following a sea change, Alabama is off to its worst start since 1957

October 15, 1984 | N. Brooks Clark
SOUTHWEST

October 15, 1984 | N. Brooks Clark
OFFENSE: Ken Karcher completed 24 of 39 passes for 316 yards and one touchdown and threw only one interception as he led Tulane, which hadn't won a game, to a 27-23 victory over Vanderbilt.

October 15, 1984 | Jill Lieber
Jet Wesley Walker's vision may be impaired, but not his pass-catching ability

October 15, 1984 | Jill Lieber
New Orleans linebacker Jim Kovach, who made the tackle on Walter Payton's record-breaking six-yard carry in Chicago, enjoyed his moment in the spotlight.

October 15, 1984 | Jill Lieber
Dan Reeves, the Broncos' head coach, has come up with a neat, if unsymmetrical, way to confuse defenses. By putting Dave Studdard, the left tackle, to the right of right tackle Ken Lanier, and...

October 15, 1984 | Jill Lieber
"You really ought to take a picture of me wearing diapers," says Jan Stenerud, the Minnesota Viking kicker who owns up to being 41. "I feel like such a young babe."

October 15, 1984 | Jill Lieber
OFFENSE: Bear running back Walter Payton gained 154 yards and scored one touchdown in Chicago's 20-7 win over New Orleans to become the NFL's all-time leading rusher, with 12,400 yards.

October 15, 1984 | Jeremiah Tax
Apparently, Fred Lebow grew tired of waiting for someone else to tell the story of how he made the New York City Marathon into the greatest road race in the world and in the process became one of...

October 15, 1984 | Rick Telander
My parents had Leo put to sleep a few days ago. They did it while I was out of town, to save me the pain of taking him to the vet myself. We all knew it was time. Leo was 14½ years old and his...