Seasons of Sweetness and sorrow by Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated
Some years in sports lend themselves to a neat packaging. Last year -- 1998 -- was
simply spectacular. But in the final 12 months of this century, no easy pattern emerged.
Oh, there was more of the same that made '98 so divine: the Denver Broncos won again,
more easily; the New York Yankees at the end were as brilliant as their predecessors;
Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa reprised their epic home-run race. But, in a curious way,
what most distinguished 1999 were those who left us.