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IT CAME FROM THE SPORTS PAGE!
Steve Rushin
December 24, 2001
SI's Steve Rushin spent 2001 collecting all the weird and outrageous stories that may have slipped under your radar. The result left no doubt that it was a shocking year in sports, but don't worry: It's over
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December 24, 2001

It Came From The Sports Page!

SI's Steve Rushin spent 2001 collecting all the weird and outrageous stories that may have slipped under your radar. The result left no doubt that it was a shocking year in sports, but don't worry: It's over

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Charlie Costantino, 91-year-old fight trainer, on the benefits of being his age: "There is very little peer pressure."

Jamaican Runners Always Prepare for Races by Warming Up Their Joints

While standing on the track preparing to run the third leg of the 4x100 relays at the World Track and Field Championships, a Jamaican runner became so riveted watching a teammate long-jumping on the scoreboard video screen that he didn't notice his own relaymate sprinting toward him, trying to hand him the baton.

Like, Say, Jets Free Safety Damien Robinson

Minnesota governor—and former Navy SEAL—Jesse Ventura said in April, "Until you've hunted man, you haven't hunted yet. Because you need to hunt something that can shoot back at you to really classify yourself as a hunter."

"No, but I Thought Tango & Cash Rocked!"

When Ventura was introduced to the Dalai Lama, he asked the exiled leader of Tibet if he had ever seen Caddyshack.

He Was Then Given a Birthday Beat Down, Which He Thoroughly Enjoyed

Police made one of their 27 visits in 2001 to Dennis Rodman's Newport Beach, Calif., home when neighbors complained that the erstwhile rebounder arrived at his 40th-birthday party in a helicopter.

We Wuzn't Robbed, but We Wuz On Probation for Burglary

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