The 13 laps he failed to finish in the 2001 German 500 CART race, Alex Zanardi. On Sept. 15, 2001, Zanardi, a two-time CART champ and one of the circuit's most popular drivers, lost both of his legs in a gruesome crash on the EuroSpeedway in Lausitz (SI, Sept. 24, 2001). Before Sunday's race at the track, Zanardi drove around the two-mile oval 13 times at nearly 200 miles per hour in a car with the same number and color scheme as the one he wrecked. The car was equipped with a hand-operated accelerator, and Zanardi controlled the brake with his artificial right leg. "I have overcome fear," Zanardi, 36, told the crowd afterward. "But I wanted to enjoy one last time that incredible feeling you have when you drive a racing car at high speed."
On eBay, the five-bedroom Green Bay home of Packers quarterback Brett Favre. The redbrick house, built in 1994, sits on 2.77 acres off a wooded cul-de-sac and includes a master suite with a Jacuzzi and an indoor racquetball/basketball court. Bidding began at $1 million, and realtor Wade Micoley has been inundated with calls from locals worried Favre will retire. Favre, however, says he'll play in 2003 and is selling because his 4-year-old daughter, Brittany, is starting high school and wants to stay in Mississippi, where Favre grew up and the family has a house. "She asked, 'Do you mind if I stay down here full time?' " said Favre. "I thought, Oh, God, pretty girl, 14. We'll have to make a decision."
Of wrongdoing in the Kentucky Derby, jockey Jose Santos, who rode 12-1 shot Funny Cide to victory. A photo and story in The Miami Herald purported to show Santos holding something other than his whip and the horse's reins in his right hand, prompting speculation he might have used a device to shock the horse into running faster. Santos denied the accusation. After poring over photos and videotape and conducting several interviews, Churchill Downs stewards cleared Santos and upheld Funny Cide's win.
As the new bugler at Arlington Park racetrack, 29-year-old, classically trained trumpeter Bonny Brown, who beat out five other finalists to replace Joe Kelly, who in his 22 years at the track had made more than 30,000 post calls. "When the pressure is on, you have to hit every note," said Brown after winning the competition on Saturday. Brown, who plays in Big Fun, a Chicago blues band, will earn $150 a day to play the 34-note Call to the Post on weekends and holidays. (The track uses a recording during the week.) Says Brown, "It's every trumpet player's dream."
Of undetermined causes, Cowboys running back Ennis Haywood, 23. Haywood, who spent last year on the practice squad, was expected to compete for a roster spot. He completed Dallas's three-day mini-camp on Friday, then began vomiting Saturday morning. Soon after, he stopped breathing and was taken to the hospital and placed on life support. He died on Sunday. "He was always spirited," said Cowboys tackle Flozell Adams. "He was so excited about this season." Initial autopsy results were inconclusive.
SAM LACY 1903-2003
Of heart and kidney failure, sportswriter Sam Lacy, 99, who had a hand in Jackie Robinson's breaking the major league color barrier and who was lauded last year by Baltimore mayor Martin O'Malley as "a teacher, historian and social scientist." In 1944 Lacy, a writer for the Baltimore Afro-American, wrote to every major league owner suggesting the formation of an integration committee, which he and Dodgers owner Branch Rickey served on. Lacy and Wendell Smith, a Pittsburgh Courier writer, pestered Rickey to sign Robinson, who had competed against whites as a five-sport star at UCLA. When Rickey signed Robinson to a Triple A contract in 1945, Lacy traveled with him, often staying in the same "colored-only" hotels and boarding houses. (At one such establishment in Macon, Ga., a cross was burned in the front yard.) Lacy, who was inducted into the writers' wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998, continued to write for the Afro-American until his death; his final column, about his generous neighbors, appeared last Friday. "I've always felt that there was nothing special about me," Lacy said in '98. "And I know how this may sound. But any person with a little vision, a little curiosity, a little nerve could have done what I did."
DAVID WOODLEY 1958-2003
Of liver and kidney failure, former LSU and NFL quarterback David Woodley, 44, who as a Dolphin in 1983 became the youngest quarterback to start a Super Bowl. A Shreveport, La., native, Woodley threw for 2,084 yards and rushed for 833 yards in four years of sharing snaps at LSU with fan favorite Steve Ensminger. But he was wounded by the boos he received and became distant, often sitting alone with a newspaper and a beer. "David was a gifted, intelligent athlete, but he suffered," says Lynn Amedee, Woodley's LSU quarterbacks coach. "He never felt like he was 'our guy.' " Nor did Woodley feel at home with Miami. He started Super Bowl XVII against the Redskins but did not complete a pass in the second half of a 27-17 loss. The next year he was traded to the Steelers, and he abruptly retired two years later at 27. In 1992 Woodley underwent a liver transplant, which led him to quit drinking and to speak publicly about organ donation. Recently, though, except for a stint last fall as a football radio commentator for his high school, he was seldom seen. "He loved to talk football but very rarefy about himself," says his co-commentator, Charlie Cavell. "When he did mention his career, you got a sense of regret. David was, I think, a lost soul."