For the Las Vegas Rattlers of the American Basketball Association, Joe (Jellybean) Bryant, the 49-year-old father of Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. In the Rattlers' regular-season finale against the Long Beach Jam on March 2, Bryant, who coaches the team, put himself in the lineup. The Rattlers were short two players, but according to owner Roy Hammonds, Bryant was "itching to play all year." Wearing his son's number 8—but in a Jam jersey because the Rattlers' duds had been stolen—Bryant had 18 points in a 142-122 loss, going 7 for 23 from the field. "Now you know where Kobe gets it from," Hammonds says.
By Ken Venturi, of cheating to win The 1958 Masters, Arnold Palmer. In his new book, Getting Up & Down: My 60 Years in Golf, Venturi, 72, says Palmer illegally played two balls on the 12th hole in the final round of the tournament after his first became embedded in the ground. Palmer, now 74, saved two strokes by playing the second ball and won by a stroke. But Venturi claims Palmer wasn't entitled to the drop because he didn't decide to take it until after he had holed out his first ball. "I firmly believe that he did wrong," Venturi writes, "and that he knows that I know he did wrong." In the past Palmer has said the drop—which was approved by Masters officials—was legal.
By SI reader Gary Duff of Granite City, Ill., an error in the final exam then Georgia assistant coach Jim Harrick Jr. gave to his Coaching Principles and Strategies of Basketball class in 2001. Included among such questions as "How many goals are on a basketball court?" was one asking "How many fouls is a player allowed to have in one Basketball game before fouling out in that game?" The possible answers listed were three, five, seven and zero. Duff pointed out that a player with five fouls may not stay on the court, meaning the correct answer, four, was not among the choices.
Of acute myelogenous leukemia, John Henry Williams, 35. The only son of late Hall of Famer Ted Williams, John Henry controlled his father's business interests in the Splendid Splinter's latter years. Following Ted's death in July 2002, John Henry feuded with his half sister, Bobby-Jo Ferrell, over whether to send their father's remains to a cryonics lab. Ultimately Ted Williams was frozen in Arizona, thanks largely to a piece of paper stained with motor oil and bearing the signatures of John Henry, his sister, Claudia, and Ted that stated their desire to be put in "Bio-Stasis after we die." John Henry's remains were reportedly transferred to the same facility as his father's.
Below the knee because of frostbite, both legs of former Olympic hockey player Eric Lemarque. While snowboarding on Feb. 6 Lemarque, 34, became stranded on an area of Mammoth Mountain, Calif., covered by up to 15 feet of snow. He survived for seven days by eating pine nuts and bark. Lemarque—who is from Los Angeles but played for France in the 1994 Olympics because his father is French—also used his MP3 player as a reflective signaling device. After being rescued by a helicopter, he said, "It is a sight that I'll never forget. I just looked up, and I felt like Willem Dafoe in Platoon. It warmed me to know that I was going to be all right." Doctors performed the procedure last week and said he will be fitted for prosthetics within eight weeks. Lemarque vows he will snowboard next season.