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May 10, 1999 | Volume 90, Issue 19

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Bill Russell Cover - Sports Illustrated May 10, 1999

May 10, 1999 | Rick Reilly
"We'll get back to the hot NHL playoff action on Fox in a minute, but first, do you see who I see in the stands?"

May 10, 1999 | Mark Beech
May 23, 1983

May 10, 1999
How interesting that you posed Cecil (the Diesel) Collins standing in front of a vintage steam locomotive. Do you think Cecil's boiler is about to blow again?—WILLIAM C. THOMAS, St. Louis

May 10, 1999
Letters to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED should include the name, address and home telephone number of the writer. They may be mailed to The Editor, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Time & Life Building, New York,...

May 10, 1999 | John Walters
DON'T MISS

May 10, 1999 | John Walters
7.5Preliminary rating for ABC's Kentucky Derby telecast-less than the 7.7 for 1998's race, whose final rating (6.1) was the event's second lowest ever.

May 10, 1999 | John Walters
On April 28 Fox Sports News provided a painful example of ill-timed flippancy. Commenting that Suns forward Tom Gugliotta would play the next night in Denver (14 miles from the site of the...

May 10, 1999 | Steve Rushin
Announcers are stretching the art form of the home run call, sometimes to the snapping point

May 10, 1999 | Greg Kelly
College basketball bigwigs don't like learning they can be exploited, too

May 10, 1999 | Greg Kelly
•That Karl Malone would lose a little hair every time he throws an elbow.

May 10, 1999
NFL SwitcherooThe Pats Stand Pat

May 10, 1999
93.0John Elway's quarterback rating last season.

May 10, 1999
The International Hockey League's Kansas City Blades staged Toothless Night, offering free admission to the dentally challenged.

May 10, 1999
DAVE BAKEREngineer at Atlanta's WSB radio, after the Braves' Greg Maddux legged out a triple against the Marlins: "It replaced the Kentucky Derby as the most exciting two minutes in sports."

May 10, 1999 | L. Jon Wertheim
Why men's tennis stars choose to lose

May 10, 1999
Eric Eshbach, Orangefield, TexasTrack and FieldEric, a senior at Orangefield High, broke a national high school pole vault record when he cleared 17'9¾" at the Conference 3A District 23...

May 10, 1999 | William Nack
Just six months after his career seemed doomed by a weight problem, Chris Antley rode Charismatic to an improbable victory in a rough-and-tumble Kentucky Derby

May 10, 1999 | Phil Taylor
By hewing to that dictum—as direct and uncomplicated as he is—37-year-old remains peerless at point guard for the title-hungry Utah Jazz

May 10, 1999 | Phil Taylor
12regular seasons in which John Stockton played in all 82 games, including seven straight from 1990-91 through '96-97.

May 10, 1999
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and CNN team up on the Internet to offer up-to-the-minute sports news and stats. Get prepped for the playoffs: Phil Taylor answers your NBA questions and Kostya Kennedy responds...

May 10, 1999 | Phil Taylor
We scratch the playoff teams with no chance, find the fatal flaws in eight of the remaining nine contenders and count down to the champion

May 10, 1999 | Tim Crothers
Anchored by unsinkable New Yorker John Franco, the Mets' revamped bullpen has been the stingiest in the National League

May 10, 1999 | Tim Crothers
Through Sunday John Franco (left) led the only bullpen in the majors with an ERA of less than 3.00. Here's how the Mets' relief corps ranked against those of other National League clubs playing...

May 10, 1999
Mother's Day

May 10, 1999
Mother's Day is Sunday, so it's too late to get a picture of you and your mom into SI. Bet you wish you'd planned ahead, as these athletes did. In fact we had so many responses to our request that...

May 10, 1999 | Michael Farber
Bypassed by Philadelphia in the free-agent market, Toronto's Curtis Joseph came back to haunt—and shut down—the Flyers

May 10, 1999
THE NHL

May 10, 1999 | Kostya Kennedy
Big WheelGeneral manager Ken Holland is one reason Detroit is again in the driver's seat

May 10, 1999 | Kostya Kennedy
MAY 10, 1979 / BRUINS VS. CANADIENSIn Game 7 of the Stanley Cup semifinals, Boston led Montreal 4-3 with 2:34 remaining in the third period when it was penalized for having too many men on the...

May 10, 1999 | Pierre McGuire
The latest strategy of Bob Goodenow, the head of the NHL Players' Association, is to make copies of all sound bites and newspaper clippings in which league executives talk about the strong...

May 10, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan
With MJ finally out of his way, Utah's Karl Malone has had an MVP year

May 10, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan
Washington's search for a coach has included chats with Doc Rivers, Dave Cowens, Mo Cheeks, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and recently retired Knicks forward Buck Williams, but sources say Charlotte coach...

May 10, 1999 | Marty Burns
The tailors at Dion Scott know that clothes make the player

May 10, 1999 | David Sabino
Perhaps it was the shortened season. Or the Tae-Bo training. Or maybe it was all the time he spent holding his breath waiting to see if Dennis Rodman was going to show up for practice. Whatever...

May 10, 1999 | Jeff Pearlman
Tom Kelly, loyal Minnesotan and the low-budget Twins' veteran skipper, tries to make a winner of a club with 10 rookies

May 10, 1999 | Jeff Pearlman
Last year at this time Rangers slugger Juan Gonzalez had visions of breaking Hack Wilson's single-season RBI record (190); this season, like some other big-run producers, Gonzalez has less reason...

May 10, 1999 | Jeff Pearlman
April 29, 1999 Mariners 22, Tigers 6

May 10, 1999 | Jeff Pearlman
Have the Rangers lost their focus? Once just happy with a playoff-worthy record, Texas now seems way too intent on matching the Yankees. Before spring training, Rangers owner Tom Hicks sent a...

May 10, 1999 | Jeff Pearlman
Shane Spencer, a Yankee hero last year, hopes he's not in Triple A to stay

May 10, 1999 | Ed Hinton
More fan deaths put the focus on the need for safety innovations

May 10, 1999 | Ed Hinton
Of the 52 drivers who have at least one Winston Cup start this season, 27 have never won on the circuit. The king of futility is Michael Waltrip, who has run 406 races without ever taking the...

May 10, 1999 | Richard Hoffer
It's that time again—the end of the millennium—so we immersed ourselves in the century's heavy reigns and drew up a list of those we liked best

May 10, 1999 | Richard Hoffer
PACKERSHelmet worn by Forrest Gregg, a tackle from the Lombardi era.

May 10, 1999 | Frank Deford
The greatest team player of all time, Bill Russell was the hub of a Celtics dynasty that ruled its sport as no other team ever has

May 10, 1999 | Gary Van Sickle
Tour rookie Chris Riley is turning heads with his pure putting and rapid-fire approach

May 10, 1999 | Gary Van Sickle
As the season approaches the midway mark, Carlos Franco and Chris Riley have separated themselves from the rest of the class of '99 and are the front-runners for rookie of the year. Franco, who...

May 10, 1999 | Edited by Cameron Morfit

May 10, 1999 | Edited by Cameron Morfit
What do these players have in common?

May 10, 1999 | Edited by Cameron Morfit
Will Bruce Fleisher break the Senior tour record of nine wins in a season?

May 10, 1999
Filling the Soft Spot

May 10, 1999 | Miller Barber
I've got a thousand things to be thankful for after my 500th start on the Senior tour

May 10, 1999
Kelly Dillon, Naperville, Ill.Dillon, a freshman at Bradley, won medalist honors to lead the Braves to their first Missouri Valley Conference title, at WeaverRidge Golf Club in Peoria. Dillon, who...

May 10, 1999 | Alan Shipnuck
One of the coolest things about golf is that the fans are part of the action

May 10, 1999 | Gary Van Sickle
Stuart Appleby was struggling until he took to heart something his late wife used to say