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December 13, 1999 | Volume 91, Issue 23

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Dan Marino Cover - Sports Illustrated December 13, 1999

December 13, 1999 | Rick Reilly
Good evening! We're here at the new Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers, to play the wildly popular game show Who Wants to Be a Virgin?

December 13, 1999
What's so funny about Rick Reilly's article on the 4,008 reasons why he hates the Yankees is that those are the same reasons that I love them.—JOHN F. PORTELLE, Staten Island, N.Y.

December 13, 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,...

December 13, 1999 | Bill Colson, Managing Editor
While SI has printed many groundbreaking stories in recent years—on topics ranging from the abuse of performance-enhancing drugs to professional athletes' neglecting their out-of-wedlock...

December 13, 1999 | John Walters
Highlights

December 13, 1999 | John Walters
In the spirit of Sunday's VH-I Fashion Awards, we dole out our year-end Dapper Zapper Awards. Best Dressed On-Air Talent: Harold Reynolds, ESPN. Hippest Hairdo: the dreadlock, as sported by...

December 13, 1999 | John Walters
When the matter is Heisman promotion, college sports information departments are bustling hives of creativity. With the trophy to be awarded on Saturday, we evaluate some current Heisman...

December 13, 1999 | John Walter
With Pete Rose batting leadoff for a new sports Web site, the hits just kept on coming

December 13, 1999 | John Walter
ESPNBy resolving its dispute and extending its deal with Major League Baseball, the cable network keeps baseball (and the many hours of programming it supplies) through the 2005 season.

December 13, 1999 | Steve Rushin
Our Men of the Millennium? The intrepid inventors of the sports fan's most indispensable accessory

December 13, 1999 | Alan Shipnuck
Who'll stop American hooligans before it's too late?

December 13, 1999 | Alan Shipnuck
After three arrests and five suspensions in six NBA seasons, Isaiah Rider swooped from Portland to Atlanta this year. He was late to camp, missed the Hawks' season opener and bitched about his...

December 13, 1999 | Alan Shipnuck
$50,000Cost of high-speed phone lines at Duke that let students use their laptops while waiting in line for basketball tickets.

December 13, 1999
Jocks Stand UpStar-crossed Columbine High wins a state title

December 13, 1999
Housed•Tae-Bo impresario Paul Monea, who paid $1.3 million for Mike Tyson's 62-acre estate in Southington, Ohio. The 25,000-square-foot house on the property features a 10,000-square-foot pool...

December 13, 1999
Daredevil Felix Baumgartner, 30, of Salzburg, Austria, spent the night of Dec. 2-3 hiding from security guards at the base of the 125-foot statue of Jesus that towers over Rio de Janeiro. Just...

December 13, 1999
The $24.95 Stadium Pal—essentially a condom attached to a plastic bag worn under the pants-lets male football fans urinate without leaving their seats.

December 13, 1999
LA'ROI GLOVERSaints defensive tackle, on the 49ers: "That team without Steve Young is like Earth, Wind and no Fire. It's like Kool and no Gang."

December 13, 1999
For complete college bowl coverage, including the latest news, rosters, team pages, matchups and stats, plus analysis from SI's Ivan Maisel, go to cnnsi.com/football/college.

December 13, 1999 | Gary Smith
Australia's bigwigs blush over a scandal while its women's soccer team bares all

December 13, 1999 | E.M. Swift
John Mayasich was a wizard on ice but never got a shot to prove it in the NHL

December 13, 1999 | Brian Cazeneuve
Record-breaking 15-year-old Megan Quann has put older rivals in a pickle

December 13, 1999 | Gene Menez
The next generation of simulations is a couple of jukes closer to the real thing

December 13, 1999 | Richard Hoffer
Fernando Vargas took some lumps but kept his IBF junior middleweight title

December 13, 1999 | Deborah Moss
Last week Tori Murden became the first woman to row across the Atlantic

December 13, 1999 | Richard Deitsch
As she steered her Mercedes sedan along Knoxville's Alcoa Highway last week following the Tennessee women's 72-66 win over Purdue, coach Pat Summitt sounded worried. "I'm concerned about my team,"...

December 13, 1999
Nick Pertuit, Billings, Mont.SoccerNick, a junior at Billings Senior High, led the state with 47 points and 16 goals in sparking the Broncs to a 14-0 season and the Montana championship. The team...

December 13, 1999 | Michael Silver
Dan Marino flashed his old brilliance but couldn't save Miami from a crippling loss to the Colts that further dimmed his fading hopes of a Super Bowl title

December 13, 1999 | L. Jon Wertheim
Though they're every bit as bad as their 1-14 record, the Bulls are still a red-hot ticket in Chicago, and their financial picture couldn't be rosier

December 13, 1999 | Grant Wahl
Here's a switch! New-breed are hazing their elders by winning games and collecting MVP awards

December 13, 1999 | Grant Wahl
It has been hard to find a top team this season without a freshman who's making a significant contribution. Each of these 15 first-year players has had an impact that belied his youthfulness. (All...

December 13, 1999 | Michael Bamberger
Back home and richer by $84 million, is immersing himself in two traditions: Dodgers baseball and Judaism

December 13, 1999 | Michael Bamberger
In 1999 Shawn Green became the 13th player in big league history to hit 40 or more home runs and steal 20 or more bases in a single season. Add a Gold Glove, and the club gets even more exclusive....

December 13, 1999 | Michael Farber
The Sharks are no longer going in circles thanks to a core of forwards under age 25 who form the NHL's most talented young quintet

December 13, 1999
BACKSTAGE, FOLLOWINGSports Illustrated's 20th Century Sports Awards show last Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, 19 of the attending athletes sat for SI photographer Walter Iooss Jr. as he...

December 13, 1999
THE NFL

December 13, 1999 | Peter King
Batter UpBelieving he has some unfinished business, Deion Sanders is eyeing a return to baseball

December 13, 1999 | Peter King
1. Vermeil Weeps"It's an [gulp, pause] unbelievable [catch in the throat, pause] feeling," Rams coach Dick Vermeil managed to say after the franchise made the playoffs for the first time since...

December 13, 1999 | David Fleming
Ravens running back Errict Rhett is making the most of a second chance

December 13, 1999 | Paul Zimmerman
They rise up every December, and they take their place in history. They are spoilers, teams that have no chance at postseason glory—many of them don't even have a shot at a winning record—yet they...

December 13, 1999 | Kostya Kennedy
Kids' StuffAndy Murray, a high school coach just last year, has Los Angeles playing with youthful enthusiasm

December 13, 1999 | Kostya Kennedy
MIKE KEENANUNEMPLOYED COACHIn 14 seasons Iron Mike, 50, whipped three teams into the finals and won the Stanley Cup with the Rangers. His career record is 506-372-117, but he was 83-105-35 over...

December 13, 1999 | Pierre McGuire
Credit for the Flyers' turnaround (16-3-3-0 from Oct. 17 through Sunday following an 0-5-1-1 start) should go to coach Roger Neilson and defenseman Ulf Samuelsson, who was signed as a free agent...

December 13, 1999 | Ivan Maisel
Roarin' to Be a TigerIt didn't take Nick Saban long to decide he'd rather be the kingpin in Louisiana than continue to play second fiddle in Michigan

December 13, 1999 | Ivan Maisel
Plenty of attention has been given to Virginia Tech, the first team since Florida State in 1993 to finish first in scoring offense and scoring defense. Now lend an ear to the stories behind the...

December 13, 1999 | S.L. Price
New Trail Blazer is happy in piney Portland, but he is still dogged by questions about past missteps