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January 17, 2000 | Volume 92, Issue 2

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Shaquille O'Neal Cover - Sports Illustrated January 17, 2000

January 17, 2000
The reason those jerks in the NFL are so adept at stupid gestures is that they no longer block or tackle.—DICK PERRY, Marcellus, N.Y.

January 17, 2000
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,...

January 17, 2000 | Kelley King
May 9, 1977

January 17, 2000 | John Walters
Highlights

January 17, 2000 | John Walters
During last Saturday's telecast of the Bills-Titans game on ABC, oft-maligned analyst Joe Theismann had a career day in the booth. He was on target throughout but never more than when he insisted...

January 17, 2000 | John Walters
If you simply can't wait until Jan. 30 to watch Super Bowl ads, the Museum of Television & Radio (locations in Los Angeles and New York) has your fix. Through Feb. 13 it's running an exhibit...

January 17, 2000 | Steve Rushin
However gripping, The film about Rubin (Hurricane) Carter's ordeal loses punch by fudging facts

January 17, 2000
Analyze This!A dose of real life might be the cure for John Rocker

January 17, 2000
For 80 million Dominican pesos (about $5 million), you too can live like Sammy Sosa—in a new four-story, 25,800-square-foot mansion built in a style its architect calls a fusion of Spanish...

January 17, 2000
A German scientist—and tennis fan—named a newly discovered species of sea snail Bufonaria borisbeckeri.

January 17, 2000
DICKEY SIMPKINSBulls center, on wearing a jersey that spelled his name SMIPKINS in a game against the Nets: "I thought I was a foreign player."

January 17, 2000
Your first reaction to the news that the Harlem Globetrotters are considering playing Purdue might be, Will Boilermakers coach Gene Keady's hair look better with a bucket of confetti thrown on it?...

January 17, 2000
For complete NFL postseason coverage, including the latest news, rosters, matchups and stats, plus Dr. Z's exclusive divisional playoff forecast, go to cnnsi.com/football.

January 17, 2000 | Lester Munson
The cover of the Senators' season-ticket sales brochure features a player who has yet to see a minute of NHL ice time this season. After demanding $5 million per year more than the $3.6 million...

January 17, 2000 | Michael Silver
The Titans and their ever-ready coach, Jeff Fisher, pulled off a play for the ages as the postseason kicked off in spectacular fashion

January 17, 2000 | Peter King
Playing as if he were still in his prime, Dan Marino led Miami over Seattle with a vintage fourth-quarter drive

January 17, 2000
Two Feet over the RimHarlem Globetrotter Michael (Wild Thing) Wilson is guilty of a little basket hanging against the New York Nationals in a game that the Globies, surprise, won (page 28).

January 17, 2000 | David Fleming
Victory was sweet for a beleaguered but unified Redskins defense, which turned in its best performance of the season to lead Washington's wild-card romp over the Lions

January 17, 2000 | Jack McCallum
Riding the arm of Jeff George and the legs of Robert Smith, the rejuvenated Vikings eliminated the listless Cowboys

January 17, 2000 | Grant Wahl
Freshman Jason Gardner, who led Arizona to an upset of No. 1-ranked Stanford, is the latest in a long line of superb Wildcats playmakers

January 17, 2000 | John Garrity
Tiger Woods kept his streak alive with a can-you-top-this playoff victory in Hawaii

January 17, 2000 | Michael Farber
A decade into the dead-puck era, Penguins star Jaromir Jagr is putting up such big numbers that he brings back memories of the go-go 1980s

January 17, 2000 | Phil Taylor
Elevated by the outsized play of Shaquille O'Neal, the Lakers are looking down on the rest of the NBA

January 17, 2000
THE NHL

January 17, 2000 | Kostya Kennedy
End of the Line?Captain Keith Tkachuk's uncertain status is troubling the Coyotes

January 17, 2000 | Kostya Kennedy
ADAM GRAVESRANGERS LWAt 31 he's one of the longest-tenured New York players (nine seasons), and with two Stanley Cup rings he's a respected leader who has helped nurture the Rangers' young talent....

January 17, 2000 | Pierre McGuire
One reason the surging Avalanche (20-17-5-1 through Sunday) is on top in the Northwest Division is the play of Chris Drury. He has been outstanding centering Milan Hejduk and Alex Tanguay, giving...

January 17, 2000 | Jackie MacMullan
Faith and HopeShareef Abdur-Rahim is doubly devoted—to Islam and the Grizzlies

January 17, 2000 | Jackie MacMullan
There are two reasons Bucks guard Ray Allen secured the final spot on the Olympic team over young stars such as Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter and Allen Iverson. The first is that USA Basketball puts...

January 17, 2000 | Jackie MacMullan
Sparked last week by the return of Toni Kukoc, the Chicago Bulls had their first three-game winning streak of the season and their two largest scoring outbursts, 110 points against Washington and...

January 17, 2000 | Marty Burns
Detroit's Jerome Williams is wearing his father out with his hustling play

January 17, 2000 | Seth Davis
Pistol WhippedToday's top guns average almost 20 points fewer than Pete Maravich did. Why's that?

January 17, 2000 | Seth Davis
It used to be that averaging 35 points or more for a season was almost commonplace. In the 31 seasons from 1947-48 (the first season for which the NCAA lists individual statistics) through...

January 17, 2000 | Seth Davis
Losses by some high-profile teams caused tremors among our top seeds, but in the end they didn't prove earth-shattering. One significant move was made by Arizona, which shifted from the top spot...

January 17, 2000 | Tim Crothers
Whatever can go right usually does for Notre Dame's Troy Murphy

January 17, 2000 | Rick Reilly
Read a good movie lately? Well, get a box of Kleenex, your best date and some Orville Redenbacher's, and try this one.

January 17, 2000
•Five Straight for Tiger WoodsHe sure knows how to get a new season off to a rousing start.

January 17, 2000 | John Garrity
Is your child the next Tiger? The parents who send their kids to the Leadbetter Academy are willing to pay a bundle to find out

January 17, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
David (Duval) Is Now GoliathBody Language

January 17, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
Phil Mickelson, who had won at least one tournament every year during his first six seasons on Tour, was conspicuous by his absence at the Mercedes Championships. If Mickelson, who turns 30 on...

January 17, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
What do these players have in common?

January 17, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
Will Tiger Woods extend his winning streak to five straight at the Mercedes Championships?

January 17, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
Five of the 18 most difficult holes on the LPGA tour last year were at Ibis Golf and Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., site of this week's season-opening Office Depot tournament. Here are the...

January 17, 2000 | Rudy Duran
Tiger has never forgotten the first lesson I taught him as a child: Make sure to have fun