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January 31, 2000 | Volume 92, Issue 4

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Jevon Kearse Cover - Sports Illustrated January 31, 2000

January 31, 2000
To Ron Dayne: For your poem alone, you deserve the Heisman.—SCOTT HILLMAN, Dublin, Pa.

January 31, 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 31, 2000 | Kelley King
February 27, 1967

January 31, 2000 | John Walters
SATURDAY 1/29

January 31, 2000 | John Walters
Fox choked—big time—after Sunday's NFC Championship Game. Given approximately 30 minutes to dissect the Rams' 11-6 victory, not one of the seven Fox commentators mentioned the controversial...

January 31, 2000 | John Walters
According to ABC, Super Bowl XXXIV is expected to draw a domestic audience of 130 million. Facing ratings annihilation, some other networks have already surrendered (NBC, The Beautician and the...

January 31, 2000 | Noah Liberman
The Web will be In the thick of the action in Atlanta—and you can even play along

January 31, 2000 | Noah Liberman
College football's signing day on Rivals100.comNext Wednesday, beginning at 10 a.m., Rivals100.com will conduct a 12-hour chat about who won the recruiting wars, with an hour devoted to each of...

January 31, 2000 | Steve Rushin
Greed! Violence! Lobster bisque! Here's how a sports channel might juice up the February ratings period

January 31, 2000 | Michael Farber
Can the commissioner's new powers heal baseball?

January 31, 2000 | Michael Farber
0NFL teams whose only three losses had been to one club, before the Jaguars fell to the Titans on Sunday.

January 31, 2000 | Michael Farber
Hanging in the office of Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher is a photo of a jubilant Bears rookie celebrating with an NFL immortal. The rookie, a scrappy cornerback, is Fisher, who in 1981—minus the...

January 31, 2000 | Phil Taylor
Future Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas faces his toughest challenge

January 31, 2000 | Phil Taylor
Scuffles at home games of the East Coast Hockey League's New Orleans Brass are now called Regency Rumbles for the Ford dealer that obtained sponsorship rights to the fights.

January 31, 2000 | Phil Taylor
OSCAR DE LA HOYAFormer welterweight champion, after hearing that Derrell Coley was accusing De La Hoya of ducking him: "Ducking him? I don't even know who he is."

January 31, 2000
Ticked OffHeavy metal has-beens Twisted Sister, who have asked the Braves not to play their song I Wanna Roek when slur-spewing closer John Rocker takes the hill. "We've got Hispanics in this...

January 31, 2000 | Don Yaeger
The Hall of Fame brotherhood unites for a common cause

January 31, 2000
James Woodall, Pittston, Pa.WrestlingJames, a senior at Pittston High, was unbeaten in six matches as he won the 160-pound class at the Mid Atlantic Classic. The Patriots finished 17th in the team...

January 31, 2000
To all collegiate athletes too macho, too scared or too drunk to haze and tell, let events at the University of Vermont serve as a warning. Corey LaTulippe, a walk-on goalie, says that he and...

January 31, 2000 | Michael Silver
Turning the Jaguar's rap lyric against them, the upstart Titans danced past Jacksonville and into their first Super Bowl

January 31, 2000 | Peter King
With their offense stymied and time running out, the Rams kept their miracle season alive on a dramatic catch by an unlikely receiver

January 31, 2000 | Paul Zimmerman
A potent passing game—the Ram's strong suit and the Titan's weak spot—gives St. Louis the edge in their match

January 31, 2000 | Jackie MacMullan
Despite the concerns of the Spurs, kidney transplant survivor Sean Elliott is determined to return to the court this season

January 31, 2000 | Seth Davis
Scoonie Penn of Ohio State made the big plays—including a crucial block—as the surging Buckeyes beat Michigan State and St. John's

January 31, 2000 | S.L. Price
Whether the latest rumors link him to the Russian mob or to Anna Kournikova, Panthers scoring sensation Pavel Bure is at the center of attention in gossip-hungry South Florida—and he's loving...

January 31, 2000
Titan SecurityJaguars defensive back Fernando Bryant lets his guard down and is called for interference on Titans receiver Kevin Dyson in the third quarter of their AFC Championship Game, which...

January 31, 2000
OLYMPIC SPORTSHSI, the full-service track clubSkiing's fiercest challengeFirst couple of speed skating

January 31, 2000 | Tim Layden
Ace of ClubsTop track enclave HSI keeps its athletes up to speed on and off the oval

January 31, 2000 | Brian Cazeneuve
Unlikely speed skating stars KC Boutiette and Jennifer Rodriguez pair up

January 31, 2000 | Kostya Kennedy
Heads UpA third concussion in 22 months has clouded Eric Lindros's future

January 31, 2000 | Kostya Kennedy
JOE THORNTONBRUINS CBoston selected the rugged 6'4" 220-pounder with the No. I pick in the 1997 draft and then nurtured him his first two seasons, in which he totaled 19 goals. This year he had 12...

January 31, 2000 | Pierre McGuire
Aki Berg, a hard-nosed 22-year-old, has emerged as a solid defenseman in his fourth NHL season, but don't be surprised if the Kings deal him. Last season Berg played in Finland because he was a...

January 31, 2000 | Jackie MacMullan
Webb FeatSacramento's Chris Webber is finally letting his play do all the talking

January 31, 2000 | Jackie MacMullan
Teams are in hot pursuit of 76ers second-year guard Larry Hughes. The Heat was leading the derby with an offer of Jamal Mashburn, but Miami coach Pat Riley pulled back when he couldn't figure out...

January 31, 2000 | John O'Keefe
Unassuming point guard Eric Snow is setting the tempo for the 76ers

January 31, 2000 | Seth Davis
Down at The HeelsFour straight losses ended North Carolina's run in the Top 25. Is its streak in the NCAAs next?

January 31, 2000 | Seth Davis
Sure, parity is the order of the day in the college game, but this is getting ridiculous. Fourteen teams in the AP Top 25 lost a total of 17 games last week, with nine of those losses coming on...

January 31, 2000 | B.J. Schecter
Detroit's Rashad Phillips wants to slay a few more giants before he's done

January 31, 2000 | Rick Reilly
Due to unforeseen circumstances, it looks like we're going to have to hold another Super Bowl, the sporting event that is to excitement what Rosie O'Donnell is to the thong bikini. This year,...

January 31, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
Identical twins in sports are more likely to be a source of diversion than domination, but the sister act of Aree and Naree Wongluekiet, the 13-year-old look-alikes from Thailand, could change...

January 31, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
Notah Begay has every reason to be ashamed. His second DUI arrest in five years is a huge blow to Native Americans. Begay says he wants to be a role model, but his behavior has reinforced a...

January 31, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
A college pollster tries his hand at golf

January 31, 2000 | Beverly Klass
Think the Wongluekiets are young? I was forced to play LPGA events at age nine

January 31, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
As an endorser, John Daly hasn't run with the big dogs since he walked away from an $8 million deal with Callaway in September. Now, though, he's hoping that a new venture, John Daly Enterprises,...

January 31, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
Jeff Klauk, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.Klauk, 22, won the 74th Lakewood Invitational with a tournament-record 21-under 267. Klauk's score was four shots better than the previous best, set last year by...

January 31, 2000
•Comedy Central Jesper Parnevik, the son of a famed comedian, had the last laugh at the Hope.

January 31, 2000 | Alan Shipnuck
As Casey Martin made his debut as a PGA Tour pro at the Hope, reporters hung on his every word, but the fans had moved on

January 31, 2000 | Allen Shipnuck
The Bob Hope Classic always promises a shootout, and this year's was a dandy. Two of them, in fact. Jesper Parnevik fired the first shot during the opening round on Jan. 19, wearing...