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February 14, 2000 | Volume 92, Issue 6

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Michael Jordan Cover - Sports Illustrated February 14, 2000

February 14, 2000
What about Washington, D.C.? You slighted us, just the way the U.S. Senate does.—JAMES C. THOMPSON, Winter Park, Fla.

February 14, 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,...

February 14, 2000 | Rick Reilly
Welcome to JockLink an Internet connection to your favorite pro sports superstars! Why depend on the biased media? Jock Link sites are updated daily by the athletes themselves! No agents,...

February 14, 2000 | Lars Anderson
August 3, 1981

February 14, 2000 | John Walters
Highlights

February 14, 2000 | John Walters
For many sports fans, the year's shortest month—postfootball, prebaseball—can be the year's longest. This week's fill-in-the-gap programming includes the Winter Gravity Games (NBC, Saturday, 4...

February 14, 2000 | John Walters
Hey now, you're an All-Star, yada yada yada. As the NBA prepares for All-Star weekend, here are sites that are either generated by or focused on All-Stars:

February 14, 2000 | John Walter
No fancy fancier, garrulous Joe Garagiola revels in his role as Westminster's top dog

February 14, 2000 | John Walter
"Hubert is shooting better than anyone in the league right now.... In 1998 he had one of the great rounds by hitting for 24 points in the semifinals.... I'd have to consider him the favorite."

February 14, 2000 | Jeff MacGregor
Invoking one of these gods of sport could render postgame proselytizing a bit more palatable

February 14, 2000
For wall-to-wall coverage of NBA All-Star weekend, including on-site analysis from SI's Marty Burns, go to cnnsi.com/basketball. Plus, send your questions to Phil Taylor's mailbag.

February 14, 2000 | Michael Silver
Is mankind—or Mankind—ready for some WWF football?

February 14, 2000 | Michael Silver
An Olympic team snub deprived him of the chance to dunk at will on hapless Angolans in Sydney next September, but All-Star voters know better, which is why they made Vince Carter this year's top...

February 14, 2000 | Michael Silver
6,000Square feet in the master-bedroom suite of the house Penny Hardaway is building in Windermere, Fla.

February 14, 2000
With Friends Like These...Chief Tamarick Vanover's name has cropped up in a pal's federal drug case

February 14, 2000
Teed Off•Microsoft founder Bill Gates, over complaints by officials of the Vintage Country Club in Indian Wells, Calif., about his wearing a T-shirt when he played there. So irked was the world's...

February 14, 2000
You do, of course—but if you're more brains than brawn, your best bet may be ABC's hit Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Here's a quiz made up of increasingly difficult sports questions that have...

February 14, 2000
In the most important gathering of fuzzy, pantsless animals since the breakup of the Banana Splits, all 16 NHL mascots met in Toronto last Friday for the league's first Mascot Summit. Rarely in...

February 14, 2000
Upon its return from a first-round exit in the African Nations Cup, Ivory Coast's soccer team was locked up for two days on an army base; after the players were released, Gen. Robert Guei, the...

February 14, 2000
MOOKIE BLAYLOCKWarriors guard, 32, on whispers that injuries and age are catching up with him: "I don't care. I'm too old for that stuff."

February 14, 2000
The National PastimeKids in the Dominican Republic are incorrigible in their devotion to baseball, playing anywhere possible, by any means necessary. Here, in the shadow of satellite dishes that...

February 14, 2000
Jason Falitz, Burbank, Calif.Water PoloJason, a senior two-meter man at John Burroughs High and MVP of the Almont League, broke a state single-game record by scoring 26 goals in a 32-1 win over...

February 14, 2000 | Phil Taylor
WHILE THE LEAGUE TAKES A TIMEOUT FOR THE ALL-STAR GAME, SI SIZES UP THE FIRST HALF OF THE SEASON AND BOLDLY PREDICTS WHAT'S IN STORE THE REST OF THE WAY

February 14, 2000 | Phil Taylor
At week's end the eight teams with the best records in each conference all had weaknesses that could be exploited in the postseason. Here's a look at what each of them will have to address to...

February 14, 2000 | Phil Taylor
All the elite players at left have returned from injuries that cost them at least 10 games this season. Through Sunday's games, here's how their teams had done with and without them.

February 14, 2000 | Phil Taylor
They're more good fellows than goodfellas. but Sacramento reserves (from left) Lawrence Funderburke, Darrick Martin, Jon Barry, Predrag Stojakovic and Scot Pollard have performed so well together...

February 14, 2000 | Phil Taylor
Shaquille O'Neal and Tim Duncan, the top two players in last season's ratings*, led again at their respective positions through Sunday. Not far behind them was small forward Kevin Garnett, who was...

February 14, 2000 | Marty Burns
A hotshot draft class is learning the hard way

February 14, 2000 | Jack McCallum
MICHAEL JORDAN LEFT NO DOUBT ABOUT WHO'S GOING TO RUN THE WIZARDS—BOTH ON AND OFF THE COURT

February 14, 2000 | Alan Shipnuck
Just when it looked as if his improbable winning streak would end at Pebble Beach, Tiger Woods roared to the biggest comeback victory of his Tour career

February 14, 2000 | Peter King
Sunseria Keith had been looking forward to Pro Bowl week for a long time, so she was really excited on Jan. 31 as she checked into the Ihilani Resort and Spa outside Honolulu. Her son, Baltimore...

February 14, 2000 | Tim Crothers
Led by emerging star Morris Peterson, the Spartans sent a message that they're ready for a return to the Final Four by trouncing defending champ UConn

February 14, 2000 | Michael Farber
Few NHL players are as affable and widely beloved as the Rangers' Kevin Stevens, but he's lucky to be alive after a hellish night smoking crack with a hooker

February 14, 2000
THE NBAA peek at the All-Star ballot boxMum's the word forTrail Blazers StoudamireHornets back their point

February 14, 2000 | Jackie MacMullan
All-Star Exit PollStephon Marbury and Sam Cassell didn't make the team-and many coaches wonder why

February 14, 2000 | Jackie MacMullan
HORNETS POINT GUARD

February 14, 2000 | Kostya Kennedy
No Block PartyAs the injury to Trent McCleary proved, blocking shots is dangerous

February 14, 2000 | Kostya Kennedy
PAVOL DEMITRABLUES RW

February 14, 2000 | Pierre McGuire
Don't be surprised to see Coyotes power forward Keith Tkachuk, who was nearly traded to the Hurricanes and the Rangers last month, end up with the Devils. New Jersey would most likely keep Tkachuk...

February 14, 2000 | Seth Davis
Rebuilding Year?Not at Duke, which is flying high again behind Chris Carrawell

February 14, 2000 | Seth Davis
Three weeks ago North Carolina tumbled out of thee seedings. This week Kansas, which lost three of four before beating Texas Tech last Saturday, becomes the latest power to fall. Looks like a...

February 14, 2000 | Seth Davis
The suspension of UCLA's JaRon Rush raises doubts about NCAA justice

February 14, 2000 | Jeff Pearlman
Swingman Nate Green has led Indiana State back to respectability

February 14, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
Signing DazeThe nation's top defensive player, D.J. Williams, couldn't decide where to go

February 14, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
Perfecting the Knockdown Three-WoodTiger's Money Shot

February 14, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
The notion that II straight victories by Woods in official Tour events would somehow not measure up to Byron Nelson's streak is laughable. The truth is obvious: 11 in a row on Tour today would...

February 14, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
What do these players have in common?

February 14, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
If you could play one last round, on which course would you play?

February 14, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
SYNONYMS for a TOUR TERMCollapsed because of pressure: blew a gasket, clubs got heavy, dogged it, gagged, gasped for air, went down in flames, went in the tank, got a flat tire, got a hole in the...

February 14, 2000 | Gary Van Sickle
The annual PGA Merchandise Show is like the big attraction in Orlando, Disney World, in that it's all about the latest technology, stylish design and glitzy marketing, with a few Mickey Mouse...

February 14, 2000 | Brian Hull
Caddying for Kevin Costner in the AT&T was a blast, but nothing beats being his partner

February 14, 2000 | Walter Bingham
David Duval made a big mistake by stooping to the level of Phoenix's fans

February 14, 2000
•Never a DoubtBe honest, at what point in the final round at Pebble Beach did you say, "Tiger's got no shot"?

February 14, 2000 | Cameron Morfit
When it comes to going ballistic, tour pros can make the rest of us look like amateurs