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October 09, 2000 | Volume 93, Issue 14

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Kurt Warner Cover - Sports Illustrated October 09, 2000

October 09, 2000 | Jeffri Chadiha
Back In StrideThe Titans showed their championship form of last season, running roughshod over the Giants

October 09, 2000 | Jeffri Chadiha
Second-year wideout Terrence Wilkins is emerging as a solid complement to Colts All-Pro Marvin Harrison. After missing the first two games with a concussion, Wilkins had a career-high nine...

October 09, 2000 | Jeffri Chadiha
Greenbacks. Dennis Green had the last laugh on those who have questioned his personnel moves, such as starting quarterback Daunte Culpepper this year. Last week Vikings owner Red Mc-Combs gave...

October 09, 2000 | Jeffri Chadiha
The license plate of...

October 09, 2000 | Jeffri Chadiha
"You have to experience winning close games in order to win close games."—STEELERS LINEBACKER LEVON KIRKLAND

October 09, 2000 | Peter King
My Two Cents

October 09, 2000 | Paul Zimmerman
I see three games heavy with playoff implications this week—Baltimore at Jacksonville, Tampa Bay at Minnesota and Buffalo at Miami—and a weirdly similar pattern runs through all three. Each...

October 09, 2000 | Stephen Cannella
Dinger Drop-offHomers began the year with a bang but ended with a (relative) whimper

October 09, 2000 | Stephen Cannella
One of the Dodgers' priorities this winter will be re-signing righthander Darren Dreifort, who can become a free agent. Dreifort, a bit of a disappointment during his first three seasons, drove...

October 09, 2000 | Stephen Cannella
Most players take a year or two of seasoning before fully blossoming—think of the stars who emerged this year, like Royals first baseman-designated hitter Mike Sweeney (.333 average, 144 RBIs),...

October 09, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
Out of the WoodsOregon's teams moved atop the Pac-10 with victories over Washington and USC

October 09, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
•Florida State (5-0) at Miami (3-1)Hurricanes coach Butch Davis is 0 for 5 against the Seminoles, with none of the losses by fewer than 10 points. Florida State coach Bobby Bowden is wondering...

October 09, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
North Carolina senior tight end Alge Crumpler caught his first touchdown pass in three years last Saturday—a 59-yarder from quarterback Ronald Curry—and had one other catch for 11 yards in the Tar...

October 09, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
At least one Maryland player could claim success against Florida State. Senior tailback LaMont Jordan raced 74 yards for a touchdown—the longest run against the Seminoles in four years—for the...

October 09, 2000 | Alan Shipnuck
Arizona State's Todd Heap knows how to cause a stir—on and off the field

October 09, 2000 | Kelvin C. Bias
MAY 4, 1981

October 09, 2000 | Rick Reilly
Do you own a riding mower even though your lawn is approximately the size of an Amish quilt? Do you wax your mower in front of the neighbors? Have you stopped hiding Penthouse under your socks in...

October 09, 2000
There was no need to put the SI cover jinx on Ryan Leaf. He'll screw up on his own.—DANIEL CLEETON, Knoxville, Tenn.

October 09, 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, 135 West 50th Street, New York, N.Y....

October 09, 2000 | Steve Rushin
In Sydney athletes, spectators and the media gleefully savaged everyone—including themselves

October 09, 2000 | John Walters
Highlights

October 09, 2000 | John O'Keefe
Rock Fans devour VH1's Behind the Music. The starstruck are glued to E! True Hollywood Story. The cable granddaddy of 'em all, A&E's Biography, has its dedicated audience. Now, sports fans who...

October 09, 2000 | John Walters
A rookie online service lets you invest in rookie cards as you do stocks

October 09, 2000 | John Walters
ESPN's College Gameday travels to a different game each week, and analyst Lee Corso has picked the victor of that game 16 consecutive times, dating back to the beginning of last season. This...

October 09, 2000
Who soared and who stumbled at the Olympics

October 09, 2000
Mariana Canillas, Paraguay, 106'0", women's discus. Her toss fell a mere 118' 4¾" behind winner Ellina Zvereva's.

October 09, 2000
Olympic Edition

October 09, 2000
$43,664Winning bid for a stuffed Fatso the Fat-arsed Wombat, unofficial Games mascot, in Olympic Aid's online charity auction.

October 09, 2000
Now for a public service announcement: "If your kid goes out and blows somebody's head off because Allen Iverson has said he was going to blow somebody's head off on wax, then you're doing a bad...

October 09, 2000
Surprised to see lawyer Johnnie Cochran turn up at steroid-tainted shot-putter C.J. Hunter's side in Sydney? Don't be. History has shown that the man who made his name defending O.J. Simpson is...

October 09, 2000
Settled•A lawsuit brought by former middleweight champ Joey Giardello against makers of the The Hurricane. Giardello said the film wrongly portrayed him as an undeserving victor over Rubin...

October 09, 2000
Anna Watch

October 09, 2000
Baseball awards come and go, but cite a ballplayer for his bachelor lifestyle and it really goes to his head. Chicago magazine recently named White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko one of the city's...

October 09, 2000
Injury reports on Bills' radio broadcasts are sponsored by the law offices of Siegel, Kelleher & Kahn, "the personal injury attorneys."

October 09, 2000
BOBBY HIGGINSONTigers outfielder, on his candidacy for comeback player of the year: "I didn't really go anywhere. I just stunk."

October 09, 2000 | Michael Bamberger
Companies compete to get sports products cameo roles as props in movies

October 09, 2000 | Jeff Pearlman
Lui Passaglia, the CFL's George Blanda, will hang up his tee after 25 seasons

October 09, 2000 | Ron Fimrite
Beer and Circusby Murray SperberHenry Holt & Company, $26

October 09, 2000 | Franz Lidz
Before the Zoo There Was a Coop

October 09, 2000
Guidance for those lost in sports

October 09, 2000
Scott Masingill, PAYETTE, IDAHOGolfMasingill, 49, a sales representative, shot an eight-under 208 to win his eighth state amateur—more than any other player in Idaho history—at the Scotch Pines...

October 09, 2000 | Gary Smith
Sydney was the scene of brilliant fireworks in the air and at the venues, even as the shadow of drugs darkened these Games and the future of the Olympics

October 09, 2000 | Tim Layden
The best-laid plans of some of track's best performers blew up in Sydney, and the reasons weren't always easily explained

October 09, 2000 | Tim Layden
The scene looked so familiar: A small, birdlike man ran laps around the Olympic track. His chest was thrust forward beneath the green singlet of Ethiopia. His teeth were bared, his eyes wide and...

October 09, 2000
For complete NHL team rosters, schedules, stats and scores, go to cnnsi.com/hockey. Plus, send your questions to Kostya Kennedy's NHL mailbag.

October 09, 2000 | Jack McCallum
By beating the unbeatable Karelin, U.S. farm boy Rulon Gardner reaped a stunning golden harvest

October 09, 2000 | Kelli Anderson
Against a tough field, U.S. ace Lisa Fernandez kept her cool and delivered when it counted most

October 09, 2000 | Brian Cazeneuve
Steven Lopez, from a family of taekwondo experts, earned the U.S.'s first gold medal in the sport

October 09, 2000 | Brian Cazeneuve
Britain's Steven Redgrave, the greatest oarsman ever, isn't the retiring type

October 09, 2000
Exhaust FumesOlympic decathletes take a seat or a knee or a full-blown flop after completing the 1,500 meters, the final event of their competition.

October 09, 2000 | Alexander Wolff
Teresa Edwards may not have next, but she does have a fourth Olympic title as testament to her unyielding will

October 09, 2000 | Michael Farber
Righty Ben Sheets, 22, breezed through Cuba's veteran lineup with the greatest of cheese and then was hailed in his future home, Milwaukee

October 09, 2000 | Brian Cazeneuve
The Netherlands' Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel fought her way back from anorexia to become the most decorated female cyclist at a single Games

October 09, 2000 | Peter King
The Rams' Kurt Warner is putting on the greatest air show in NFL history

October 09, 2000 | Mark Bechtel
As the season came to a rousing end, the fate of the young A's rested on the hot bat and cool influence of MVP hopeful Jason Giambi

October 09, 2000 | Tom Verducci
With a playoff berth on the line, the Mariners needed a resolute Alex Rodriguez to snap out of a 3-for-29 swoon and lead them

October 09, 2000 | John Garrity
A hundred-yard-plus rushing average is the least impressive credential on the résumé of Colorado freshman Marcus Houston

October 09, 2000
When experts convened to discuss the state of the NHL, the ideas ranged from a one-game Stanley Cup final to junking the red line to disarming the players

October 09, 2000
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