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October 23, 2000 | Volume 93, Issue 16

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Rich Gannon Cover - Sports Illustrated October 23, 2000

October 23, 2000 | Paul Zimmerman
It's time to get serious about this St. Louis phenomenon and ask the question: Can anyone stop the Rams? Surely some eager defensive coordinator is thirsting for a chance to make his reputation...

October 23, 2000 | Rick Reilly
In this corner, Mike Tyson wants to eat your children. In that corner, Andrew Golota wants to keep you from having children. In the middle, 5'8", 172-pound referee Frank Garza Jr. stands in his...

October 23, 2000
I can't buy you a drink, Al McGuire, but I'm sure going to drink to you.—BOB SWERCHECK, Slatington, Pa.

October 23, 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 23, 2000 | Lars Anderson
OCTOBER 2, 1972

October 23, 2000 | Steve Rushin
Allen Iverson's controversial rap CD blares an ugly worldview at odds with his cushy lifestyle

October 23, 2000 | John Walters
Highlights

October 23, 2000 | John Walters
Meet Joe Buck. His dad, Hall of Fame baseball and football broadcaster Jack Buck, you already know. His mother, Carol, who in her bachelorette days portrayed sexpot secretary Hedy LaRue on...

October 23, 2000 | John Walters
The web brings you the Paralympics from Australia in real time

October 23, 2000 | John Walters
Nobody planned it—nobody could—but only 57 seconds elapsed between the final pitch of last Saturday's Cardinals-Mets Game 3 and the first pitch of Mariners-Yankees Game 4. Speaking of Game 4,...

October 23, 2000
It's time to revise the list of the greatest records in sports history

October 23, 2000
Walter Payton, 275 rushing yards in a game, 1977.Just last week two players rushed for 200-plus. Payton's mark isn't far off.

October 23, 2000
Last week, after deliberating for a little more than two hours, a jury of five women and three men awarded $2 million in punitive damages to Heather Sue Mercer, the placekicker who sued Duke...

October 23, 2000
During the playoffs we've watched Roger Clemens dominate with his splitter and Al Leiter set hitters down with a cutter. As diehard fans we're clear on the difference between the two pitches,...

October 23, 2000
6'10", 517Height and weight of Reny Nunes, a senior two-way lineman for Roselle Park (N.J.) High.

October 23, 2000
On Nov. 3 The Legend of Bagger Vance, starring Matt Damon as a washed-up golfer and Will Smith as a mystical caddie, hits movie theaters. We enlisted real-life caddie Alfred (Rabbit) Dyer, 63, who...

October 23, 2000
(Q) What are those garish ribbons being worn by the Fox sportscasting crew during baseball's postseason?

October 23, 2000
Added•By Little League Baseball International, a softball division for boys aged five to 18, in part "to protect the integrity" of girls' softball. There was an uproar at this year's softball...

October 23, 2000
Former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne and longtime NFL tight end Russ Francis—Republican candidates for Congress from Nebraska and Hawaii, respectively—are the latest in a long line of sports...

October 23, 2000
Ah, autumn, when the air is filled with falling leaves and wedding news. The latest buzz is that Kobe Bryant will soon marry his 18-year-old fiancée, Vanessa Laine (below, with Bryant). Bryant,...

October 23, 2000
Women's Olympic marathon champion Naoko Takahashi of Japan revealed that she boosts her stamina for races by drinking the stomach juices of three-inch-long killer hornets that can travel 60 miles...

October 23, 2000
BOB PLAGERFormer St. Louis Blue, now the team's director of professional scouting: "We had concussions when we played, too—only we called them hangovers."

October 23, 2000
Kate Hagstrom, PORTOLA, CALIF.VolleyballHagstrom, a senior setter at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, became the fourth woman in Division III history with 400 service aces after she nailed nine...

October 23, 2000
Guidance for those lost in sports

October 23, 2000 | Michael Silver
With a last-minute victory over the archrival Chief, the surprising 5-1 Raiders showed that they are once again a force to be recknoed with

October 23, 2000 | Grant Wahl
Playing with a painful knee injury, Chris Armas gave his all in a World Cup qualifier and the MLS final—and came up empty

October 23, 2000 | Tom Verducci
With Gotham transfixed by the prospect of a Subway Series, the Mets got through the turnstile by beating the Cardinals while the Yankees took command over the Mariners

October 23, 2000
Follow our pitch-by-pitch coverage of the World Series, with exclusive on-the-scene analysis by SI's Tom Verducci, Stephen Cannella and Jeff Pearlman.

October 23, 2000 | Stephen Cannella
Roger Clemens Delivers a Gem in the Postseason

October 23, 2000
Tell DuqueThe Mariners' Alex Rodriguez breaks for second base as the Yankees' Orlando Hernandez delivers a pitch in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series (page 48).

October 23, 2000 | Austin Murphy
In only its second season under Bob Stoops, Oklahoma knocked off No. 2 Kansas State, serving notice that it's back on the road to glory

October 23, 2000 | William Nack
Bill Mazeroski's epic home run 40 years ago capped the wackiest World Series of them all

October 23, 2000
COLLEGE FOOTBALL

October 23, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
A Real Eye-OpenerJolted awake by a loss to Penn State, Purdue has soared to first place in the Big Ten

October 23, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
•Virginia Tech (6-0) at Syracuse (3-3)Hokies coach Frank Beamer has won 17 consecutive regular-season games and three of the last five Big East Conference titles. But he's 0-5 in the Carrier Dome....

October 23, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
Derrick Walker is too used to handling difficult roles. He succeeded former Kansas State star and current New England Patriots backup Michael Bishop as quarterback at Blinn (Texas) Junior College....

October 23, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
Minnesota junior quarterback Travis Cole, who replaced freshman Asad Abdul-Khaliq as the starter on Sept. 30, practiced so poorly four days before the Gophers' game at Ohio State last Saturday...

October 23, 2000 | Marty Burns
Notre Dame's Shane Walton chose football over a promising soccer career

October 23, 2000 | Michael Farber
Winning in StyleIt's not just that Patrick Roy has a record number of wins, it's how he won 'em

October 23, 2000 | Michael Farber
ANSON CARTERBRUINS RWThe 26-year-old Toronto native is a physical player who has nifty skills and is coming off a 22-goal season. He's not playing because of a contract dispute and says, "Maybe...

October 23, 2000 | Pierre McGuire
Canadiens wing Dainius Zubrus scored his first NHL hat trick in a 5-4 win over the Blackhawks last Saturday, but four nights earlier his teammates weren't so thrilled with him. Immediately...

October 23, 2000 | Seth Davis
Back to SchoolCan John Calipari rebuild Memphis's once proud reputation?

October 23, 2000 | Seth Davis
Utah Coach Rick Majerus apparently doesn't think much of the prognosticating of the journalists who cover the Mountain West Conference. When asked about a media poll that picked the Utes to win...

October 23, 2000 | Peter King
Labor of LoveJunior Seau, the consummate pro, pushes on for the lowly Chargers

October 23, 2000 | Peter King
Owners are leaning toward adopting a balanced schedule when Houston enters the league in 2002, meaning the idea of so-called rivalry scheduling—giving each team one game a season against a natural...

October 23, 2000
My Two Cents

October 23, 2000
Headache.The Cowboys' Troy Aikman ranks dead last in the league in passer rating, with a 38.5 mark. After a five-interception disaster against the Giants, it's worth asking if Aikman, a month shy...