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December 11, 2000 | Volume 93, Issue 24

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Lamar Smith Cover - Sports Illustrated December 11, 2000

December 11, 2000
Pro football players making millions of dollars need to watch "Remember the Titans" to help them win?—BRENT BEAL, Keller, Texas

December 11, 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....

December 11, 2000 | Steve Rushin
Whether napping or snapping, athletes offer peculiar motives for their inscrutable acts

December 11, 2000 | John Walters
Highlights

December 11, 2000 | John O'Keefe
Want to get a salary cap guru's take on pro football? Realnfl.com is just your site

December 11, 2000 | John Walters
Despite the surfeit of spectacular games in the first 14 weeks of Monday Night Football, perhaps you've grown weary of play-by-play man Al Michaels and funnyman Dennis Miller vying to out-erudite...

December 11, 2000 | John O'Keefe
CBS airs SI's Sportsman of the Year 2000, hosted by Jim Nantz, on Thursday (10 p.m.). We can't tell you who'll win the amphora that we've awarded since 1954, though we do know that Yankees...

December 11, 2000 | Albert Chen
OCTOBER 7, 1985

December 11, 2000
Hit the hardwood. Seth Davis checks in each Monday with his Hoop Thoughts, and Grant Wahl answers your questions in his college basketball mailbag every Wednesday.

December 11, 2000 | S.L. Price
Why Army-Navy still matters

December 11, 2000 | S.L. Price
William (Bull) Halsey, Navy, 1902-03As fullback, lost to Army twice; as WWII tactical commander in Pacific, defeated Japanese at Leyte Gulf, largest naval battle in history.

December 11, 2000 | Paul Zimmerman
Paul Brown called him "my Louie." He was "one of Dad's favorites," says Bengals president Mike Brown, son of Paul, the legendary Browns coach. "When anyone asked him about Lou Groza, he'd say, 'A...

December 11, 2000 | Paul Zimmerman
20Percent of Spain's fighting bulls that are drugged before entering the ring to make them less dangerous, according to scientists at Salamanca University.

December 11, 2000
Q Tiger Woods hosted the Williams World Challenge last week. What does it mean to host a golf tournament?

December 11, 2000
Burn [n.] Playing time, usually in basketball (e.g., "I've got to get some burn tonight"). Origin unknown, though Syracuse senior guard Allen Griffin, who grew up in Brooklyn, notes that the term...

December 11, 2000
Those seeking refuge from the hot political topic of the day, read no further. Of course chads are relevant to the sports world. The NBA All-Star paper ballot, for instance, requires fans to punch...

December 11, 2000
Named•Pope John Paul II, as an honorary Harlem Globetrotter. In a ceremony that took place in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, the team presented the pope with an autographed ball and a framed...

December 11, 2000
LOOKClose-cropped gladiator 'do; pruned sideburns and mustache; salt-and-pepper soul patch.

December 11, 2000 | Mark Beech
Chris Antley, who was found dead in his Pasadena house last Saturday night at age 34, was one of the most enigmatic figures in horse racing. Undeniably brilliant and engaging at the track, he was...

December 11, 2000
Did you catch Martina Navratilova's surprise cameo last month on NBC's Will and Grace? She played herself during a flashback sequence in which she's dumped by the hard-partying Karen in a 1980s...

December 11, 2000
For $195, visitors to the official website of Maple Leafs enforcer Tie Domi can buy a three-picture sequence showing Domi knocking out the Rangers' Ulf Samuelsson with a sucker punch that earned...

December 11, 2000
CHARLES BARKLEYOn the steroid suspension of Don MacLean, a 6'10", 235-pound Heat forward who played with Barkley in Rockets camp in '99: "I saw him naked. He's not on steroids."

December 11, 2000
Will Hall, AMORY, MISS.FootballHall, a sophomore quarterback at Northwest Mississippi Community College, set a junior college record by throwing nine touchdown passes in a 69-37 win over East...

December 11, 2000
Guidance for those lost in sports

December 11, 2000 | Alexander Wolff
Alarmed that roughness had gotten out of hand, college basketball's rules makers have told referees to crack down so that the game again will be played as it was meant to be

December 11, 2000 | Michael Silver
The Dolphins may play boring football, but they're making an exciting title run in the ferocious AFC East

December 11, 2000 | Michael Silver
Curtis Martin's commitment to excelling for the Jets is equaled only by his desire to find lasting happiness off the field

December 11, 2000 | Ian Thomsen
In his fourth season as majordomo of the Celtics, Rick Pitino has yet to stop screaming or start winning, and he may be laying the groundwork for a midseason exit from the NBA

December 11, 2000
Kick, Two, Three...Aston Villa's Gareth Southgate plays a high ball during an English Premiership match against Everton. Aston Villa won 1-0.

December 11, 2000 | Tom Verducci
Sure, the $88.5 million had a lot to do with Mike Mussina's decision to sign with the Yankees, but it was a call from manager Joe Torre that sealed the deal

December 11, 2000 | Michael Bamberger
Friends and relatives thought they knew Larry Kelley, Yale's famed Heisman Trophy winner—until he took his own life last summer

December 11, 2000
COLLEGE FOOTBALL

December 11, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
Compute ThisThe BCS crunched the numbers, and the result was controversy

December 11, 2000 | Kostya Kennedy
Fleury of GoalsCounseling, among other things, helped Theo Fleury regain his touch

December 11, 2000 | Kostya Kennedy
ROD BRIND'AMOURHURRICANES CAfter a disappointing 22 points in 45 games last season, the 6'1", 202-pounder had only 11 points in 25 games through Sunday, despite averaging more than 22 minutes of...

December 11, 2000 | Pierre McGuire
Director of officiating Andy Van Hellemond deserves credit for remaining vigilant about his anti-slashing campaign. Before last Saturday's Maple Leafs-Rangers game in Toronto, he showed referees...

December 11, 2000 | Richard Hoffer
His Finest HourIn the fight of the year Felix Trinidad proved he's the best in the game by knocking out Fernando Vargas

December 11, 2000 | Peter King
King for a DayKordell Stewart led the Steelers to a surprise win over the Raiders and won over Pittsburgh fans—for now

December 11, 2000 | Peter King
The broncos are bracing themselves for the retirement at season's end of 59-year-old offensive line coach Alex Gibbs, who annually takes one of the league's smallest lines and makes it one of the...

December 11, 2000 | Peter King
My Two Cents

December 11, 2000 | Paul Zimmerman
When the preseason Super Bowl forecasts came out, you had to scroll down the list to find the defending champion Rams. What was the knock? Some said it would be tough for Kurt Warner to match his...

December 11, 2000 | Rick Reilly
You thought there was a boatload of cheaters at the Sydney Olympics? You should've seen what happened when the Games were over. That's when the worst cheaters of all arrived—the paralympians.