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November 16, 1998 | Volume 89, Issue 20

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Ricky Williams Cover - Sports Illustrated November 16, 1998

November 16, 1998 | Rick Reilly
Somewhere between making TIME and the ABC World News Tonight and getting turned into the kind of cuddly American hero people want to hang from their rearview mirrors, Doug Flu-tie lost his baby.

November 16, 1998 | Mark Beech
September 1, 1986

November 16, 1998
Umpires are like dairy cows. The bottom 20% should be culled each year.Al Oppedal, Ruthven, Iowa

November 16, 1998
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,...

November 16, 1998 | John Walters
DON'T MISSSaturday 11/14Nebraska at Kansas State•ABC & PPV, 3:30 PMMasquerading as a man with a reason/My charade is the event of the season. So sang the rock group Kansas, and we may find out...

November 16, 1998 | John Walters
2.8Overnight rating for NBC's Breeders' Cup telecast last Saturday, reversing a two-year slide. The Classic (the final half hour) rated a 3.9.

November 16, 1998 | John Walters
With the start of the NBA season delayed by the lockout, the only pro basketball you can see on TV is the ABL—if you look hard. Fox Sports Net is scheduled to carry II ABL games (the next: Nov....

November 16, 1998 | Steve Rushin
Governor-elect Jesse Ventura's gigs on sports radio helped give him a stunning hold on voters

November 16, 1998
J.R. House, Nitro, W.Va.FootballJ.R., a senior quarterback at Nitro High, broke the national high school record for career passing yardage, with 12,132. He was also the record holder for career...

November 16, 1998 | Richard Hoffer
A traditionalist wonders when the kids will get bored with all the boardin'

November 16, 1998 | Richard Hoffer
•That Goldberg and Dennis Rodman don't get any ideas from the campaign of Jesse (the Gov) Ventura.

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Departments

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SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and CNN team up on the Internet to offer up-to-the-minute sports news. Cram for the college basketball season: Check out our exclusive conference previews, cast your vote for...

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November 16, 1998
15,000Tickets given away by winless University of Cincinnati to lure fans into Nippert Stadium for a nationally televised game against East Carolina.

November 16, 1998
Ski Antarctica

November 16, 1998
The NFL ranks quarterbacks by passer rating, a stat so arcane that most fans simply judge signal-callers by their yardage totals. But those numbers can be padded by receivers who catch five-yard...

November 16, 1998
Being point man for the owners in the ongoing labor negotiations has been a hair-raising experience for NBA commissioner David Stern...in more ways than one. A few other sports celebs have also...

November 16, 1998
A Stone Mountain, Ga., man was arrested and charged with murder after he used tickets taken from the three victims to treat himself and two friends to the Oct. 18 Atlanta Falcons-New Orleans...

November 16, 1998
TYSON WALTEROhio State tackle, declining to speculate on why the Buckeyes lost to Michigan State: "I don't get paid to think like that; I get paid to do what they tell me."

November 16, 1998 | L. Jon Wertheim
There's a hot resale market for fetid old sneakers

November 16, 1998 | L. Jon Wertheim
The NBA is grounded and college basketball doesn't start hopping until January, which leaves sports fans on ice for the next few months. Skate over to these sites to immerse yourself in hockey's...

November 16, 1998 | Kelli Anderson
The U.S. team was a together bunch during coach Bruce Arena's debut

November 16, 1998 | David Davis
An unlikely hero sustained hope for Japanese-Americans interned in World War II

November 16, 1998 | Merrell Noden
The NCAAs will be run across Bob Timmons's farm

November 16, 1998 | L. Jon Wertheim
Not that long ago self-effacing surgeon Eric Heiden was an Olympic hero

November 16, 1998 | Ron Fimrite
Raise the Roofby Pat Summitt with Sally JenkinsBroadway Books, $25

November 16, 1998 | L. Jon Wertheim
This time it was Michigan State that got between top-ranked Ohio State and the national championship

November 16, 1998
Like White on......oh, never mind! Panthers safety Brent Alexander gave 49ers receiver Jerry Rice a little much room during the Miners' 25-23 win.

November 16, 1998 | Tim Layden
Texas's is closing in on the career rushing record, but that's not all that ranks his performance this season among the best ever by a running back

November 16, 1998 | Jack McCallum
As the NBA lockout dragged on, irrepressible free agent and All-Star played pickup, did Letterman and pondered ways to win back the fans

November 16, 1998 | Paul Zimmerman
Every opponent knows they're coming, but defensive coordinators still go crazy trying to stop them

November 16, 1998 | Gerry Callahan
(left) and have little in common, save that they're big-time talents who are the future of the Bruins

November 16, 1998
HORSE RACINGAwesome Again is exactly that in the Breeders' Cup ClassicDa Man behind Da Hoss's stunning comebackCigar put out to a lonely pasture

November 16, 1998 | William Nack
A Classic FinishAwesome Again lived up to his name in a wild Breeders' Cup finale

November 16, 1998 | Ed Hinton
The King and IA third title in hand, Jeff Gordon is on pace to break Richard Petty's marks

November 16, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
Former Red Sox slugger Mike Greenwell is pursuing his first love

November 16, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
Coach Houston Nutt has revived Arkansas to the tune of 8-0

November 16, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
Rose BowlThe granddaddy of them all is virtually assured the Big Ten champ now that Ohio State has lost. Dilemma: Invite Arizona as the opponent and keep the Pac-10 happy, or ask Notre Dame and...

November 16, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
Two-Sport Players

November 16, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
•Wisconsin (9-0) at Michigan (7-2)

November 16, 1998 | Peter King
Double TroubleWith both marquee quarterbacks injured, how far can the Vikings go?

November 16, 1998 | Peter King
In a mostly empty Cowboys locker room last Friday, guard Nate Newton turned to running back Emmitt Smith and said candidly, "I can tell the difference in how you're running this year. Last year...

November 16, 1998 | Peter King
1. Gut CheckHere's how great the 49ers have it in the NFC West: On Sunday they sat Steve Young because of an abdominal pull, committed six turnovers and still beat the Panthers 25-23. Now they...

November 16, 1998 | Richard Deutsch
Jim Zorn works on more than mechanics with Charlie Batch

November 16, 1998 | Paul Zimmerman
Oh, sure, it's just swell, handicapping games without an M.D.'s license. You want to know who's going to win on Sunday? Kindly answer a few questions for me.

November 16, 1998 | Grant Wahl
Across America, kids' interest in high school football is steadily dropping. Is the time coming when Friday night lights will simply be extinguished?

November 16, 1998 | Grant Wahl
From 1990 to '97, interest in high school football across the U.S., defined as the percentage of male students who played the game, declined from 15.1% to 13.5%, according to statistics gathered...