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October 25, 1999 | Volume 91, Issue 16

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Jason Varitek Cover - Sports Illustrated October 25, 1999

October 25, 1999 | Paul Zimmerman
We're just six weeks into the season, but has there ever been a year like this one for quarterback controversies? I'm not talking about normal replacement processes, such as a guy coming back from...

October 25, 1999 | Seth Davis
A Big TeaseWill Jason Richardson play for Michigan State?

October 25, 1999 | ED Hinton
Air DaleDale Earnhardt used a late draft to notch another superspeedway win at Talladge

October 25, 1999 | Kelley King
After a late start, IRL points champ Greg Ray put the pedal to the metal

October 25, 1999 | Richard Hoffer
Some contests put the lie to the phrase, "It's only a game," and let us say, without equivocation, that we believe—for we have seen miracles on ice, on grass, in midair

October 25, 1999 | Rick Reilly

October 25, 1999 | Rick Reilly
America's deer came up losers again this year on opening day of hunting season, getting trounced 11,476 to 1. The lone victory for the deer came outside Stump, Ohio, when a 33-year-old accountant...

October 25, 1999
With such a cozy facility and so many people coddling each player, the Cleveland Browns have a better chance of becoming prom queens than Super Bowl champions.—GREG WALL, Beaumont, Texas

October 25, 1999
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,...

October 25, 1999 | Bill Colson/Managing Editor
Appropriately, senior writer Rick Reilly frames his tribute to the epic 1982 AFC divisional playoff game between the Miami Dolphins and the San Diego Chargers (page 124) around placekicker Rolf...

October 25, 1999 | John Walters
Highlights

October 25, 1999 | John Walters
I was watching an NFL pregame show—last Tuesday! With ESPN/ESPN2 doing five weeknight NFL preview telecasts (Monday Night Countdown and NFL 2Night), HBO doing another (Inside the NFL), and CBS,...

October 25, 1999 | John Walters
The Surfer

October 25, 1999 | John Walter
In its full-scale coverage of a mountain-climbing tragedy, a Web site attains new heights

October 25, 1999 | John Walter
FoxDuring American League Championship Series Game 3, the network went commercial-free after the top of the first inning to show the Yankees' Roger Clemens taking the mound at hostile Fenway.

October 25, 1999 | Steve Rushin
With more athletes showing up late (if at all), sportswriters are assuming the job of hall monitor

October 25, 1999 | Gary Smith
Sydney erects the Olympics' first permanent memorial to the Israeli athletes slain in Munich in '72

October 25, 1999 | Gary Smith
$900,000

October 25, 1999 | Gary Smith
The Braves' closer sprints in from the pen, hocks big gobs of spit, throws 97 mph and dishes out abuse to his abusers. "If we suck so bad, why can't they beat us?" John Rocker barked about the...

October 25, 1999
SIMPSON'S 911 CALLO.J. Tackles Miami Vice

October 25, 1999
Hacked•The Clippers' Derek Anderson by Percy (Master P) Miller—whose No Limit agency represents Anderson—during L.A.'s 112-102 victory over the Raptors. In the fourth quarter Miller fouled...

October 25, 1999
Sean Broome of San Francisco kept a low profile on Sunday-in the Cascade Cruiser, one of 40 solar-powered cars that left Darwin, Australia, for Adelaide in the five-day, 1,870-mile World Solar...

October 25, 1999
A mock riot in Rotterdam to test security for next year's European soccer championships was cut short when a group of real hooligans showed up wielding stones.

October 25, 1999
REV. DR. O.C. SMITHSpeaking at a memorial service for Wilt Chamberlain after last Saturday morning's earthquake: "There goes Wilt again, dunking on somebody."

October 25, 1999 | Cameron Morfit
Jason Zuback can hit a drive 280 yards—while sitting in a folding chair. The 5'10", 215-pounder bopped a 412-yarder to win the 1997 World Long Drive Championship and has a personal best of 511....

October 25, 1999
Richard Burns, Clinton, Md.FootballRichard, a senior safety and wide receiver at Surrattsville High, returned two fumbles 52 yards each for touchdowns in the final 2:20 to clinch the Hornets'...

October 25, 1999 | Tom Verducci

October 25, 1999 | Michael Bamberger
In a National League Championship Series marked by superb pitching and a 15-inning nail-biter, the never-say-die Mets, down three games to none, dug in to win two straight from the Braves

October 25, 1999 | Michael Silver

October 25, 1999 | Michael Farber
The storied Canadiens have no one but themselves to blame for a series of bad hires and terrible trades that have left their dynasty in shambles

October 25, 1999 | John ED Bradley

October 25, 1999 | Michael Farber
Undersized defensive end Corey Moore has silenced doubters with his outstanding play while leading Virginia Tech to giddy new heights in the national polls

October 25, 1999 | Frank Deford
The Big Dipper was basketball's nonpareil scorer and rebounder, who might have been even better but for one flaw: He didn't possess a mean streak

October 25, 1999 | Ivan Maisel
Mount Union broke Oklahoma's record with its 48th straight win

October 25, 1999 | Ivan Maisel
•Tennessee (4-1) at Alabama (5-1)The Volunteers may not be as fortunate this season as they were a year ago, but they couldn't have asked for a better week not to play than last week. Already this...

October 25, 1999
This week track every pitch of the World Series through our exclusive on-line analysis featuring Phillies ace Curt Schilling. Plus, cast your vote for the century's best game.

October 25, 1999 | Jack McCallum
Lehigh's 5'5" Ronald Jean beat daunting odds to become a top rusher

October 25, 1999 | Peter King

October 25, 1999 | Peter King
1. Hold Those Eulogies How about Broncos 31, Packers 10? Brian Griese outpassed Brett Favre, 363 yards to 120. Olandis Gary outrushed Dorsey Levens, 124 yards to 12 and had two more carries (37)...

October 25, 1999 | Peter King
A Jaguars-Rams Super Bowl? Don't laugh. Through six weeks Jacksonville and St. Louis arguably have been the best teams in the AFC and NFC, respectively, and based on their opponents' combined...

October 25, 1999 | Edited by Cameron Morfit
Q School PhenomTeen with A Dream

October 25, 1999 | Edited by Cameron Morfit
What do these players have in common?

October 25, 1999 | Edited by Cameron Morfit
Should European Ryder Cup captain Mark James have played Andrew Coltart, Jarmo Sandelin and Jean Van de Velde before the Sunday singles matches?

October 25, 1999 | Melissa Lehman
Memo to those relentless whiners across the pond: Get over it

October 25, 1999 | Jaime Diaz
Curtis Strange is no diplomat, which is why he should be Ryder Cup captain

October 25, 1999 | Alan Shipnuck
No one would peg a grinder like Jim Furyk as a Las Vegas kind of guy, yet for the third time in five years he left town the big winner