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December 18, 2000 | Volume 93, Issue 25

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Tiger Woods Cover - Sports Illustrated December 18, 2000

December 18, 2000 | Tom Verducci
Alex Rodriguez hit the jackpot when the Rangers' owner offered him $252 million and the city of Dallas

December 18, 2000 | Tom Verducci
Here is a breakdown of Alex Rodriguez's record $252 million guaranteed contract which was agreed to by the Texas Rangers on Monday

December 18, 2000 | Tom Verducci
In less than five years the average salary of baseball's highest-paid player has jumped 196.5%, from Ken Griffey Jr.'s 1996 contract with the Mariners to Alex Rodriguez's new deal, negotiated by...

December 18, 2000 | Michael Silver
On a pivotal weekend for three NFC contenders, the moribund Redskins effectively buried their playoff dreams, while the Bucs and the Rams showed strong vital Signs

December 18, 2000 | Jeffri Chadiha
Using the plan that worked so well last year, the Bucs turned things over to their defense and beat the Dolphins

December 18, 2000 | Josh Elliott
The Rams rediscovered their swagger and ran circles around the Viking

December 18, 2000
Lyghts OutRams cornerback Todd Lyght covers the eyes—and back—of Vikings fullback Jimmy Kleinsasser while making a tackle during St. Louis's 40-29 victory (page 118).

December 18, 2000 | Michael Silver
As Rams wideout Az-Zahir Hakim grew into one of the game's most electrifying players, he had to hide the existence of his father, who was running from the law

December 18, 2000 | Tim Layden
Aging coaches like Dick Bennett, who recently quit while at the top of his game at Wisconsin, find it increasingly hard to put up with the pressures of their profession

December 18, 2000
WHEN THE FROST IS ON THE PUMPKIN, IT'S TIME FOR THE NCAA POSTSEASON, A FALL FEST OF SPORTS AS DIVERSE AS WOMEN'S FIELD HOCKEY AND MEN'S WATER POLO. GLADIATORS GET THEIR KICKS ON GRIDIRONS AND...

December 18, 2000 | Phil Taylor
Erupting for 51 points in back-to-back games, the Warriors' Antawn Jamison shot his way into the spotlight and stole some thunder from his old college classmate Vince Carter

December 18, 2000 | Phil Taylor
Vince Carter (left) and Antawn Jamison are two of the four North Carolina alums among the NBA's top 20 in scoring. Had Jerry Stackhouse and Rasheed Wallace returned to Chapel Hill for their junior...

December 18, 2000 | Tim Crothers
With a 31-point demolition of Kansas capping a 7-0 start, Wake Forest showed it's a little school that can slay the big boys

December 18, 2000
BASEBALL

December 18, 2000 | Stephen Cannella
Sky-high WagerThe Rockies bet big that Mike Hampton can tame hitters in Colorado

December 18, 2000 | Alexander Wolff
Perfectly FrankA maturing Frank Williams has Illinois off to a hot start against a very tough schedule

December 18, 2000 | Seth Davis
Sibling rivals Joe and Jon Crispin are teaming to make Penn State tough

December 18, 2000 | Kostya Kennedy
Super, MarioThe comeback of Mario Lemieux is good news for everyone in the league

December 18, 2000 | Kostya Kennedy
PETER SVOBODAD LIGHTNINGAt 34, he's the senior member of Tampa Bay's defense. The 16-year veteran has provided valuable leadership, and through Sunday he had a goal and three assists in 17 games.

December 18, 2000 | Pierre McGuire
Once the Bruins and Paul Coffey, who was waived last week, agree on a buyout of the $4.5 million Boston still owes him, look for the Maple Leafs to pursue the 39-year-old defenseman. Toronto could...

December 18, 2000 | Peter King
Squeeze PlayThe Jaguars must cut $40 million in payroll to get under the 2001 cap

December 18, 2000 | Peter King
Why the spate of big rushing days? "Sloppy tackling," says former Steelers linebacker Andy Russell. "In the old school you'd put your face into a guy's knees and hold on. Now they go high and...

December 18, 2000 | Peter King
BittersweetThe careers of two of the biggest stars of the Cowboys' title teams are heading in opposite directions. Troy Aikman, 34, suffered the 10th concussion of his career in Dallas's win over...

December 18, 2000 | Peter King
Inside the locker of which NFL player?A Polish flag; a team playbook; knee braces; a black leather belt; a protein bar; one banana "for after lunch, because I can never eat enough lunch"; three...

December 18, 2000 | Peter King
"Don't tell me about the pain. Show me the baby. We're not showing the baby; we're just bitching about the pain."—CARDINALS STRONG SAFETY PAT TILLMAN, on his teammates' excuses for losing

December 18, 2000 | Peter King
My Two Cents

December 18, 2000 | Paul Zimmerman
Last season the Buccaneers and the Rams battled each other for a trip to the Super Bowl. The stakes won't be as high when they meet again this Monday night, but the downside is scarier—the specter...

December 18, 2000 | Brian Cazeneuve
New Breed of CatWith his leopard 'do, U.S. downhiller Chad Fleischer is getting ahead

December 18, 2000 | Brian Cazeneuve
If the political waters are safe, U.S. backstroker Lenny Krayzelburg, who won three golds in Sydney, will honor his Jewish heritage by competing at the Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem beginning in...

December 18, 2000 | Rick Reilly
Time for the annual Chuckie Awards, named for skilled bar patron Charles Barkley, who pitched an annoying fan through a plate-glass window without spilling a drop of his own grog. The Chuckies are...

December 18, 2000 | Chris Ballard
FEBRUARY 20, 1984

December 18, 2000
Hunting: a sport? How can anything be called a sport if one of the competitors doesn't even know that he's playing?—SIG MEJDAL, Sunnyvale, Calif.

December 18, 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 18, 2000 | Steve Rushin
After an emotional sports moment, a hard-bitten scribe sets about tracing the tracks of his tears

December 18, 2000 | John Walters
Highlights

December 18, 2000 | John Walters
Larry Rifkin believes in 7-foot-tall purple dinosaurs and 6'5" college basketball centers. He can afford to promulgate his unlikely creed: Time has proved him right.

December 18, 2000 | John Walters
Like the growing variety of ice cream flavors, the increase in sports websites can be overwhelming. At some point, instead of adding to our ever-lengthening list of bookmarks, we choose to pare...

December 18, 2000 | John Walters
Larry Kehres, coach at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, has the best winning percentage (.920) in NCAA football history, while John Gagliardi of St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn.,...

December 18, 2000 | Chris Ballard
Who needs the Next MJ when the NBA may have Bird-Magic II?

December 18, 2000 | Chris Ballard
Ron HarperGot Next Jordan tab from Cleveland State coach Kevin Mackey in 1986; played in oblivion with Clippers before riding MJ's coattails to three titles.

December 18, 2000
Upon its debut in 1970, Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh was heralded as a shrine to modernity: an efficient two-sport venue boasting wall-to-wall, ultrapractical synthetic turf. The New York...

December 18, 2000
It's getting hairy in the NBA. The clean-pated look that had been the players' 'do—or 'do not—of choice is giving way to a furrier feel. Among those who have grown out their hair are Vince Carter...

December 18, 2000
24Three-pointers made, out of 43 attempted, by Taurean Moy of Memphis's Booker T. Washington High in a 115-59 victory over Manassas; both of his numbers are national high school records.

December 18, 2000
The NFL's "Show Me Something" campaign

December 18, 2000
He works weekends under hazardous conditions, and about the only time he gets noticed is when he screws up. To compensate, a veteran NFL official can earn upwards of $100,000 annually. Not bad,...

December 18, 2000
Named•Pelé, as Player of the Century by FIFA, soccer's world governing body. He won the balloting by FIFA's football committee and readers of its magazine, but when Diego Maradona outpolled the...

December 18, 2000
After Miami TV station WSVN aired a report on a Dec. 4 traffic altercation, it got a surprise call from one of the principals, O.J. Simpson. Jeffrey Pattinson of Miami told police that Simpson had...

December 18, 2000
Boris Becker has split from his wife of seven years, Barbara (below, left). According to German press reports, the breakup was caused by an affair Becker was having with German rap star Sabrina...

December 18, 2000
On Monday, the same day that it heard oral arguments in the Florida election dispute, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it would take on another case of vital national interest, the racketeering...

December 18, 2000
MOOKIE BLAYLOCKWarriors guard who's in the third year of a four-year, $18 million contract, asked why his team is so inconsistent: "If I knew the answer, I'd be a rich man.

December 18, 2000 | Daniel G. Habib
Interactive technology turns attending a game into a high-tech adventure

December 18, 2000 | Ron Fimrite
'Tis the season to be giving, and here's an array of goodies for sports fans on your list

December 18, 2000 | Franz Lidz
Spain won its first Davis Cup by grinding Australia into the home court dirt

December 18, 2000
With ultrarealistic graphics and warp-speed action, these are the year's best sports video games

December 18, 2000 | Jamal Greene
Mitch Meluskey, Houston's irascible catcher, is learning to curb his temper

December 18, 2000
Kacie Flinn, FENTON, MO.SoftballKacie, a senior pitcher at Rockwood Summit High, went 22-2 this year (softball is a fall sport in Missouri high schools) while striking out 334 hitters and walking...

December 18, 2000
Guidance for those lost in sports

December 18, 2000 | Frank Deford
In the history of sport, has any other athlete burdened by heavy expectations not just lived up to them but also exceeded our wildest projections? Only Tiger Woods, dream beater

December 18, 2000 | Gary Van Sickle
Lots of questions remain as we elect to take one more look at the Year of the Tiger

December 18, 2000
Some people and organizations could have used a second chance in 2000.

December 18, 2000
1. "What do I have to shoot this week to win? Tiger Woods."

December 18, 2000
AN ASSORTMENT OF FUN FIGURES FROM 2000

December 18, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
An Eye for DesignClubmaker Stites

December 18, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
What do these players have in common?

December 18, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
Do you believe, as commissioner Tim Finchem does, that in 20 years the Tour will have more fans than pro football?

December 18, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
SYNONYMS for a HOT DRIVERBattle ax, bazooka, big bopper, big gun, big kahuna, big mama, big stick, bomba stick, fat boy, gas, heater, launcher, rocket ship, Steely Dan, sweet thing.

December 18, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
This season will be remembered as the most momentous in golf history. In addition to the seismic breakthroughs of Tiger Woods and Karrie Webb, we were introduced to the Wongluekiet twins, said...

December 18, 2000
Casey Wittenburg, MemphisCasey, 16, was victorious at the American Junior Golf Association's season-ending Polo Golf Junior Classic, a 138-player event involving stroke and match play. Casey, a...

December 18, 2000 | Cliff Kresge
You could say I'm all wet, but taking a header into a water hazard helped me get through Q school

December 18, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
Golfers are inundated with new products at Christmas, so I sifted through the morass and picked out some items that I believe will still be valued when next Christmas rolls around.

December 18, 2000
•Feline BetterIn the end, El Pato (the Duck) and El Gato (the Cat) were devoured by Team Tiger.

December 18, 2000 | Alan Shipnuck
A jovial David Duval carried his partner, Tiger Woods, and charmed the crowds as the U.S. won the World Cup in Buenos Aires