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March 05, 2001 | Volume 94, Issue 10

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Nomar Garciaparra Cover - Sports Illustrated March 05, 2001

March 05, 2001
If Rick Reilly writes one more sappy article with a title like The Real Super Bowl Winner, I suggest you fire him.—WILLIAM WALLBANK, Howell, Mich.

March 05, 2001
LETTERS

March 05, 2001 | Steve Rushin
To a 10-year-old who knew his sports backward and forward, a guy named Otto had special appeal

March 05, 2001 | John Walters
Highlights

March 05, 2001 | John O'Keefe
With tough love, a Houston fan translates his obsession with Steve Francis and Co. to the Web

March 05, 2001 | John Walters
The sportswriter never gets the girl. The sports-writer never solves the crime. He never files his story and then rides off into the sunset. FBI agent Clarice Starling stalks serial killer Buffalo...

March 05, 2001 | John Walters
During roundtable discussions on HBO's On the Record, host Bob Costas has used newspaper columns to illustrate the most pointed criticisms of the NBA and NASCAR. While Costas isn't a combative...

March 05, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
Fans and merchandisers ponder a future without Dale Sr.

March 05, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
'75Attendance 1,286,000Races 31Average 41,484

March 05, 2001 | Mark Beech
How seriously is the XFL being taken by the cynical press? The answer may be found on local sports pages, where the maxim of less is more seems to apply: The less big-time sports activity in a...

March 05, 2001
Q. What's Allen Iverson wearing on his right arm?

March 05, 2001 | Mark Beech
60Percent of NBA players who use marijuana, according to Raptors forward Charles Oakley.

March 05, 2001
In Chicago, taking in a Cubs game from a Wrigleyville rooftop is a tradition nearly as sacred as the wretchedness of the baseball at the Friendly Confines. The Cubs' owner, the Tribune Co., is...

March 05, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
The first three letters of the word notwithstanding, there's very little fun in fundamentals. Still, the creators of Baseball Bunch, a half-hour TV program that aired in the early '80s, made...

March 05, 2001
Died•Australian cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman, 92. The greatest batsman in the sport's history, he dominated for two decades, from 1928 to '48. Fellow cricketer and renowned writer R.C,...

March 05, 2001
The NBA'S longest-running reality show—When Grizzlie Attack! Horrific Tales of Blowout Losses and Bryant Reeves—could be filming in a new city starting in 2002. Pending a requested deadline...

March 05, 2001
Seems Mike Piazza's acrimonious departure from the Dodgers three years ago still burns, at least in Hollywood. Universal Pictures recently paid $800,000 for a screenplay titled Go to Hell, Mike...

March 05, 2001
Boxer Darrin Morris, who died in October of meningitis, climbed up the WBO's super middleweight rankings from seventh in November to sixth in December and fifth in January before officials...

March 05, 2001
PAUL PIERCE

March 05, 2001 | Kelley King
With time running out, Hal Smith found an unexpected liver donor down the hall

March 05, 2001 | Franz Lidz
Kostya Tszyu, a Russian turned Aussie, has a bite more lethal than his bark

March 05, 2001 | Kelley King
Vaulter Lawrence Johnson wants an Olympic gold and a Grammy. Just ask him

March 05, 2001 | Ron Fimrite
If looks were everything, this great champion would have been pulling a cart

March 05, 2001 | Edited by Mark Mravic
Thorey Elisdottir, HAFNARFJÖRDUR, ICELANDTrack and FieldElisdottir, a junior at Georgia, established an SEC record with a pole vault of 14'5¼", the best in the U.S. this year. A member of...

March 05, 2001
Guidance for those lost in sports

March 05, 2001 | Tom Verducci
WHY does Boston's Normar Garciaparra torture his body every off-season with a training regimen that is both cruel and unusual? BECAUSE he believes it will ultimately help him reach the hitter's...

March 05, 2001 | Tom Verducci
Nomar Garciaparra's seven-year, $45.25 million contract isn't a match for the megadeals of Alex Rodriguez (10 years, $252 million) and Derek Jeter (10 years, $189 million), but his on-field...

March 05, 2001
For more on Nomar Garciaparra and his buddies Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, go to cnnsi.com/baseball. See how these three shortstops measure up in our tale of the tape.

March 05, 2001 | L. Jon Wertheim
The 76ers gained a dominant presence in the middle by trading for Dikembe Mutombo, but will the deal help or hurt a team that was already flourishing?

March 05, 2001
Three's a CrowdA week after Dale Earnhardt was killed at Daytona, fans fly the Intimidator's colors and number at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, at the start of the Dura Lube 400.

March 05, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
Premier running back Corey Dillon will strike it rich as a free agent, but he may have to spend that money in Cincinnati

March 05, 2001 | Gary Smith
In the unlikeliest of places—Ohio's Amish country—a high school basketball coach changed a community's ideas about race, and about life

March 05, 2001
THE NFL

March 05, 2001 | Peter King
Backup PlanPackers sub quarterback Matt Hasselbeck could be the x factor at the top of the draft

March 05, 2001 | Peter King
The free-agent signing period opens on Friday, and the biggest bank-breaker will surprise you: Bills defensive end Marcellus Wiley, who figures to get a deal averaging $7 million a year, including...

March 05, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
Greatest Of Zzzz'sOnly 21, sleep-happy Tracy McGrady is carrying the Magic and making it look easy

March 05, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
Bucks coach George Karl believes competition in the NBA would be better if players could only sign one-year contracts. But Sonics coach Nate McMillan believes his team is underachieving because...

March 05, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
Deeply religious Knicks guard Allan Houston (left) is a strict adherent to the Eighth Commandment: Thou shalt not steal. At week's end Houston was committing only 0.65 thefts per game—roughly one...

March 05, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
On the Spurs, who are in the hunt for their second title in three seasons:

March 05, 2001 | Grant Wahl
Grizzlies reserve guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf is also an imam in Mississippi

March 05, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
Another Bold StrokeFor the third straight year Pierre Lacroix put Colorado in position to win the Cup, this time by trading for Rob Blake

March 05, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
ERIC LINDROS CFLYERS

March 05, 2001 | Pierre McGuire
Give the NHL hockey operations department credit for reversing a mistaken game misconduct penalty called last week on Senators forward Colin Forbes after Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek inadvertently...

March 05, 2001 | Seth Davis
Freedom of The PressAfter a poor start, UCLA turned its season around by turning on the full-court pressure

March 05, 2001 | Seth Davis
It was a tough week for Iowa State. The Cyclones were in good position to gain a No. 1 seed after Illinois lost to Ohio State, but they lost 94-78 at Texas to remain No. 2 in the Midwest, where a...

March 05, 2001 | Seth Davis
How cool is it that the guy leading cheers for Oregon's boisterous Pit Crew at McArthur Court, the one wearing dorky green suspenders and a spectacular red wig, is the Ducks' star quarterback,...

March 05, 2001 | Jack McCallum
With his Hawks at 23-4, St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli is laughing all the way to the NCAAs

March 05, 2001 | Rick Reilly
Let's say you're sitting at your desk at the Acme Widget Co. You're happy. You like your job. Like your coworkers. Like the city. Just bought a house. Boss says you're doing a good job.

March 05, 2001 | Jaime Diaz
Corey Pavin's MakeoverBulldog Mentality

March 05, 2001 | Jaime Diaz
It was definitely no accident that a thundering herd of 16 Tour players pulled out of last week's Nissan Open at Riviera Country Club, most of them at the 11th hour. Today's coddled professionals...

March 05, 2001 | Jaime Diaz
What do these players have in common?

March 05, 2001 | Jaime Diaz
Which do you prefer, Tour events that are birdie-fests, like the Hope, or tournaments in which par is a good score, like the U.S. Open?

March 05, 2001 | Jaime Diaz
Synonyms for: Wet ConditionsAu jus, blotter, French toast, plug ugly, shoe sucker, sop, sponge cake, sump, splatter ball, tapioca, Water World.

March 05, 2001 | Jaime Diaz
Duval's numbers are down across the board this season. Here's a comparison of key stats from 2000 and '01, with Duval's rank in parentheses.

March 05, 2001 | Joe Durant
It took eight years, but I improved 45 strokes and went from worst to first at the Hope

March 05, 2001
John Benda, PhoenixBenda, 53, a professional, recently won three events in four days on three mini-tours. He took one-day tournaments on the Arizona Senior Series, the Arizona pro tour and the...

March 05, 2001 | Linn Strickler
Making the drive from L.A. to Miami was the Tour's version of Le Mans

March 05, 2001
The TV cameras were rolling when Frank Lickliter erupted during the final round of last month's Buick Invitational. The world saw Lickliter, after hooking a three-wood shot on the 14th hole, raise...

March 05, 2001
•Mr. OTAll three of Robert Allenby's Tour wins have come in overtime. His worldwide playoff record: 7-0.

March 05, 2001 | Brandel Chamblee
The author, still recovering from a family tragedy, took a giant step forward by making the playoff at the Nissan Open