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August 14, 2000 | Volume 93, Issue 6

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Michael Vick Cover - Sports Illustrated August 14, 2000

August 14, 2000 | Austin Murphy
Pacific Lutheran will help you off the ground and pat you on the back. Then the Division III champ will politely knock the stuffing out of you

August 14, 2000
Big Red MachineStudded with stars like tight end Tracey Wistrom, Nebraska has another national title at its fingertips.

August 14, 2000
Can Tiger take another tournament? This week chart his hole-by-hole progress at the Buick Open on our leader boards and swap golf talk with Jaime Diaz on Mondays at 1 p.m. EDT.

August 14, 2000 | Austin Murphy
In Lincoln, football is serious business, and this year's team is very, very serious

August 14, 2000 | B.J. Schecter
Here's a shocker: Bowden's boys, the defending champs, are planning to repeat

August 14, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
Deep in talent, deep in attitude, the Tide thinks this is the year it rolls all the way in

August 14, 2000 | Mark Bechtel
A two-sport quarterback is all the buzz, but a one-sport wideout is the key man

August 14, 2000 | Mark Beech
The two-time defending Rose Bowl champs will prove there's life after Dayne

August 14, 2000 | Richard Deitsch
The Wildcats are loaded, and only one thing stands in their way. Alas, it's Nebraska

August 14, 2000 | Lars Anderson
A defensive guru has been imported to put the bite back in the Dawg D

August 14, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
The go-go Tigers play a soft schedule—except for Florida State

August 14, 2000 | Gene Menez
The eyes of Texas are upon the quarterback duel—and it's an intriguing contest indeed

August 14, 2000 | B.J. Schecter
The forecast for South Florida: Hurricane Santana is going to inflict major damage

August 14, 2000 | B.J. Schecter
The '99 Gators were 9-4; that for Spurrier is a losing season. Will the suffering end?

August 14, 2000 | Austin Murphy
Yes, the Hokies lost 11 starters and their kicking game. But you-know-who is back

August 14, 2000 | Austin Murphy
It's easy enough to name the key to the Huskies' season. Can you say Tuiasosopo?

August 14, 2000 | Pete McEntegart
The Vols are hurt by lack of experience—yeah, just like '98, when they won the title

August 14, 2000
Red Sky at Morning...A day of racing aborning, at Saratoga, where an exercise rider and his mount cut through fog drenched with the glow of the rising sun.

August 14, 2000 | Gene Menez
T is for Tomlinson, C is for Coach Franchione, U is for...Undefeated?

August 14, 2000 | Josh Elliott
For Brees to win the Heisman, hell need more help from his D than he got last year

August 14, 2000 | Pete McEntegart
If the Deuce gets loose—and he will—the Rebels can contend for the SEC title

August 14, 2000 | Alan Shipnuck
Palmer is back in good health, and for the Trojans that could make all the difference

August 14, 2000 | Mark Bechtel
Joe Pa needs seven wins to pass the Bear. With an unproven defense, it won't be easy

August 14, 2000 | Jamal Greene
With a newfangled offense, the Golden Eagles will try to fly faster and farther

August 14, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
In Champaign, it's the passing game that's now the toast of the town

August 14, 2000 | Jamal Greene
The Buckeyes have retailored the offense. Now they'll have to see if it fits

August 14, 2000 | Richard Deitsch
There is change in the air: In Norman these days they'd sooner pass than run

August 14, 2000 | Elizabeth Newman
The Rams want to build on last year's late success by using a not-so-secret weapon

August 14, 2000 | Mark Beech
The Buffaloes play the nation's toughest schedule. Will they live to tell about it?

August 14, 2000 | Compiled by Richard Deitsch
Our Rankings from Top to Bottom

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Conferences are listed in order of strength. Each team's SI national ranking is in parentheses

August 14, 2000 | Rick Reilly
Among the 4,287 ways college football beats the living beaver snot out of pro football—e.g., cheerleaders with real breasts, teams that don't pack up and leave at midnight, mascots who actually...

August 14, 2000
Can Dennis Miller save Monday Night Football? Well, it's like giving chicken soup to a dead man: can't hurt.—ROY C. BOYER, Boulder, Colo.

August 14, 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....

August 14, 2000 | Pete McEntegart
SEPTEMBER 13, 1971

August 14, 2000 | Steve Rushin
In this election year it's abundantly clear that politics and sports are changing places in American life

August 14, 2000 | John Walters
Highlights

August 14, 2000 | John Walters
At a big ten kickoff luncheon a few summers back, Gary Barnett, then Northwestern's football coach, derided the prognosticators who annually pepper preseason publications with picks. "You guys get...

August 14, 2000 | John Walters
Eric Dickerson was thrown for a loss in his MNF debut

August 14, 2000 | John Walters
How was star Cuban third baseman Andy Morales, under heavy surveillance after trying to defect from his homeland, able to make a second, successful attempt? In an SI/Real Sports collaboration...

August 14, 2000 | Phil Taylor
Who won big and who crapped out in the first week of NBA free agency?

August 14, 2000 | Phil Taylor
Jim McIlvaine, Sonics, 1996; seven years, $35 millionAveraged 3.5 points, 3.7 rebounds in two seasons before being shipped to Nets.

August 14, 2000 | George Dohrmann
On May 14, Penn State quarterback Rashard Casey, 22, and high school teammate Desmond Miller, 22, were charged with aggravated assault, a felony, after they allegedly beat up an off-duty policeman...

August 14, 2000 | George Dohrmann
$332,500Amount Upper Deck paid Sotheby's for one of three extant Ty Cobb jerseys, which it then gave to 14-year-old Robert Shell of Milwaukee as a sweepstakes prize.

August 14, 2000 | George Dohrmann
Evel Knievel never did it, but on July 23, in the final round of the freestyle motocross event at the Gravity games in Providence, Carey hart, 25, completed the first motorcycle backflip in...

August 14, 2000
SYNOPSISRecreational hoopsters playing B-level ball, followed by THE WNBA. THEY'RE BETTER THAN YOU ARE.

August 14, 2000
On Friday The Replacements, starring Keanu Reeves, hits theaters. We asked real-life replacement player Ron Fazio, who appeared in three games as a tight end for the Eagles during the 1987 NFL...

August 14, 2000
LASIKedLakers assistant G.M. Kurt Rambis, whose horn-rims inspired the copycat Rambis Youth during his playing days. Said the now spectacle-free Rambis, "I would hope I was known more for my heart...

August 14, 2000
Move over, Harry Potter: Not all the action in the publishing world revolves around wizards. A good old-fashioned bidding war erupted last week for the rights to Shaquille O'Neal's autobiography....

August 14, 2000
Tiger Woods VS. Screen Actors Guild

August 14, 2000
A 15-minute phone conversation with Giants slugger Barry Bonds was auctioned off on eBay for $481.

August 14, 2000
LOU HOLTZSouth Carolina football coach, on support for the Gamecocks, who were 0-11 last year: "We raise more money per win than any school in the land."

August 14, 2000 | Jeff Pearlman
Having relatives in the majors is a mixed blessing for these minor leaguers

August 14, 2000 | Mark Beech
Go fishing, go running whenever you wish and still not miss the first pitch

August 14, 2000 | Jamal Greene
Robert Garside hopes to be the first man to run around the world

August 14, 2000 | Ron Fimrite
All Roads Lead to OctoberBy Maury Allen/St. Martin's Press, $24.95

August 14, 2000
Stephen Waite, RUTLAND, VT.GolfWaite, 27, a computer systems administrator, eagled the 272-yard 14th hole, a par-4, twice in the final two rounds of the Vermont Amateur at Woodstock Country Club,...

August 14, 2000 | Peter King
In a whirlwind tour of training camps, SI's reporter found an extra bounce in the step of NFL players, who have renewed playoff hopes thanks to the Rams and the Titans

August 14, 2000 | Jack McCallum
Five-time gold medalist Jenny Thompson, 27, plans to undress her younger rivals in Sydney and become the most decorated U.S. woman Olympian ever

August 14, 2000 | Jeff Pearlman
Uplifted by his marriage to a devout singer, Dodgers slugger Gary Sheffield is in the throes of his most productive season

August 14, 2000
OLYMPIC SPORTS

August 14, 2000 | Brian Cazeneuve
Sink or SwimCompetition will be fierce when America's best dive into the Olympic trials

August 14, 2000 | Brian Cazeneuve
U.S. Softball righthander Lisa Fernandez threw her 30th consecutive perfect inning to wrap up her fourth straight perfect game in Team USA's 11-0 victory against the Texas All-Stars on Aug. 2....

August 14, 2000 | Mark Bechtel
CounterpointBobby Labonte beat Rusty Wallace at the Brickyard—or did he?

August 14, 2000 | Mark Bechtel
Consecutive Winston Cup starts by Terry Labonte before he was forced to sit out last week's Brickyard 400 while recovering from a concussion and a broken right leg. His streak began at Riverside,...

August 14, 2000 | Stephen Cannella
More Heat In ArizonaCurt Schilling joins Randy Johnson to give the Diamondbacks a daunting fireballing duo

August 14, 2000 | Stephen Cannella
After a nightmarish first half of the season, in which he hit .245 with four home runs and had a sickly .372 slugging percentage, Rangers outfielder Gabe Kapler spent the All-Star break...

August 14, 2000 | Stephen Cannella
August 5, 2000 Royals 7, Red Sox 5

August 14, 2000 | Stephen Cannella
After some rocky seasons, Colorado's Jeffrey Hammonds hits his stride

August 14, 2000 | John Walters
A Five Minute Guide to the New Season

August 14, 2000 | Ivan Maisel
The elusive, keen-armed quarterback who can beat the beasts of defense with his feet as well as his arm is all the rage in college ball

August 14, 2000 | John Ed Bradley
Blessed with talents rarely seen in a quarterback, Virginia Tech's Michael Vick is a physical marvel without a typical superstar's ego

August 14, 2000 | Gary Van Sickle
Russ Cochran, the pride of Paducah, will never forget the big one that got away the last time the PGA was played in Kentucky

August 14, 2000 | Franz Lidz
The Fatty Open, an annual celebration of golf and gluttony in New Haven, Conn., is the only tournament in which no one has ever hit it thin

August 14, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
Olympian Shane HammanGoing for The Golf

August 14, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
Tiger woods won't lack for incentive at the PGA Championship, because there's a record within his grasp more remarkable than the career Grand Slam. Woods, who already holds the mark for the lowest...

August 14, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
Will Tiger Woods ever win all four majors in the same year?

August 14, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
What do these players have in common?

August 14, 2000
Justin Biggs, Kissimmee, Fla.Biggs, 21, shot a 66 to overcome a 10-stroke deficit in the final round and win the Florida Amateur at Pine Tree Golf Club in Boynton Beach. Biggs, an NAIA All-America...

August 14, 2000 | Arsenio Delasin
I know I am tough, but I am doing what's best for my daughter's career on the LPGA tour

August 14, 2000 | Rick Lipsey
Dale Eggeling's passion for guinea pigs began in the fall of 1995 when her son, Dustin, brought home Tommy, the guinea pig being raised by Dustin's second-grade class, for the weekend. "It was...

August 14, 2000 | Linn Strickler
Carts will be the death of me, and my profession

August 14, 2000
Some pundits say that when handicapping a Tour event, the first thing to do is eliminate from consideration anyone who has the misfortune of being paired with Tiger Woods. The numbers, though,...

August 14, 2000 | Jaime Diaz
Colin Montgomerie must play in the U.S. if he's to become one of the greats

August 14, 2000
•Over EasyErnie Els breaks through, and the first person he thanks is Tiger—for taking the week off.

August 14, 2000 | Alan Shipnuck
Ernie Els left his mark on the International, but can he do the same against Tiger Woods at the PGA?