The Greatest Show on Turf, aka the St. Louis Rams, won Super Bowl XXXIV over the Tennessee Titans. But it was a defensive play that keyed the win for the high-powered Rams, as Rams linebacker Mike Jones tackled Tennessee wide receiver Kevin Dyson one-yard short of the goal line on the game's final play to preserve the 23-16 win.
John Rocker not a big fan of the 7 train
In an interview with SI, Atlanta Braves reliever John Rocker didn't exactly embrace the diversity that exists in New York City. Asked if he'd ever consider playing for the Yankees or Mets, Rocker replied, "I'd retire first. It's the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the 7 Train to the ballpark looking like you're riding through Beirut next to some kid with purple hair, next to some queer with AIDS, right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time, right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids." For his enlightened comments, Rocker received a 28-game suspension (later reduced to 14) and the everlasting hatred of most New York fans.
Marty McSorley found guilty of on-ice assault
Marty McSorley made a career out of being, for lack of a better word, a goon. But what happened on February 21, 2000 was extreme, even by McSorley's goonish standards. The Bruin hit Vancouver's Donald Brashear from behind with his stick, knocking him unconscious and leaving him with a grade 3 concussion. McSorley was suspended for the final 23 games of the 1999-2000 season. He was later found guilty of assault and while McSorley received no jail time as a result of the convinction, his suspension was extended and he never played in the NHL again.
The 2000 Summer Olympics
At the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney there was triumph -- like USA's Rolan Gardner beating the unbeatable Alexander Karelin to win wrestling gold and Australia's Kathy Freeman becoming the first athlete to light the Olympic torch and win a gold medal in the same Games. Marion Jones' five medals (three gold, two bronze) seemed to fall in that category, although she would later be stripped of those medals for using performance enhancing drugs.
Sampras sets career Slam record
Pete Sampras overcame rain, a nagging injury and Patrick Rafter to win his seventh Wimbledon title and his 13th career Grand Slam, breaking the record he had shared with Australia's Roy Emerson.
Lakers win West behind historic rally
The Lakers were a quarter away from a historic collapse, down 15 points to the Blazers and on the verge of blowing a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference finals. L.A. promptly went on a 15-0 run -- helped by 13 consecutive misses by Portland -- and prevailed, 89-84. Fueled by that comeback, L.A. went on to claim its first title since 1988.
The Music City Miracle delivers playoff win to Titans
With 16 seconds remaining in a first-round playoff game between Buffalo and Tennessee, the Bills' Steve Christie made what appeared to be a game-winning field goal. But the Titans weren't done. Lorenzo Neal received the ensuing kickoff and handed the ball off to Frank Wycheck. The Titans tight end then threw a lateral across the field to Kevin Dyson, who then ran down the sidelines for a 75-yard touchdown and a 22-16 win.
Clemens vs. Piazza in Subway Series
The first-ever Subway Series turned anticlimactic, with the Yankees beating the Mets in five games. But there was a bit of drama, as Roger Clemens added fuel to his feud with Mike Piazza, inexplicably hurling a bat shard in the general direction of the Mets catcher.
Indiana finally fires head coach Bobby Knight
In May of 2000, the Indiana University board of trustees issued a "zero-tolerance" policy for head basketball coach Bobby Knight, following a string of embarrassing incidents (including but not limited to the choking of one of his players). Knight lasted just four months before violating that policy, grabbing an IU freshman by the arm and berating him for speaking to him disrespectfully. Two days later, the most successful (albeit controversial) coach in IU history was gone.
Tiger runs away with U.S. Open
Tiger Woods could have been on this list many times, seeing as he won three of the four majors, all in record-breaking fashion. But his 15-stroke victory at the U.S. Open (he was the only golfer under par ... and he was 12 strokes under par) was the most impressive.