Almanac: 1996


Top five athletes
1. Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers: 3,899 yards, 59.9%, 39 TDs, 13 INT, NFL MVP.
2. Michael Johnson: Won unprecedented 200 and 400 golds at Atlanta Olympics.
3. Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls: 30.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, MVP, Finals MVP.
4. Alex Rodriguez, Seattle Mariners: 36 HRs, 123 RBI, .358, 141 runs, .631 slugging.
5. Amy Van Dyken: Swimmer captured four gold medals at Olympics.

Top five teams
1. Chicago Bulls (72-10). Jordan returns, Bulls win record 72 games, title in 6 games over Seattle.
2. Kentucky basketball (34-2). Beat Syracuse to win it all.
3. Dallas Cowboys (12-4). Beat Steelers for third Super Bowl title in four seasons.
4. New York Yankees (92-70). They were a feel-good story at this point.
5. Detroit Red Wings (131 points). Second-most points ever, but upset by Colorado in conference finals.

Sports moves

  • Winnipeg Jets move and become the Phoenix Coyotes

  • Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers into Wachovia Center

  • Montreal Canadiens into Bell Centre

  • Ottawa Senators into Corel Center

  • Buffalo Sabres into HSBC Arena

  • Tampa Bay Lightning into St. Pete Times Forum

  • College football introduces overtime tiebreakers

  • Women's pro basketball, the American Basketball League, debuts

    Pop culture trivia
    Oscar winner: The English Patient

    Most popular TV show: ER

    Top of the Pops: Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix), Los Del Rio

    Fiction bestseller: The Runaway Jury, John Grisham

    Nonfiction bestseller: Make the Connection, Oprah Winfrey and Bob Greene

    Pop culture potpourri: Everybody's doing the Macarena; the Spice Girls rock our world; Muhammad Ali lights the torch in Atlanta; "Dilbert" is all the rage.