Almanac: 1999


Top five athletes
1. Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams: 4,353 yards, 65.1%, 41 TDs, 13 INT, MVP, Super Bowl MVP.
2. Pedro Martinez, Boston Red Sox: 23-4, 2.07 ERA, 213 IP, 313 K's, Cy Young.
3. Tiger Woods: 8 PGA Tour wins, 1 major, ranked #1 in world.
4. Lance Armstrong: Returns from cancer and wins first Tour de France.
5. Andre Agassi: Wins two majors (French, U.S. Open), ranked #1 in world.

Top five teams
1. U.S. women's World Cup team. Brandi Chastain's kick wins it on home turf.
2. Denver Broncos (14-2). John Elway, with help from Terrell Davis, goes out in style.
3. New York Yankees (98-64). Second straight World Series sweep.
4. Dallas Stars (114 points). Beat Buffalo in 6 games for Lord Stanley's Cup.
5. U.S. Ryder Cup team. Justin Leonard's putt provides dramatic 14½-13½ win over Europe.

Sports moves

  • New Cleveland Browns begin play in Cleveland Browns Stadium

  • Seattle Mariners into Safeco Field

  • Tennessee Titans into Adelphia Coliseum

  • Atlanta Thrashers join the NHL

  • Atlanta Hawks and Thrashers into Philips Arena

  • Toronto Raptors and Maple Leafs into Air Canada Center

  • Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche into Pepsi Center

  • Indiana Pacers into Conseco Fieldhouse

  • L.A. Lakers, Clippers, and Kings into Staples Center

  • Miami Heat into American Airlines Arena

  • Carolina Hurricanes into RBC Center

  • NFL reintroduces instant replay, in form of "challenge" system

    Pop culture trivia
    Oscar winner: American Beauty

    Most popular TV show: Who Wants to be a Millionaire

    Top of the Pops: Believe, Cher

    Fiction bestseller: The Testament, by John Grisham

    Nonfiction bestseller: Tuesdays With Morrie, by Mitch Albom

    Pop culture potpourri: Pokemon, Eminem, Christina, Britney, "Blair Witch Project," Harry Potter, and Napster capture huge mindshare; Y2K bug brings new life to old COBOL programmers, who are brought out of retirement to save world from imminent disaster; Melissa virus infects 1 million PCs.