Almanac: 2000

Top five athletes
1. Tiger Woods: Wins 9 tournaments, including three majors (first time since Ben Hogan in '53).
2. Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles Lakers: 29.7 points, 13.6 rebounds, MVP, Finals MVP.
3. Marion Jones: 5 medals at Sydney Olympics (3 golds, 2 bronze).
4. Marshall Faulk, St. Louis Rams: 1,359 rushing yards, 830 receiving yards, 26 TDs, NFL MVP.
5. Pedro Martinez, Boston Red Sox: 18-6, 1.74 ERA, 217 IP, 294 K's, Cy Young.

Top five teams
1. St. Louis Rams (13-3). Unknown QB Kurt Warner becomes Super Bowl MVP.
2. Los Angeles Lakers (67-15). Shaq and Kobe win first of three straight titles.
3. Oklahoma football (13-0). Finished unbeaten with 13-2 Sugar Bowl win over Florida State.
4. New York Yankees (87-74). Beat Mets in Subway Series for third straight World Series title.
5. Michigan State basketball (32-7). Mateen Cleaves is Final Four MVP for Spartans.

Sports moves

  • Houston Astros into Minute Maid Park

  • San Francisco Giants into SBC Park

  • Detroit Tigers into Comerica Park

  • Cincinnati Bengals into Paul Prown Stadium

  • Expansion Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild join NHL

    Pop culture trivia
    Oscar winner: Gladiator

    Most popular TV show: Survivor

    Top of the Pops: Breathe, Faith Hill

    Fiction bestseller: The Brethren, John Grisham

    Nonfiction bestseller: Who Moved My Cheese?, Spencer Johnson

    Pop culture potpourri: Anticipated Y2K problems never materialize, but nobody bothers to explain why; Internet bubble bursts; all the talk is of hanging chads; human genome is deciphered, way ahead of schedule.