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Strange-but-almost true sports stories

It was a wacky, wonderful and bizarre year in sports. Jim Caple chronicles the strange-but-almost true.

Updated: January 2, 2003, 10:34 AM ET
By Jim Caple | Page 2 columnist

So many unbelievable things happened this year that the sports world often was as unrecognizable as Jerry Jones' face.

President Bush gagged on a pretzel while watching a football game. A Russian mobster conspired to fix the Olympics pairs figure skating and ice dancing competitions. Baseball's All-Star Game ended in a tie. Terrell Owens pulled a pen out of his sock and autographed a football in the end zone after a touchdown. Mike Piazza held a press conference to declare he wasn't gay. ...

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