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1998 never to be forgotten
With each passing year, it seems his shoes will never be fll i ed . H e is Cup Championship,
as though there is some special exce n en ce,and that excellence couldn’t Before I mention the obvious, there
event that captures the hearts of possib ] y be matched. has to be recognition for golf’s Mark
many Americans. 1998 was just l n football, the year belonged to the O’Meara who won the Masters and
that and more, which will Denver Broncos. Their Super Bowl the British Open; Jana Novotna who
undoubtedly go down in history as upse , of the Green Bay Packers not only finally won her Wimbledon Title as
one of (if not) the greatest year in gave John E , way his cbamp ionship ring, well as the Detroit Red Wings who
s P orts - but it also will be remembered as the held up the Stanley Cup in a quiet year
’9B was special not only because year that the AFC broke the 14 year for hockey. Overshadowed in
of the achievements of its athletes winning strea k of the NFC. That win baseball, but hopefully never
and organizations, but because brougbl j nto tbe spotlight the 1984 Los forgotten will be the perfect game by
those events brought into the Angeles Raiders who were the last AFC David Wells, 20 strikeouts by rookie
spotlight the magic of years Kerry Wood,
past. With records being dominance by AL Cy
broken and teams vying for Young winner Roger
greatness, much attention was Clemens and the end
also focused on the great y Nj \ of the Cal Ripken
events in history that many of m A \ streak at 2,632.
us never had the pleasure to A m 7 Hopefully to be
see. forgotten will be the
Just as we hear about the \ baseball umpire’s
1927 Yankees and the 1975 \ bl own calls in the
Cincinnati Reds, so will the playoffs and the NFL
baseball enthusiasts of future officials bloopers
years hear about the 1998 throughout the season.
New York Yankees. \ Boxing is undoubtedly
Unquestionably the most a dying sport, as not
dominant team in sports this team to win the championship. But much was heard about throughout
past year, the Yankees didn’t leave perhaps the most ta i ke d abou t team of 1998. The biggest event there was the
any questions unanswered in their tbe past was the 1972 Miami Dolphins, man to blame for impairing the
quest for greatness. 114 regular wu b the Broncos threatening the only hearing ol the boxing world as Mike
season wins, 125 total wins, a 4-0 undefeated season in NFL history, the Tyson was reinstated.
World Series sweep of the San Dolphins began to be recognized. The story of 1998 that will never
Diego Padres are deserving enough And as the Giant upset took place to be forgotten was... ? Surprise!! Mark
of future recognition. But when the move the g roncos to 13-1, the McGwire and Sammy Sosa. Number
commentators of the 21st century champagne glasses were up, and the 70 for McGwire and 66 for Sosa will
begin to talk about the most Dolphins’ immortality was saved. But go down in history. But the future
consistent lineup in baseball as future teams make their bid for fans will never know the deeper
history, the ’9B Yankees stand perfection, there will be some talk of the significance of the “Home Run Chase
alone. From the top to the bottom, 1998 Denver Broncos. of ’98.” To them it will just be another
these Yanks go unmatched. College football wasn’t so much record to be broken, but for those of
Although the NBA didn t recognized as having a year with a us that went along tor the ride, we
necessarily stay in the graces of dominant team as much as a dominant know the story behind the numbers,
fans, it did start out that way. There p ] a yer. Ricky Williams put his name in The press conferences, sold out
will always be the memory of the the reco rd books as he passed stadiums, the story of Roger Maris
greed of players that forced the pj ttsbu rgh’s Tony Dorsett for yards in and Babe Ruth, the emergence of two
1998 NBA Lockout, but the end of b i s career. But the emotion of the men that went from good ball players
the Chicago Bulls’ dynasty should accomplishments of Williams didn’t to good friends to role models to
overshadow that as the NBA’s sur f ace until he received the Doak record breakers to home run kings,
shining moment of ’9B. Their six Wa j ker award for the second straight The ride will never be forgotten and
championships in eight years place year As Wa lker became ill and Williams the emotion might never be matched,
them in history as one of the grew closer to the man behind the award, McGwire and Sosa gave America a
greatest dynasties. Sure the Celtics d began to have more meaning. With summer of a lifetime,
ofthelate 1950 s and early’6os won tbe deatb 0 f Walker weighing on the Someday the stories of ’9B will
eight straight and could be m j nd 0 f Williams, the moment on the become legendary. So don’t forget the
considered the greatest, but these s(age as be rece j ved lbe award will be Home Run Chase of ’9B, or the ’9B
Bulls’ individual championship a s memorable as the day that he received Yankees. Always remember Jordan’s
teams are without a doubt, the most the Heisman. concluding heroics that helped the
consistently great. Bulls’ dynasty culminate with a
In that championship, Michael championship. The quote, “This
Jordan put an exclamation point on one’s for John” will be mentioned just
his career. Trailing with 40 seconds as Harry Carey’s "Holy Cow” is
remaining, Jordan scored on a lay- mentioned now. Keep ’9B in your
up, stole the ball from Karl Malone mind, because just as we heard about
and nailed the game winner with the past heroes, so will the future fans
only seconds remaining. The final bea r of these moments. But only we
shot and the entire career of truly have the pleasure to understand
Michael Jordan brings emotion to what these moments were really
anyone that truly understands his about,
importance to the game of
basketball. He followed in the
footsteps of Jerry West, Oscar
. Robertson, Magic and Larry, but
The Behrend
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You are doing a I want to come home. I nee d rny key.
;reat job and keep up the Dele Rose
;ood work.
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The Winston Cup Series of auto racing
also featured historic feats as the season
started with Dale Earnhardt finally
winning the elusive Daytona 500. He
proved that greatness is measured in
championships, but careers for racers
aren’t complete without a win in the
Super Bowl of Racing, the Daytona 500.
Just as Earnhardt began the season
memorably, so did Jeff Gordon conclude
the season. With a win at the final race
of the season, Gordon tied “The King”
Richard Petty for wins in a season. It
also saw him carry home the Winston
Snyder is the sports editor for the
Beacon. Out of Bounds appears
weekly on this page.
Behrend Soccer Wrap-up
By Matt Buser
staff writer
The Behrend men’s and women’s
soccer teams each enjoyed a great deal
of success this season. Both set
school records for wins in a season,
the men with 13 and the women with
15, despite playing exceptionally
strong schedules.
The Behrend men finished the
season 13-9. For the third consecutive
year, the team earned a ranking in the
NCAA Division 111, North East
Regional Poll.
“This team had great chemistry,"
Assistant Coach Chuck Baranich said.
Saturday, January 16 Erie Hall
Women - 6:00 Men - 8:00
Housing and Food Service
Athlete of the Week
Chris Hughes, a junior center on the men’s basketball team, has been named the Housing and Food Service
Athlete of the Week. Hughes made strong contributions to the men’s first place finish at the Behrend Classic this
past weekend.
Hughes started the week joining three other Lions in double-figures as Behrend soundly defeated Thiel College.
He finished the game with 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and one block.
In tournament action, Hughes played consistently well in both of Behrend’s wins at the Classic. He scored 11
points, including shooting 7 for 9 from the free throw line. In the championship game on December 9, Hughes
scored a game high 17 points as Behrend defeated St. John Fisher, 74-61. He also pulled down seven rebounds
and dished off three assists. His solid play in both games earned him a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
Entering conference play last night against Lake Erie, Hughes will be an intregal part of the Lions’ AMCC
Hughes is a transfer from Clarion University.
Intramurals SPRING 1999
Ping Pong Singles and Doubles
Singles - Men and Women, Doubles - Men, Women and Coed
Registration Deadline: January 9th at 4:00 p.m.
3-Point Shootout
Registration Deadline: January 22
Event will be held on Tuesday, January 26 at 7:30
Spring semester Intramural schedules are available in the IM office and on the Reed
and Erie Hall IM boards.
“They really were a great group ot
guys. I enjoyed coaching them and
really just being around them."
“This season was a total team
effort,” Baranich continued. "The
freshmen contributed and the
upperclassmen played like we
expected. One thing about this team,
they had character, and they played
hard every game from start to linish.
The team loses only two seniors ,
so expect them to be even more
competitive next year.
The Behrend women enjoyed the
finest season in the program's four
years ol existence. The team linished
at 15-3-3, hosted and won the AMCC
Chris Hughes
Men’s Basketball
January 4 - January 11
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Conference Tournament, and recieved
a second straight bid to the ECAC
Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament
The women did not lose a conference
game for the second straight year, and
recieved a first-ever Great Lakes
Regional Ranking.
“What made this team special was
that, even though we accomplished a
lot last year, we wanted to do even
more, and we were able to," Assistant
Coach Melissa Eging said of the
season. “We didn’t have one specific
go-to player, everyone contributed,
and the players we have coming back
are dedicated to improving again."