The Yanks are coming! The Yanks are coming! Again? Pro sports'
most storied and successful franchise, the Bronx Bombers are
loved and hated but never ignored. As they seek a third World
Series title in four years and a 25th overall, follow the
pinstriped players on these sites:
The official team site has up-to-date standings and stats,
features on each player (second baseman Chuck Knoblauch's
error-prone season is discussed) and Java script displaying the
next game's pitching matchup.
Click on the Yankees' team page on this major league baseball
site to get every New York box score from the record-setting
1998 season. Directions to Yankee Stadium are posted, lending
credence to the lyrics, "If I can make it there...." Jay Ahuja,
author of Fields of Dreams, glowingly reviews the House that
Ruth Built.
On the home page of Rutgers student Rob Paolillo's devoted,
demented tribute to his favorite team is a crude cartoon that
depicts a naked man urinating on the emblem of the despised Red
Sox. Plus, the back pages of the Daily News and the New York
Post are reproduced every day. Yankees fans will love the action
photos of every player (from a link to and the
image (with sound) from the last out of former New York pitcher
David Wells's 1998 perfect game. We, on the other hand, loved
Rob's "About Me" section, which includes a bio and photo gallery.
There are, it seems, as many Web pages devoted to shortstop
Derek Jeter (left) as there are N'Sync fans. This one, we found,
provides the complete A-to-Z guide to Jeter, who is No. 2 in
your program but No. 1 in girls' hearts. A sample helping of the
alphabet soup:

A--A-Rod: Derek's best friend
B--Baseball: The sport Derek plays
C--Chicken parmesan: Derek' s favorite food
Z--Zimmer: Derek rubs his head before every game for good luck

Mr. Steinbrenner's most celebrated front-office employee
dispenses advice on how to land a job with the Yankees as well
as on the best lunch nooks within walking distance of the
Stadium. Don't forget to tip your calzone man.


The Ivy League may not produce All-Pros, but its gridirons do
breed prime-time all-stars

Looking for NFL talent? Check out the Big Ten or the SEC.
Looking for small-screen talent? Visit the Ivy League, four of
whose gridiron alumni have made it big in prime time.

ED MARINARO, RB, Cornell, 1969-71. Praised for his work in
character roles in such dramas as Hill Street Blues and Sisters,
and a costar of Showtime's TV movie A Gift of Love (which will
be telecast on Nov. 21), Marinaro first dashed to celebrity as
the Big Red rusher who holds the NCAA record for career yards
per game (174.6).

STONE PHILLIPS, QB, Yale, 1975-76. Who knew that Phillips's Eli
helmet concealed what's now considered the best coif in
broadcast news? The NBC Dateline anchor, who led Yale to a share
of the Ivy title in his senior season, has said that for him the
NFL "would have been a long exercise in futility." Like trying
to disabuse America of the notion that you're nothing but a hunk.

DEAN CAIN, CB, Princeton, 1985-87. He was Superman before he ever
wore an S on his chest. Cain, who was drafted by the Bills, holds
the Division 1-AA interceptions record for a season (12).

MATTHEW FOX, WR, Columbia, 1986-88. As stubble-faced Charlie
Salinger on Fox's Party of Five, he has dealt with the loss of
his parents, his fiancee and his razor. As a wideout for the
hapless Lions, he dealt with what was the longest losing streak
in NCAA history: 44 games. "I was on the field when we broke
through by beating Princeton," Fox recalls. "Charlie only had to
overcome cancer." --J.W.


Rick Sutcliffe
The rookie ESPN baseball analyst showed near-perfect pitch in
his succinct and prescient commentary during his stint on last
week's Astros-Braves National League Division Series.


Beginning in 2002 the network that telecasts the AFC gets a team
in Houston (1.7 million TV homes) rather than one in Los Angeles
(5.2 million homes).