2000 Village Voice Sportswriters' Poll Results

Here are the totals for the Ninth Annual Sportswriters Poll. Everyone who contributed to the Voice sports section in 2000 was asked to vote for a first-, second-, and third-place finisher in each of the poll's six categories (44 responded). A first-place vote was worth four points, a second-place vote two points, and a third-place vote one point. Below are the top vote-getters, preceded by the number of points they received.

Female Sports Figure of 2000
98 Venus Williams, tennis
65 Marion Jones, Olympic track and field
43 Cathy Freeman, Olympic track/Aboriginal activism
19 Cynthia Cooper, basketball
14 Heather Sue Mercer, football/equal rights
9 Laura Wilkinson, Olympic diving
8 Serena Williams, tennis
7 Karrie Webb, golf
4 Laila Ali, boxing
4 Nouria Merah-Benida, Olympic track/trailblazing
4 Fu Mingxia, Olympic diving
4 Melissa Stark, sportscasting
3 Stacy Dragila, Olympic pole vault
3 Naoko Takahashi, Olympic marathon
2 Andra Douglas, football
2 Heike Drechsler, Olympic long jump
2 Teresa Edwards, Olympic basketball
2 Georgia Frontiere, football ownership
2 Mia Hamm, soccer
2 Andrea Jaeger, tennis/charity
2 Gabby Reece, volleyball/bod display
2 Maureen O'Toole, water polo
1 Chyna, pro wrestling/bod display
1 Inge de Bruijn, Olympic swimming
1 Doris from Rego Park, talk-radio caller
1 Fatima Gerashi, Olympic swimming/trailblazing
1 Cheryl Haworth, Olympic weight lifting
1 Tegla Loroupe, marathon
1 Janica Kostelic, skiing
1 Tara Nott, Olympic weight lifting
1 Shea Ralph, basketball/surviving
1 Lucia Rijker, boxing
1 Irina Slutskaya, figure skating
1 Michelle Snow, basketball/dunking

Male Sports Figure of 2000
78 Tiger Woods, golf
43 Lance Armstrong, cycling/surviving
24 Rulon Gardner, Greco-Roman wrestling
16 Shaquille O'Neal, basketball
10 Derek Jeter, baseball
10 Mario Lemieux, hockey/comeback artistry
8 Felix Trinidad, boxing
7 Pedro Martinez, baseball
7 Alex Rodriguez, baseball/money bags
7 Ian Thorpe, Olympic swimming
6 Luis Sojo, baseball
4 Scott Boras, contract brokering
4 Kobe Bryant, basketball
4 Roger Clemens, baseball
4 Marshall Faulk, football
4 Goldberg, pro wrestling
4 Jim Haslett, football coaching
4 Phil Jackson, basketball coaching
4 Lennox Lewis, boxing
4 Eric Moussambani, Olympic swimming
4 Mariano Rivera, baseball
4 Murray Sperber, sports criticism
4 Sylvain Wiltord, soccer
4 Zinedine Zidane, soccer
3 Gustavo Kuerten, tennis
3 Kurt Warner, football
2 Benny Agbayani, baseball
2 Mateen Cleaves, basketball
2 Jonathan Edwards, Olympic triple jump
2 Johnny Number One Fan, minor league fandom
2 Jeff Kent, baseball
2 Bobby Knight, basketball/glad-handing
2 Corey LaTulippe, college hockey/anti-hazing whistle-blowing
2 Randy Mueller, football GM
2 Alexei Nemov, gymnastics
2 Earvin "I'll Be Right Back" Opang, playground basketball
2 Richard Williams, tennis PR
1 Vince Carter, dunking
1 Gary Cohen, sportscasting
1 Norm Duke, bowling
1 Sean Elliot, basketball/surviving
1 Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, poker
1 Andres Galarraga, baseball/surviving
1 Michael Johnson, Olympic track
1 Jim Keady, anti-Nike activism
1 Lou Lamoriello, hockey GM
1 Al Leiter, baseball
1 Dennis Miller, sportscasting
1 Randy Moss, football
1 Keith Olbermann, broadcasting
1 Marat Safin, tennis
1 Joe Torre, baseball managing
1 Andy van Hellemond, hockey officiating
1 Zippy Chippy, horse racing

Team of 2000
78 NY Yankees, three-peat World Series champs
32 Houston Comets, four-peat WNBA champs
25 NY Mets, one-peat NL champs
16 U.S. Postal Service, cycling
15 Cameroon, Olympic soccer gold medalists
15 NJ Devils, Stanley Cup champs
14 LA Lakers, NBA champs
14 StL Rams, Super Bowl champs
12 Oakland A's, low-rent AL West champs
8 Bahamas, Olympic women's 4x100 relay track gold medalists
8 France, Euro/World Cup soccer champs
8 Tennessee Titans, AFC champs
8 University of Oklahoma football
7 Michigan State basketball, NCAA champs
4 Calais, amateur soccer
4 New Orleans Saints, NFC West champs
4 Williams sisters, Olympic & Wimbledon champs
2 Australian Olympic team, multiple medalists/gracious hosts
2 Cuban Olympic béisbol
2 Florida State football, national champs
2 Lithuanian Olympic men's basketball, near giant-killers
2 Stanford men's track, NCAA champs
2 Texas Rangers, Bush résumé builder
2 University of Florida basketball, Final Four
2 U.S. men's Olympic swimming, multiple medalists
2 U.S. Olympic softball, gold medalists
2 U.S. Olympic Team, medal leaders
1 AL All-Stars
1 Australian Olympic women's field hockey, gold medalists
1 Bleacher Creatures, greatest fans
1 Montreal Canadiens, hockey
1 NY Giants, NFC East champs
1 Norway, women's Olympic soccer gold medalists
1 Notre Dame football
1 Philadelphia 76ers, basketball
1 Real Madrid, Euro Cup champs
1 Sacramento Kings, near Laker killers
1 Save Fenway Park!, stadium activists
1 Seattle Storm, gay-friendly women's basketball
1 UConn men's soccer, NCAA champs
1 Maryland women's lacrosse, six-peat NCAA champs
1 Nebraska football
1 U.S. Supreme Court conservative justices, election refs
1 U.S. women's Olympic swimming, multiple medalists

Worst Sports Figure of 2000
32 Roger Clemens, baseball/madman
27 Marty McSorley, hockey/madman on ice
25 Bobby Knight, basketball/madman in red
19 Daniel Snyder, football owner/madman with money
18 Rae Carruth, football/illegal contractor
14 John Rocker, baseball/failed multiculturalist
12.33 Scott Boras, agent/greedmeister
12 Bobby Clarke, hockey GM/inhuman egomaniac
11.33 Alex Rodriguez, baseball/overpaid brat
10 Tiger Woods, golf/scab
9 George W. Bush, former baseball owner/idiot-elect
9 Dick Ebersol, network exec/Down Under blunderer
8 Steve Phillips, baseball GM/general mismanager
7 J.A. Samaranch, IOC chair/corrupt old man
6 Don King, boxing promoter/scoundrel
5 Marie José Pérec, track/coward
4 Armando Benitez, baseball/domestic batsman
4 Dave Checketts, MSG exec/Knick-Ranger ruiner
4 C.J. Hunter, shot-putter/distracting husband
4 Vince McMahon, WWF exec/evil emperor
4 Rickey Henderson, baseball/sycophant
4 Thomas Junta, overinvolved parent/murderer
4 John McEnroe, tennis/Bobby Riggs redux
4 Ioachim Oana, gymnastics doctor/quack
4 Olympic women's gymnastics judges, blind bats
4 Bobby Valentine, baseball manager/despot
3 James Carter, hurdler/self-aggrandizing loser
3 Mark Chmura, football/jailbait aficionado
2 Damir Dokic, tennis dad/gourmand
2 Rudy Giuliani, mayor/Steinbrenner lackey
2 Svetlana Khorkina, gymnast/prima donna
2 Phil Knight, Nike CEO/sweatshop enthusiast
2 Mike Milbury, hockey GM/fish-stick fuckup
2 Brian Price, hockey history defiler
2 Bill Romanowski, football/prescription-drug-benefit supporter
2 Bud Selig, baseball commish/multichinned vulgarian
2 U.S. Olympic Dream Team, bullies
2 Rasheed Wallace, basketball/anger-management guru
1.33 Tom Hicks, baseball owner/spendthrift
1 BCS Honchos, failed statisticians
1 Gary Bettman, hockey commish/ignoramus
1 Kobe Bryant, basketball/young punk
1 Mike Dubose, football coach/fair-weather Christian
1 Carl Everett, baseball/anger-management practitioner
1 Allen Iverson, basketball/b-boy bigot
1 Michael Jordan, basketball exec/bear-market capitalist pig
1 Anna Kournikova, tennis/tease
1 Matt Lindland, litigious Greco-Roman wrestler
1 Eric Lindros, hockey/softheaded narcissist
1 Dennis Miller, sportscaster/blowhard
1 Mike Piazza, baseball/wuss
1 Daryl Strawberry, baseball/recidivist
1 Mike Tyson, boxer/cannibal
1 U.S. Olympic men's 4x100 track team, poseurs
1 Charlie Ward, basketball/Jesus freak

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