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February 2001 News Archives
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  • Motor Trend announces annual awards
  • Baywatch Cancelled
  • Wisconsin Considers Protecting Hunting, Fishing Rights
  • Three Rivers Stadium Imploded
  • XFL Ratings Plummet
  • Anna Kournikova Computer Virus Spreading
  • Andy Sidaris films on DVD?
  • XFL to speed up clock
  • Ford and Navistar announce joint venture
  • Dale Earnhardt dies in Daytona 500 wreck
  • 50th Anniversary Sawzall
  • Crown Victoria Blackhawk
  • 2001 Sports Illustrated Swimusuit Issue
  • Polaris unveils 4-stroke snowmobile engine
  • Ford F-150 Lightning Rod
    Motor Trend announces annual awards
    carsThursday, February 1
    Motor Trend has announced their annual "...Of the Year" awards. This year's winners are the Chrysler PT Cruiser as Car of the Year, the Chevrolet Silverado HD as Truck of the Year, and the Acura MDX as SUV of the Year.
    Baywatch Cancelled
    womenFriday, February 9
    After 11 years of slow motion bouncing through the sand, Baywatch has finally been cancelled. The show, which helped to launch the careers of Pamela Anderson, Yasmine Bleeth, Carmen Electra and several others, will stay on the air through May.
    Wisconsin Considers Protecting Hunting, Fishing Rights
    gunsFriday, February 9
    Wisconsonites are considering an amendment to their state constitution that would protect the rights of citizens to hunt and fish forever. While currently protected by laws, advocates for the amendment say the laws "are too vulnerable to politics and social change." Seven states, including neighbor Minnesota, have constitutional protections for the right to hunt, fish and trap.
    Three Rivers Stadium Imploded
    NFLSunday, February 11
    Three Rivers Stadium, home of the famed Steel Curtain Defense of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970's, was imploded Sunday morning. The stadium, which opened in 1970 at a cost of $36 million, was home to the Steelers and the Pittsburgh Pirates, who won World Series titles in 1971 and 1979 while playing there. The Pirates will play in the nearby PNC Stadium, which opend this Spring, and the Steelers will open their own football only stadium nearby this fall.
    XFL Ratings Plummet
    NFLSunday, February 11
    Ratings for week 2 of the XFL plummeted more than 50%, from a 10.3 (percent of homes in the largest 49 markets) during NBC's broadcast during the first ever XFL game to an estimated 5.1 during week 2. NBC finished last among the four major networks for Saturday night ratings, although the numbers were "exactly where we said they would be the last six months," according to NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol. NBC promised advertisers at least a 4.5 rating during the leagues first season.
    Anna Kournikova Computer Virus Spreading
    womenMonday, February 12
    A computer virus disguised as a photo of tennis star Anna Kournikova is spreading rapidly throughout computers in the U.S. and Europe. The virus is spreading almost as fast as last year's "I Love You" virus. While the virus does not permanently damange computers, it is able to spread by automatically sending itself to additional addresses in e-mail address books. Anti-virus software is already available to filter the virus. We just thought you might like to see some more pictures of Anna.
    Andy Sidaris films on DVD?
    womenTuesday, February 13
    Malibu Bay Films, the production company for Andy Sidaris' movies is considering a DVD release. The DVDs would include commentary and behind-the-scenes footage. They are looking for customer feedback to determine the market for a DVD release. Interested fans should send email indicating their interest.
    XFL to speed up clock
    footballWednesday, February 14
    The XFL is changing their rules to speed up games. The clock will begin running as soon as the ball is placed on the line of scrimmage following incomplete passes and changes of possession. Previously, the clock started when the ball was snapped. The XFL will also shorten the introductions and halftime breaks. The changes were caused by NBC after an XFL game ran 45 minutes late, delaying "Saturday Night Live".
    Ford and Navistar announce joint venture
    trucksWednesday, February 14
    Ford and Navistar have announced a joint venture to build commercial trucks. The first goal of the alliance is to develop a common chassis for Class 6 and 7 commercial trucks. Ford and Navistar will provide unique cabs and interiors and the trucks will be sold under separate Ford and Navistar brands.
    Dale Earnhardt dies in Daytona 500 wreck
    In memorySunday, February 18
    NASCAR racing legend Dale Earnhardt died Sunday from injuries sustained in a wreck at the Daytona 500. Earnhardt died instantly in an accident that occured during the last lap of the race.
    50th Anniversary Sawzall
    toolsWednesday, February 21
    Miluwakee Electric Tool Corporation has introduced a special 50th anniversary edition Super Sawzall. The special edition Sawzall features an 11-amp motor, 50th anniversary emblem, and brass nameplate.
    Crown Victoria Blackhawk
    carsWednesday, February 21
    Motor Trend is reporting that Ford will put the Crown Victoria Blackhawk into production next year. The car is a high-powered version of the Crown Victoria, featuring a 4.6 liter V-8 producing 235 hp.
    2001 Sports Illustrated Swimusuit Issue
    womenWednesday, February 21
    The 2001 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue went on sale today. This year's cover model is Elsa Benitez.
    Polaris unveils 4-stroke snowmobile engine
    snowmobilesWednesday, February 21
    Polaris has unveiled a 4-stroke engine for use in snowmobiles. The quieter engine is more environmentally friendly and will be availavle in the new Indy Frontier model. The snowmobile features a block heater, electronic fuel injection, and the Polaris EDGE chassis. The Frontier will initially be made sold to rental operators in the West Yellowstone area, but will made available to the general public by the 2002-2003 season.
    Ford F-150 Lightning Rod
    pickupsWednesday, February 21
    Ford showcased the F-150 Lightning Rod concept truck at the 2001 Chicago Auto Show. The truck is essentially a "hot rod" version of the F-150. The conventional head and tail lamps have been replaced with neon tubes. The truck also features a tatto-like styling on the tonneau cover and the seats. The truck is powered by a 5.4 liter Triton V-8 that produces 380 hp.
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