Take your pick: Tiger Woods taming the famed Pebble Beach golf course on his way to a shattering of golf records and a U.S. Open title, or Shaquille O'Neal muscling his way past the Indiana Pacers to win an NBA title for the Lakers, or the New Jersey Devils using their classic defense to annex the Stanley Cup.
All three championship videos offer a little extra drama.
In the case of the USGA's ''U.S. Open Highlights 2000'' ($19.98, 1-800-298-2200), there's plenty extra. This 100th renewal of the national event has become a world championship, and 24-year-old Tiger Woods left them in his wake as he posted all sorts of records for score and margin of victory.
He also posted high marks for carrying himself like a champion as a record number of viewers watched the U.S. Open that will be remembered long after others fade.
''The Official 2000 NBA Championship Video'' ($19.95, 1-888-742-4622) sheds bright light on the march of the Los Angeles Lakers to their first title since 1988 and the heroics of Magic Johnson and his teammates. The video highlights how much a title ring meant to O'Neal and to Kobe Bryant and what a major role coach Phil Jackson played. It also gives due credit to the performance of the Pacers and their departing coach, Larry Bird.
Hockey fans will relish ''Second Heaven'' ($19.95, 1-877-464-5843) as they watch the way the New Jersey Devils stepped up in the NHL title series with vocal prodding from coach Larry Robinson. The triumph over Dallas brought MVP laurels to defenseman Scott Stevens.
Hockey fans also can get ''NHL 2000: A Millennium of Memories'' (56 minutes, $14.95, 1-877-464-5843), featuring the 25 greatest moments in NHL history.
In addition to ''Spartan Conquest'' ($19.98, 1-800-747-7999), the 2000 NCAA basketball championship video, the pros are offering ''NBA Now: Showmen of Today'' ($14.95) and ''The Best of NBA Inside Stuff'' ($19.95). Call 1-888-742-4622.
Baseball releases currently available include ''Maximum Bloopers and Amazing Plays From Baseball Max,'' ''MLB '99: Season of Heroes'' and ''MLB Latin Superstars'' ($14.95, 1-800-367-7765).
Also new is ''Waite's World: The Life and Times of Waite Hoyt'' (85 mins., $19.95, 513-699-3228), a gripping video about the life of a man who started pitching in the major leagues at 15. He pitched for the New York Giants and the Yankees, was a friend of Babe Ruth and became the first player to move from the field to the press box.
An alcoholic who considered suicide in the midst of one three-day bender, Hoyt went back to announcing Cincinnati games and did not take a drink for the last 39 years of his life.
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