Sony's NFL Gameday '98 rivaled Madden '98 (with John Madden on the cover before cover stars were afflicted with the dreaded "curse" and before Madden put on another 100 pounds).

Lil' Penny was all over Nike's marketing campaign and in a dry year for sports movies, New York Mets' left fielder Bernard Gilkey was popped in the head with a ball while distracted by a spaceship in the second-highest grossing film of the year: Men in Black. Finally, that year's kids movies suffered a serious setback with the release of Air Bud, the story of a dog who escapes from an alcoholic clown to lead a basketball team to a championship.