Sports Beat

September 28, 2003

Sportscasters aren't exactly camera shy, a fact that FHM is
happily exploiting by turning on-air analysts into pinups. Last
year the laddie mag landed CBS's Jill Arrington for a provocative
photo spread. (CBS sideline reporter Bonnie Bernstein did an
interview for its April 2003 issue but remained strictly in
working gear.) Now FHM's October issue features seven photos of
ABC's new Monday Night Football sideline reporter Lisa Guerrero
clad alternately in black and white lingerie. The next slice of
cheesecake? Jillian Barberie, a "weather reporter" for Fox NFL
Sunday, will appear in the December issue. "After Lisa's photo
shoot we heard from Jillian," says FHM editor-in-chief Scott
Gramling. "If you thought Lisa's photos were hot, you should
check out the ones we have of Jillian." No word on whether a Jim
Gray lingerie pictorial is in the works.

Tennis fans will see Serena Williams in a new light next month
when she appears in the Showtime series Street Time, which
focuses on ex-cons and their parole officers. Williams (who was
wrapping up her scenes when she received the news of the death of
her sister Yetunde) plays a track and field star who goes to jail
after being used as an unwitting drug courier by her boyfriend.
Inside, she's injured in a gang fight, a plot twist that director
Marc Levin added to accommodate Williams's recent knee surgery.
Everyone knows Williams can carry a scene on the court, but how
deftly does she tread the boards? "We have been pleasantly
surprised," says Levin. "Obviously, she's untrained, but she does
have natural talent." The episode is set to air on Oct. 22.

"We've always considered ourselves rock and roll football," says
Arena Football League commissioner David Baker. Well, his league
now rocks a little harder with the news that Jon Bon Jovi will be
a part owner of the expansion Philadelphia Soul. The motivation
of the lifelong Giants fanatic (SI, Aug. 18) was simple. "Like
every true football fan I go into mourning the day after the
Super Bowl," Bon Jovi says. Baker, who was initially skeptical of
the idea of a rocker owning a team, was won over when Bon Jovi
flew him to a concert in Cleveland and he saw how hard Bon Jovi
worked to entertain his fans. "Our goal is to be the most
fan-friendly league," says Baker. "And if you look at his
concert, you see he feels the way about his fans the way we feel
about ours." Just don't expect Bon Jovi--who is partners with
Philadelphia businessman Craig Spencer on the deal, the terms of
which have not been announced--to emulate his pal Bill Parcells
and start making football decisions. "My intentions are to be
selling Coke in the aisles, selling T-shirts in the stands and
parking cars before the game," he says. "We'll leave the football
operations to the football guys."

Marshall Faulk and Nelly, quite possibly the last two people in
the U.S. not to have appeared on a reality show, finally took the
jump. They teamed to do a pilot episode that aired last Friday
night on Fox Sports Net Midwest. The show trailed the Rams'
running back and the rapper in Nelly's hometown of St. Louis,
including a visit to the Rams-49ers game on Sept. 14 at which
Nelly chatted with presidential candidate Rep. Richard Gephardt
(D., Mo.). The pilot episode was successful--and really, how
couldn't it have been?--and the half-hour show is to become a
weekly series.

COLOR PHOTO: PERRY HAGOPIAN/FHM (GUERRERO) Pinup date: Jillian (below) joins Lisa COLOR PHOTO: COURTESY FOX SPORTS (BARBERIE) [See caption above] COLOR PHOTO: LLUIS GENE/AFP/GETTY IMAGES (PICTURE THIS) PICTURE THIS Remember when a few fake plants was all a steeplechaser had to contend with? Last week at the 106-year-old Royal Barcelona Polo Club a rider had an inline skater on his tail in an exhibition of an as yet unnamed sport that combines the inanity of waterskiing with the aroma of a horse's behind. B/W PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: AP, JEFF ZELEVANSKY/ICON SMI, JOE MCDONALD/CORBIS (CAP, YOGI BERRA, MOON)

THIS WEEK'S SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

The Florida-based Athlete Recruiting Service has invited O.J.
Simpson to coach in its all-star game for college prospects.

THEY SAID IT OZZIE GUILLEN

Marlins third base coach, on the inexplicable (to him) popularity
of baseball's richest team: "You go to the moon, and you'll find
someone who's a Yankee fan."

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