Sports Beat

November 03, 2003

The new Joe Millionaire, professional bareback bronc rider David
Smith, wouldn't reveal the looker he'll wind up with when Fox's
show ends in six weeks, but he did give us a hint: "I've always
been attracted to athletic women," says Smith, 24. "I wouldn't
want a librarian." Smith, a high school baseball and football
player from Midland, Texas, took up bareback riding at McMurray
University in 2000 and earned the Cowboys Professional Rodeo
Association rookie of the year award in '01. He then dropped out
of school ("I found out you really have to open those books a
little more than you thought," he says) and turned pro. Despite
what the 14 European women on the show were told, Smith ain't got
an $80 million stud farm--he lives with his father in a trailer
and makes $11,000 a year. "They didn't know what a rodeo was, and
I still don't think they know," he says. "I rode up, and it was
like, 'Hey! There's John Wayne!'"

--Nobody doesn't like watching baseball with Yogi Berra, and for
Game 3 of the World Series about 80 supporters of the Yogi Berra
Museum and Learning Center in Montclair, N.J., gathered with Yogi
to watch the Yankees' last win of the year in the museum's
amphitheater. ("Usually you have to be dead to get something like
this," Berra noted when the place opened in '98.) The 78-year-old
Hall of Famer fielded questions and talked baseball. "Pudge
Rodriguez is my favorite catcher," he said. "He's built more like
me than the others." When asked which active pitcher he'd like to
catch, Yogi said, "[Mike] Mussina, 'cause he throws a great
curveball. You don't see so many curveballs today." (Asked whom
she'd like to catch, Yogi's wife, Carmen, said, "George
Clooney.") Museum official David Kaplan also provided Berra
trivia, revealing that, "When Yogi first came up, he wore number
38." Said Yogi: "I did?"

--Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, who won the 2001 U.S. Open, was
invited to a barbecue in Canberra to celebrate George W. Bush's
visit Down Under. Hewitt told SI: "I was really surprised and
impressed with the President's knowledge and appreciation for
tennis. Maybe if I win the U.S. Open again, I'll get invited to
his place." ... In L.A. to play the Kings, the Flyers held a
rookie dinner on Oct. 19 at West Hollywood's Dolce restaurant, a
celebrity draw that has Ashton Kutcher among its investors. With
center Jeremy Roenick serving as toastmaster, the rookies did a
lusty rendition of Take Me out to the Ballgame. Said Dolce owner
Lonnie Moore, "It wasn't Slap Shot, but it wasn't much
different." ... To celebrate his 18th birthday, English soccer
sensation Wayne Rooney--a stocky striker who in the last year has
gone from an unknown schoolboy to a mainstay on England's
national team--is throwing himself a party this Saturday at
Liverpool's Aintree Racecourse. Rooney, who has arranged for
hit-making girl band Atomic Kitten to play and who will go to the
bash dressed as Oliver Hardy, is so popular that London bookmaker
Paddy Power offered odds on his birthday behavior: 33 to 1 he'd
be arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct, 25 to 1 he'd be
photographed snogging a Kitten and 8 to 1 he'd be photographed
grabbing a late-night snack at a Turkish kebab house.

COLOR PHOTO: AARON RAPAPORT/FOX (JOE MILLIONAIRE) Joe Rodeo
COLOR PHOTO: ERIC JAMISON/AP (PICTURE THIS) PICTURE THIS Ronnie Coleman hasn't said he wants to run for public office, but by winning the 2003 Mr. Olympia title he is clearly laying the groundwork. Coleman received a medal from California governator Arnold Schwarzenegger, who won bodybuilding's most prestigious prize seven times (1970-75 and '80). COLOR PHOTO: CHRIS CARLSON/AP (TYSON) THIS WEEK'S SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE COLOR PHOTO: TOM DIPACE (ZIMMER)

THEY SAID IT DON ZIMMER

Yankees bench coach, announcing his resignation: "For 25 years
Steinbrenner called me 'Zimmer' and I called him 'Boss.' From now
on, as far as I'm concerned, he's just 'Steinbrenner.'"

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