Sports Beat

June 06, 2004

You may have noticed how rare it is that after a person sings the
national anthem at a sporting event, the singer's father appears,
rips off his shirt and whips the crowd into a screaming frenzy.
Nevertheless, that is precisely what happened, twice, in Tampa
last week when the Lightning asked Brooke Bollea, the 16-year-old
daughter of pro wrestling immortal Hulk Hogan, to perform Francis
Scott Key's greatest hit before the team's Stanley Cup games
against the Flames. Bollea (left) sang the anthem at the St. Pete
Times Forum at least a dozen games this season, and Calgary's win
in Game 1 was just the second time her appearance preceded a
Lightning loss. The Hulkster, by the way, had just one piece of
advice for his not-so-little (she's 5'11") girl, whose debut CD
will be released on June 8. "I told Brooke to sing it straight,
with respect," said Hogan. "If she puts any twist on it, I'll
come out and body-slam her to the ice."

--"I just learned how to throw the ball," supermodel Gisele
Bundchen (left) admitted before a game at Fenway Park on May 25
at which she was to deliver the ceremonial first pitch. "I hope I
don't make a crazy [mistake]." Then the Brazilian bombshell, in
town to promote the opening of a Victoria's Secret store in
Copley Square, fired the ball over the head of Red Sox catcher
Jason Varitek. Unlike Gisele, the Red Sox were practically
mistake-free as they pounded the A's 12-2.

--When you're hot, you're hot, and when you're Survivor alum
Rupert Boneham, you're hitting every sporting event within a
corndog's toss of your hometown of Indianapolis. Last week
Boneham, 40, who competed on Survivor: Pearl Islands and won $1
million for being the most popular Survivor of all time, appeared
at the Indy 500 Festival Parade, Hoosier Park race track and at
Conseco Fieldhouse for Game 2 of the Pacers-Pistons series. As
Indiana's honorary captain, Boneham, a former bartender and
gravedigger who now counsels troubled teens, took to the court
before player introductions and fired up the crowd, then came
back for Game 5. As for his newfound celebrity, Boneham discussed
it before Game 2 with another member of the Indy glitterati:
Jared, of Subway fame. "He was very nice," says Boneham.
"Combined, I think we could be Indiana's version of Jack
Nicholson."

--How much would you pay for a one-hour private tennis lesson with
Serena Williams? For designer Donatella Versace, $25,000 seemed
reasonable. With Williams's movie director-boyfriend, Brett
Ratner (Rush Hour, Red Dragon), acting as auctioneer, Versace bid
on the lesson at an American Foundation for AIDS Research
black-tie gala at Le Moulin de Mougins in Cannes on May 21.
(Monica Seles also volunteered a one-hour lesson, which a British
neurologist bought for $25,000.) The tennis stars joined Sharon
Stone, Liza Minnelli, Ashley Judd, Sheryl Crow, Quentin Tarantino
and Harvey Weinstein for the event, which raised more than $2
million.... Late-model stock car racer Leilani Munter shouldn't
have any trouble scoring dates; she worked as a body double for
Catherine Zeta-Jones in Traffic and America's Sweethearts. But
the 28-year-old brunette nonetheless took part in I Wanna Date a
Race Car Driver, a reality dating show that premieres on the
Speed Channel on June 9 at 9 p.m. Also included in the
four-episode series are NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers Jon
Wood and Brandon Whitt, and AMA Superbike racers Eric and Ben
Bostrom.

COLOR PHOTO: BILL FRAKES (SMARTY JONES) PICTURE THIS If you marveled at the resemblance between Mrs. Chapman and Mr. Baffert four pages back, consider this. As Smarty Jones (left) galloped to an 11 1/2-length win in the Preakness with Stewart Elliott (a Canadian in blue-and-white silks) up, he was, from this angle, the very image of Secretariat scoring a 2 1/2-length win in the 1973 Kentucky Derby with Ron Turcotte (a Canadian in blue-and-white silks) up. COLOR PHOTO: NEIL LEIFER (SECRETARIAT) [See caption above] COLOR PHOTO: ALAN DIAZ/AP (MCKEON) COLOR PHOTO: BRIAN BABINEAU/WIREIMAGE.COM (BUNDCHEN) COLOR PHOTO: DAVE SANDFORD/GETTY IMAGES (BOLLEA)

THIS WEEK'S SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

Nine of the last 20 PBA tour events have been won by bowlers
using scented balls.

THEY SAID IT

JACK McKEON
Florida's 73-year-old manager, on his longevity: "I'm so old I
remember Preparation A."

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)