The Beat

September 19, 2004

At Oakland's home opener this weekend the Raiderettes will be looking Smooth in white boots from Carlos Santana's line of footwear. The Grammy winner has both a football fetish (he's a Raiders fan) and a foot fetish (he's been designing women's shoes since 2001), so he was a natural pick to come up with the dancers' footwear. "The boot styling is fashion forward and comfortable for dancing," said Raiderettes director Karen Kovac. A portion of the proceeds from Santana's line of pumps--which are available at Macy's--goes to the Milagro Foundation, a program started by Santana and his wife, Deborah, to benefit children's education.

Olympic runner Kelly Holmes (right) is not exactly an overpacker. In Athens she wore the same two-piece red- white-and-blue tights to win gold for Great Britain in the 800 and 1,500 meters. But being a fashion minimalist cost her a date with Tom Cruise. The two met on a British talk show earlier this month, and the next day Cruise asked Holmes to accompany him to the London premiere of Collateral. Holmes said thanks but no thanks. "He was such a nice guy," she said, "but I'd gone back to Kent, and I would have had to turn straight around, and I hadn't got any clothes to wear." Holmes, 34, didn't rule out a future date. "I did take the liberty of telling him I'd be available next time."

Michael Phelps must know how Cruise feels. Last week the six-time gold medalist, 19, and several of his Olympic teammates visited New York during Fashion Week. Backstage at the Jeffrey Chow show at the W Hotel Lounge, Phelps, standing out among the fashionistas in flip-flops, had no trouble chatting up Victoria's Secret model Karolina Kurkova. But according to the New York Post, when he tried to get a friend of Jenna Bush's to give him the First Daughter's phone number at the club Suede, he was rebuffed. Phelps had to settle for leaving his number and hoping she'd call.

The Shaq-Kobe feud has finally been immortalized in verse. On his new album, Hot in Here Part Five, Shaquille O'Neal raps, "You remind me of Kobe Bryant trying to be as high as me/But you can't/Even if you get me traded." O'Neal also takes a swipe at Pistons forward Ben Wallace, calling him "spiderweb head." In response Bryant said of the trade (thankfully, without musical accompaniment), "[The Lakers] did what they had to do. That had nothing to do with me."

In her new children's book Winners Never Quit! Mia Hamm writes, "There's no 'Me' in Mia, because in soccer, and in life, I could never do it alone." ... No need to bring an iPod to Nike's Run Hit Wonder 5/10K race on Sept. 23 in Chicago. The 10,000 runners in the field will compete to the live sounds of '80s bands such as Devo, Flock of Seagulls, General Public, Tommy Tutone and Tone Loc.

THIS WEEK'S SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

Racing pigeons in Great Britain are now tested for performance-enhancing drugs.

They Said It

DARRELL JACKSON

"Seahawks wide receiver, on how his focus changes once the regular season starts: "Now it's more about crossing the i's and dotting the t's."

COLOR PHOTOMICKEY ELLIOT (RAIDERETTE) COLOR PHOTO NEIL TINGLE/ACTION PLUS/ICON SMI (KELLY HOLMES) COLOR PHOTO COLOR PHOTOELAINE THOMPSON/AP (DARRELL JACKSON) B/W PHOTOFRANK HURLEY/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS (PICTURE THIS) PICTURE THIS Two of the most unforgettable World Series images from the 1950s were Willie Mays's over-the-shoulder catch of Vic Wertz's drive at the Polo Grounds in 1954 and Jackie Robinson's disputed steal of home against the Yankees in '55 (above). Both of those moments were captured by Pulitzer Prize--winning photographer Frank Hurley (inset, with camera) of the New York Daily News, who died on Sept. 3 at age 90. B/W PHOTONEW YORK DAILY NEWS (HURLEY)   [see caption above] 

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