Baseball's regular season ends on Oct. 2. Two days later its musical season gets going. Two pitchers, Boston's Tim Wakefield and Toronto's Miguel Batista, appear on CDs released that day. Wakefield--along with Elton John and Delbert McClinton--lends backup vocals on Cindy Bullens's rock album, dream #29. Bullens recruited Wakefield, whom she met and jammed with at a charity event in 1997, for the single 7 Days (which is about Ted Williams), and the duet was recorded before the 2004 World Series. "He just seemed to get it right away," says Bullens. "It was analogous to the way he pitches: nothing fancy." Batista plays Native American flute on Navajo artist Radmilla Cody's Spirit of a Woman, but he won't be cashing his royalty check anytime soon. Says Batista, "I'll frame it so I can tell someone, 'Once upon a time I got paid for this.'"
•And they say Terrell Owens can't get along with anyone.... According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Eagles' wide receiver is clearing his postplayoff calendar for a wedding to 26-year-old model Felisha Terrell (above). Through his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, Owens had no comment.
•If Felisha is looking for someone to give her away, Evander Holyfield has experience. The former heavyweight champ was delivering supplies to Hurricane Katrina victims in the Astrodome when a Red Cross official asked if he'd take part in a wedding. Rebecca Warren and Joseph Smothers, who were supposed to get married in New Orleans on Sept. 9, decided to tie the knot in the Dome on Sept. 14. "I didn't assume that she would want some silly boxer giving her away, but she was happy with it," laughs Holyfield, who walked her down an aisle created with police tape.
•Money can't buy you love, but free tickets can get you some adulation. Last week Celtics forward Ricky Davis held an American Idol--like competition for the Get Buckets Brigade, his cheering section at the TD Banknorth Garden. (Get Buckets was his nickname when he played for the Cavaliers.) The tryout attracted 26 fans; each had a minute to win over Davis, who says he was most impressed by the one with CELTICS #12 tattooed on her ankle. Davis planned to buy season tickets for 12 winners, but he confesses, "I'm too nice to be a judge." He sprung for tickets for the final 15 contestants.... It takes a Ranger to train a Ranger. Last week New York G.M. Glen Sather took his hockey players to West Point and handed them over to 1st Sgt. J.B. Spisso, a former Army Ranger, for two days. Spisso had them mucking through swamps with fake M-4 assault rifles, lugging 100-pound artillery shells and pulling military Humvees up an incline. "I asked myself, 'Are these guys making $6 million going to jump in the swamp?''' says Spisso. "They did, with no whining or complaining."
October 2, 2005
They Said It
MIKE HOLMGREN, SEAHAWKS COACH, ON WHETHER HIS TEAM HAD A KILLER INSTINCT:
"I like to kill anybody just like the next guy."
Coaches always look for players who have a nose for the ball, but it's tough to succeed in soccer when you have a ball for a nose. Racing Lens striker Eric Carriere faced that fact in a UEFA Cup first-round match against Groclin Grodzisk in Lens, France. The ball, and Carriere's features, both bounced back, and the teams tied 1-1.
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
A plane taking Gambian soccer fans to a game in Peru faked a fuel emergency so it could land closer to the stadium.