The Beat

January 23, 2006

The bride wore ivory and black, but underneath she was all Pink. Motocross racer Carey Hart, 30, tied the knot with 26-year-old Grammy-winner Alecia Moore--better known as Pink--in Costa Rica on Jan. 7. With more than 100 guests, including Lisa Marie Presley, looking on, the woman who gave the world Get the Party Started and You Make Me Sick walked down the aisle to Billy Joel's She's Always a Woman. The couple met at the 2001 X Games and became engaged last June when Pink flashed a sign that read will you marry me? at Hart during a race in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. (Hart pulled over to accept.) For the honeymoon, they tried to make good on the bride's wedding vows: "I see us breaking lots of bones, risking death, bodily injury." The couple (right) was planning to go snowboarding.

■ One thing he learned when he saw himself on the big screen, says Terry Bradshaw, was "Man, I'm a rough-looking dude.... I asked myself, What were you thinking? Do you think you're Brad Pitt?" The two-time Super Bowl MVP has a supporting role in the romantic comedy Failure to Launch (Feb. 10), his first dramatic turn since his cameo in 1981's Cannonball Run. (He was also in 1980's Smokey and the Bandit II.) The Fox broadcaster got the part after a wardrobe assistant saw him on TV and thought he'd be perfect to play Kathy Bates's dimwitted husband. "My lines," says Bradshaw, "weren't that much of a stretch."

■ Next time Jim Holzman's wife will be a little more specific. Holzman, the owner of Ace Ticket, a Boston-area ticket agency, was recently asked by his spouse, Beth, for a fur coat. So Holzman, an avid Red Sox fan, plunked down $11,000 at a charity auction for the gorilla costume that Theo Epstein wore to sneak past the media at Fenway Park after resigning as Boston's general manager last Halloween. "I thought that would cover her request," Holzman said after making the purchase. For now the costume rests in an Ace Ticket window display--alongside a sign reading come back, theo.

■ Fast-pitch softball legend Eddie Feigner, who has toured the U.S. for 61 years as the star of the four-person team The King and His Court, has sold the movie rights to his 2004 biography, From an Orphan to a King, to Powerhouse Films. In addition to a feature film the company is planning a reality program documenting tryouts for Feigner's team.

EDITOR'S NOTE: In the Dec. 26-Jan. 2 edition of The Beat, a quote by the mother of Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk was not properly attributed to Doug Lesmerises of The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. SI regrets the omission.

SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
A group called Keep Britain Tidy is sending a letter to the country's soccer players asking them not to spit during games.

They Said It
RON ARTEST, Pacers forward, on Best Damn Sports Show Period, explaining his desire to represent the U.S. at the 2008 Olympics:

"I'm an American. I might not be a class act, but I'm an American."

PHOTOMIKE KING (PICTURE THIS) PICTURE THIS - It's chilly (about -4°) but going topless reduces one of the hazards of Antarctic running: chafing. Before the first Antarctic Ice Marathon, held a few hundred miles from the South Pole, John O'Regan of Ireland, Mark Tointon of England and Mike Pierce of the U.S. (left to right) shed their shirts--and parkas, ski pants, sweaters, scarves, hats, gloves and thermal underwear--for a quick jog. It didn't hurt: All three, fully clothed, finished the race. PHOTOPHIL HAN/ZUMA PRESS, INC. (PINK AND HART) PHOTOJEFF REINKING/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (ARTEST)

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)