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Jan. 15, 2007
Jan. 15, 2007

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THE GOOD, the bad and the ugly. That's how Hoover (Ala.) High football coach Rush Propst characterizes his team's 2005 season, the subject of MTV's reality series Two-A-Days (now out on DVD). His 14--1 Buccaneers won the Class-6A championship, but "that season had warts," says Propst. "And [MTV] certainly dramatized some things." The second season of Two-A-Days, which follows the '06 Bucs, premieres on Jan. 30. At the risk of spoiling things, don't expect another happy ending. Hoover failed to win a fifth straight state title, losing to Prattville 35--21 in the championship game. That led to speculation that the series was at fault, a notion Propst scoffs at, sort of. "MTV had nothing to do with us winning or losing," he says. "We had a great year, but we were playing the 2006 season and watching the 2005 season—and that may have been a distraction."

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• Everyone else seemed to be having such a good time poking fun at former NBA guard Doug Christie and his wife, Jackie, that the couple decided to try it out. The Christies (right), who communicated by hand signals during games and were inseparable off the court, lampoon their relationship on The Christies' Un-Cut, a comedy DVD they wrote, directed and star in. In one skit Jackie questions Doug's manhood; in another he plays a flatulent elderly man upset over his hair loss. (The disc is available at jackiechristie.com.) The couple is also the subject of Committed: The Christies, a reality show on the BET "J" network. "Our dream is to write and direct a full movie," Jackie tells SI. "And Doug was in the NBA for 14 years, so he can act, too."

• He's the Los Angeles Galaxy's captain; she's an actress starring in the upcoming CBS series Rules of Engagement. So it would have been no surprise if Landon Donovan, 24, and Bianca Kajlich, 29, had a lavish Hollywood reception when they got married in Santa Barbara on New Year's Eve. The couple threw a down-to-earth party instead, celebrating with catered In-N-Out hamburgers and a karaoke machine. Among the 200 guests were U.S. Soccer teammates Brian Ching and Jimmy Conrad and Donovan's Galaxy teammate Joe Cannon, a groomsman and backup singer on the newlyweds' karaoke rendition of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean.

• Gilbert Arenas's birthday, on the other hand, was not so simple an affair. The Wizards guard (page 77), who turned 25 last Saturday, invited 7,500 of his closest friends to a bash at the Washington nightclub Love. The four-level party—there were casino and safari-themed floors and a life-sized ice sculpture of Arenas—was attended by Sean (Diddy) Combs, former D.C. mayor Marion Barry and Eagles QB Donovan McNabb. Rappers Busta Rhymes, Lil' Wayne, T.I. and The Game performed, and Arenas even took the mike himself: He urged the crowd to "get drunk and make bad decisions."

SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

A West Virginia fan was photographed defecating on a seat in the Georgia Tech band seating area during the Gator Bowl.

PICTURE THIS

If the eyes are a window to the soul, we know what Swiss ski jumper Guido Landert was thinking as he stood atop the Bergisel run in Innsbruck during the Four Hills tournament last week: It's all downhill from here. Landert had his reflective moment before a training run during the weeklong event, in which jumpers compete at four venues in Germany and Austria. Norway's Anders Jacobsen won the title on Sunday.

They Said It

MARTIN ST. LOUIS, Lightning forward, after it was suggested that he could win the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship:
"I'd better get into a fight."

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