Sex and sports permeate our collective consciousness. In ways that were
unimaginable 10 or 20 or 30 years ago, the line between the two activities
has blurred, and often disappears. We hunger for sports stories and sex news
the way Colonial-era patriots craved the latest Tom Paine pamphlet. And when
the two topics are combined, woof! Down, doggie! Progress? Maybe not.
But we do seem to have that "pursuit of happiness" clause of the
|If only Jeter were on "The Bachelor" ...|
Now that Tony Siragusa has retired ...
ESPN declares Derek Jeter and Anna Kournikova the world's most beautiful
Giving a new meaning to the phrase "babe magnet," a refrigerator magnet
featuring a photo of the Timberwolves Wally Szczerbiak, wearing only a towel
and a smile, sells for $22.50 on eBay.
|The Eagles cheerleaders didn't turn their backs on a calendar proposition (see August).|
And the movie will be called Porky's
Former Eagles cheerleaders file a lawsuit alleging that every team in the
NFL, except the Jags and the Eagles, peeped at them through a hole in the
visitors' clubhouse. "It really bothers me that grown men behaved this way,"
said Susette Walsh, a former cheerleader. Grown men? Apparently she hasn't
read the sports pages lately.
Don't expect Jeremy Shockey to guest host
PrideVision TV, a Canadian gay and lesbian cable outlet, debuts "Locker
Room," a look at sports from a gay perspective. The first episode features
segments entitled "Powerslam Wrestling Extreme," "Nude Surfing," "We Love
Patrick Rafter," and "Jock Strap Art." Hosted by actor/musician Paul DeBoy,
the show is a success, and is picked up for a second season in October.
But Vince McMahon is intrigued
Pallavolo Palermo of the Italian Female Volleyball League comes close to a
deal where the club will be sponsored by porn star Eva Henger. The league
president nixes the idea.
No kilts needed
Scotland's Robert Gordon University Crew Team -- four men, four women, and a
female coxswain -- prepare for a major competition by training in the nude.
Why? To "find out what natural assets we have for rowing," explains the
team's captain, a male. Hard to believe that line worked on the ladies,
|Carin Koch didn't bare all for Playboy but she did finish eighth on the LPGA money list.|
Who did Hootie vote for?
Sweden's Carin Koch wins Playboy.com's "Babes of the LPGA" poll, with Jill
McGill placing second. Neither takes up Playboy's offer to pose nude. "I
never thought I'd be in a poll like this, and I never thought I'd win it
either," Koch told Playboy.com. "It's flattering." Koch became aware of the
poll while teeing off in the LPGA Takefuji Classic in Hawaii, the first
event of the season. "I just kind of laughed when I heard I was in the
poll," she says. "I thought it was neat." Kris Tschetter finished sixth in
the poll -- one place above "None of the Above." "Of course I voted for
myself," she said. "I needed all the help I could get."
Forty-three home runs later ...
Rafael Palmeiro, 37, is signed on as a Viagra spokesman. After his agent
says Palmiero doesn't suffer from erectile dysfunction, Palmiero issues a
contradictory statement: "The truth is, I, like many others, do have
occasional problems. I do, when needed, take Viagra."
Hand of godmother doesn't help Argentina
Carolina Ardohain, or "Pampita," wins the popular vote and becomes official
"godmother" of Argentina's national soccer team. The 21-year-old model takes
35 percent of the vote, well ahead of second-place Gabriela Sabatini, who
tallies 9.3 percent. Unfortunately, Ardohain doesn't seem to help Argentina
much in the World Cup -- the national team is eliminated before the Round of
16, finishing third in Group F.
The stories were good, too
SI's swimsuit issue, with Yamila on the cover, somehow or other sidesteps
the magazine industry's advertising drought and weighs down mail carriers
everywhere. It features models clad in bikinis made of cigar wrappers,
coffee beans, beer caps, and jalapeno peppers. Sigmund Freud surrenders.
No curling up by the fireplace
British curlers Ewan and Fiona MacDonald, husband and wife, pledge
abstinence during the Olympics. "Whenever we have got a big match or a
championship we abstain," explains Fiona. It works for her -- the British
women win gold. But not for him -- England's finest broomsmen finish in a
three-way tie for seventh place.
German skier Ronny Ackerman helps his team win silver in the Nordic
combined, and attributes his success to his 389 days of abstinence before
the Games. But who's counting?
Beckie Scott wins Canada's first cross-country skiing gold medal ever. Until
this feat, she was best known for posing au naturel, along with her
teammates, for the 2001 Nordic Nudes calendar.
"You must be careful"
Anti-abortion group Generation Life protests against the free availability
of 12,000 condoms, which athletes can pick up in clinics at competition
sites and the Olympic Village. An organizing committee spokeswoman has no
apologies. "We're not distributing them," she said. "They're available like
aspirin, Tylenol, and bandages. It's good public health policy." 18-year-old
Yugoslavian bobsledder Vuk Radjenovic, agrees. "It's a very good idea, a
very, very good idea. Today is a very nasty time for diseases, and there
will be a lot of parties in the Olympic Village, I suppose. It's a natural
thing, sex, but you must be careful."
Reports from deep inside the Olympic Village indicate that officials have
removed Jacuzzis and hot tubs. It's another blow for the Olympic spirit. An
unnamed athlete, quoted by the New York Daily News, says, "Let's just say
they let us know they didn't want any more intermingling of nations."
|This is not porn. Except to figure skating judges.|
More trouble in figure skating
Pairs skating and Ice Dancing saw some different moves performed, considering the new rules enacted
in May 2001 prohibiting "undignified poses and positions" such as, according
to the International Skating Union's communication No. 1115, "sustained
upside down splits, and spread eagles while leaning backwards low to the
ice." An American judge, Nancy Meiss, explains: "If I want a young man
waving his partner's assets in my face, I can rent a porn video. The males
are acting like pimps."
It's all about winning
Anni Friesinger, the German "sex symbol of speed skating" known for her
provocative poses in German magazines, wins a gold in the 1,500 with a world
record time of 1:54.02. She says it tops being known for your bottom. "When
someone says to you, 'You have a good body,' it is a compliment. But first
there must be results, then come the photos." OK, we got it -- first
results, then photos. Do Anna K's doubles victories count?
Hey, that's not Mike Modano
USA Hockey endows its women's team bobblehead dolls with terrific breasts,
so souvenir seekers can distinguish the dolls from their male counterparts.
Defenseman Karyn Bye, who modeled for a doll, said, "Hey, whatever sells."
Vince McMahon immediately proposes a new league, the WXHL, featuring players
in very tight sweaters.
Just don't dress like that at Augusta
In an examination of sex and the LPGA tour, SI's Ivan Maisel takes a step
out of the Victorian era and notes that "Grace Park showed a lot of
collarbone in a shirt with a rounded neck." Maisel also wins the
metaphor-of-the-year award with this gem: "Then there was Catrin Nilsmark,
the tour's high priestess of style, who wore her slacks tighter than a lie
on a driving-range mat."
But I don't really need it
Pele reaches an agreement with Pfizer to appear in Viagra advertisements.
The 61-year-old soccer icon says, "If I had impotence I would not hesitate
to talk about this with my GP."
Three's a crowd
Keith Cox wins a Playboy contest, and part of the prize is that he gets to
attend an Opening Day game with a Playmate. He decides to go see the D-Backs
open their season in Phoenix, but there's a hitch -- his wife is going, too.
"I think I need to chaperone him," said Debbie Cox. "I don't mind letting
Keith get a little enjoyment. But there is a limit." We're sure he's all too
|Man U star David Beckham brings a little spice to the British tabloids.|
Beckham's a true all-around star
Rumors fly that Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham and husband David conceived
their upcoming baby on Old Trafford, Manchester United's home pitch. "I
think it's illegal to perform an act like that at Old Trafford," she says.
"That's not where he was made." Man U fans are outraged at the suggestion
that it's illegal to score at Old Trafford.
Hootie wants it framed for his office
A photo of Christie Kerr, kissing a trophy she won at the Longs Drug
Challenge, makes waves on the Internet, because the glass trophy clearly
resembles an enormous glass phallus. Is it some kind of secret LPGA signal?
Same old, same old
SI publishes its Annual Swimsuit Backlash Letters Issue. They're getting a
little more sophisticated. One female subscriber asks for some beefcake,
too. Another reader, probably not the sharpest pencil in the drawer, says
she can't figure out how the same company that puts out SI for Women, which
publishes an annual swimsuit issue, can publish a swimsuit issue.
A.C. Green, long outspoken about his belief in premarital abstinence,
finally ties the knot. At age 38, he says his honeymoon "was worth the
wait." No offense to A.C. or his wife, but we kind of find that hard to
Biker of the year
Michelle Dumaresq (formerly Michael), a Canadian mountain-bike rider who had
undergone a sex-change operation in 1996, wins the Canada Cup series, making
the country's national team. Two of her teammates say she shouldn't be able
to compete in the World Championships in Austria. But she does, and places
24th. Dumaresq used to be 6 feet, 210 pounds, reports Sports Illustrated,
but after the operation and hormone therapy, is now 5'9 1/2" and 180 pounds.
Soccer match of the year
Luther College, in Iowa, officially bans the annual nighttime nude soccer
matches, saying that the events have drawn too many outsiders to the campus,
and have created an unsafe atmosphere. Despite the sanctions, 75 students
play au naturel in front of about 200 spectators, according to campus
security. This is later confirmed by university officials, who we're sure
studied the videotapes often, and with great care.
A research report in the European Journal of Urology reveals that some men
can't get erections after long bicycle rides because bicycle seats reduce
the oxygen supply to the penis. The researchers recommend that the problem
can be solved if male cyclists change their body position -- while cycling.
|Even though the Penthouse photos were fakes, Anna managed a revealing year.|
A dream deffered
Penthouse publishes what it says are photos (taken from video) of Anna
Kournikova topless. Anna K. says the photos are not of her, and she files a
lawsuit against the magazine. The photographer says he thought it was Anna K.
in the video because the woman's nipples met his comparison test, in which
he matched the video with photos of Anna in a sweat-soaked shirt.
A few weeks later, Penthouse settles a lawsuit brought by 28-year-old Judith
Soltesz-Benneton, who said that the 12 Penthouse photos of Anna K. were
actually of her, taken seven years ago while she was sunbathing on Miami's
South Beach. Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione apologizes to Soltesz-Benneton
and says he'll destroy all unsold copies of the issue. Because it's our job,
we studied the photos, and seriously, there's just no way that
anyone, especially the experts at Penthouse, could have believed that was
Everyone loves Pecker
Fans of the Erie (Pa.) Otters of the Ontario Hockey League honor their
team's top scorer, Cory Pecker, by throwing dildos onto the ice after the
team wins the title. Um, we're not sure if we can say this, but there's got
to be Pecker Bobblehead Doll in hockey's future.
Not that there's anything wrong with it
Mike Piazza, responding to rumors, holds an impromptu press conference
before a Mets-Phillies game to tell the world, "I'm not gay. The truth is
that I'm heterosexual and date women and that's it. End of story." Mets GM
Steve Phillips, ever the pragmatist, also tries to douse the flames a bit:
"If statistics hold up, in every clubhouse there is somebody who is gay. So
what? Who cares?"
World Cup sex, part I
Polish national soccer team coach Jerzy Engel says that he'll allow his
players to bring along wives and girlfriends during the World Cup. Some
players accept the offer, but others don't. "I want to concentrate on
football during the World Cup," says midfielder Cezary Kucharski. "I would
worry too much about my wife. That would be bad for my concentration."
Kucharski doesn't explain what about his wife, exactly, he'd be worried
In any case, the strategy doesn't work. Poland exits early, ousted
after finishing last in Group D competition.
World Cup sex, part II
Italy's coach, Giovanni Trapattoni, bans his players from having sex during
the first round of the World Cup, and adds that after that, "moderation is
The strategy doesn't work. Italy loses to Korea in the round of 16.
World Cup sex, part III
An Umbro.com poll reveals that on nights before World Cup matches, one of
three British fans plans to abstain from sex.
The strategy doesn't work. England loses to Brazil in the quarterfinals.
Finally, a successful strategy
Ronaldo, who's abstained throughout the World Cup, tells reporters, after
Brazil defeats German for the World Cup, that "Winning the World Cup is more
rewarding (than sex). I will have sex in a few moments, but the World Cup
only happens every four years."
|Even the notoriously rough fans in Philly had no reason to boo Heather Mitts.|
Good thing Ronaldo didn't meet her
23-year-old Philadelphia Charge star Heather Mitts appears on the cover of
Philadelphia Magazine's "Sexiest Singles" issue in a cleavage-revealing,
see-through black dress. "This might create an awareness that there is a
league," she explains. Uh-huh.
Allnudesports.com, which featured 15-minute sports reports delivered by nude
women, is shut down by its founder, AEBN Inc., a company that specializes in
pay-per-minute streaming porn. "The ad market is completely down," explains
AEBN president Scott Coffman. Maybe the ad market needs some Viagra.
Where are the SportsCenter highlights?
Uniliver detergent brand Persil sponsors Britain's nude boules team in the
international championships in the Netherlands, providing a uniform of
socks, sweatbands, baseball cap, and towel. "People might ask why a washing
powder company is working with people who don't wear clothes," says a Persil
marketing yob. Others might ask what the heck "boules" is.
We're canceling our subscription
Sports Illustrated for Women comes out with its swimsuit issue, which
features Apolo Ohno, Rick Fox, and Mike Piazza. Leading up to the issue,
Ohno won SIW's poll as the sexiest man in sports. Also making it into the
issue: "Banana" George Blair, an 87-year-old water skier. "I'm just elated!"
exclaims Blair. "This is one of the biggest compliments I've ever received."
We figure the "Banana" nickname must have something to do with it.
Anna drops her shorts
While practicing at Wimbledon, Anna Kournikova is asked to remove her shorts
-- an assistant referee tells her she has to take off her black shorts
because Wimbledon's rules require all-white clothing. "She was very
cooperative and her coach gave her a pair of his shorts," explains the ref,
who can't wait to tell his buddies that he asked Anna K. to remove her
shorts, and she did.
Too bad it's not a sport
150,000 Durex condoms featuring the slogan "Spirit of Friendship" (really)
are supplied to athletes during the Commonwealth Games in Manchester,
England. That works out to 30 condoms per competitor, or three per competitor
per day. One journalist crunches the numbers and predicts New Zealand will
use the most condoms during the Games, because Cuba, the 2000 Sydney condom
champ, isn't in The Commonwealth, and because Durex's demographics reveal
that New Zealanders lead the world in sex, copulating an average of 115
times a year.
|Serena's outfit raised, umm, eyebrows, but there was nothing controversial about her domination in winning the U.S. Open.|
If Catwoman played tennis
Serena Williams sets tongues a-hanging and a-wagging when she appears on
court at the U.S. Open in what the website FashionWindows.com calls a
"dominatrix-style catsuit." In fact, it's Lycra that has the appearance of
black leather. And Serena knows it's a style that she, but few others, can
pull off: "If you don't have a decent shape, this isn't the best outfit to
have," she tells reporters. And, she adds, it's all for the good of the
sport: "Maybe more people want to watch tennis. Maybe more people look."
About eight months after former Eagles cheerleaders filed a lawsuit accusing
visiting NFL teams of peeping into their dressing room at the Vet, the
current squad comes out with the 2002-2003 Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders
Lingerie Calendar. There's a lot of skin showing. "We were looking to push
the envelope, no question about it," says an Eagles PR man. "We wanted to
steam it open." An ounce of prevention?
The British Observer Sport Magazine does a thorough workup on sex and sports
performance, and surveys some of the great athletes, past and present.
Brazilian striker Romario: "Good strikers can only score goals when they
have had good sex on the night before a match." (Is there any other kind?)
British soccer legend George Best: "I certainly never found it had any
effect on my performance. Maybe best not the hour before, but the night
before makes no odds."
Sprinter Linford Christie: "Not having sex makes you
more aggressive. You need that aggression."
Former cricket player Simon Hughes: "I'd say pre-match sex helped more than it hindered. I took six
wickets and bowled out Zimbabwe to win a match for Middlesex the night after a dalliance with a Harare hairdresser, and enjoyed similar success during a four-day fling with a Birmingham nurse."
Playboy polls Web surfers on the sexiest women's soccer players. Heather
Mitts of the Philadelphia Charge wins, and the Charge's Rakel Karvelsson
finishes second. Philly is obviously the team to watch, as Charge Lorrie
Fair finishes fifth.
Members of Australia's national soccer team, "The Matildas," who became well
known for raising money by issuing a nude calendar before the 2000 Sydney
Games, say the Australian Women's Soccer Association pressured them to
appear topless in a Japanese TV commercial promoting toothpaste. The spot,
filmed before the Games, was intended to raise money for the Olympics. The
g-string clad soccer players were paid $4,000 each for the spot, while the
sport's, ahem, "governing body" raised $56,000.
Just not at Augusta
The Report On the American Golfer, a survey of about 2,000 serious players,
reveals that of all players who put in 25 rounds a year or more, 8 percent
have had sex on the course. Those with a low handicap may know something,
though -- 18 percent of the best golfers have done the deed on the links.
Sex over steroids
The sprinting coach of Germany's national track team tells "Fit for Fun"
magazine that sex before races is improves the performance of female
sprinters, because it raises their testosterone level.
|"They just won't believe that it was all just a joke! Really!"|
I was only kidding
Giants rookie Jeremy Shockey tells Howard Stern and an audience of millions
that if he had played with a gay teammate in college, "I probably wouldn't,
you know, stand for it." He adds that the problem, as he sees it, is that
"they're going to be in the shower with us and stuff, so I don't think
that's gonna work." Shockey apologizes once he realizes that people were,
you know, listening. "Whatever I did to offend people, I apologize," he
said. "I'm not prejudiced in any way."
And she throws a good screen pass, too
Anita Marks, the quarterback of the Miami Fury of the Independent Women's
Football League, unsuits up for Playboy. It's all for the game. "A lot of
people aren't aware of womens' pro football. This was an opportunity to shed
a positive light on females in sports." Right.
Competition for Anna
SI reports that Simonya Popova, a 17-year-old Russian tennis star, is being
groomed for WTA greatness down in Florida. She's 6'1" tall, 160 pounds, and
has a 125-mph serve that's "more accurate than ICBM," according to her
father. Even better, she wears "midriff-baring outfits, so small they appear
to come from Gap Kids, [which] highlight her ample décolletage," writes SI's
Jon Wertheim. "She has already agreed to pose for the tour's annual
swimsuit calendar. When she turns pro, an image consultant hired by her
agent will travel with her."
Simonya, as it turns out, is a fictional character, but it fooled us for a
while, simply because -- well, what's not to believe?
Curtis Strange gets outfoxed
Europe's Ryder Cup captain, Sam Torrance, says he won't ban players from
having sex during the tourney. The strategy works, as Europe defeats the
Laura and Jennifer Berman, sisters who co-host "For Women Only," a women's
health program on the Discovery Channel, tell Sports Illustrated for Women,
"We actually have many patients who report that the only time they can reach
orgasm is after doing extensive leg lifts or some sort of strenuous exercise
that not only increases blood flow but muscle tension in the genital area."
No wonder there are so many smiling faces at the health club.
Gay Games organizers decide that transgenders can compete against athletes
of their chosen sex when the Games come to Sydney in November. Proof that
they've been living as their "self-identified gender" will be all that's
necessary -- no hormone testing.
|Without wife Milene, would Ronaldo be just another Brazilian soccer player with two names?|
But I really don't need it redux
Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Guy Lafleur, and Pele are honored at a sex researcher's
convention in Montreal for promoting awareness of erectile dysfunction. Both
athletes promote Viagra. Lafleur says he doesn't need it, though. "No, not
yet, but if I had that problem I wouldn't be shy about seeing a doctor."
Gee, haven't we heard that line before?
More advice from Ronaldo
Ronaldo says, on a late-night Spanish TV show, "Sex a couple of hours before
the match is the key to success. The man has to be rather passive and just
enjoy the experience. This relaxes him and makes him happy, which in turn
gives him a whole load of energy." Ronaldo adds that getting it on with his
wife, former model Milene Dominguez, is the secret to his soccer success.
Does this mean practice is cancelled?
She can beat Anna on the court as well
Taking a cue from Simonya? Russian tennis star Anastasia Myskina poses in
the October issue of GQ nude, on the back of a horse. Ride on.
Football like it used to be
The Museum of Sex opens in New York; it features a display on a lesbian
football team called the Howdy Club, which played in the New York area in
the 1930s and 1940s.
Football like it is
Former NFL defensive lineman Esera Tuaolo reveals, in ESPN The Magazine and
on HBO's "Real Sports," that he's gay. He says that he retired early in part
because he was living a double life, hiding his sexuality from his teammates
while enduring many gay jokes told in the locker room. "They made me go
further and further into depression, further and further into shame," he
said, adding that he contemplated suicide. Is the NFL ready for gay players?
Probably not, says Tuaolo's former teammate, Sterling Sharpe: "He would have
been eaten alive and he would have been hated for it."
Lions QB Joey Harrington reveals to Cosmopolitan that "touching a woman's
face and putting my face against hers excites me. Soft cheeks are so
Former Romanian gymnasts Lavinia Milosevici (an Olympic gold medalist and
five-time world champion), Corina Ungureanu and Claudia Presecan pose nude
for a Japanese magazine, and also say they'll appear in porn videos. The
Romanian gymnastics chief disapproves: "I saw the pictures on the Internet
and we are very concerned about the fact that in some of them the girls
appear in costumes with the national colors. I don't think that's fair
because what they did doesn't have anything in common with Romanian
Countryman and former tennis star Ilie Nastase comes to the gymnasts' defense: "It
is absolutely normal what these girls to do." Nastase adds that he's willing
to pose nude, and he's "waiting for offers."
Ronaldo would agree
German swimmer Franziska van Almsick, whose official Web site bears the
slogan, "More than a Great Swimmer," tells the world she warms up for races
by having sex -- preferably in the pool. "Sex has always given me a big
boost," she says. The strategy works, as Swimming World magazine names van
Almsick Europe's Swimmer of the Year.
Van Almsick, who has posed in a
somewhat revealing fashion several times for Maxim Germany, won't be posing
for Playboy, as is rumored. Her Web site's FAQ section addresses the issue.
Thanks to Google for the translation: "Franziska does not have anything
against erotische photos. It has already some given, e.g. in MAXIM . She
finds however photos, which do not abandon the last secret, more erotischer.
There are no plans for an Playboy appearance, different reading messages is
They'd never make it as figure skaters
Former Romanian gymnasts Milosevici, Ungureanu, and Presecan follow through
on their threat, posing nude on various gymnastics apparatus in an adult
video filmed in Tokyo and broadcast on cable. Because of this, Japan's
gymnastics officials say they may ask the International Gymnastics
Federation to ban the Romanian team from the 2003 Yokohama Junior Grand
Prix. "Even if Milosovici has retired from competition, her act is a
disgrace to gymnastics," says the executive director of the Japanese
Father of the year
Damir Dokic, the "mad dad" of tennis who's been banned from tennis venues
worldwide, tells the British tabloid the Sun that "More than 40 per
cent of women in world tennis are lesbians." He adds, "I couldn't stand it
if [daughter] Jelena turned out to be one of them. I'd kill myself." Jelena, who's
asked the WTA to keep her father away from her matches, is dating Formula
One driver Enrique Bernoldi. Of course, her father also disapproves of this.
"I don't like him. I hope the relationship doesn't last long," he tells a
Jeff Merron writes for Page 2.