You may not remember what song she sang to Michael Jordan, but connoisseurs of skintight, sports-related clothing the world over no doubt recall the dress Mariah Carey wore while crooning to His Airness at the NBA All-Star Game in February. The intriguing variation on Jordan's Wizards jersey, which hugged curves better than some NASCAR drivers, didn't excite men only. The NBA Store on Fifth Avenue in New York City says it has been inundated with requests for the getup from girls who want to wear it to their prom. Alas, the dress was designed by Carey's personal stylist and is a one of a kind item.
?For Freddie Prinze Jr. the best part of starring in This Is My Youth at London's Garrick Theatre isn't treading the boards nightly for a West End audience. It's being near his beloved Arsenal, the London soccer team that at week's end led the Premier League. And when he's back home in L.A., what does he watch if a big soccer game comes on opposite Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which stars his wife, Sarah Michelle Gellar? "A big soccer game," Prinze told FourFourTwo magazine with a laugh. "If I said Buffy, my wife would call you up herself and say I was a liar."
?How do you get to the U.S. Golf Association's new museum? Practice. If that sounds like a bad old joke about Carnegie Hall, no problem: The golf shrine, set to open in 2005, will be located just down 57th Street from the hallowed music mecca, at the site of the former Russian Tea Room. The USGA purchased the building for $16 million last fall, after the fancy borscht house went bankrupt. The six-story, midtown Manhattan location should draw more visitors than does the current site in Far Hills, N.J., which attracts 25,000 a year. "We didn't set out to buy a landmark," says Rand Jerris, the USGA museum director. "That location filled all of our requirements." For the purchase price, the golf group got the Tea Room's famously ornate fixtures, including a 15-foot acrylic bear.
?We might wish we could run or throw like an NFL player, but should we aspire to smell like one? The personal-product development company Boom! apparently thinks so. It bought the rights to use the NFL logo on a new grooming line; in August leather kits bearing team insignias and containing NFL-label cologne, antiperspirant and football-shaped soap will hit the shelves of sporting-goods stores. "As with, say, a perfume that is advertised by model Naomi Campbell, there is an aspirational aspect to it," says Art DeGaetano, president of Boom!, which is also developing colognes inspired by eight NASCAR drivers. "Athletes today have beautiful cars, beautiful clothes. They are icons."
?The Czech National Theater has commissioned an opera to commemorate the country's 1998 Olympic hockey gold medal. Titled Nagano, the Birth of a Legend and billed as "an opera in three periods and one overtime," the work is scheduled to premiere in April 2004.... A's pitcher Barry Zito will appear in an episode of Showtime's The Chris Isaak Show this summer. Zito got his first on-screen kiss during filming, from actress Kristin Datillo. When asked how it compared to his steady job, the lefty with the nasty curveball said, "As a kisser and a pitcher, I try to mix it up, depending on the opposition."