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December 29, 2003
Folks who don't want to shell out $19.95 to watch the inaugural Lingerie Bowl on pay-per-view at halftime of the Super Bowl can still see some attractive entertainment on CBS. Calling the game "a unique and exciting experience that I have looked forward to for many years," Janet Jackson has signed on to perform at intermission of Super Bowl XXXVIII at Houston's Reliant Stadium. Jackson has a new album scheduled for release in early 2004. As for the alternative game, in which teams of scantily clad models will play football under the watchful eye of coaches Lawrence Taylor and Eric Dickerson, it will go on without its lone major sponsor. Dodge, which had hoped to use the event to sell trucks to the macho set, pulled out last week after research revealed that the game might be viewed in some quarters as a tad sexist. Said Dodge's global marketing chief, George Murphy, "The event was diverting media and consumer attention from current products."
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December 29, 2003

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Folks who don't want to shell out $19.95 to watch the inaugural Lingerie Bowl on pay-per-view at halftime of the Super Bowl can still see some attractive entertainment on CBS. Calling the game "a unique and exciting experience that I have looked forward to for many years," Janet Jackson has signed on to perform at intermission of Super Bowl XXXVIII at Houston's Reliant Stadium. Jackson has a new album scheduled for release in early 2004. As for the alternative game, in which teams of scantily clad models will play football under the watchful eye of coaches Lawrence Taylor and Eric Dickerson, it will go on without its lone major sponsor. Dodge, which had hoped to use the event to sell trucks to the macho set, pulled out last week after research revealed that the game might be viewed in some quarters as a tad sexist. Said Dodge's global marketing chief, George Murphy, "The event was diverting media and consumer attention from current products."

? Indianapolis miming back Edgerrin James might not even be the best colt with that first name. Edgerrin, a 2-year-old thoroughbred owned by Indianapolis season-ticket holders Herb and Darlene Likens, has won all three of his starts—including the $35,000 South Bend Stakes on Nov. 29. "He's big and powerful, and he's a competitor like Edgerrin James," says Herb Likens. "Edgerrin the horse knows he's good." That's all that matters to James, who was pleasantly surprised when SI told him of the horse's existence—and even happier to learn he's undefeated. "That's what I'm talking about," said James. "A young thoroughbred champion in the making!" His request for the Likenses: "They can't keep that horse too clean. It's got to be unique, and it's got to win."

?We don't yet know how good it is, but The Perfect Score, which stars Darius Miles alongside Lost in Translation star Scarlett Johansson and hits the screen next month, certainly sounds realistic. The Cavs' forward, who skipped college to jump to the NBA in 2000, plays Desmond, a New Jersey high schooler contemplating a similar move. Ultimately Desmond wants to go to St. John's, so he schemes to steal a copy of the SAT. Miles—who had no acting experience and says he modeled his work on the thespian techniques of Shaquille O'Neal (Kazaam)—got the gig after being asked to audition by the film's producer and writers, who are Clippers fans. (Miles played in L.A. until last season.) Says Miles, "All of my lines in the movie are basically the same stuff I was telling people when I was in high school."

?Talk about a target audience: Democratic presidential candidate Gen. Wesley Clark put together a campaign ad that ran only in New Hampshire (primary date: Jan. 27) and only during last Saturday's Patriots-Jets game. Clark wore a Pats sweatshirt, juggled a football and went heavy on metaphor: "When you're I down, you have to be able to turn things around, and you never give up. And let's face it, you have to be strong on defense," Clark said to the camera. "You also need to be strong on offense. And having a heck of a quarterback doesn't hurt either."... Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who played jockey George Woolf in Seabiscuit, says he'll take a leave of absence from riding if an acting project comes along. "I've got other priorities right now besides horse racing," said the 40-year-old, who suffered a fractured vertebra and a punctured lung in a spill at the Arlington Million in August. "It's a lot safer behind a camera than it is on top of a horse."

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