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What's on Jenn's mind?

Props to Verlander, Knocked Up, CWS and Beard

Posted: Friday June 15, 2007 3:45PM; Updated: Friday June 15, 2007 5:04PM
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Athlete of the Week: In a game straight out of a Kevin Costner movie, Detroit's Justin Verlander "cleared the mechanism" and pitched a no-hitter against the Brewers Tuesday night. He just made some fantasy baseball player's week, and pissed off a handful of others. Congrats to Verlander for the historic accomplishment.

What I'm Looking Forward To: Omaha. Not just a great place for steak! The College World Series starts this Friday, and the boys of summer are back in town to battle it out for the title of the best in the country. With powerhouses UNC and Arizona State up against dark horses from Louisville and UC Irvine, it really is anybody's game. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a week of America's favorite pastime.

On My Calendar: In the words of Darryl Waltrip, "Boogity Boogity Boogity ... let's go racing!" Since college football season is still months away I've had to find something else to occupy my weekends. If you would have asked me a year ago to watch a NASCAR race, I probably would have laughed at you. But since my experience at the Daytona 500, racing has opened a whole new world for me. So don't be surprised if you see yours truly at a track near you in the upcoming weeks. Who knows? With Dale Earnhardt Jr. leaving for Hendrix, I hear DEI is looking for drivers. And this girl wants to go fast!

What I'm Watching: Thank you, Seth Rogen, for saving my summer. I have been to pretty much every movie that has come out in the past two months, except for slasher flicks (because this girl doesn't have the stomach for it), and this was the first film that made me laugh so hard that I cried. For those who doubt Katherine Heigl's ability to hold down a leading role, this will make you think twice. She does a great job holding her own against a male lead that would ordinarily drown out someone. Despite the sick gags and over-the-top cannabis references, the film actually has some sweet spots to it. If you see one movie this summer, make sure it is Knocked Up, if for no other reason than to remind you why NOT to drink too much on a night out on the town.

What's on My Mind: Amanda Beard is the most recent athlete to pose nude. She appears in this month's issue of Playboy. Though she is no stranger to men's magazines, this is her first appearance in her birthday suit. This, of course, has raised concern with many feminists and female athletes, who wonder what this will do to Beard's otherwise squeaky clean rep. My opinion? Male and female athletes use their personas and bodies for endorsements and to sell products all the time. Are you telling me David Beckham gets underwear ads for his soccer skills? PLEASE! It's a source of extra revenue for athletes long after their playing days are over. Bottom line: It's her body, and she'll pose if she wants to.


Are you a fan of UFC? I know how much you love sports, so thought I would ask. I recently went to my first card and I saw Rampage beat Liddell I gotta say, the sport is amazing to watch in person. And there wasn't even a single fight in the crowd. When was the last time you saw that at a sporting event?
-- Kevin Schweertman, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

Kevin, I have gone to little league baseball games and watched two moms duke it out in the stands, so nothing surprises me anymore. I haven't attended a UFC match, though. It's all the rage on Spike TV, so I've caught a match after CSI now and then. I'd love to attend an event live, but I am not sure if I would sit as close as I do at football games -- unless you have a poncho I can borrow for the blood spatter.

Jenn, I just found out that this guy I haven't seen in about three or four years is inviting me to his wedding. I'm getting married shortly thereafter. Do I have to invite him to mine? I'm already over my limit and this person has only met my fiancÚ once.
-- Ro, New York

Ro, if you haven't seen this guy in years, then what is the hang up? Maybe he just doesn't have as many friends as you and needs to fill some pews. Regardless, it's totally your prerogative whether to pass this kid an invite. He doesn't make a point to keep in touch and doesn't even KNOW your fiancÚ. Add up the dinner, the gifting, and the postage to mail the damn thing, and that could be an extra day on your honeymoon. I'd say skip the courtesy invitation.