The man at the center of ABC's The Bachelor knows his sports. Aaron Buerge was an all-state swimmer in high school, is an avid Chiefs fan and plans to open a sports bar with two 105-inch projection TVs next month in his native Springfield, Mo. But Buerge wasn't ready for the sports fanaticism he encountered upon visiting his date Brooke Smith and her family in Albertville, Ala., during the episode that aired last week. Brooke's stepfather, John David, gave Bruege a tour of his Alabama Room. The oversized crimson-and-white "museum," as Buerge calls it, is packed with Alabama football memorabilia, including a houndstooth hat worn by Bear Bryant and a copy of SI from the 1970s in which David appears in a photo of fans at a 'Bama game. Though Buerge jokingly called the shrine "a little spooky" on air, he told SI he was impressed. "It's neat that someone is so passionate about college football," Buerge says. "Going down there I was going to joke that I was an Auburn fan. I decided against it after seeing the 'Bama Room."
?Oscar and Felix together again? Stay tuned. Super welterweight champ Oscar De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad have agreed to meet for dinner in Puerto Rico in the near future. De La Hoya lives part time in Trinidad's native land and hopes to persuade Trinidad, who retired in July, to agree to a rematch. When the two fought in September 1999, Trinidad, now 29, won a disputed split decision. Says De La Hoya, also 29, "I want to hear [that he is retired] from his mouth."
?If you think a Big Mac and fries make a good-looking pair, wait till you see the newest McDonald's doubles team. Tennis sisters Venus and Serena Williams have joined Donald Trump, Cedric the Entertainer and Latin star Sofia Vergara as McPitchmen. The sisters signed a three-year deal to do a series of ads that begins this month. They'll also appear on behalf of Ronald McDonald House Charities. Said Serena, "When we were kids going through a McDonald's drive-thru, picking up dinner on the way to practice, who'd have thought we'd be starring in a commercial with the Hamburglar."
?An alleged conspiracy to kidnap ex- Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, the wife of British soccer star David Beckham, was foiled last week—with the help of the British tabloid News of the World. Acting on a tip from the paper, which said its undercover reporters had infiltrated a gang of art thieves who were planning to kidnap the former Posh Spice and hold her for ransom, Scotland Yard's Serious and Organized Crime Command unit arrested nine suspects. (Four were released.) "These people were serious, and that, of course, has scared the life out of me," Victoria Beckham said. "It is terrifying to think that someone would want to do that."
? Redskins boss Daniel Snyder is hiring 10 coaches—but don't expect controversy. Snyder has launched the Redskins Youth Development program, which places academic coaches in D.C.-area public high schools. The coaches will help student-athletes land college scholarships. "We wanted to do something that wasn't just about athletics," Snyder says.