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November 18, 2002
Those swinging 1970s wife-swappers have nothing on the producers of Inside Edition. For a segment that aired on the show last week, Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Brandi Nace, 24, switched roles for a day with Jenny Isenbarger, a 43-year-old homemaker and mother of three from suburban Zionsville, Ind. On Oct. 27, as Nace tended to Isenbarger's children, Matt, 15, Jack, 11, and Katie, 3 (Matt was quick to offer Nace help in preparing breakfast), Isenbarger, who does some modeling in Indianapolis, flew to Dallas and practiced a routine with the spangled squad. "They treated me like one of the girls," says Isenbarger (below left). "The name of the dance was Shake a Little, but I was shaking everything my momma gave me!" Five days later Isenbarger danced the number during the third quarter, then got to see Emmitt Smith break Walter Payton's alltime rushing record. "He did it right after I performed," she says. "So I'm taking all the credit."
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November 18, 2002

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Those swinging 1970s wife-swappers have nothing on the producers of Inside Edition. For a segment that aired on the show last week, Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Brandi Nace, 24, switched roles for a day with Jenny Isenbarger, a 43-year-old homemaker and mother of three from suburban Zionsville, Ind. On Oct. 27, as Nace tended to Isenbarger's children, Matt, 15, Jack, 11, and Katie, 3 (Matt was quick to offer Nace help in preparing breakfast), Isenbarger, who does some modeling in Indianapolis, flew to Dallas and practiced a routine with the spangled squad. "They treated me like one of the girls," says Isenbarger (below left). "The name of the dance was Shake a Little, but I was shaking everything my momma gave me!" Five days later Isenbarger danced the number during the third quarter, then got to see Emmitt Smith break Walter Payton's alltime rushing record. "He did it right after I performed," she says. "So I'm taking all the credit."

?The name David Beckham is larger than life in the U.K., but can it open a movie in the U.S.? Next spring Fox Searchlight Pictures will release Bend It Like Beckham, which has been a blockbuster hit in England since it debuted last April. The plot of Beckham centers on Jess, an 18-year-old Anglo-Indian who dreams of bending a ball around a wall the way her idol, Beckham, England's team captain, does. Jess's Punjabi-born parents, however, want her to forget soccer and get married. Last Thursday, Fox Searchlight held a private screening in Pasadena for 14 members of the U.S. Women's National Team, including Brandi Chastain, Julie Foudy and Mia Hamm. Says Chastain, "This was a great message of how you can be spiritual and true to your culture and still have athletics as part of your life."

?Don't tell Mickey, but Joshua Jackson, who portrayed hockey player Charlie Conway in Disney's three Mighty Ducks movies, was arrested last Saturday and charged with assaulting a security guard at the Penguins-Hurricanes game in Raleigh. According to the arrest warrant, Jackson, age 24, who plays Pacey on the WB's Dawson's Creek, allegedly grabbed a 40-year-old security guard around the neck and struck him. Jackson, tested in jail, showed a blood-alcohol content of .14. (The legal limit in North Carolina is .08.) He posted $1,000 bail early on Sunday and is scheduled to appear in court on the misdemeanor charge on Dec. 4.

? Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez married longtime girlfriend Cynthia Scurtis on Nov. 2 in a private ceremony at Rodriguez's mansion in Dallas. Among the guests was Rodriguez's baseball idol, former Baltimore shortstop Cal Ripken Jr....

Billy the Marlin and his team are splitsville. The contract of John Routh, the only man who's ever worn the Marlins' mascot gear, is not being renewed in a cost-cutting move....

Never underestimate the power of the Street. Upon learning that the U.S. Ski Team had no plans to throw her a retirement party, Picabo Street threatened to skip the team's annual fund-raising events. Within a short time the team had scheduled a bon voyage bash for Street in Park City, Utah, on Nov. 23, and Street was back in the fold for the fund-raisers.

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