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February 17, 2003
Nike's soccer-streaker ad (SCORECARD, Feb. 3) is inspiring copycats. Late in the first half of the North Carolina-Duke basketball game, 21-year-old Duke student Robert Findly sprinted onto his home court wearing only sneakers and a scarf (just like the Nike nude), with a blue swoosh painted on his back. Findly juked past two policemen on his second lap around the court but then got gang-tackled by four officers and was later charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. Meantime, Reebok CEO Paul Fireman was also inspired by the streaker. Fireman dreamed up an ad that aired nationally on Feb. 5 in which, yup, a naked man with a scarf bursts onto a soccer pitch. This time, though, he is flattened by "office linebacker" Terry Tate, who bellows, "You just did it, so I had to hit it." Tate, who is really 6'7", 320-pound actor Rasta, debuted as Reebok's pitchman during the Super Bowl.
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February 17, 2003

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Nike's soccer-streaker ad (SCORECARD, Feb. 3) is inspiring copycats. Late in the first half of the North Carolina-Duke basketball game, 21-year-old Duke student Robert Findly sprinted onto his home court wearing only sneakers and a scarf (just like the Nike nude), with a blue swoosh painted on his back. Findly juked past two policemen on his second lap around the court but then got gang-tackled by four officers and was later charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. Meantime, Reebok CEO Paul Fireman was also inspired by the streaker. Fireman dreamed up an ad that aired nationally on Feb. 5 in which, yup, a naked man with a scarf bursts onto a soccer pitch. This time, though, he is flattened by "office linebacker" Terry Tate, who bellows, "You just did it, so I had to hit it." Tate, who is really 6'7", 320-pound actor Rasta, debuted as Reebok's pitchman during the Super Bowl.

? Jennifer Lopez has had some rotten luck in love (she's been divorced twice), but could she have a magic hand as a sports bettor? According to the Las Vegas Sun, Lopez plunked down $250,000 on the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl, taking the money line at +160. That means she took home a $400,000 profit-enough, were she inclined, to buy her beau Ben Affleck one rockin' season ticket to his beloved Red Sox. A senior MGM Grand executive confirmed to the paper that J. Lo had placed a winning six-figure wager. Lopez's spokesman, Alan Nierob, told SI that his client doesn't bet. But, he added, "at least they're saying she won."

? Tony Kornheiser, already a hit on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption, is getting deeper into TV. CBS has commissioned a sitcom pilot based on Kornheiser's life as a Washington Post columnist, a husband and a father of two teenagers. "I'm enormously flattered that someone thought my life could be the subject of a TV show," Kornheiser tells SI, "and terrified that someone will actually try to make such a show." Kornheiser, who won't write or act in the series, has a 20-year-old daughter and a son who's 17; in the show the kids will be younger. "I don't know if I'll be younger," Kornheiser, 54, says, "but I damn well hope I'll be better-looking."

? Mavericks owner Mark Cuban went bowling with the highly demonstrative PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber before the Days Inn Open last week, and Mavs fans may want to keep an eye on the sideline. "He taught me his crotch chop," Cuban said, referring to one of Weber's celebratory moves. "I wonder if I'll get fined by the NBA if I do that at a referee."

?Never has the union of loud music and fast cars been as fruitful as it was last Saturday night, when 19-year-old Chase Montgomery won the season-opening race in the ARCA series in a car co-owned by Alice Cooper. The race, held at Daytona's speedway, was the first stock car event Cooper's ever attended. He was blown away. "It's sort of like you hear a record, but you never really hear a band until you go see it and feel the bass drum hitting you in the chest," says the man who sang "I can't get a girl 'cause I ain't got a car."

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