The new Joe Millionaire, professional bareback bronc rider David Smith, wouldn't reveal the looker he'll wind up with when Fox's show ends in six weeks, but he did give us a hint: "I've always been attracted to athletic women," says Smith, 24. "I wouldn't want a librarian." Smith, a high school baseball and football player from Midland, Texas, took up bareback riding at McMurray University in 2000 and earned the Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association rookie of the year award in '01. He then dropped out of school ("I found out you really have to open those books a little more than you thought," he says) and turned pro. Despite what the 14 European women on the show were told, Smith ain't got an $80 million stud farm—he lives with his father in a trailer and makes $11,000 a year. "They didn't know what a rodeo was, and I still don't think they know," he says. "I rode up, and it was like, 'Hey! There's John Wayne!' "
?Nobody doesn't like watching baseball with Yogi Berra, and for Game 3 of the World Series about 80 supporters of the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Montclair, N.J., gathered with Yogi to watch the Yankees' last win of the year in the museum's amphitheater. ("Usually you have to be dead to get something like this," Berra noted when the place opened in '98.) The 78-year-old Hall of Famer fielded questions and talked baseball. " Pudge Rodriguez is my favorite catcher," he said, "He's built more like me than the others." When asked which active pitcher he'd like to catch, Yogi said, "[Mike] Mussina, 'cause he throws a great curveball. You don't see so many curveballs today." (Asked whom she'd like to catch, Yogi's wife, Carmen, said, " George Clooney.") Museum official David Kaplan also provided Berra trivia, revealing A that, "When Yogi first V came up, he wore number 38." Said Yogi: "I did?"
? Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, who won the 2001 U.S. Open, was invited to a barbecue in Canberra to celebrate George W. Bush's visit Down Under. Hewitt told SI: "I was really surprised and impressed with the President's knowledge and appreciation for tennis. Maybe if I win the U.S. Open again, I'll get invited to his place."
...In L.A. to play the Kings, the Flyers held a rookie dinner on Oct. 19 at West Hollywood's Dolce restaurant, a celebrity draw that has Ashton Kutcher among its investors. With center Jeremy Roenick serving as toastmaster, the rookies did a lusty rendition of Take Me out to the Ballgame. Said Dolce owner Lonnie Moore, "It wasn't Slap Shot, but it wasn't much different."
...To celebrate his 18th birthday, English soccer sensation Wayne Rooney—a stocky striker who in the last year has gone from an unknown schoolboy to a mainstay on England's national team—is throwing himself a party this Saturday at Liverpool's Aintree Racecourse. Rooney, who has arranged for hit-making girl band Atomic Kitten to play and who will go to the bash dressed as Oliver Hardy, is so popular that London bookmaker Paddy Power offered odds on his birthday behavior: 33 to 1 he'd be arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct, 25 to 1 he'd be photographed snogging a Kitten and 8 to 1 he'd be photographed grabbing a late-night snack at a Turkish kebab house.