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May 24, 2004
Perennial party girl Tara Reid likes to play the field with guys who play on fields. After being seen canoodling in 2002 with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (just before the Pats lost two of their last three to miss the playoffs) and hanging out with Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey last year (before the Giants went 4-12), Reid, 28, has rushed into the arms of Ravens quarterback Kyle Boiler, 22. The American Pie actress has been partying with the former Cal star in L.A. since last month. As for Reid's penchant for guy pals in pads, her mother, Donna, a Giants fan, recently told the Record of Bergen County, N.J., "[E! True Hollywood Story] asked me if Tara dating Tom Brady had made the Patriots lose that year.... We'll have Tara go through the entire NFL so the Giants will win the Super Bowl next."
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May 24, 2004

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Perennial party girl Tara Reid likes to play the field with guys who play on fields. After being seen canoodling in 2002 with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (just before the Pats lost two of their last three to miss the playoffs) and hanging out with Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey last year (before the Giants went 4-12), Reid, 28, has rushed into the arms of Ravens quarterback Kyle Boiler, 22. The American Pie actress has been partying with the former Cal star in L.A. since last month. As for Reid's penchant for guy pals in pads, her mother, Donna, a Giants fan, recently told the Record of Bergen County, N.J., "[E! True Hollywood Story] asked me if Tara dating Tom Brady had made the Patriots lose that year.... We'll have Tara go through the entire NFL so the Giants will win the Super Bowl next."

? Hollywood prankster Ashton Kutcher has set the Rock's trailer on fire and repossessed everything in Justin Timber-lake's home, but when he heckled Alex Rodriguez for his MTV show Punk'd, he went too far. In the midst of A-Rod's contract negotiations during the off-season, Kutcher had a waiter pose as a die-hard Red Sox fan at an L.A. restaurant where Rodriguez, 28, was eating dinner with his wife. The waiter called A-Rod a loser who had never been on a winning team. Rodriguez was not amused. When a show staffer popped in to reveal that the waiter was a prankster, A-Rod refused to sign the release form to allow the segment to air and insisted that the tape be destroyed. "It was a good idea," said Rodriguez. "It was just bad timing."

?Last Thursday, Roots, the Canadian company that so stylishly outfitted the U.S. team at the Salt Lake City Olympics, unveiled the gear the U.S. team will wear in Athens this summer. As 2002 figure skating gold medalist Sarah Hughes and current U.S. softball team members Jennie Finch and Lisa Fernandez milled about the NBC Experience Store in New York City, where the unveiling took place, Chevy Chase, who turned tripping into an art form during the first two seasons of Saturday Night Live, reflected on his own athletic career. "Soccer was very important in my life," Chase told SI. "It taught me how to fall."

? Damon's Disciples will have to toss their fake beards next week when Red Sox centerfielder Johnny Damon shaves for charity. The Passion of the Christ 'do, which the 30-year-old has sported all season, has spawned a hirsute following that shows up at Fenway in wigs and fake facial hair. But during a recent heat wave it dawned on Damon that a beard can get hot and sweaty. "I don't want to get cramps on the field and die of heat," he said. "And it's starting to get a little sloppy. You start drinking a lot of water, and half of it stays in your beard." When Gillette offered Damon $15,000 to shave with one of its new razors, he agreed to do it and donate the money to children's reading and tutoring programs at Boston's public library. While Damon's chin will stay clean for the summer, he plans to grow his beard back when the weather cools.

?What happens when people stop being polite and start working for Jon Bon Jovi? We'll find out during the 15th season of MTV's The Real World. The show will be set in Philadelphia, and the seven housemates, who moved in on April 30, will work for Bon Jovi's Arena Football League team, the Philadelphia Soul. They're going to have to live on a prayer—they're not being paid for their work in the team's community relations department.

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