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June 07, 2004
You may have noticed how rare it is that after a person sings the national anthem at a sporting event, the singer's father appears, rips off his shirt and whips the crowd into a screaming frenzy. Nevertheless, that is precisely what happened, twice, in Tampa last week when the Lightning asked Brooke Bollea, the 16-year-old daughter of pro wrestling immortal Hulk Hogan, to perform Francis Scott Key's greatest hit before the team's Stanley Cup games against the Flames. Bollea (left) sang the anthem at the St Pete Times Forum at least a dozen games this season, and Calgary's win in Game 1 was just the second time her appearance preceded a Lightning loss. The Hulkster, by the way, had just one piece of advice for his not-so-little (she's 5'11") girl, whose debut CD will be released on June 8. "I told Brooke to sing it straight, with respect," said Hogan. "If she puts any twist on it, I'll come out and body-slam her to the ice."
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June 07, 2004

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You may have noticed how rare it is that after a person sings the national anthem at a sporting event, the singer's father appears, rips off his shirt and whips the crowd into a screaming frenzy. Nevertheless, that is precisely what happened, twice, in Tampa last week when the Lightning asked Brooke Bollea, the 16-year-old daughter of pro wrestling immortal Hulk Hogan, to perform Francis Scott Key's greatest hit before the team's Stanley Cup games against the Flames. Bollea (left) sang the anthem at the St Pete Times Forum at least a dozen games this season, and Calgary's win in Game 1 was just the second time her appearance preceded a Lightning loss. The Hulkster, by the way, had just one piece of advice for his not-so-little (she's 5'11") girl, whose debut CD will be released on June 8. "I told Brooke to sing it straight, with respect," said Hogan. "If she puts any twist on it, I'll come out and body-slam her to the ice."

?"I just learned how to throw the ball," supermodel Gisele Bundchen (left) admitted before a game at Fenway Park on May 25 at which she was to deliver the ceremonial first pitch. "I hope I don't make a crazy [mistake]." Then the Brazilian bombshell, in town to promote the opening of a Victoria's Secret store in Copley Square, fired the ball over the head of Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek. Unlike Gisele, the Red Sox were practically mistake-free as they pounded the A's 12-2.

?When you're hot, you're hot, and when you're Survivor alum Rupert Boneham, you're hitting every sporting event within a corndog's toss of your hometown of Indianapolis. Last week Boneham, 40, who competed on Survivor: Pearl Islands and won $1 million for being the most popular Survivor of all time, appeared at the Indy 500 Festival Parade, Hoosier Park race track and at Conseco Fieldhouse for Game 2 of the Pacers-Pistons series. As Indiana's honorary captain, Boneham, a former bartender and gravedigger who now counsels troubled teens, took to the court before player introductions and fired up the crowd, then came back for Game 5. As for his newfound celebrity, Boneham discussed it before Game 2 with another member of the Indy glitterati: Jared, of Subway fame. "He was very nice," says Boneham. "Combined, I think we could be Indiana's version of Jack Nicholson."

?How much would you pay for a one-hour private tennis lesson with Serena Williams? For designer Donatella Versace, $25,000 seemed reasonable. With Williams's movie director-boyfriend, Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, Red Dragon), acting as auctioneer, Versace bid on the lesson at an American Foundation for AIDS Research black-tie gala at Le Moulin de Mougins in Cannes on May 21. ( Monica Seles also volunteered a one-hour lesson, which a British neurologist bought for $25,000.) The tennis stars joined Sharon Stone, Liza Minnelli, Ashley Judd, Sheryl Crow, Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein for the event, which raised more than $2 million.... Late-model stock car racer Leilani M´┐Żnter shouldn't have any trouble scoring dates; she worked as a body double for Catherine Zeta-Jones in Traffic and America's Sweethearts. But the 28-year-old brunette nonetheless took part in I Wanna Date a Race Car Driver, a reality dating show that premieres on the Speed Channel on June 9 at 9 p.m. Also included in the four-episode series are NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers Jon Wood and Brandon Whitt, and AMA Superbike racers Eric and Ben Bostrom.

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