Sergio Garc�a has found a girlfriend with everything he could want in a woman:
She's smart and pretty, and her father can offer expert advice if Garc�a's
swing gets out of whack. Garc�a and Morgan Leigh Norman, the daughter of former
world No. 1 Greg Norman, appeared as a couple for the first time at the Ryder
Cup, confirming weeks of rumors that they are dating. Garc�a, 26, the
ninth-ranked player in the world, hit it off with the 23-year-old Norman, a
recent Boston College graduate, when she accompanied her father to a tournament
in Denver in August. The pair (above) were inseparable in Ireland. "We'll
see where it goes, but she's definitely very nice," said Garc�a, who won
four points in the Europeans' Cup thrashing of the Americans (page 54). "I
can't say anything bad about her."
Mack Brown has
been waiting for this chance since 2003, when disgruntled Texas fans launched
firemackbrown.com. The Longhorns' coach has a cameo in the first episode of
NBC's Friday Night Lights (Oct. 3 at 8 p.m.) as a Texas high school football
booster who tells his team's coach, "I'm a little worried about you
steppin' up to the plate here.... We don't want you to go out there and be soft
and scared." Lights writer-producer Peter Berg tells SI the idea came to
him after Texas won the national championship in January, and he wanted to give
Brown a way to "unload on a coach the way he's been unloaded on." Adds
Berg, "It was a joy to watch."
If you're going
to enter baseball's 40-40 club, there's really only one way to celebrate--by
entering The 40-40 Club, the New York City sports bar owned by Jay-Z. Last
Thursday, Nationals slugger Alfonso Soriano, the fourth player to hit 40 homers
and steal 40 bases in a season, was honored with a bash attended by Charles
Barkley, Patrick Ewing, actor Nick Cannon and most of Soriano's teammates.
Soriano's jersey was mounted alongside those of fellow 40-40 men Barry Bonds,
Alex Rodriguez and Jose Canseco, but Soriano wasn't able to receive
congratulations from the owner of the joint in person. Jay-Z, who was on tour
in London, apologized for his absence with a late-night phone call.
It looks like the
Raiders will get tattooed on a regular basis this season, but safety Jarrod
Cooper has found a way to lighten things up. Cooper--who has tattoos running up
his left arm, across his back and around his waist--is looking for the most
unusual ink job in Raider nation. Fans can e-mail photographs of their tatts to
firstname.lastname@example.org; the winner will earn $1,000--Cooper will pay it out of
his own pocket and deliver it personally--and two tickets to the
Raiders-Steelers game at McAfee Coliseum on Oct. 29. The most impressive art he
has seen so far? The portrait of Al Davis one fan has on his back.