Justin Timberlake is following in the footsteps of Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., and will host his own PGA Tour event in 2008 — The Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.
A six-handicap golfer, J.T. will take part in the celebrity pro-am and headline a concert on tournament weekend.
Comedian George Lopez will also host a PGA stop next year. And Brownie Points has learned that several other celebrities are in negotiations to do the same. Be on the lookout for:
• The Paris Hilton Mothers Against Drunk Driving Classic.
• The Mel Gibson Anti-Defamation League Open.
• The Alec Baldwin Father of the Year Championship.
• The Paul McCartney/Michael Jordan Alimony Cup.
• The Ellen DeGeneres “Hit a hole in one, I’ll give you a puppy” Open.
Roenick hits 500
Congratulations to Jeremy Roenick for scoring his 500th goal in San Jose Saturday night at the expense of the Coyotes. I’m sure he would have preferred to use his “Beanpot” move on a breakaway or hammer in a slapshot from the point, but a friendly bounce off the boards will do just fine.
San Jose has eight wins this year, and Roenick has the winning goal in four of them.
He’s sworn off drinking and has been, by all accounts, a good influence in the dressing room — something the Coyotes hoped for when they signed him last year, only to watch him cause more harm that good.
It’s been somewhat shrouded by his antics on an off the ice, but make no mistake: Roenick is one of the greatest hockey players the United States has ever produced.
Only 40 players in NHL history have potted 500 goals and only three Americans (Mike Modano, Joey Mullen and Roenick) belong in that distinguished company.
• Nice job by Miami to close out a distinguished run in the Orange Bowl with its worst loss, a 48-0 embarrassment at the hands of Virginia. When the wrecking ball comes for the stadium, perhaps it should also stop by the Hurricane football complex.
• The Colts have half their team on IR, Peyton Manning throws six interceptions and Adam Vinatieri misses a chip-shot field goal — and the Chargers still deserved to lose at home. Marty Schottenheimer teams didn’t get to the Super Bowl, but they didn’t give away three-touchdown leads either.
• No arguments, Wyoming coach Joe Glenn was wrong to make an obscene gesture in the direction of the Utah sideline Saturday. But Utah coach Kyle Whittingham was dead wrong calling an onside kick with a 43-0 lead. That’s Bill Belichick stuff.
• As good as the Cardinals have looked at home (wins over Seattle, Pittsburgh and now Detroit), even if they run the table in Glendale they’re going to have to beat a team that can’t get out of its own way on the road to get over .500. The candidates: Cincinnati, Seattle and New Orleans. Hmm.
• ASU has one loss, on the road, to the No. 2 team in the nation (Oregon). Ohio State has one loss, at home, to an unranked team (Illinois). And the Buckeyes are ranked ahead of the Sun Devils? Apparently if you lose later, it’s more important than who you lose to.
• Bears fans: The good news is you won — the bad news is Rex Grossman is your quarterback again. See ya.