He sings, he dances, he acts—and he golfs. The six handicapper just signed asponsorship deal to play with Callaway's FT-iQ driver and is building a coursein Tennessee.
Dan Patrick: Youonce crossed paths with Peyton Manning?
JustinTimberlake: Back when I was in 'N Sync, we did this charity bowling event forReggie Miller. Peyton had just gotten signed to the Colts, so he was there. Iwalked up to shake his hand and said, "Hey, man, really honored to meetyou." I told him the whole story of how my cousin went to Tennessee and Iwatched him play and congratulated him on the Colts and blah, blah, blah. Andhe looks up at me and says, "That's great, man. Tell you what. Can you giveme an 11 1/2?" I was like, "Uh, what?" He says, "The shoes. Idon't have any shoes. Can you give me 11 1/2?" And I was like, "Uh,O.K. So he thinks I work at this damn bowling alley." I didn't even sayanything to him. I thought it was so funny that I just went and got him hisshoes and brought them back. I said, "Here you go." And I walkedoff.
DP: He neverknew?
JT: I think hiswife told him later. Because the next time we played Indianapolis, he calledand asked for tickets for his family. And I said, "I'll get as many ticketsas you want if you find some bowling shoes for me."
DP: If I said youcould either win the Masters or win an Academy Award ...
JT: I think I'dgo with the Masters.
DP: All right.How close are you to an Academy Award, and how close are you to winning atAugusta?
JT: I'm reallyfar from one and the other one's impossible. And I'll let you figure thatout.
DP: When peoplecome up to me, they want to talk sports. Do people come up to you and say,"Sing for me"?
JT: I don't getthat. I find people actually singing to me. I can't tell you how many peopleare singing SexyBack, you know....
DP: How funny isthat?
JT: I tell youwhat's funny—after I did SNL last year, I've had people singing D--- in a Boxto me. I can't tell you how weird it is to be walking in New York, just downthe street, a grown man starts singing D--- in a Box.
THE LINE forSunday's Chargers-Steelers was Pittsburgh by 4 1/2. With 30 seconds left, SanDiego led 10--8 and the Steelers were driving. This is how it unfolded if youbet on Pittsburgh:
NO! They're goingto kick a field goal and I won't cover.
YES! TD! I'll atleast salvage a push.
DOUBLE NO! Theykicked the field goal on third down. 11--10.
YES! TroyPolamalu returns a fumble for a TD on the final play. CBS flashes 17--10 as thefinal. I'm a winner!
NO! They'rereviewing it?!?
TRIPLE NO!Overturned. Forward lateral. 11--10. I'm a loser.
On Monday, NFL VPof officiating Mike Pereira told me that the officials were wrong to review andoverturn the call—which resulted in a $64 million swing in favor of Vegasbooks.
Who's in ChargeHere?
LAST WEEK I askedUSC's Pete Carroll if he and some other top college coaches could put togetheran alternative bowl system and present it to the BCS. Carroll said, "Thegroup that makes these decisions—I don't even know where they are or who we'dtalk to." It's true. The BCS is like Keyser S√∂ze—an ominous presenceeveryone wants to get rid of (even the President-elect), but no one can find.If you look really hard on the BCS website, you'll eventually discover the nameof the guy in charge: ACC commissioner John Swofford. In every other sport youknow who's running the show. But who has any idea what John Swofford lookslike? Having a visible leader sends a message of accountability, something theBCS sorely needs. The website has a link for e-mail, but why do I sense thatanything I send will end up forwarded towemakealotofmoneylikethissogoaway.org?
CBS COLLEGEfootball analyst Gary Danielson makes an interesting point about why he thinksa lot of top juniors are going to look hard at leaving school this year:"Looming in the NFL is a rookie draft salary cap. This is the last year youcan guarantee there are going to be big bonuses. The [older] players don't like[big rookie bonuses], and the owners don't like them. And they're going to tonethat down."
THE FINE PRINT:Baseball's hot stove is heating up: Scott Boras has announced that A-Rod willopt out of Madonna.
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