Chris Cooley, Tackled by True Love
Captain Chaos is settling down! Redskins tight end Chris Cooley will marry former Redskins cheerleader Christy Oglevee tonight in Loudoun County.
"I'm crazy about her," Cooley, 25, told us yesterday. "She's the most influential person in my life. We're extremely good friends as well as in love."
The couple met three years ago when he briefly dated another Skins cheerleader, and fell hard: "If looks were bait then I was hooked," Cooley posted on his blog this week. "She dressed to make men panic, but beyond that she was beautiful." When team officials got wind, both women were fired from the squad -- dating players is against the rules.
But the relationship flourished and Cooley proposed to the 23-year-old hairstylist last summer -- which led to unsolicited advice from strangers. "While I can't wait to put the ring on I've had some resoundingly bad conversations over the last couple of months," he wrote. "First of all I'm excited for the big day, so please don't feel sorry for me because marriage sucks for you. No I'm not nervous, I don't want any marriage advice, and yes Christy's mom is still hot."
Cooley's younger brother Tanner will serve as best man; the guest list of 200 includes Redskins owner Dan Snyder and wife Tanya, head coach Jim Zorn and about 40 teammates, coaches and staffers. The groom notes that he's paid for two open bars and invited an "Animal House" cast of characters. "After our vows," he posted, "the only promise I will make is to not stuff the cake all over Christy's face. The rest of the reception is free game. It will certainly be a night to remember."
This is Cooley's second marriage, Oglevee's first. The couple will honeymoon in the Bahamas.
This Just In...
The retrial of veteran music producer Phil Spector on murder charges will take place in September, a judge ruled yesterday. Spector is accused of killing actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion five years ago. His sensational first trial ended last fall when the jury deadlocked, 10-2, in favor of conviction, forcing a mistrial; L.A. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler said the new trial will begin Sept. 29. Spector, 68, faces 15 years to life in prison if found guilty.
Hey, Isn't That . . .?
· Alex Trebek at Wednesday's preview reception for "Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures From the National Museum, Kabul." The "Jeopardy!" host, in Washington to emcee the National Geographic Bee, spent more than two hours at the National Gallery of Art studying the ancient artifacts; "Lost" actor Jeff Fahey and Diane Neal of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" were also spotted in the crowd.
· Amy Adams at a Georgetown Starbucks at 6:30 yesterday morning? Likely, although the (sleepy?) baristas weren't sure -- the rep for "Night at the Museum 2: Escape From the Smithsonian" told us that Adams finished shooting scenes at the Lincoln Memorial Wednesday and hopped a plane yesterday to Vancouver for more filming, but wasn't sure about the coffee stop. Whoever the casually dressed redhead was, she was friendly, chatted with a fan about the movie, and then excused herself to be chauffeured to the airport.
"We weretmk/to older parents. We don't want to be really old grandparents."
-- Laura Bush admitting that, yes, she's already pressuring Jenna and Henry Hager about grandchildren. Mom and daughter, in L.A. for their book tour, shared a few wedding details last night on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno": Jenna nicknamed her mother "Mommy-zilla" during the run-up to the nups; the president was so emotional he couldn't get through his toast; and the guests used "glamorous" portable potties on the ranch grounds.