JENNIFER Aniston was Cody Asche's gateway drug.
At first, the Phillies third baseman started watching Aniston movies with his roommate at the University of Nebraska.
"It was some manly men who just enjoyed some romantic comedies together," Asche said.
But then Asche started watching a whole host of romantic comedies and weepies, without even the promise of wooing ladies in the process. Asche is engaged to Angie Albers, who shares Asche's love of the romantic genre.
In addition to Aniston, Asche loves him some Nicholas Sparks. When I ask for his all-time top five, he lists two Sparksian adaptations - "The Notebook" and "Dear John" ("But I don't like the ending to that one, don't even talk to me about it") - and "The Break-Up," "Crazy, Stupid, Love" and "The Vow." Later in our convo, Asche tells me he wants to revise to add "Safe Haven," another Sparks joint.
Despite the affinity for Sparks, Aniston would still be his leading lady.
He added, "Ryan Gosling could be my co-star."
Fadool Kane expecting
Comcast SportsNet's Amy Fadool Kane announced on Facebook that she is expecting her first child with husband, Sean Kane, a producer at CSN. The couple were married in 2012.
Congrats to Sean and Amy on their big news!
* In other CSN news, signature news programs "SportsNite" and "SportsRise" have been rebranded as "SportsNet Central" to reflect expanded formats.
Boyz to Qatar
What better way to celebrate Qatar Airways' new flights from Philadelphia International Airport to Doha than Boyz II Men? The Boyz will take a break from performing in Vegas to usher in the new airline at a gala tonight at the Ritz-Carlton.
'Naked' and Philadelphian
Lovers of trash television are already familiar with Discovery's "Naked and Afraid," in which two people are dropped into the exotic wilderness with nothing, not even the clothes on their back, for 21 days.
Sunday's episode, airing at 10 p.m., features former Philly cop Len "Cass" Cassidy making his way through the wilds of Belize.
Cass, a former Army man who served in North Philly's 26th District until 2007, was inspired by his wife to go on the show.
"So over a case of Yuengling and Lionshead, I made some [audition] videos with my friend who I met in Iraq [to show off my skills], doing sit-ups, showing my marksmanship, things like that."
Unlike most participants, Cass got along with his partner, a hippie type named Shannon, in part because of his history as a member of the PPD.
"The show puts your body through the rigor, but it's the mental stuff. As a soldier, you get a taste of the mental stuff, but when you show up to a scene and everyone's yelling and you're thrown into these situations, you have to think, 'How do I get to the root of the problem?' "
The first thing Cass did when he got home from Belize? Hug his four children, ages 10, 8, 6 and 4. Maybe going home wasn't such a respite after all.
"It's quieter in Iraq than my house," Cass joked.
'Big Brother' casting
Want to be on CBS' long-running reality show, "Big Brother"? Head to Revel Casino Hotel (500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City) next Wednesday. Check out bigbrothercasting.tv for a full list of requirements.
Look, people, I'm putting all of you who haven't read Busted, the incredible book by the Daily News' own Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman, on official notice. Why? Because it's fantastic. Pick up a copy when they sign books at the Barnes & Noble in Plymouth Meeting (2300 Chemical Road) at 7 p.m. tomorrow.
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