Super Bowl party scene (cont.)
Posted: Thursday February 1, 2007 12:53PM; Updated: Friday February 2, 2007 4:07PM
While Bush's former teammate Mike Williams was trying to wave friends into the VIP section, the back door of the club opened up and Willie McGinest came in with his crew. "I'm not waiting in a line," he said as he greeted Shawne Merriman. "It's packed out front."
The front of the club was being watched by Bush's marketing agent Mike Ornstein, who was waving in people he knew and turning away people he didn't know or like. The lucky few who did get in were given cigars as they came through the doors. Most of the cigars went unlit, but as soon as actor Fred Williamson got his hands on a stogie he lit it up as he walked upstairs with Brown.
Hours after being named the NFL Coach of the Year, the Saints' Sean Payton brought his sexy back on the dance floor at The Fifth to the delight of Bush, who was grinning from ear to ear as he watched his coach getting his groove on. "That's the man," said Bush.
While I relaxed next to Brown in his VIP room and checked out the oversized Super Bowl book, it was nice to see all the former players who made it a point to come up to the Hall of Fame running back and shake his hand and give him a hug. In a span of five minutes, Hall of Famers Bruce Smith, John Elway, Marcus Allen and Eric Dickerson stopped by to pay their respects to Brown before leaving and going back to the party while Brown sat quietly on a plush couch in the corner of the room and took in the scene.
Terrell Owens, sitting in a corner table on the second level, might have gone unnoticed had it not been for the two large security guards stationed in front of him and the diamond encrusted sunglasses he was rocking in the dimly lit club. "I'm just chillin' man," he said. "I'm just like everyone else."
Before heading to The Fifth I spent the evening with Playboy Playmates Deanna Brooks (Miss May 1998), Alison Waite (Miss May 2006) and Sara Jean Underwood (Miss July 2006) at the picturesque South Seas Hotel Pilikia Bar at a cocktail reception being thrown by Sony. While I chatted up Brooks about the upcoming Playboy party, it became quickly evident that she was a big football fan and it wasn't long before she challenged me to a game on the PS3 setup nearby. "I will take you down," she said. "Bring it on." As a group gathered around us, Brooks and I staged one of the worst video game battles ever as her Bengals beat my Cowboys, 7-6. "What happened?" she asked jokingly as she raised her arms in victory. "You," I said. "You were distracting me."
On Tap: Things start to pick up on Thursday as I'm slated to join Dwight Freeney at Table 8, a restaurant and lounge that he's part owner of, before making the rounds at the Madden Bowl, the Baur's Pure Rush Event and SOBE's Super Bowl Kickoff Party. If I can make it through the first half of this party schedule, the second half on Friday and Saturday includes the infamous Maxim and Playboy parties as well as Sports Illustrated's, which is being hosted Venus and Serena Williams.