The big one (cont.)
Posted: Sunday February 4, 2007 2:04PM; Updated: Sunday February 4, 2007 2:04PM
- With the party starting later than most during the weekend, most guests didn't arrive until 11 p.m. -- most of the celebrities arrived after midnight. Some of the highlights:
- My day began inauspiciously as I headed to the fifth Annual Cadillac Super Bowl Grand Prix being held at the American Airlines Arena. While I rode in a cab there from South Beach, my driver was pulled over for speeding. Over an hour later, I arrived at the race after it was done and had to settle for the play-by-play from friends who told me that Leeann Tweedan won -- thanks to a race-changing collision in the fourth lap. Tweedan edged out other celebrities including, Fergie, Terrence Howard, Nick Lachey, Melina Kanakaredes, Venus Williams, Matt Leinart, Queen Latifah, Paul Rudd, Missy Elliot, Shawne Merriman and defending champion Josh Duhamel. In addition, Vivica A. Fox kicked off the festivities as the official flag girl.
- I made up for missing the race by heading to Leigh Steinberg's 21st annual Super Bowl Party being held at the Diplomat Landing next to the Westin Diplomat and Yacht Club. The afternoon soiree was taken outside on the landing and on the four-tired Grand Floridian yacht which was littered with open bars and tables of ahi tuna steaks, pot stickers, paella, quesadillas and hamburgers and hot dogs being grilled on the bridge over looking the water.
- I attended the party with former WWE wrestler Chris Nowinski and Florida senator Dave Aronberg. Nowinski was personally invited by Steinberg for being so outspoken about the concussion problem effecting the NFL right now, especially after his friend, ex-Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson, came forward with his story about post-concussion syndrome. Johnson first told his story to Nowinski last year when he wrote the forward to his book, Mind Games, before abruptly puling it before the book was released. "You've been tremendously courageous and brave," Steinberg told Nowinksi as they chatted on the landing. "It's difficult but it took a lot of courage to tell your story and do what you've done."
- While Senator Dave went to Harvard, he grew up as a Miami fan and couldn't help but go up to Ken Dorsey during the party and tell him how much that 2002 Fiesta Bowl still hurts. While Dorsey agreed that the 'Canes got robbed that night, he smiled and said the felt a guilty pleasure in seeing Ohio State get blown out by Florida in the national championship game five years later. "I play in Cleveland now and I'm supposed to root against Florida, but I was so happy to see Ohio State lose that game," he said. "I can't stand them."
- The mild-mannered and soft spoken Steinberg was pulled in every direction during the party by guests wanting to chat with and take a picture with the agent. Some of the other scenes from the party:
- As I prepared to leave the party, I was approached by Cindy, who runs a Concierge service in Miami, who for one reason or another figured I was important enough to get assistance to make my stay more enjoyable. While Cindy, who does concierge work for many NFL and NBA teams and players, started off reasonably, booking me a hard-to-get dinner reservation at Santo, she got ridiculous when she insisted I get a limousine for the night and reserve a table at a posh club later that evening. "Thanks, but I'm OK, with just the dinner reservations," I said. "I'll let you know if I need a helicopter or something to take me to my next stop."