Latest celeb-athlete news (cont.)
Posted: Wednesday March 14, 2007 1:20PM; Updated: Friday March 16, 2007 4:21PM
Less than a month after hosting the NBA All-Star Game, Las Vegas was home to NASCAR's all-stars as they staged the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. While my friend Robin Leach served as the emcee for the event, introducing all 43 drivers, Melissa Rivers was interviewing pit crews like she was on the red carpet. Thankfully there were also plenty of celebrities for her to schmooze with as Mark Whalberg, Magic Johnson, Bill Goldberg, Vanessa Minnilo and Nick Lachey also came out for the race, which was won by reigning champion Jimmie Johnson.
Eli and Peyton Manning were spotted having a late dinner together Monday night at STACK Restaurant & Bar at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. The brothers shared a sliced 14 oz Brooklyn Filet and enjoyed an order of the whipped potatoes while drinking a bottle of Silver Oak Wine. For dessert, the two also shared an order of Executive Chef Brian Massie's jelly doughnut "munchkin" holes. Afterward, Eli checked out the scene at the JET Nightclub.
The 9th annual Guns N' Hoses charity boxing event between Jacksonville police officers and fire fighters attracted a record crowd of 8,000 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday night. Among them were Laveranues Coles, Leon Washington, Ernest Wilford, Mike Tice, Tony Boselli and Jimmy Fallon, who's filming a movie in the area with Sharon Stone and Lucy Liu. In case you were wondering the police came out on top, winning 8 of the 14 bouts.
Former Major Leaguer Mark Littell, a coach in the Brewers' farm system, was making the rounds at the Brewers' camp in Arizona last week to promote the "Nutty Buddy," his patented athletic cup which promises to adhere to its job of "Protecting The Boys." Littell's product gained internet fame after a video was posted on his Web site showing Littell wearing the cup and taking a 90-mph pitch from a baseball machine directly at the groin without flinching.
Remember that Jake Plummer retirement press conference at the Denver Athletic Club that was cut short because "The Snake" had to participate in the Colorado Open handball championships? Well here's the update you've all been waiting for: Pummer and his older brother Eric advanced to the semifinals of the championships before losing to eventual winners Bear Meiring and Jay Sprenger.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that left-handed reliever C.J. Wison, a former film-school student, wrote and directed a commercial for the Texas Rangers along with co-writer and fellow pitcher Kameron Loe. Wilson produced a spoof of Reno 911 that features Loe, dressed as Lt. Dangle, and pitcher Josh Rupe, dressed in a Speedo, as an "illegal sunbather." Wilson plans to produce more spots and wants the team to give whatever money they would have spent to hire an ad agency to charity.
Ever wonder how much Dick Vitale makes on those obnoxious Hooters ads? Well, the Dayton Daily News reports that Dickie V makes nothing of them. Instead, Vitale asked Hooters to donate $500,000 to the Jimmy Valvano cancer fund if he did the commercials. In the words of Vitale, "That's awesome, baby!"
Finally, a TPS report that's useful. TPS Hockey announced its 2nd Annual Tribute to Hockey Moms will take place March 16-18. Last year the campaign raised over $150,000 for breast cancer research and TPS, along with other stick manufacturers, will once again be using special edition pink sticks featuring the pink ribbon in practices, pre-game warm-ups and games throughout the weekend. Autographed pink sticks will be auctioned off on eBay from March 17 until April 4 to raise money for breast cancer research.