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Playmates watch NBA, Bush banned?, 'Mania, more

Posted: Wednesday April 4, 2007 2:46PM; Updated: Wednesday April 4, 2007 3:30PM
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Hugh Hefner is rarely seen without his Playmates.
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Hugh Hefner was recently a guest of Lakers owner Jerry Buss in his spacious suite at the Staples Center. Hef didn't arrive alone. Twenty Playmates sauntered into the box along with the Playboy owner, who has long been friends with the Lakers' playboy owner. In case you're interested, the whole scene was filmed for The Girls Next Door reality show.

Speaking of Playboy, Reggie Bush has not been banned from the mansion, as several Internet sites reported this week. Our friends at the mansion tell us the former Heisman trophy winner is still invited to future shindigs.

• As the Detroit Tigers went through their last practice before opening day, many of the players couldn't help but focus more on the preparations taking place at Ford Field than the ones going on at Comerica Park. You can't really blame them though. WrestleMania doesn't roll into town everyday.

After practice wrapped up Sunday afternoon, Curtis Granderson, Justin Verlander, Joel Zumaya, Sean Casey, Craig Monroe, Nate Robertson, Bobby Seay and Mike Rabelo quickly went across the street without changing out of their uniforms to chat up some WWE wrestlers before what Granderson called, "the main event of wrestling."

"I'm just really anxious to be here," said Zumaya, who showed off his tattoos to tatted up grappler C.M. Punk. "It's one of the biggest events I've ever been to in my life."

If Zumaya, who pitched in a little event called the World Series last year, sounded overly excited to attend the show it's because he's been a life-long wrestling fan and always wanted to be at WrestleMania. "It's like being a kid again," he said. "I love it."

After changing out of their uniforms, the players were joined by several other teammates including Pudge Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield, who attended the show with their families. "I've always watched the Undertaker, he's my favorite," said Sheffield, who walked backstage with his wife and son, each holding WrestleMania 23 folding chairs after the show. "I've always loved watching wrestling and he put on a show tonight."

Several other athletes attended the event including Red Wings goalie Dominick Hasek, who flew straight from playing the Columbus Blue Jackets in Ohio earlier in the day to take his son Michael to the show, Wade Boggs, who inducted "Mr. Perfect" Curt Henning into the WWE Hall of Fame the previous night, and Chris Webber, who took his nephews backstage before the show so they could meet WWE Champion John Cena. "I wanted to go to the first one at the Silverdome (WrestleMania 3) but I couldn't afford it," said Webber. "I was glad I finally made one and was able to take my nephews this time."

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