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7/15/2006 06:31:00 PM
Dress Code Strictly Inforced
Amanda Champagne (left) and Laura Lane (right) working the red carpet.
The instructions for covering the ESPYs were pretty clear. A dozen bullet points written on two sheets of paper were given to every credentialed media member; they ranged from parking to catering, but only one bullet point had the dreaded bold and italics. “Dress is Formal. No Exceptions. No jeans, tennis shoes, t-shirts, flip-flops, shorts, etc.”
I’ve always had a hard time with rules. I’m not exactly sure why, but I was always the kid that did the opposite of whatever the teacher said just to see what would happen. So I wore jeans and sneakers to the ESPYs. (I actually wore a T-shirt, too, but spilled coffee on my Hundreds shirt during breakfast at the Renaissance Hotel and had to switch to a cheap gray dress shirt in the trunk of my car.) It’s not that I was trying to show anyone up; I was just trying to be comfortable on a day when I would be on my feet for hours under the hot Hollywood sun.
Breaking the dress code was only the beginning of my adventures at the ESPYs, which took me from the red carpet to a seat inside the Kodak Theatre to the afterparty at the Highlands, all without a ticket. For a full recap, check out my diary of the scene here. The highlight of the evening was rolling with Laura Lane and Amanda Champagne after the show and crashing the afterparty thanks to my new best friend Shaun White.
Here are a few other interesting tidbits from the evening:
- Shawne Merriman attended the ESPYs with the sultry Vida Guerra, who graced the cover of Playboy last month. “We met in Miami through a mutual friend last year,” said Guerra. “He’s a great guy.” Merriman, who walked the red carpet a little slower than usual with Guerra by his side, was all smiles as she posed for the cameras on the red carpet. “Could you ask for anything more?” he said. “She’s been taking up all the attention, but it’s been fun.”
- Shaun Alexander was celibate until he married his wife, Valerie, when he was 24. “It was my choice,” said Alexander. “I was a virgin while I was an All-American in high school, an All-American in college and a Pro Bowler in the NFL. I didn’t do anything until I got married. My teammates knew about it but didn’t bust me, because when you could have all the girls you want and you choose not to, you can’t really bust someone for that.”
- Greg Oden is taking two classes at Ohio State this summer after already being in Columbus for the past three weeks, and he loves it. “It’s been the funnest three weeks of my life,” said Oden. “I have two classes right now, math and a business-survey class, but they’re both pretty easy. I’m just having fun right now. It’s been the best summer.” Oden, who promised he would get down if he heard “his song,” Snap Ya Fingers by Lil Jon, E-40 and Sean Paul, showed off his dancing skills anyway. “See, I can get down, too,” said Oden, girating slightly better than Mark Madsen. “I like doing that dance.”