Celtics beat the Atlanta Hawks 104-81 to lead the series 1-0. Kevin Garnett: “I had to slow down as I ran through the tunnel and to hear the crowd, to hear the building rocking and the bleachers were shaking. I had to take a minute for myself, man, just thank the lord I was back in this position.” Indeed. And I think I need to take a minute after seeing Garnett/ Paul Pierce dressed to the nines and Leonardo DiCaprio snapping photos from his seat.
New Rule…David Beckham is NOT allowed to attend any more Lakers games. I really, really wanna watch these games, but come on, Beckham and his offspring, courtside- not fair. Either affix a camera to the seat next to him and give him his own Show, or keep the camera off him during the playoffss. Lakers/Nuggets Game One: Lakers topped ‘em 128-114.
COURTSIDE BOXING CELEB’S & MY OWN DRAMA
Sometimes when watching a match, my eyes can’t help but scan the audience too see which celebrities are really watching the fight, and which ones are just there to be seen…you decide. Seen ringside at the Calzaghe-Hopkins fight Saturday night Las Vegas: Jay-Z; Pete Sampras and former boxer “Sugar” Ray Leonard; Whitney Houston, her boobs, and Ray-J…
Arnold Schwarzenegger; Sylvester Stallone; and Jeremy Piven…speaking of Vegas, I mentioned last week that I was going. And I did. Apparently, I was “credentialed” to cover Tiger Jam, a fundraiser for the Tiger Woods Foundation, among other charities….so, in a nutshell, my Vegas drama…catch a flight at 12:30, get to the hotel and check in by 2:30. The only room I could find available was at the Excaliber. I’m rushing to get to Mandalay Bay for media-check in…run up to my room…and when I walked in I almost puked. It was the most disgusting hotel room I’ve ever seen- aside from the lack of amenities, it smelled like a gas station bathroom-seriously, I’ve stayed in nicer hotels in India. Anyway, dump my bags, run over to Mandalay Bay, beg them to find me a habitable room, they send me to the Four Seasons, I get a room, tram it back to the shanty Excaliber, check out of there after getting a full refund, tram it back to Mandalay/Four Seasons, dump my bags off, change, and make it to media check in at 4:30…after all this, I’m handed a general admission ticket for the Van Halen concert at 10 PM. I ask if I can at least bring my camera in-since I’ve been ‘credentialed’. “Uh, yeah, no you cant.” Um, okay, can I take a few photos of the ballroom? “Um, yeah, no you cant.” What about the auction items, can I snap a few photos? “Um, yeah, no you cant.” Okay, do you know where the concert is? “Um yeah, no we don’t.”…so you’re telling me I spent almost a grand to fly out here and cover an event but the only thing I can do is go to a general admission concert? “Um, yeah. You can look at the website on Monday, we’ll have it all posted there.”…Needless to say, I packed my bags, checked out of the Four Seasons, left my concert ticket with the front desk dude, hopped on a flight, and was home on my sofa watching the fight by 6:30….moral of the story? I ain’t got nothing to say about Tiger Jam that would be suitable for publication.
Yes…GolTV, the all soccer network, has acquired the exclusive U.S. and Canada broadcast rights to the 2010 World Cup qualifying matches of the Italian National Team…let that sink in for a minute…Italy’s home matches as well as the May 30 Italy v Belgium will be broadcast only on GolTV.
Italian National Team members you may know from my blog, your dreams, or those sporntastic D&G ads that will never get old, include Fabio Cannavaro (top right), Luca Toni (top left), and Gennaro Gattuso (not shown)…speaking of luscious Luca Toni, he and the Bayern babes won the German Cup after they defeated Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup football final at Berlin’s Olympic stadium on April 19, 2008. Bayern won by 1-2 and took the German Cup trophy for the 14th time.
Long-time humanitarian, Quincy Jones, commented for the first time publicly about his role as an artistic advisor to the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Key excerpts from Quincy Jones’ April 19th keynote speech: “I’m sure you know that China is at a crucial crossroads. There are complex and polarizing issues surrounding the Olympics that affects and touches the entire world community… and stirs up emotions and inflames passions. I’m talking, of course, about the situation in Tibet and in Darfur.”
“I don’t think anyone would want the burden of Tibet & the Dalai Lama and Darfur on their lap. But China’s leadership took on the challenge of the Beijing Olympics knowing that the spotlight and focus would be on them, warts and all. Because the spotlight is on them, they now have the chance to show leadership and wisdom to change the world for the better…I’m deeply concerned about Tibet, but on a human scale… and my own experiences with the African continent… Darfur is screaming out at me the loudest.” If you’d like to read the entire press release, you can do so HERE.