Thursday night, as the best of the basketball world began to descend into the Orlando area for All-Star Weekend, the leader of the free world swung through Central Florida to share some laughs and collect a little money from these power brokers of the NBA.
President Obama’s $30,000- per-person fundraiser took place at the 30,671 square foot, Windermere, Florida home of Dallas Mavericks forward Vince Carter.
The event, whose attendees included Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, Clippers All-Star Chris Paul, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and NBA commissioner David Stern, was held in the eight-time All Star’s regulation-size gymnasium.
Wednesday, Southern Methodist University hosted Alabama-Birmingham at Moody Coliseum in Dallas. Competing in two 20-minute halves, while playing with a 35-second shot clock, the Mustangs scored 28 whole points for the game.
That’s right, 28 points in a 40-minute game.
SMU shot 8 of 46 (17 percent) from the field and 3 for 29 (10 percent) from three-point territory, losing to the Blazers 47-28.
SMU forward Robert Nyakundi led his team in scoring with a solid nine points. This point total is far less pedestrian than it appears, when considering that the senior from nearby Arlington tallied nearly a third of his team’s overall production for the entire evening.
Last weekend, the last time the Mustangs took the floor prior to Wednesday, the squad was only able to muster 39 points, in a 43-39 loss to Rice.
Wednesday night, Duke freshman guard Austin Rivers nailed a three-point field goal, as time expired, giving the Blue Devils an 85-84 victory over archrival North Carolina. The son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers (Doc was in attendance at Chapel Hill’s Dean Smith Center for Austin’s big shot) was named the 2011 Naismith Prep Player of the Year during his senior year of high school in Winter Park, Florida, prior to arriving on the Duke campus.
New York Giants chairman and executive vice president Steve Tisch is the only man in the world to possess both a Super Bowl ring and an Academy Award. One week shy of turning 63-years-old, the son of late hotel proprietor and Loews Corporation owner Bob Tisch, has once again successfully climbed his way to the top of the NFL mountain, after the Giants’ 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.
Steve Tisch’s second NFL championship is the latest addition to a résumé that also includes an Oscar for serving as a producer on the 1994 megahit Forrest Gump.
As the sports and entertainment world continues to gather in Indianapolis for all the festivities surrounding Super Bowl XLVI, without question, the number one place to rub elbows with your favorite athletes and celebs is the legendary St. Elmo Steak House.
Established all the way back in 1902, St. Elmo has long stood as one of The Circle City’s prime dining destinations. When combining the restaurant’s history with its very centralized downtown location, it’s no wonder that St. Elmo has been bumping with activity throughout Indianapolis’ week in the world spotlight.
While much attention has been given to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s brand new 22,000 square foot home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood, far less fanfare has resulted from the news of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s newly renovated 3,555 square foot condo in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Our guess is that the understated younger brother of Peyton Manning is just fine with that.
Unlike Brady, who is of course married to supermodel Gisele, Eli Manning has settled down with college girlfriend Abby McGrew. The couple met on the campus of Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi.
Super Bowl XLVI will be played Sunday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Unlike the spread out nature of the last two Super Bowl logistical layouts, in the sprawling metropolises of Dallas/Fort Worth and South Florida, the condensed geography of Indiana’s capital city allows for far less time spent in transit between one base of operation to another.