Bowled Over: Media & Famous Types Love on Indy
The plaudits are all in: Indy is the big winner of Super Bowl XLVI.
If we’re going to pillory hip-hop sensation M.I.A.—and plenty of folks have done so since she flipped the bird while performing with Madonna Sunday night—we had better consider what that reaction implies. In a word: sexism. Plain and simple. Hear me out before bringing on the bromides.
Scotty’s Brewhouse owner Scott Wise is catering for 200 people over at Jimmy Fallon’s place tonight, capping a Super Bowl media blitz that included a shout-out from Fallon’s band on the show and a cameo on The Today Show yesterday. Our favorite Scotty’s moment came Friday, when Wise held court in the Bartender Wisdom spotlight on Esquire.com. In it, he revealed his dislike of whiskey and baked beans. And he tactfully abstained from over-hyping Indy as the Portland of the Midwest. “Indiana’s Indiana. We’re known for a two-and-a-half-mile track and Reggie Miller against the Knicks,” quoth the (okay, we’ll just say it) handsome, Henley-shirted 38-year-old. If only he had begun that sentence with a “Hey girl.”
No one was sorry for party rocking in Indy late Friday evening as LMFAO stormed the Verizon Stage. (Well, maybe these 13 people were sorry.) The performance had all the elements of a “Jersey Shore” marathon on MTV, from teased hair to the very “JS” theme song itself (“Get Crazy”).
Jon Hamm tried to slip past the red carpet at the Playboy party unnoticed last night. But we ran him down. “Don Draper” looked dapper but downtempo. This Super City reporter got the Mad Men hunk to stop for an on-the-run snap by calling out his recent segment on the podcast Sklarbro Country, with the comedians Randy and Jason Sklar, who hail from Hamm’s hometown of St. Louis.
A handful of famous retired athletes pre-partied for a cause at Indianapolis Colts Grille early Friday evening. Spotted at the “Big Game Big Give” event, a fundraiser for The Giving Back Fund, were Marshall Faulk, the Hall of Fame running back and NFL Network analyst (and one-time Colts star), big-armed ex-quarterback Warren Moon (the first African-American signal caller elected to the pro football HOF) , and popular former Pacer Derrick McKey.
The third floor of Saks was a sea of Chanel handbags and Christian Louboutin pumps Friday morning (although Ashley Manning wore gray Pradas) as guests poured into Saks Fifth Avenue for the 11th Annual Off the Field NFL Players Wives Association Fashion Show.
Fifty pizzas from Papa John’s: That’s what Sunday night’s halftime show performer fed her posse on Wednesday night, if that bastion of journalism known as TMZ is to be believed. Indiana-born “Papa” John Schnatter’s store reported a reduced-rate bill of $467, with a “very decent” tip. Madonna footed the bill herself. (Duh.)