Swine flu is all the rage these days, as you can’t turn on the news without hearing of the latest diagnosed case in the United States or in other parts of the world. To be honest, I’m not even entirely sure what swine flu is exactly because I don’t really care. I don’t work with pigs, and I live inside a plastic bubble like John Travolta did in that one movie, so I’m not exactly worried.
(”Touch me. I dare you.”)
Still, there are the rest of you people who don’t live in a bubble — I call you “world walkers” — who may be susceptible to the disease. Sucks for you. It also sucks for students at St. Francis Prep in New York, where an outbreak occurred amongst the schools’ students last week. Everybody is fine and the school has undergone a pretty intense cleaning, but although the school is scheduled to reopen this week, that doesn’t mean anybody wants to play their baseball team.
In these rough economic times, nothing is sacred. Circuit City closed a bunch of stores before Black Friday, the stock market is tumbling harder than the “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” lady, and cats & dogs are sleeping together just to cut their rent in half. But now we have the ultimate sign that our economy is in a deep depression: A whole bunch of Super Bowl parties are being canceled this year.
(Owen Wilson is not pleased by the news. Or maybe he’s really pleased.
You can never tell with him.)
According to SPORTS BUSINESS JOURNAL, Super Bowl parties hosted by Sports Illustrated and talent agencies CAA and Octagon have already met their grisly end. Even more upsetting, the party plans for Playboy, one of the mainstays of the Super Bowl party scene for years, are said to be “up in the air”. And that, my friends, is not a good sign.
Luckily, there are a few EXTREME party organizers who are going full steam ahead with their festitivites, economy be damned!
Tags: Brian Mccarthy
, Eddie Debartolo
, John Travolta
, Leigh Steinberg
, Nora Haynes
, P. Diddy
, Sports Illustrated
, Super Bowl Parties
, Tanking Economy
, Winky Wright
Remember the report that Joe Montana bugged out after having his photo snapped at a Super Bowl party?
Arash Markazi of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, in his breakdown of every single Super Bowl party, has this followup from the “Madden Bowl” party last week:
“Joe Montana, Dwight Clark and Chris Berman sitting in a VIP booth with a bevy of beauties surrounding them. Montana seem resigned to the possibility that images of his night on the town might end up online. “It seems like everyone has a camera on these,” he said picking up his cell phone. “You can’t do anything privately anymore.”
Don’t suppose Berman pal’d along with Montana and Clark for any particular reason, eh?
Markazi ranks all the parties (Maxim, Playboy, ESPN) and has some fun details, like Wade Phillips doing “Soulja Boy” in front of Jerry Jones, and a strange odor emanating from the Playboy party. Some highlights after the jump - along with Maxim party photos (and Heidi Montag’s alarming boob job).