When you talk about the NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship games, trust me there is more than basketball playing going on. It’s time for the parties. Big parties, hotel lobby parties, invitation only parties and VIP parties, and here’s a peek into some of each.
There was the Under Armour party in the French Quarters that offered an open buffet complete with jambalaya, beans and rice, crab cakes and other Louisiana favorites, and everyone’s favorite beverage was on hand. Proceeds from this event benefit the Samaritan’s Feet Charity, an organization that provides shoes for children in distant lands.
ESPN’s Steve Bardo hosted an invitation only party at Jax Brewery in the district, where former Chicago Bull Ron Harper was spotted amongst the crowd. Then there was the Big Easy Bash featuring Sammy Hagar in concert, over at the House of Blues, presented by TBS, CBS, TNT, and truTV. Spotted partying in the VIP section were Ex-NFL star Eddie George and Greg Anthony, current NBA TV and CBS college basketball analyst, former NBA standout, playing for such teams as the New York Knicks, Vancouver Grizzlies, Seattle Supersonics, Portland Trailblazers, Chicago Bulls, and the Milwaukee Bucks.
The hotel restuarant is where such noteables like legendary NCAA Basketball Head Coach Nolan Richardson - Arkansas Razorbacks and NBA Hall of Fame member Oscar Robinson could be spotted. These were the men who paved the way for where we are today in sports.
And talk about fan base, phew, these people showed up in astronomical numbers to support their prospective teams, as witnessed by a family of five, Mark and Jodi Bohn, from Louisville, Kentucky, with 12 year old twins, Mark and Johnathan and 8 year old daughter Hannah, dressed in UK garb from head to toe.
Congrats go out to the 2012 NCAA Final Four Champions - University of Kentucky Wildcats! Go Big Blue!
Whispers in the Wind...
What are they talking about? Another fight? This time with a sucker punch to the face, instead of a gun?The first time you barely made it with a slap on the wrist. What now? What will they say on Capitol Hill?