Celebrity SightingsPosted: October 22, 2006
Living near the world’s two largest casinos always makes for some interesting people watching.
And, well, when one of them celebrates its 10th anniversary, the stars come out to play.
Among those scheduled to be at Mohegan Sun this weekend were Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Costner, the entire original crew of Laugh-In, Neil Patrick Harris, Carmen Electra, Matthew Broderick and some others.
There was also a basketball game at the casino — the Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks. I worked at the game, sitting courtside, so figured if celebs were going to attend, I’d get the scoop.
And, for you, loyal readers, it is scoop that I have.
Joan Allen was there. Who is Joan Allen? Well, most notably, she played John Travolta’s wife in Face/Off. She sat courtside. She’s 50, or will be this year. And, I gotta tell you, she looked great. I wouldn’t have said over 40. She was with someone younger — not sure if it was her son or her man. She basically watched the entire game.
Matthew Lillard was there. Yeah, I didn’t know his name either. Someone told me. But, i did recognize him. Most recently, he was Shaggy in the Scooby movies. But, you’d recognize him from the original Scream. He arrived late and left at halftime.
Sitting between Lillard and Allen was none other than Doogie — Neil Patrick Harris. You all remember him as the genius young doctor. But, you should know him now for his role of Barney on How I Met Your Mother. He’s brilliant. He had a few friends with him. Looked just like he does on TV. Seemed to enjoy the game — as well as talking with Allen and Lillard. And, you know what, he eats a hot dog just like the rest of us.
Also sitting courtside was none other than Kevin Costner. He had a few people with him as well. Taller than you’d think. Getting grayer, that’s for sure. He’s apparently a basketball fan — or camera happy — or both. He got there earlier to meet the Celtics during their shootaround. Then he left for a bit and came back. He only stayed for the first half. Didn’t seem thrilled with people asking for autographs.
So, as I’m walking out after the game, I figure, why not check out the high roller area and see if I recognize anyone.
It didn’t take long to recognize the man himself — Big Papi aka David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox. He was dressed very casually. However, he had to have $50,000 on each wrist between his diamond Rolex and then some other bracelet like thing on his right hand. It was bling city. And, I guess the contract is OK for him, as well as endorsements. He was playing at a table with a minimum bet of $500 per hand. I watched him for probably 10 minutes and he seemed to be about even during that time period. It was cool to see him.
So, no Seinfeld sighting for me. He was there, though. I did see the copter he came in on. Same with Broderick. Didn’t hear about my girl Carmen, so not sure if she made it or not.
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