The Ministry presents: A celeb and party guide to Super Bowl XLIV
It could be argued that any game is won or lost in strategy. This is true for the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts, as well as the flock of celebrities looking to party during the big face-off.
With that in mind, the Ministry offers a guide to where and what is going down, for Kim Kardashian, Snoop Dogg, Common, Kendra Wilkinson, Carrie Underwood and more....
In The Stands: On Sunday, at Sun Life Stadium at Miami Gardens, it won't just be a showdown between the Saints and the Colts. A battle of famous arm candy will play out in the luxury boxes, where Kardashian (main squeeze for Saints' Reggie Bush) and Wilkinson (Playboy bunny-cum-wife of Colt Hank Baskett) will vie for attention from photogs and cheer on their athletic better halves.
The Gentlemen's Kick-Off: GQ magazine hosted a bash at the Bud Light pop-up hotel in Miami Beach on Thursday, where it offered ultimate "Pre-Gaming" (that's drinking copious amounts before heading to a function with yet more drinking) with Patron cocktails. Invitees included The Killers singer Brandon Flowers, Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey and Terrell Owens of the Buffalo Bills.
At the Club: 944 will host a pop-up hotel at the Eden Rock Renaissance Miami, where they'll be raging all weekend with performances from Wyclef Jean, Snoop Dogg, Drake and Common. A celeb poker tournament with go down with Russell Simmons at the lead, and DJ Paul Oakenfold spinning.
In the Gift Bag: Naturally, with this many celebs in one place, a gift lounge had to spring from the AstroTurf. The NFL Players Assn. will host a luxury lounge for players and stars, who can nab goodies like Ubisoft's Just Dance for Nintendo Wii. But it's not all "take" for the bold names -- guys were asked to donate "gently used" clothing for Suited for Success, which helps Florida's less fortunate.
For the VIP: Dewar's Signature will host a high-end experience for visiting taste-makers and pros at a swanky private residence. Activities will include a tasting of the blended Scotch whiskey, fittings for bespoke shirts from Eleveé, golf-swing analysis from Callaway's The Odyssey and a course in hand-rolling cigars.
The TV Alternative: As a humble recommendation from the Ministry: We know you'll be watching the big game, but if you tire of announcer babble or feel the telecast peaks at Carrie Underwood's national anthem -- switch to Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl! Each year as cuddly counter-programming, an adorable gang of puppies take to their own field for serious play. Check out this year's starting lineup in the video above.
-- Matt Donnelly