It started early on Saturday with a boozy brunch – complete with DIY Bloody Mary bar – hosted by all-star MLB pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen. They threw a $1000-a-plate fundraising brunch on top of the Viceroy hotel downtown to help juice their charity dedicated to helping children under physical and emotional distress.
Also on hand was star chef Mario Batali who was celebrating the launch of his own eponymous foundation. (Batali and Moyer became friends when the chef started buying salami from the baseball player's dad.) As Batali and Emeril Lagasse tag-teamed the crowd with demos, Jimmy Fallon mingled, admitting he was a hopeless cook. "But I've just gotten a crockpot," he enthused. "If you get one, just tweet about it and people will start sending you recipes."
Food was scarcer later that evening at Michael Bay's house, where a star-spattered dinner planned on the sprawling manse's roof was canceled because of the chilly weather (the food was plated and turned into passed appetizers indoors). Bay was hosting another sporting charity bash, this time for The Giving Back Fund, which helps rich sports stars morph into philanthropists. Clearly, someone at the CW owed the director a favor. Making red carpet appearances were '90210 2.0' vixen Annalynne McCord with boyfriend Kellan Lutz, and 'Gossip Girl' couple Ed Westwick and Jessica Szohr. The latter couple's flight from N.Y.C. was canceled from the snow, so he had barely made the celebrity football game on the beach earlier that day. Not that it mattered. "I don't know the rules anyway, mate," he laughed.
Late night on the Super Bowl's eve, it was a laddie mag smack down between two bashes for Playboy and Maxim. Both were vying for A-list attendance, but poor Maxim ended up with the C-list pairing of Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo. (They had embarrassingly been denied entry to the bash at LIV inside the Fontainebleau the night before.) Maxim's cred improved when Nelly and Lennox Lewis arrived at the Raleigh hotel, but leave it to 'CSI: Miami' newbie Omar Miller to then take it back down a notch. "What makes a good party, man? A limbo pole, some lubricant and pineapple," he said before ducking inside around midnight.
The gaggles of bunny-clad Playmates and live mermaids in the pool at the party Playboy and Bacardi threw for the Black Eye Peas' a few doors down at the Sagamore that didn't keep Fergie away – she's a brave woman. But 'The Dutchess' didn't show up in the Bacardi box at the game itself, though will.i.am and the other Peas did. Jessica Alba and David Spade lurked there together, too (no, we didn't know they were friends, either). Meanwhile Kate Walsh didn't seem to pay much attention to the game, instead opting to snap photos of herself with the gridiron behind her. Maybe she's over big game and prefers, ahem, a private practice.