By BABITA PERSAUD, JEFF HARRINGTON, AMY ABBOTT, PAMELA DAVIS, EDIE GROSS, ERNEST HOOPER, JEAN HELLER and KELLY RYAN
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 25, 2001
Queen Latifah, recording artist, actor, talk show host and model, will travel to Super Bowl events from a waterfront house on Redington Beach in Pinellas County. She rented the recently renovated home for four days. No word on the price.
Who was that sharing a bottle of Opus One at the Green Iguana in Ybor City on Tuesday night? It was Mike Ditka, former Chicago Bears coach who coached his team to a Super Bowl win in 1986, and longtime ESPN analyst Chris Berman. That night, HBO set up at the Green Iguana to film Inside the NFL, which will air later this week.
Former Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino was spotted walking briskly through the lobby of the Marriott in Tampa's Channelside district on Tuesday night. A small group of admirers trailed Marino until security told them to slow down. Marino used the opportunity to slip away.
Also seen near the Marriott: Cris Collinsworth, former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver and analyst for Fox NFL Sunday, ESPN SportsCenter anchor Dan Patrick and Marcus Allen, former running back for the L.A. Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs.
Jenna Elfman, star of ABC's Dharma & Greg, served as co-master of ceremonies with Pinellas County Commissioner Calvin Harris at Wednesday night's "unveiling" of a giant Super Bowl sand sculpture on Clearwater Beach.
Elfman, dressed in a John Lynch Bucs jersey, hammed it up for the bank of TV cameras focused on the sculpture, which featured two 30-foot-tall helmets with the Giants and Ravens logos. "Since all the cameras are on," the married Elfman shouted, "John Lynch, can I meet you one day?"
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar continues to be a hot spot in Tampa for media moguls and sports greats, including CBS sports analyst Phil Simms and former New York Giants quarterback. Ravens personnel director Ozzie Newsome came in, as well as Ernest Byner, former running back for the Cleveland Browns.
Members of Aerosmith visited Roy's, a trendy new restaurant in Tampa, on Tuesday night for Hawaiian fare and drinks.
After Wednesday's Early Show story on Bern's Steak House (which was reported by WTSP-Ch. 10's Dick Fletcher), Bryant Gumbel told his viewers that he and his brother, CBS sports broadcaster and Super Bowl play-by-play man Greg Gumbel, had reservations at the restaurant Wednesday night.
Who isn't going to Bern's this week? Also spotted there this week were Mike Ditka, Giants cornerback Jason Sehorn, Ravens tight end Shannon Sharpe, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, Dan Marino and Jerry Glanville, HBO and CBS analyst and former coach of the Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons.
Malio's in Tampa, known to attract high-profile celebs year round, played host Wednesday afternoon to regular George Steinbrenner, who has his own private room, and his lunch guest, Wellington Mara, owner of the N.Y. Giants.
Spotted: Survivor castaway Gervase Peterson during Tuesday's media event at Raymond James Stadium.
-- Compiled by Babita Persaud, Jeff Harrington, Amy Abbott, Pamela Davis, Edie Gross, Ernest Hooper, Jean Heller and Kelly Ryan.