St. Petersburg Times: Super Bowl XXXV
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    By AMY ABBOTT, LENNIE BENNETT, JEAN HELLER, KATHRYN WEXLER, JOUNICE NEALY, LISA GREENE and KELLY RYAN

    © St. Petersburg Times, published January 27, 2001


    Thursday night at Clearwater's Grill at Feather Sound was a feast for celebrity watchers: Giants cornerback Jason Sehorn and his fiance, Angie Harmon, of Law & Order, Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman; Giants coach Jim Fassel and Ed Marinaro, former football player and Hill Street Blues star, all stopped in.

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    For a while Thursday night, there was a shortage of help at Jackson's because employees were trying to sneak a peak at Dennis Rodman and John Travolta in the adjoining dance club. Former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms, former Raiders and Chiefs running back Marcus Allen and Miami Dolphin head coach Dave Wannstedt also were at the waterside nightspot in Tampa.

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    Sighted at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg: WBA heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and filmmaker Spike Lee. Reportedly in the penthouse (where else?), Playboy publisher Hugh Heffner.

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    Holyfield entertained on the other side of the bay, with a party at Lee Roy Selmon's in Tampa. Among the guests were former boxer Joe Frazier, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and Julius "Dr. J" Erving.

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    The Backstreet Boys will party Sunday night at FUN, the newest night club in Ybor City. Nick Carter and his boys will be celebrating Nick's 21st birthday in the VIP loft overlooking the surreal club. The public can try to get a peek from the dance floor below, but the party itself is quite private. The teen idols won't be the only attractions. The Enchanted Circus will have performers literally swinging from the rafters, and a tightrope will be stretched across the club. Just to get a taste of the place, Carter stopped in Thursday night with his girlfriend on his arm. His bodyguards stuck close, making sure no gawkers could rub shoulders.

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    Enough net worth to retire the national debts of several countries converged in the grand ballroom of the Renaissance Vinoy Resort on Thursday. Tampa Bay Bucs' Malcolm Glazer threw a bash for fellow owners, along with other VIPs. Linda Glazer hired a Palm Beach special events company to transform the cavernous room into a cabaret, putting up floor-to-ceiling panels, hanging baskets of flowers from the chandeliers, and erecting a stage for the after-dinner review that included a medley of song and dance from Phantom of the Opera. Spotted in the crowd of about 200 were these team owners: N.Y. Giants' Wellington Mara and Robert Tisch and Baltimore Ravens' Art Modell, being cordial to each other; Jacksonville Jaguars' Wayne Weaver, San Diego Chargers' Alex Spanos, Chicago Bears' Mike McCaskey, Washington Redskins' Dan Snyder, Kansas City Chiefs' Lamar Hunt and Pittsburgh Steelers' Dan Rooney. The menu was steak and potatoes, rounded out by smoked salmon and caviar. For dessert, the kitchen whipped up a version of a Glazer family favorite, brownies and ice cream.

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    Bucs' safety John Lynch and newly retired Chiefs quarterback Warren Moon dined at Caffe Paradiso on S MacDill Avenue in Tampa.

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    Mike Ditka is making the rounds at some of Tampa Bay's most popular restaurants. Besides dining at Bern's Steak House in Tampa, Ditka stopped by Salt Rock Grill in Indian Shores, as did former Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason.

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    Spotted at the Wyndham Westshore in Tampa was magician David Copperfield.

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    - Compiled by Amy Abbott, Lennie Bennett, Jean Heller, Kathryn Wexler, Jounice Nealy, Lisa Greene and Kelly Ryan.

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