Saturday, February 14th, 2009 at 3:59 am  |  22 responses

Links: She Kissed A Girl

And I liked it.

by Lang Whitaker

It’s 3:42 a.m. according to my body clock, and it’s just past 1:30 a.m. here in Phoenix, so I’m gonna keep this quick.

Ryne and I left the Rookie/Sophomore Game and hooked up with my main man Arash Markazi from SI. We all three headed over to a hotel in Scottsdale where T-Mobile and Dwyane Wade were throwing a party. Once we made it through the velvet ropes, we were asked to walk the red carpet. Right. we turned a corner and found Katy Perry standing there, vamping for the cameras. I led the rest of us behind the cameras and out to the party, where we found Yao Ming kicking it in front of a roaring fire and my main man Sal Masekela chilling on a stage. Sal was there to emcee the event for what they’re calling Shot Of A Lifetime, which was to launch a contest where one lucky fan and five of their friends will have the chance to play HORSE against D-Wade at the Eastern Conference Finals, with the opportunity to win $50,000. (Find out more here or text MYSHOT to 72579 to enter.)

To demonstrate the event, or something, they had several celebrities, including the lovely Eliza Dushku and that guy from “Scrubs” who’s at every NBA event, and some people I’d never heard of (Zach Levi?) awkwardly shoot some hoops with D-Wade. Then they cleared out and Katy Perry took the stage. She sang a bunch of songs nobody knew and then closed it out with “I Kissed A Girl,” which, unfortunately, did not produce the rumored effect all over the dance floor (though Perry did smooch some chick in the front row). There were a few hundred people there but not so many that we couldn’t basically just walk right up to the stage and get a good view of the, ahem, festivities.

img00122After Katy finished, my main man (and ATLien) Jermaine Dupri (left) got behind the wheels of steel and starting spinning, mixing old and new and even getting Terrell Owens up behind the ones and twos with him. Oh, and the Jabberwockees, or whatever their name is, took over the dance floor for a while and made everyone at the party feel bad for trying to dance.

Ben came back from his Reebok event and met up with us, and he allowed Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp to provide the line of the night. Also saw Alonzo Mourning, Gabrielle Union and…well, I can’t remember. It’s too late.

Now I’m beat. And I have to get up in a few hours and get back on my grind.

All-Star, baby.

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  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/ Michael NZ

    It will be quiet this year? Nah.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/ Michael NZ

    The advantages of commenting from New Zealand.
    Oh yeah that Donald Faison dude… what, no Malcolm in the Middle?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    awww poor Lang. Has to be at a party with Katy and the gorgacious Dushku (yeahhhh, made up adjective, stiil fits). Poor thing


    Sounds um…exciting?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    wait… Gabi Union was there too? Talk about a party with beauty overkill.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose


  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I don’t know, Lang, it sounds pretty tame to me so far. So the economic tsunami is impacting the rich too? Shame…

  • price

    “Oh, and the Jabberwockees, or whatever their name is, took over the dance floor for a while and made everyone at the party feel bad for trying to dance”

    For all the years I’ve been linkstagating this is the funniest quote yet.

    Have fun man…you deserve it.

  • http://www.remembertheaba.com Brett Ballantini

    If we count Ryne and Ben, and discount the throwaway ending, Lang has written the perfect Slamonline post: one “main man” per paragraph.

  • Andy

    Zach Levi’s in Chuck. A fine TV programme.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    wtf is a jabberwokee?

  • chefkoch

    oh oh poor lang.
    “some guys you never heard of” (…like bill simmons?)

    really lang, are you getting old and need more sleep or why does this peace sounds like you are pissed at everyone for not getting into phx in time.

    shell out the extra-buck and fly direct, imho…

    or were you pissed for not being picked launching that corporate-sh.tnick?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    tarzan: youtube ‘em

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Great stuff, this is just getting me excited for next year. Dallas is gonna be ridiculous.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    The line of the night which was?????

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    “Are you alright, man?” I don’t think he was impressed with me handing him two business cards or my half-shut eyes. But he digs SLAM and he’s got some basketball pedigree (recruited to Oklahoma State and played AAU with Shelden Williams), so he’ll be hearing from SLAM again soon.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    The JabbaWockeeZ. Right here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=205aWXq9gL0

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  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    Amen to prince, I laughed out loud on that. Not THE funniest but it’s right up there. Haha.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    You know Lang, you made me realize that even if one LOVES his line of work (I really dislike my job now), one still has to bust one’s ass to do well and succeed. Thanks SLAM for providing another life lesson.

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