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Shanda Sounds Off: Playoff Tickets, Drunken Golfers and MMA Woes

Published On May 16, 2013 | By Shanda Foster

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Tiger’s Night of Fun Falls at the Met Gala after-party

Everyone in the city of New York knows that one of the biggest events of the year is the MET gala, the annual costume ball that kicks off the Metropolitan Museum’s yearly fashion exhibit. Year after year, it’s a star-studded event and this year it was no different. The MET ball is attended by everyone from Madonna to Kim Kardashian and Kanye to Hugh Hefner and the after-party is just as major. Celebs are known for getting down and dirty on the dance floor, and some get a little carried away … like Tiger Woods. According to the US Weekly, Woods and girlfriend Lindsey Vonn were in attendance for the MET’s after-party at the Standard Hotel, and although the golf pro took awhile to warm up to all the fun, he danced the night away and made out with girlfriend Vonn. He even reportedly sparked up a little dance battle against former model Tyson Beckford (which I would trade a Prada shoe for to have video of) and ended up getting so drunk that he fell down the stairs on the way out and had to be helped out by Vonn.

Now, I know what you thinking. This is irresponsible, right? Tiger the womanizer, RIGHT? However, this is the first time the public has seen Tiger showing any signs of emotion or social behavior. He seems truly happy for once and I applaud him for letting that play out in front of the media and hundreds of celebrities. He’s caught a lot of flack for things he’s done in the past and even for this little stunt but he’s still got to have fun. Life is too short and who are we to judge? I say party while you still can. You’re a champ, so live it up!

 

Laura Sanko Out of MMA Fight Due to Pregnancy

It’s been a month since the UFC’s first female fight and the popularity of women’s MMA is growing faster than Tim Tebow’s career, but the newfound popularity has been met by some skepticism. Some of the hesitation peaked this week as one of the MMA’s best fighters, atomweight (less than 105 pounds) Laura “Fancy” Sanko was scratched out of the Invicta FC 6 Fight which was set for July, after becoming pregnant. Sanko said she is two and a half months pregnant and would be in her second trimester in July. Cassie Robb, who suffered a loss to Sanko at Invicta FC 4, will fight in her place. Invicta FC 6 is scheduled for July 13 at the Ameristar Hotel and Casino in Kansas City, Mo. and will also be available on pay per view.

But the bigger question is, will situations like this keep the female MMA circuit from growing? In the past, circumstances like unexpected pregnancy have plagued female sports (like the WNBA) and kept them from blossoming into a high-revenue sensation. Female athletes are required to sign a contract in the beginning of the year stating that they will not get pregnant. And while pregnancy is a wonderful thing that should be celebrated, it has been a touchy subject over the years for female athletes. Being forced to pull out one of your best fighters because of pregnancy never sits well with an organization. So where do you see the MMA women’s division going in the future? Sound Off in the comments below with your thoughts!

Singer Monica and Phoenix Suns’ Shannon Brown expecting first child

Phoenix Sun Shannon Brown and wife R&B singer Monica have announced that the two are expecting their first child together. The couple, who have been married for two years, were spotted leaving a concert this weekend in Tennessee where the lovely Monica sported her growing baby bump. According to The Urban Daily, the baby is due sometime in September. Brown’s career has been a little “off” since his departure from the Lakers and now he is reportedly frustrated by the amount of playing time he’s seen with his new team, the Suns. Despite his career troubles, it’s nice to see his marriage going strong and to see his family growing. Good luck to the happy couple.

 

Spike Lee denies reports of $40k offer for seats behind the Knicks bench

Spike Lee is firing back at reports that suggest the Knicks super-fan attempted to pay a ticket holder $40,000 for four courtside tickets behind the bench to Game 3 of the Knicks/Pacers series. His attempt was denied by ticket owner Stewart Reed. The story was reported originally by Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star. Spike, who is no stranger to controversy tweeted out to set the record straight.

I’m not too sure what to make of this story but two things stand out to me. First, Spike has been around for years and has become a staple figure at Knicks games. I understand being the ultimate fan, but $40,000 for tickets is going a little too far. Leave that for the flashy younger guys who don’t know any better but to spend their money frivolously. Second, there is no way if I was going to spend that much on tickets that I would expect some fan of the opposing team to sell them me, a Knicks fan. You’re the opposing team! Either way, one thing’s for sure, the Knicks are going to need a little more than Spike Lee to carry them past the Pacers.

Stranded and Starving Bruins Give Tickets to Game 7 to Restaurant Saviors

Just imagine that you’re a restaurant manager and it’s been a long day. You can’t wait to go home and your shift ends in 5-4-3-2-1, but then you get a call from the Boston Bruins saying all 50 of them will be there to eat in five minutes. Sure, right? That’s exactly what happened to Lauren Grenier and her staff just after the B’s Game 6 loss to the Maple Leafs Sunday night.

After a tough loss, the Bruins found themselves stranded in Toronto after their charter plane had a malfunction. And while the B’s were very ready for dinner and bed, finding a place for an entire team at closing time isn’t as easy as it sounds. Thanks to the wonderful people at Mississauga, Ontario’s Canyon Creek Chophouse for staying open for the team. Just 10 minutes after the phone call to Greiner, the team (bus an all) pulled up to the steakhouse and they brought their appetites. For the next two hours, the team ate all they could. The restaurant had to call in extra servers and cooks from their other restaurant, and in exchange for their hospitality, the restaurant was given four tickets to Game 7 in Boston. Four of the employees piled in their car and drove 10 hours to Boston to be in attendance … and considering the historic comeback the Bruins pulled off, what better gift could you ask for except the Stanley Cup!

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About The Author

Shanda Foster is a media personality who got her start as a journalist. She began her career writing press releases and bios for clients at a public relations company. She then decided to pursue her passion of journalism and started contributing to fashion and entertainment online publications. Foster went on to contribute for other publications and began writing an entertainment column for Examiner.com. In 2009, Shanda entered the broadcast media world as the third member of Playaction Sports Radio. Her entertainment reporting, sports knowledge and humorous personality gained her attention locally. So sit back and enjoy the ride!