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Super Bowl Parties A-Go-Go 

What our fabulous celebs are doing

Getting to the Super Bowl is all about the football -- about teamwork and sweat and blood and broken bones, running, passing, and so forth and so on. But once you make it to the Super Bowl, it's all about the party. Maybe not for the guys out on the field who are still playing for pride and a gaudy diamond ring, but as far as most fans (and I do use that word loosely) are concerned, the game takes a backseat to the hot wings and the cold beer. Make no mistake. I'll be rooting for a Carolina win on Sunday, but don't Bogart that dip my friend, pass it over to me.

Just as there are many ways to win football games, there are many ways to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday, an American holy day second only to the Rapture in social significance and commercial potential. And with the hometown team playing the role of Cinderella at the big dance, it's more important than ever here in image-conscious (make that image-paranoid) Charlotte that your Super Bowl party experience be fitting and proper. So we thought we'd get some hints by asking around to see how the famous and infamous will be spending their big day.

Rae Carruth Carruth was once a member of the Panthers, a promising receiver with a knack for finding the end zone. These days a little misunderstanding involving him, his pregnant girlfriend, and, umm, murder means Carruth now spends most of his time trying to defend his own end zone in the prison showers; holding on to the soap makes good hands so much more important these days. But that doesn't mean he won't be rooting for his old teammates. Carruth's party will feature smuggled Jell-o pudding snack packs and baby carrots whittled into the shape of a shiv. The Carruth bad luck did manifest itself with the Panthers making the big show one year too early. If the Panthers had only held off another year, Carruth could have hired Martha Stewart at insider rates to cater his prison party.

Mark Mathis The Fox18 "weatherperson," as one would expect, is slated to have a wild and boisterous party. In addition to featuring food like corn dogs, corn chips, popcorn, and corn-encrusted corn, the rock bands Spinal Tap, Godsmack, and Korn are all scheduled to perform at full volume. Unfortunately, none of these bands are loud enough to drown out the flamboyant Mathis who will no doubt be shoved into a hall closet by partygoers hoping for half a chance to actually hear the game.

George Shinn Shinn may have skipped town, but that doesn't mean he can't still care about Charlotte sports. Expect his Bourbon Street Bash to feature cheerleaders. Lots of them. Wearing knee pads. Hey, isn't that William Shatner over there? Oh, hi Ray. . .

Bank of America The new sponsor of the Panthers home stadium is hiring an outside caterer for their executive party, and fresh curried BBQ will be flown in from Bangalore, India.

Robert Johnson The newest sports baron in Charlotte didn't want to miss out on all the excitement, but while Johnson was reportedly ready to bring big league partying back to Charlotte, he needed the city to first build him a state of the art party complex in the Center City where guests would be willing to commit to paying for the next 25 Super Bowl parties in advance, BYOB of course. Unfortunately Lynn Wheeler was unavailable to rush things through so it looks like he might miss the kickoff.

Will Bunch Bunch is a hack sportswriter for the Philadelphia Daily News who wrote a column badmouthing the City of Charlotte the Monday before the NFC Championship game against the Eagles. Bunch's party will reportedly feature Philly cheese steaks and Kevorkian-brand sour grapes juice. He'll have a trained paramedic on duty since guys from Philly have a nasty habit of choking at big games.

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