SUPER BOWL JOURNAL: Paul Blart: Mall Cop and More

Kevin James, celebrity

Kevin James, celebrity

TAMPA, Fla. — The two football teams in the Super Bowl are now sequestered from the media, the weekend has begun, and the influx of celebrities and pseudo-celebs has begun.

In the legit celebrity category, comedian/actor Kevin James was going from one radio table to another Friday morning to promote his movie “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.”

An older woman came up to him with a blissful look on her face.

“I loved your show (“King of Queens”),” she said. “I memorized every line.”

“Oh, you want to do a scene?” James asked her as he put an arm around her. “I’ll be Doug.”

James’ character was named Doug, by the way. And he made that woman sooooo happy by interacting with her.

 Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio worked Radio Row, too. That was thrilling.

A Sports Illustrated swimsuit model named Brooklyn Decker went from one radio show to the next. What could the hosts have had to ask her? How do you like being a swimsuit model?

What kind of surprises me, pleasantly, is how many NFL players are here to promote something good.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, for instance, was drumming up notice for, a site dedicated to helping people get their blood pressure to a healthier state.

Both of McNabb’s parents suffer from hypertension, so he’s doing something about advancing the cause of those who do.

David Tyree, the New York Giants’ wide receiver who last year made what is considered by many to be the best Super Bowl catch ever, was here to tout the American Heart Association.

Tyree’s mother, Thelma Tyree, died of a heart attack in December 2007.

Then, there are those who are just … here.

Tim Snyder, Churchill Downs’ chief party officer during last year’s Kentucky Derby, was here to promote the Kentucky Derby, I guess. He had a horse’s image on his shirt, anyway. Or was that a mint julep?

Former “Dancing With the Stars” star Stacy Kiebler was to start making her media swing through Radio Row this afternoon, but the Hlog has bigger fish to fry. I’ll be hosting a live Super Bowl chat starting at noon, Iowa time.

Join me at


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