Thursday, June 07, 2007

The New Rat Pack


Forget all the talk of the "Frat Pack" [Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell, and Jack Black]. Admit it, you own at least a movie or two with each of them somewhere to be found in it.

The bigger news reads, "There's a new Rat Pack in town." Well, almost. While they haven't been spotted hanging out together [ala Frank, Dean, and Sammy], these three are as popular as Clooney, Pitt, and Damon these days.

First off, before I continue any further, let me say there’s no question who the coolest man who ever lived was. He was the only member of the “Rat Pack” to win an Academy Award. He was the coolest thing Hollywood, Vegas, and show business itself ever laid eyes on. Everyone from Sophia Loren to Kirk Douglas to Wayne Newton to Quincy Jones to Bruce Springsteen to Johnny Carson lined up to attend his funeral. He was with every hot Hollywood-starlet, in their primes no less, from Ava Gardner to Mia Farrow to Barbara Marx. You know who I’m talking about. The Chairman of the Board, the Voice, Ol’ Blue Eyes, the Sultan of Swoon, La VozFrank Sinatra.

However in today's world, athletes, perhaps even more than singers/actors/entertainers today often represent the who’s who of show business. Especially since often they often lack the off-screen dramathat follows most of Hollywood today, at least that's the case for these three guys. As the saying goes from a popular Sports Illustrated cover story, “All entertainers wanna be athletes and all athletes wanna be entertainers.”

Clich├ęs aside, athletes today live the lives that are envied by people, all over the world, of all ages, genders, and classes.

It’s one thing to be a famous actor. It’s another to dominant on the playing field or court. You don’t see shots of Kobe Bryant watching Jack Nicholson’s performance on a Saturday night. Do you?

With all due respect to famous female athletes [like???], and a singer named Justin Timberlake, you’d be hard pressed not envying, even for a moment, the lives of Hollywood’s Elite Triple Threat of Athletes Livin’ the Good Life.

…I’ll let you decide all what order these gentleman should be in…

Suspect A: Derek Jeter

Nicknames: DJ, Mr. November, and Captain Clutch.
Titles: 4 World Series rings [1996, 1998, 1999, 2000].
Bank: 10 year, $189-million contract.
Charitable Organization: Turn 2. Established in 1996, was formed to support activities and programs designed to prevent teenage substance abuse.
The Play: Cutting off an errant throw and delivering on a shuffle pass to home plate during Game 3 of ALDS against Oakland.
Pre-Fame: 1992 High School Baseball Player of the Year.
Celebrity Status: One of People’s 50 Most Beautiful People [1999].
Trivia: 2000 All-Star and World Series MVP.
Defining Quote: "You forget about it whether it was 15-2 or 3-2. It's still a loss. It doesn't matter what the score was if we win tomorrow".

Epitome Statement: He’s the bachelor-King of New York.

The Ladies: Mariah Carey (pre-crazy), Lara Dutta [Miss Universe], Joe Enriquez [singer who he stole from A-Rod], Jordana Brewster [Fast and the Furious, anyone?], Jessica Alba [enough said], Vanessa Minnillo [MTV veejay and formed Miss Teen USA], Scarlett Johannson [hello!], Jessica Biel [everywhere, these days], Anna Kournikova [tennis, anyone?], and now apparently is linked to DJ Stacy Lynn Spierer [former Miss Long Island]. There’s also been rumors he was linked to Tyra Banks and Gabrielle Union.


Suspect B
: Tony Parker

Nicknames: Le Blur & TP9.
Titles: 2 NBA championship rings [2003 & 2005].
Bank: 6 year deal worth over $60-million.
Pops: Tony Sr. played at Loyola in Chicago and then on the professional level overseas.
Awards: 2001-2002 All-Rookie First Team.
The Tournament: Won the U-18 European Championship with the French National Team in 2000.
All-Star: 2003, 2004, 2006, & 2007.
Music: Album TP released in France in 2007.
Friends in High Places: Best man will be Phoenix Suns forward Boris Diaw.
Word Speak: Born in Belgium. Fluent in French & English.

Epitome Statement: Eva.

The Lady: Someone you might’ve heard of named Eva Longoria. Yeah, they’ve been together for the past two-plus years and are set to be married in the summer of 07. Go Tony!


Suspect C
: Tom Brady

Nicknames: California Cool and Tom Terrific.
Titles: 3 Super Bowl rings [2001, 2003, 2004]
Bank: 6 years at $60-million. [Insane bank in the NFL, by the way.]
Political Factor: Was President George W. Bush's guest at his 2004 State of The Union address, and got to sit next to First Lady Laura Bush.
Celebrity Status: Named as one of "People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People" (2002).
The Plays: Game-winning drives in two Super Bowls. Pick your favorite.
Pre-Fame: Attended the same high school, Junipero Sierra High School, which also produced slugger Barry Bonds.
Trivia: Slotted as Patriots 3rd QB after 2000 Draft. Moved to #2 after Patriots moved Michael Bishop to NFL Europe roster.
Defining Quote: “I don't care about three years ago, ... I don't care about two years ago. I don't care about last year. The only thing I care about is this week.”

Epitome Statement: He’s the best winning QB since a guy named Joe Montana.

The Ladies: Dated, and impregnated before they broke up, actress Bridgette Moynahan. Currently linked to Brazilian super-model Giselle Bundchen. Quite the duo, to say the least, with those two ladies.

Simply put: all three are currently living quite the sweet life. While it still might not be the life for you, just imagine what's it liketo live a day in their life and then try to deny the mojo they must feel most days. Yep, I said mojo.

Your call.

Personally, I'll take being the King of New York, if only for a day.

Until next time...

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