Final Four: Columbia Broadcasting Soiree

By - March 31, 2007 gossip correspondent Perez Horford can't get a proper Hang Time login for another couple days, so I've agreed to turn over the keyboard to our team's mercurial yet well-traveled rookie -- a jet-setter in the classical sense who makes the Hoops Odyssey twinsies look like North Country homebodies -- on his condition that I neither edit nor alter his thoughts about tonight's event. So without further ado, here's the report on tonight's CBS party:

Went to the CBS party tonight in the private room of the Sweet Lowdown, a swanky nightspot not a five-minute cab ride from the Marriott Marquis and just up the street from the Fox Theater, where Jamie Foxx was playing his song-and-standup show. In the house were CSTV studio personalities Pete Gillen and Steve Lappas as well as a bevy of coaches: Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, Bucknell's Pat Flannery, Hofstra's Tom Pecora, Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, Houston's Tom Penders, Seton Hall's Bobby Gonzalez along with Fred Hill from regional rival Rutgers.

Follically challenged Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli was in attendance along with once-assistant and current Marist coach Matt Brady, who led the Red Foxes to a MAAC regular-season title this year. Big East commish Mike Tranghese and right-hand man John Paquette as well. Same with Villanova coach Jay "Buttons" Wright, compensating for the absence of his trademark three-piece suit with a killer tan. Among the former coaches were George Washington and St. John's departee Mike Jarvis, Fairfield expat Tim O'Toole and 'Nova legend Rollie Massimino, who led the 'Cats to a surprise national championship 22 years ago Monday.

Media types included The Early Show anchor Hannah Storm, ESPN sideline jockey Erin Andrews and pair of noted scribes: Boston Globe writer Bob Ryan and New York Daily News staple Dick "Hoops" Weiss. Also in attendance was Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who was every bit as dreamy as I imagined -- though a suddenly irascible Bryan, diehard Eagles fan that he is, spent the last 75 minutes of the night fantasizing about tossing his glass of Cabernet in the signal-caller's face. Right before the open bar closed for the night, Maryland coach Gary Williams slipped a Pabst Blue Ribbon to CSTV behind-the-scenes vet Ryan Dougherty, who's probably telling the story as I write to anyone who will listen.

Took a cab up Peachtree Street back to the hotel with Bryan and put our poor and overworked word jockey to bed. Given our non-smoking accommodations, I slipped outside for a cig around 3 a.m., and it didn't take a minute to see the Marriott Marquis was still poppin' -- a steady stream of taxi drop-offs with the late-night crowd slipping out of the cars like reanimated corpses while the hotel bellhops and valet service roll their eyes. And with that, I'm off to bed as as soon as I can find my air-pillow silicon earplugs -- that Bryan is a snorer! TTFN.

Posted by at 03:22 AM on March 31, 2007

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