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Gilbert's Birthday Party

Key party links:

WaPo gamer
Unsilent Majority Q&A w/ Beth. Shoals
More Shoals

Yeah, so, I didn't go. Didn't even try to go. I had a better party to go to. My dad's surprise birthday party. It was insane; Doug E. Fresh was there, Diddy was hosting, Ghost Face made a surprise appearance, there were rumors that Samuel L. Jackson and Jessica Biel showed up, which, if nothing else, ought to make The Big Lead happy. Plus, at my dad's party, parking was free. At Gil's, parking reportedly cost from $40 to $60.

(Btw, can you believe the Wizards lost on Sunday? I mean, who could have seen that coming? Gil said it was because of the unusual 1 p.m. start time. Uh-huh. Anyhow, the Toronto Sun says Gilbert is "a player suddenly worth the price of admission," and NBADraft.Net agrees.)

Anyhow, I was hoping to get exclusive party reports from some of my readers, but the Innertubenets don't play like that. All my readers have already been spilling their guts elsewhere, starting with invited guest Unsilent Majority, who was interviewed about the evening by Bethlehem Shoals. The highlight:

UM: Well, once we got some drinks my friends and I went outside where the stage was. I was up against the fence having a cig when all of the people came streaming through out of the backstage area. Gil, Gil Sr., Clinton, Diddy, TI. I think I saw T.J. Duckett at the bar but it might have just been a fat guy.

BS: Clinton?

UM: Portis. Cigar, fedora, all the pageantry.

Later UM starts talking Bar Mitzvahs. HE also consented and e-mailed me his lasting image of the party, although it probably can't compare with the fat guy or the bar mitzvah:

The one thing I took away from the evening was the looks of pure happiness on the faces of Gil and his father. Oh and then there was the women...ah the women.

Shoals also posted some pics from Jamie Mottram, including some sort of homage to Vitamin Water. As I've often noted, the Wiz mostly all chug the stuff, once it's spiked with Nutri-Build III. During the playoffs last year, Gil motioned at his VM and said "this right here is why I play so good," or something to that effect. So it was only natural that VM would sponsor his party.

Sports blog overlord Mottram was all over the party; his video shows Gilbert's "Everybody get drunk and make bad decisions" exhortation, which he apparently stole from Joe Cullen. (Has anyone explained all the Jay-Z at a Diddy event, btw?) The video is stolen below. And Gil's exhortation was apparently followed. DCStyleMag's Kelly Ann Collins followed his advice, and so did a poster at SLAMOnline:

i was at the party. it was sick. my arenasexpress card said 5493, but there were def more than that there. got in a picture with caron too. lots of stars, lots of food, lots of alc, and lots of bad decisions...

The Post had its party team out, who reported that the invites alone spent $40k to make and $20k to send out via FedEx. Total party price tag was estimated between $1 and $2 mil. No mention of Ovechkin. Plenty of mentions of Doug E. Fresh. Also this:

Vast sectors of the Ritz-Carlton Washington and the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown were rented out, so that Arenas's friends and family could have a place to lay their heads. (All the bedding was monogrammed with "Agent 0" in honor of the occasion, according to a hotel spokesperson, including the sofa in Arenas's own suite -- since he's not too fond of beds and prefers to snooze on the couch.)

Not surprisingly, the party sounded even more fun in Wizznutzz land, where C-Webb spit with Nas and Boom Osby made an appearance, and so did Kevin Duckworth and Pajama Ramos and Susan O'Malley and Tyra Banks and Clinton Portis and Awvee Storey. Although, this being Gil, maybe all of them actually were there. The AP had Donovan McNabb and Jason Campbell on-site. UM claims Portis was there, and Bog reader WGDC--our third reader at the event--claims Awvee was there, although that's unconfirmed. WGDC e-mails some thoughts:

-SuperDuperFly=show skin if you are female and wear your blue tooth&sunglasses if you are male...

-Gilbert was wearing his Arenas Express card on a chain around his neck very cool...
-If you like fine wheels that have curtains in the back windows (cruising the parking lots going for $60-$100, was the place to be...)

-Former Wizard on the red carpet: Awvee Storey

Anyhow, all this sounds fine and dandy, but there's one thing missing. One thing that was featured prominently at my dad's party. One rare and delicious treat. Yup, that's right: ice cream cake. Take that, fancy party planners.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 8, 2007; 10:01 AM ET
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Nice work DSteinz. The parking situation made FedEx look like a breeze. We were able to find a an alley being tended to by a handful of guys trying to get 40 for parking (the attended lot was 60). We gave the guy 20 and miraculously the car was still there at 3 am. I knew I should have whored myself to Patrick Ewing to get up into the VIP, sadly our friend in common bailed so I had no connection.

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | January 8, 2007 10:16 AM | Report abuse


I was at the party. Amazing time. I can confirm McNabb being there, I was standing right by him most of the night! Here is a link below for pictures from the event.

Posted by: Dominic | January 8, 2007 10:40 AM | Report abuse what am I to do for my 25th...

Posted by: bored | January 8, 2007 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I had a great time at, Gil's party. Here it is 4 days later and people are still talking about the party. I brought my invitation in to work yesterday and some of the partners were excited just to touch and read it. Can't wait till his 50th, but then again I'll be 65 and probably in a nursing home. Out!!

Posted by: E- BROODY | January 9, 2007 9:54 AM | Report abuse

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