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SI Swimsuit Launch In Vegas: Day 1

I’m in Vegas covering the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. I saw super models in person. I got my picture taken with Brooklyn Decker. I also saw Jessica Gomes, Hilary Rhoda, Anne V, Esti Ginzburg, Damaris Lewis and Izabel Goulart. In person. To answer your question, “Yes. They are really, really, ridiculously good-looking.”

Why does a magazine need parties and autograph sessions and press coverage? I don’t have an answer for that. Not for my girlfriend. Not for my mother. Not for any of the women in your life. The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition is an American institution. That’s the way it has been and the way it always will be.

This afternoon I saw Brooklyn, Anne V, Hilary Rhoda, Jessica Gomes at STK at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. People waited in line to get their pictures taken with the models and get their copies of the SI Swimsuit Edition signed. When I got there, the girls/models/young ladies had just finished cooking a dish in the kitchen. As you can see from the picture, these girls are impossibly tall. Like, post up Steve Nash if he’s guarding her tall. When you’re 6-feet tall and a woman, you must be either an athlete, a model or miserable.

And yes, they are that attractive in person. Really attractive. So attractive that I’ll stop right there before I get in trouble. The ladies swayed to the top 40 hits the DJ was “spinning” throughout the event. The girls all seemed in good spirits. Two hours of signing their name on flawless pictures of themselves while people stammer in their presence isn’t a bad way to make a living.

Brooklyn Decker reads TBL. She said we’re really nice to “them.” I’m not entirely sure if she was talking about the models (We’re great towards models) or her and husband Andy Roddick, but either way, she reads the site. And she wanted to meet me. How weird is that?

Norm was there.

So I sat there and had some sodas while the impossibly pretty ladies signed magazines. Then it was off to Diablo’s at the Monte Carlo. At Diablo’s someone gets up on the bar every hour or so and spins a wheel that selects a random drink special.  Then everyone cheers. That dollar off a Jack and Coke can’t be underestimated. There’s also a guy in a chicken outfit.

Esti Ginzburg (She’s quiet), Damaris Lewis (She’s from Brooklyn.) and Izabel Goulart (She likes to dance.) were all at Diablo’s. They came out and took some pictures. Then the Jabbawockeez came out and dance. Shaq was not there, so the girls remained the tallest people in the bar. The girls even participated and I have to say, it was kind of cool. I would crack my head or put out my back if I ever tried the stuff they do. The crowd wasn’t as big for the second show, but it might have been the chicken scaring them away.

Tomorrow its more of the same at different locations around the city. Except I’m scheduled for some one-on-one time with Chrissy Teigen. We’re going to eat spicy hamburgers. Hopefully I get to see Kate Upton at some point because you people seem to love her.

Images all by me. Except for the one with the women in the kitchen which is via Getty. Follow me on Twitter for a ton more tomorrow (and tonight maybe). And I’ve got a copy of the Swimsuit Edition that should be autographed by most of the models by the time I leave on Friday. We’ll be giving that away to one of you.

 

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