There were virtually no crowds. Only a small group of the celebrities were here on day 1, but the few that were here were highly accessible. Basically, there was nowhere to hide.
Rumor has it Michael Jordan will not be here. Rumor also has it that Michael Jordan WILL be here. I could ask, but what fun is that? I like the suspense.
Give the Mickelson award for most unfriendly celebrity to Trent Dilfer. Yes, the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers had a "don't talk to me" vibe all day. I didn't even try -- it's Trent Dilfer, for crying out loud. I don't need to get a 3 iron wrapped around my head for a Trent Dilfer interview, sorry. But I saw him turn down autograph requests pretty regularly. I also saw him pull a move I once saw Rush Limbaugh do -- he exited stage left a little early. Rather than pull in his golf car and have the attendants clean his clubs, and then face the autograph hounds, he stopped the car early, grabbed his golf clubs and made a dash for the parking lot. One kid made chase, but Dilfer was in scramble mode, moving like he had Mike Strahan chasing after him.
In Dilfer's defense, I did see him sign an autograph and even take a photo with a little girl on No. 16, in an area of the golf course where no one else was around. So, maybe he just didn't want a crowd to assemble.
Just now I nabbed Ivan Lendl for an interview. Lendl was cool, he has a certain... majesty about him. Maybe it's the accent. But he just seems very proper, very polite, almost like a foreign ambassador or something.
Also got an interview with Dan Jansen, Olympic speed skating gold medalist.
Dan Lomax, former Cardinals quarterback, promised me an interview after the awards for the shamble were handed out, but I've lost him in the meanwhile. I'm hopeful to catch him later.