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HEY, I THINK I SEE A CELEBRITY!: All Chi-Town Sightings, Week of 4/19

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From time to time, celebrities do step out of LA and New York to venture over to the windy city. They’re not always A-list, but — what the hell, we’ll take what we can get. This week’s sightings:

  • Blink 182 frontman Tom Delonge, spoke to the Chicago Tribune’s About Last Night blogger Luis Arroyave right before peforming at the Aragon Ballroom on Saturday. He talked about the band’s troubled past, what resulted in their split in 2005 and what brought them back together. He said:

My biggest failure was the breakup of Blink. That was a failure of friendships, businesses and communications. In our hearts, we thought that forever and gone.

Delonge attributes the reason that Blink 182 reformed, to the plane crash which bandmate Travis Barker barely survived in 2008. He said:

If that accident hadn’t happened, we wouldn’t be a band. Plain and simple, that was fate.

  • Jeremy Piven threw out the first pitch at Sunday’s White Sox game. The Entourage star recently filmed a YouTube video for the ONE campaign, which is run by a nonprofit organization to fight global poverty. It’s a change of pace for the actor to be using the spotlight for a good cause, instead of soaking up airtime to talk about how he was poisoned by eating too much Sushi. Other celebs should take note!
  • Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler hung out at Cuvee, Manor and Stay lounge Saturday. In a press conference following a ceremony, which was held in honor of center Olin Kreutz, recently hired Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz, couldn’t help heaping praise on Cutler to the room of gathered reporters. He said:

He’s so intelligent, he can intimidate you. He really can. He is extremely bright, one of the smartest people I’ve been around. He’s very humble, though. He loves this game. He has great passion for what he does.

Martz conveniently neglected to talk about Cutler’s skills on the field, which were seen as shaky during his first season in Chicago. In a radio interview with the Chicago based Waddle & Silvie show in February, former San Francisco 49′ers QB Joe Montana offered his own explanation as to why Cutler failed to deliver on the field. He said:

Part of it is pressure. Sometimes you bring it on yourself a bit. You’re not happy somewhere, and you leave and you think it’s better somewhere else … and maybe when you get there and it’s a little bit more than you expected, and maybe it’s not what you expected. A lot of the times you’re trying too hard, and you’re emotional, and you have that on top of it, and you’re trying harder. You’re doing things you don’t typically do as a quarterback, and you’re trying to make plays instead of letting plays happen.

  • Bears players Devin Hester and Israel Idonije dined at Sunda on Thursday. Idonijie partied at Jbar on Wednesday with teammate Julius Peppers, who recently signed a $91.5 million contract with the Bears after playing for the Carolina Panthers since 2002. In an interview for Chicagobears.com, Peppers was asked why he chose to sign with the team. He said:

Well, uh, I’ve admired Coach Smith the way he coached and how his team played from afar for years. I’ve observed him throughout my career in the league so I’ve always been a fan of what he did here. Not only that, but the defense is already in place. Other guys, other pro bowlers, other all pro players are already in the locker room. And, um, it’s fun to play with players like. So, those two things were two of the main factors that led to choose Chicago.

He could have simplified his answer and said that the main two factors were money… and more money.

  • Vince Vaughn was spotted at the barbershop chain Truefitt & Hill in the 900 Shops on Tuesday. After recently starring in the mediocre comedy Couples Retreat and participating in the misguided We Are The World remake, Vaughn should maybe start to think about changing agents. After all, in Hollywood that’s as run of the mill as getting a haircut.
  • The White Sox’s John Danks hung out with teammate Jake Peavy at The Fifty/50 on Tuesday after pitching eight innings in a win against Tampa Bay Rays. After conceding the game, Rays manager Joe Maddon talked about Danks’ performance with Mlb.com:
  • He’s good, and he had it all going on today. He had that nice little cutter going on inside. Then he’s got the changeup working away from the righty, and then he started mixing up the bigger curveball toward the end.

    Maddon didn’t stop there. He added:

One of the better pitchers in the league. I’ve said that for a couple of years, and he reaffirmed that again tonight.

Source: Red Eye.

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