Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, still sore from a season-ending battering against the New England Patriots, was on the Strip for Wednesday's 10 p.m. performance of Cirque du Soleil's "O" at Bellagio.
Tebow, in a group that included his brother and three friends, was overheard saying it was his first Cirque show. He reportedly was in town for a Nike commercial. He made one a year ago at the Palms Fantasy Tower.
"O" cast members congratulated him during a backstage visit. Tebow's at-times sensational play helped Denver reach the playoffs after a 1-4 start.
He took photos with "O" contortionists who hammed it up with feet-behind-the-head poses, a position Tebow could relate to after the rough day he had on Saturday. It has been reported that Tebow played through rib, lung and chest injuries during the 45-10 loss at New England.
Tebow and his posse were seen with water bottles and popcorn. Tebow insisted on paying for his tickets, a rare act among celebrities. That puts him in company of princes: Prince Harry did the same in November.
"American Idol" judge Steven Tyler sort of shot himself in the foot during Wednesday's media session at Wynn Las Vegas.
Tyler had hinted that he was staying in the Elvis suite at LVH.
When I pressed him about staying at the Elvis suite, which was incorporated years ago into the Verona Sky Villa, he changed his tune, saying, "Oh, no, we're upstairs."
Turns out his supersuite was the venue for an LVH-sponsored party Wednesday to honor Tyler and the other "Idol" judges, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson. Because Wynn Las Vegas is hosting the "Idol" crew this week for an episode shoot at "Le Reve" theater, it was a sensitive subject.
Tyler came to the media session with fresh lip prints on his cheek, which was pointed out by "Idol" emcee Ryan Seacrest.
Tyler recently confirmed his engagement to longtime girlfriend Erin Brady.
The party at the Verona Sky Villa, where Tyler was staying, was hosted by LVH exec Ken Ciancimino and his wife, Michele.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
While Mayor Carolyn Goodman was representing Las Vegas on Thursday at a White House event for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, former Mayor Oscar Goodman was cooling his heels at a media luncheon a block away. The ex-mayor hinted he was persona non grata at the White House after criticizing President Barack Obama for his comments that were perceived as damaging to the Las Vegas tourism industry. The media get-together was arranged by Jim Ryan, point man for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's D.C. office.
THE PUNCH LINE
"Wants to rename states Mittchigan, Mittsouri, Mittsissippi, and New Mittsico." -- From David Letterman's Top Ten Signs Mitt Romney is Getting Cocky