They call it Kadooment Day in Barbados, and apparently, the word means “fun and good times.”
Miami Heat center Joel Anthony could add a few qualifiers after he experienced first-hand the carnival-like festival in Bridgetown.
The world champions Heat's No. 50 — all 6 foot 9 of him — slipped onto the Caribbean island over the weekend. And it seems he got caught up quickly in the atmosphere of Crop Over, the end-of-sugar-cane-harvest festival.
Tourism guidebooks advertise the “pulsating” music that fill the streets on the fiesta’s culmination, Kadooment Monday, when thousands march in flamboyant costumes.
Oh yes, there’s a greased pole climbing contest.
But while Anthony, who turns 30 today, didn't participate in the latter, he did go for the “jump up.”
That's when some of the folks lining the parade route get to join the beauties gyrating between floats.
According to some of the borderline obscene photos that sprung up, bachelor Anthony partook with several bikini-clad women — and the word “grinding” is probably too mild to describe what occurred.
No one at the Heat’s front office replied to emails asking the team’s stance on Anthony’s antics.
If rocker Gwen Stefani and her hubby, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, were ever close to splitsville, they sure looked pretty tight this week in South Florida.
Stefani and Rossdale and their two impossibly cute kids spent quality time on area beaches before their respective careers heat up again.
They even took in some attractions, including a three-hour visit Monday to the South Florida Science Museum in West Palm Beach, a stroll on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach and several visits to Publix.
Rossdale is on tour and materialized at the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach after the band's appearance in Tampa last week.
Stefani’s band No Doubt is producing new music after an 11-year hiatus, Rossdale left Wednesday for the start of Bush’s European tour.
Former Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Alex Ferrer wants a piece of Octomom!
The host of Judge Alex is trying to get single mother of 14 Nadya Suleman onto his nationally syndicated show to settle a lawsuit brought against her by a South Florida strip bar.
But while Suleman is in, T’s Lounge owner Gary Odle is trying to put the kibosh on the project.
“I have no guarantee that she'll show up [for the show],” Odle said. “I kicked around the idea of flying to Los Angeles to do Judge Alex but it's not a good idea.”
Odle says the show’s producers offered to pay for the settlement that would be ordered by Ferrer, whose show airs locally on WBFS-Channel 33.
The catch, says Odle, is that both parties would have to agree that Ferrer's verdict is final. The suit, filed by Odle in July when Suleman started her stripping career in a rival club, would be dismissed.
“What I want is to have Nadya fulfill her contract,” Odle said. “I'm not interested in Judge Alex's $5,000!”
The show's publicist said Ferrer is still hoping to persuade Odle to participate.