It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here! With Senior Bowl and Winter Storm Leon behind us, it’s time for the Boom Boom! And my hope is Leon took all his nasty cold weather with him, so we’ll have a nice and sunny, and comfortably warm Gras. I think we deserve it. But I’m getting ahead of myself, we still have plenty of other business to attend to before we start catching things in the street and I think you know what I’m talking about. Yes, Ramen Noodles is what I was talking about. One day I imagine we will be dropping a package of those down the side of a building on New Year’ Eve.

Anyway, without further adieu, here is your latest B.B. Nues…

Senior Bowl leftovers

Well I had more sightings of large men in NFL gear during Senior Bowl week than I knew what to do with, but I’m assuming they were scouts or other unidentifiable support personnel because this is how all of those sightings went down:

Spy: Hey Boozie, just saw a bunch of big guys in (fill in the blank with an NFL team) track suits on, at Heroes, Callaghan’s, Moe’s, Wintzell’s, Bike Shop, etc.
Boozie grabs a pen and cocktail napkin to write on.
Boozie: OK, who was it?

Spy: Oh, I don’t know who they were. Just big guys with (fill in the blank NFL team) outfits on.

But some of my spies were a bit more observant, and it seems the Ryan Brothers made the rounds at our favorite area watering holes. Yes, that’s Rex Ryan (head coach of the New York Jets) and his bro Rob Ryan (defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints). They were spotted at Wintzell’s, Callaghan’s and the Bike Shop. One spy said Rex bought drinks for the house at the Bike Shop. That’s just good manners.

New Orleans Saints Head coach Sean Payton also made a stop in Callaghan’s, as did Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn. We’re told Mayor Sandy Stimpson dined with Dallas Cowboy’s Head Coach Jason Garrett, as well.

We hear it was a good week for all the businesses downtown, so that’s the best news of all.

Game Day scoop

With some of the most glorious Senior Bowl weather ever, folks were making the rounds all over Ladd Peebles’ grounds. Stimpson was spotted pressing the flesh in the corporate tent. And WPMI hotties Kym Thurman and Kelly Jones posed for pics with the Mobile city council in their swank box.

I also had this report filed: A large man wearing an Auburn cap, who said he was from Eufala (and looked like he could have been a football player himself), kept going around the corporate tent and asking people if they liked Alabama or Auburn. If anyone said Alabama. He said to them, “You know what I like about Alabama?” The person would just look confused or say, ‘What?” To which he would say, “Nothing.” Apparently one such exchange like this by Mr. Eufala got pretty heated by the men’s room, but thankfully it never escalated beyond words.

After the game, many flocked to the “World’s Largest Senior Bowl Party” at Callaghan’s. Though my spies did say it wasn’t as crowded as previous years, probably due to the stellar weather and everyone tailgating a little longer.

‘Pretty Little Liar’ at Moe’s

One of the stars of the ABC Family show “Pretty Little Liars” and singer Lucy Hale had a lunchtime performance presented by WKSJ for their listeners at Moe’s BBQ downtown last week. Our spies said it was a very nice time.

Leon gossip

Yes, I had reports of people “Southern sledding” on everything imaginable — boogie boards, skim boards, laundry baskets, inner tubes, garbage can tops, Rubbermaid storage bin lids, and even in kayaks and canoes. There were also people pulling said sleds with golf carts and four-wheelers. Who said we don’t know how to handle an ice storm? Hell, just hold our drinks and watch this, Yankees.

There were also numerous reports of copious amounts of drinking at home for three straight days and people “braving the elements” to walk to their nearest open convenience store to restock booze once they ran out. It was really rough for us. We shall never forget you, Leon. Never.

Blankenship’s keeps Mobile warm and funky

Not since the 1987 movie “Mannequin” starring Kim Cattrall and Andrew McCarthy has Boozie been so excited about store windows. And trust, Boozie was excited about that movie. But, Blankenship’s Universal Supply at Springhill and Ann has brought this window wonderment back for the Boozester. They have been coming up with clever ideas for their front window for some time now, but the newest one for February has to be one of the best.

It features Valentine’s Day conversation hearts reading “Keep Warm,” “Nail Me” and “Plumb Me,” among others, perfect for both VD and a hardware store. It’s definitely worth a drive by to see this heart-stopping display. And it’s just another reason our local businesses help keep Mobile funky! Support them all!

Well, kids, that’s all I got this time. Get your Boom Boom bags ready and just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous, or just some plain ol’ “Mannequin” lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!