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Super Bowl celebrities find parties a big flop

Lindsay Lohan looked bored -- this is supposed to be a hot Super Bowl party?

Seated on a white leather couch a few feet from the DJ booth,she halfheartedly greeted actor Christian Slater then returned toher can of Red Bull.

She turned at one point to speak to girlfriendSam Ronson, who waved her off and returned to her playlist at ESPNThe Magazine's party.

And that, ladies and gentleman, was the highlight from one ofthe biggest party nights of the year. - Click here to see the latest photos of Lindsay Lohan partying and around town

Where were the A-listers? Or even the B-listers?

Obviously not out in full force in Tampa, where the annual SuperBowl bashes have so far been a major bust.

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Sure, the local partygoers have crammed the local venues. Butthe red carpets have been a sea of unrecognizable athletes andreality TV stars, leaving many celebrity watchers disappointed bythe poor turnout.

Sean "Diddy" Combs, Fergie, Jermaine Dupri and Mario Lopezwere all touted on the RSVP list for Maxim, one of the mostanticipated parties of Super Bowl week. But if they showed, nobodysaw them.

Just how lame was it? ESPN's on-air and editorial talent wasparaded past the cameras at its NEXT party, while Frankie Delgado --only famous for being Brody Jenner's best friend and co-star onMTV's "Bromance" -- drew a crowd at the sixth annual Leather &Laces event.

Kim Kardashian, headliner at Leather & Laces, arrived an hourafter co-hosts Carmen Electra and Jenny McCarthy. She walked thered carpet with her sisters, and spent a considerable amount oftime being interviewed by her mother, Kris Jenner, who "covered"the event for The Insider.

She was 20 minutes ahead of boyfriend Reggie Bush, running backfor the New Orleans Saints. A wardrobe malfunction -- his tailoredpants ended up too short and he scrambled to find a suitable pair --forced him to arrive separately.

He was still able to join Kardashian for photos, and said hisgift to her of a new Louis Vuitton bag had assured no hurt feelingsover his tardiness.

Together, they raved about the party scene.

"I love Super Bowl week," Kardashian said. "There is so muchto do, so many parties to go, and it's so exciting to see everyone.We've mostly been hanging out with Reggie's friends, and it's beenso much fun."

That's because the athletes were the only ones to show up enmasse.

Scores of players from the NFL and Major League Baseball madethe party rounds, including a decent turnout at ESPN's event, heldin a 22,000-square-foot tent. Agent Drew Rosenhaus was one of thefirst to enter, followed by former NFL players Jerry Rice, ShannonSharpe, Eric Metcalf and Vinny Testaverde.

Early arrivals got to dance to Ronson's song selections, and shewas joined in the DJ booth by Benji Madden of Good Charlotte. Theyturned it over to headliner Wyclef Jean, who hit the stage aboutmidnight, an hour before Lohan left alone.

Jordin Sparks, the 2007 American Idol winner who had previouslywalked the carpet at Leather & Laces, had moved over to the ESPNparty by then. Probably a smart move, since city police officerswere frustratingly trying to manage crowd control and at one pointrefusing to let anyone else into Jackson's Bistro on HarbourIsland.

Snoop Dogg was allegedly in a private room at that party,perhaps killing time before his hour-long performance at atemporary concert venue in a parking lot.

Brian Baumgartner, aka Kevin from NBC's " The Office," made theparty rounds and used his appearance at Maxim's event to promoteSunday night's post-Super Bowl episode. Also making her way to theRitz Ybor was actress Brittany Snow, who was celebrating the gamebeing played in her hometown.

"It's a little crazy," she said. "It's a little like Sundanceor L.A. -- if you're from there, people just come there and it's alittle overwhelming."

And she was right. Nightly traffic has been moving at a snail'space through the downtown area ever since Celine Dion's concertWednesday. Taxis are scarce and hailing one can take up to an hour,making party-hopping a difficult endeavor. The rough economy also took its toll: Playboy and SportsIllustrated canceled their annual events. Maxim's guest list wasreduced, and Leather & Laces cut the cost of its general admissiontickets -- which were still being sold hours after the event began.

Tickets to the Saturday Night Spectacular, which is co-hosted by

Kevin Costner and former N.Y. Giant Michael Strahan, have beenreduced from $1,700 last year in Phoenix to $875 for Tampa.

Madden, making the rounds with brother, Joel, was set to DJ aparty Saturday night, but had few details of where and when.

"We're going to hit some parties," he said. "One, two, three,maybe four of them. And I'm DJing one of them."

Which one?

"I'm actually not sure," he sheepishly admitted.

Isn't it Models and Bottles?

"See, you know more than I do," he said before heading off.

- Click here to see the latest photos of Lindsay Lohan partying and around town

- Click here to see the latest photos of Lindsay Lohan partying and around town

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