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Thursday, March 3, 2011
The scene at the 'Taking on Tyson' launch party

Wednesday night was the launch party for Animal Planet's new pigeon racing show, "Taking on Tyson," and Page 2 was on the scene. For the most part, it was your basic Manhattan media party: mediocre hors d'oeuvres, chicks in tight dresses, easy-to-spot newspaper reporters (they're always the ones who are underdressed). Still, there was some visual interest, thanks to two rather bizarre choices by the decorator: flower vases adorned with boxing gloves and wall projections of Tyson's face tattoo (clever, except they got it upside-down).

Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson addresses the crowd at the launch party for his new Animal Planet show, "Taking on Tyson."

The only thing missing: pigeons! Shouldn't they have had a few of them in a coop or something? Page 2 put that question to a few random party attendees and got the following responses:

Chick in tight dress: "Pigeons? Gross!"

Chick's friend: "They're really dirty."

Dude in sharkskin suit: "Rats with wings, man."

Underdressed newspaper reporter: [Too busy scarfing down mediocre hors d'oeuvres.]

So maybe it was better that they didn't have any pigeons on hand after all.

As for Tyson, they mostly kept him under wraps in a VIP room, although he briefly came out to make a few well-chosen remarks, the gist of which was "I can't believe they paid me a pile of money to race pigeons." That's OK, Mike -- neither can anyone else.