06/26/2002 11:00PM

Question of the weekend: Is that someone famous?


Since the days of the Rat Pack, stargazing has been a very popular Las Vegas pastime.

When a lot of famous athletes and celebrities are in town, it's usually for marquee events such as a title fight or the ESPY awards. This weekend, there are star-studded soirees all over town. Heads will be swiveling trying to spot all the celebrities in town.

The weekend kicks off with Shaq's Comedy All-Star Roast at the MGM Grand's EFX Theatre on Friday night. NBA finals MVP Shaquille O'Neal will be roasting Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith, along with a lot of other sports world celebrities and comedians, in a fund-raiser for several charities, including Child Haven, the Open Doors Foundation, the Kidz Education Experience Program, and the Greater Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

The list of roasters includes former Cowboys Jimmy Johnson, Michael Irvin, and Daryl Johnston, as well as comedians D.L. Hughley, Dick Gregory, and Guy Torry. This will be taped for broadcast later as a pay-per-view event.

The events continue Saturday with Cleveland Indians pitching legend Bob Feller and Notre Dame and Green Bay Packers star Paul Hornung signing autographs (for $25 a pop) from noon to 3 p.m. at the Stardust.

The 36th annual Victor Awards takes place at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Las Vegas Hilton. This $50 black-tie event features 35 awards in 15 sports. Among those confirmed to appear are broadcasters Terry Bradshaw and Joe Morgan (both Hall of Fame athletes in their own right), Dick Enberg, Nets coach Byron Scott, 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia, University of Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey, and boxer Floyd Mayweather.

Winter Olympic gold medalists Jimmy Shea Jr., Apolo Anton Ohno, Derek Para, Jill Bakken, Casey FitzRandolph, and Vonetta Flowers will also be honored. Other nominees - but not confirmed to attend - include Barry Bonds (busy hitting homers, and teammates), Venus Williams (busy hitting balls at Wimbledon), Jason Kidd, Kurt Warner, and Bernard Hopkins.

The show, which benefits the City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute, will be aired on Fox Sports Net on Sunday to keep intact its title as the longest-running televised sports awards show.

The last event of the weekend, the World Pro Basketball Challenge, has actually been taking place all week at the Cox Pavilion, next to the Thomas & Mack Center. The tournament caught a bad break publicity-wise when Magic Johnson's All-Stars, the marquee team in the eight-team international field, was beaten Wednesday night by Team Europe, 97-96, on a last-second shot by former UNLV star Gerald Paddio.

Johnson, who is the player-coach and had triple doubles in each of his team's two games, will lead Chris Mullin and his other teammates into the third-place game Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. The championship game will be at 8 p.m. between Team Europe, which stars former Syracuse and current Miami Heat big man Rony Seikaly, and the winner of Thursday's game between the London Leopards and ABA Select. The title game will be aired locally on Channel 6, and a number of tournament games will be replayed on Fox Sports Net Saturdays from July 6 through Aug. 10.

The Harlem Globetrotters were also in the tournament, but they were upset in the first round, losing 100-95 in overtime to ABA Select, a minor league all-star team that is coached by Reggie Theus. The Globetrotters were obviously at a disadvantage since they were unable to use balls on a string or have the refs in their hip pocket.

The participants in these events are sure to be tooling around Vegas all weekend, hanging out at hot spots such as the MGM Grand's Studio 54, the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, Shadow at Caesars Palace, Rain and Ghostbar at the Palms, the Voodoo Lounge at the Rio, clubs at the Hard Rock Hotel, and other other trendy nightclubs around town, as well as at the gaming tables.

Just beware of any tall guys with buckets of water (or is it just confetti?). And resist the urge to ask, "How's the weather up there?"

It's enough to give you a sore neck.