I didn't feel like driving 30 min to Norman Camera so i ordered the BG-E11 over the phone today and it already shipped later in the day.
Although i haven't really needed it majorly because i usually get 7000/8000 small jpeg images out of one battery shooting sports events i do like how my 1d3 feels on a monopod with a really right stuff tilt head and that extra portrait button is nice to have. I don't plan to use it for weddings though. I want things to be light weight for that. It looks like i'll be able to shoot a race this weekend already.