I've hung out with Mike Martin multiple times, Taylor Lewan, Jon Merrill...and pplayed beer pong with adrian arrington as my team mate
I've hung out with Mike Martin multiple times, Taylor Lewan, Jon Merrill...and pplayed beer pong with adrian arrington as my team mate
I met Chris Chelios at Cheli's Chili Bar, earlier this year before a Tigers game. Such a nice guy. I also lived a floor below Denard last year, his freshman year, and played video games with him a couple times. One of the humblest athletes I've ever known.
I have met Willie Shoemaker and Don Adams.
James Belushi, also i have met the whole Real Madrid soccer team and Milan. I have also met some other soccer teams. I probably could have met some other actors and actresses, but im not the kind of guy that goes up to somebody just because they'r famous. I mean this for actors, because i would for sure walk up to Jake Long or Henne or Hart... You get my point.
Was at a software users conference and one of the vendors brought him in to sign autographs. I mentioned I graduated from Michigan and we shared a "Go Blue!" moment. Talked for a few minutes about the NFL lock-out and his upcoming HC job in San Francisco. He was pretty cool and down-to-earth. He stayed way after his scheduled time to make sure everyone got their stuff signed and seemed to genuinely make an effort to engage people.
I'm sitting at a bar in Pittsburgh drinking with some friends when suddenly this huge guy walks up. Gold chains, diamonds, a large posse behind him of also very large guys who are iced out as well. He stares directly at me for a moment and then sits down at the table. The only empty chair is between two girls who are rapidly edging away. Looks dead at me goes:
"Michigan? I graduated from there. You go there?".
The sudden realization I wasn't going to die was amazing. Turns out it was Woodley and he'd seen my Michigan hoodie. He invited all of us back into the VIP section and we met some other Steelers.
I also met George W. Bush since my grandfather is connected to the Republican Party. Cool guy to drink with and I'll leave it at that.
Mike Hart and I saw each other so many times on campus (usually around Angell Hall) that our bro nods turned into "what ups" which turned into the occasional fist bump. I later participated in a wing eating contest against him and some basketball players at Buffalo Wild Wings.
It's always nice to learn that these larger than life athletes are just down to Earth kids.
was going to walk up and talk to him but realized it wouldn't. be. prudent.
He's actually really chill in person. Very approachable guy, laid back and the like. I'd imagine if you'd caught his eye he'd have said motioned you over and security would have been cool. One of the Secret Service guys told me he was much more laid back about security than many previous Presidents. He was always ordering them to pass people through so he could shake their hand and yelling at the SS if they tried to pat people down. The agent was complaining how it drove them nuts.
Bo Schembechler and Nick Lachey* came into the Big House once to do a promo about The Victors with the MMB's Fanfare Band. I wasn't in the Fanfare Band, but I was asked to tag along to provide photos of the occasion. It turned out that not being a part of the Fanfare Band was the best way to go, because I got to hang around with Bo and Nick for a little, and got Nick to sign The Victors sheet music (horn part). It should still be hanging around Revelli Hall somewhere...
*You know, back when he was with that Simpson girl
When I was in the Marines I was stationed in Twentynine Palms, CA., which is about 15 minutes away from Joshua Tree. A couple of buddies and I were going to an Applebee's outside of town and out of the Starbuck's next door walks the hottest girl I'd ever seen in my life. Turns out it was Jessica Simpson (in her prime). She was really sweet and let us take pictures with her. Still to this day the hottest girl I have ever met in person, damn.
I've also met Chuck Norris, Braylon, Larry Fitzgerald, Drew Gooden, and Kid Rock.
I have a hard time picturing Bo and Nick Lachey* together. Talk about an odd couple. (And isn't he a USC fan or something?).
* not that he's hurting now...
Chief Justice John Roberts came to our school in '08 to address the class. It was mostly an excuse for him to attend the next day's Michigan/ND game (Roberts is a big ND fan). He came up and chatted with my small group, and somehow it came out that I was a Michigan grad/fan. He mocked me.
Actually Richard Posner laughed at me this week, too. I'm apparently very amusing to people in the federal judiciary.
Where'd you run into Posner?
I argued a case in front of him, Wood, and Rovner. It was an unwinable case (which is probably why they felt comfortable assigning it to a law student), and I'm sure I didn't win, but Posner got a kick out of our theories.
once had lunch with the King of Sweden... of course it was a luncheon thing so she never actually met him... also she went to Louisiana Tech at the same time as Karl Malone.
Too many hockey players to count. I will say this though, I'm guessing most people on this board hate Sidney Crosby. Honestly, he's a pretty great dude in a social setting. No arrogance at all, cracks jokes, and acts like one of the boys. For a guy who makes 10 million a year and has done what he's done, that's saying a lot.
"call-in name" to the Rome show?
Or, if you don't feel like saying as much, that is totally ok too...
Professional wrestlers... I seem to run into them all the time.
I rode in an elevator with Arn Anderson and Rick Orndorff. Turns out they had the hotel rooms across the hall from me.
Was enjoying dinner at Max & Ermas when some jerk bumped into my chair really hard. Turned out to be Lex Luger with his friend Sting. They were very nice. We were he only ones aside from the waitress they spoke to. They signed autographs for kids but otherwise played cards (hearts) and pretty much kept to themselves.
Met the (Reich)Steiner brothers in an airport and had a great conversation with them.
Sat across the aisle from Cheryl Ladd on a plane. Tried to talk to her but was all tongue tied and ended up deciding the better part of valor was to drink myself into submission as an excuse for embarassing myself.
Have met several professional baseball players and found most to be pretty cool guys - Chipper Jones was perhaps my favorite.
Best claim to fame was meeting and having the opportunity to speak with Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, Joe Paterno all within about a two week period. I met Bo a handful of times after that and despite each encounter being brief, he always remembered me or at least let on he did. The most special time was with my young son in Schembechler Hall - we were just "sight seeing" and he shook our hands and made a big deal over my son.
...and met several celebs, including Brian Urlacher, A.J. Foyt, Yancey Thigpen, Kenny Norman (helluva nice guy and one funny dude), former IU Hoops coach Mike Davis, Darren Daulton (was completely wasted, imagine that), Emmanuel Lewis (I thought a 10 y/o kid was walking through the casino, freaked me out at first), Greg Biffle, Antonio Tarver, Jason Priestley, and Ronald Jeremy Hyatt (aka Ron Jeremy, and I refused to shake his hand).
EDIT: I also sat next to Jason Avant on a flight from Chicago to Philly. We talked Michigan Football for about 10 minutes of the 1:45 minute flight. I found him to be a very humble and genuine guy, more interested in learning about my background than talking about his own.
-I grew up around Ben Roethlisberger, he punched me in the stomach on a school bus when I was 6 (true story).
-I live in Dayton, and see Dave Chappelle frequently, in the gym and around town. He's getting ripped!
-I talked to Tommy Davidson (of In Living Color fame) at a bar a couple years ago. I told him Booty Call was the best movie I've ever seen. He believed me.
When I was around 11, I met Jack Nicholson at a Pistons game while he was filming the movie Hoffa. I got his autograph he was a nice guy.
Dinner with Joan Cusack on a Chicago lakeshore cruise. I know her husband. Very down to earth, just regular folks.
I met Charles Woodson at a restaurant. Very nice guy.
Muhammad Ali and a few others that don't compare to him.
Chucky Cheese and later, the Phillie Phanatic.
Neither one would speak to me, though, and it scarred me for life.
celeb I've met was Dave Rozema. He is friends with my uncle. One night when I was little, we got tickets to the Tigers Den at Tiger Stadium from Kirk Gibson's office (also friends with my uncle). Rozey was calling the game on PASS Sports that night and when he saw us sit down, he came down from the announce booth and gave me a baseball.
I've also met Cecil Fielder and Alan Trammell. Trammell was awesome and asked me questions about myself. Cecil was really really shy though.
Well, when I was in school, I snagged a summer job valeting cars in downtown Detroit. It was to this day, the most fun job I've ever had... Met tons of folks and got to really get to know downtown.
Some of the highlights:
There's more, but these are all my favorites.
that Shaun Rogers is a really nice guy. As nice as he is off the field, as a player, he is really lazy and unmotivated for most of the part which is a shame because he is one of the most talented DT in the league when motivated.
When I was in 4th grade I met Bo at some blood donating event for a former player who needed blood. My dad used to play so he took me up and he was in a room chatting with a few other people, I could tell my dad loved the man by the way he greeted him and respected him. At the time I didn't know the importance of who I was meeting, but I am happy I didn't because I would have made him uncomfterable with a bombardment of questions.
I used to go to school with Martin and Merrill. I met Shane Battier at a basketball camp, Barry Sanders at a golfing range, and played pond hockey with Holmstrom over the winter.
i wore the shirt from that camp yesterday hahaha
and now train w/a few UFC figthers.
Most recently met Mike Posner and Big Sean. Both pretty laid back guys. Mike Martin ive talked to a few times. Cam Fowler-i used to play street basketball and hockey with. Nick Lidstrom's son went to my school and he was at a few hockey games; same with Babcock. I met Mitch Album at the Apple Store a few weeks ago, im not sure if thats considered meeting a celeb or not but i recognized him. Long story short i was back stage at the last wings parade and met basically the entire team. Its amazing how much security relaxes when you faint in the crowd. thats all i can think of right now
Michael Jordan (at a bar in Chicago)
Leslie Nielsen (eating dinner at a hotel in Grand Cayman, I was 6 and got his autograph)
Chris Farley (Outside a Century City hotel in LA, he knocked over my cousin)
Christian Bale (walking down the street during the filming of The Dark Knight)
Jeremy Shockey (spent a night out with him and Page McConnell from Phish down in South Beach)
Johnny Depp (filming Public Enemy in Lincoln Park, Chicago)
Tim Meadows (his kid hit me with a bag of candy during Halloween time, he was doing a play in Chicago and was living in the neighborhood for the season, he actually apologized for his kid's behavior)
Mike Singletary (at a Lone Star Steakhouse)
The Fridge (at a men's big and tall store in Woodfield mall)
Dan Hampton, Keith Van Horn, and other 85 Bears
Star Jones (at the Atlantis in the Bahamas)
Mr. Perfect (at one of those sad old wrestler autographing events)
Oscar Robertson (at a Sportmart in Schaumburg)
Michigan related : Bo, Gary Moeller, Rich Rodriguez, Jim Harbaugh, and quite a few players from the early 70s that were on the team with my Dad (who roomed with Les Miles).
I know there is more, but I can't think
I'm not sure if you guys remember the Hockey Falls guys that were in commercials on ESPN in the early 2000s but I met them at the 2003 NHL All-Star game. It was awesome.
Muhammad Ali, Jason Richardson, Gray Maynard
I live in Tampa and used to work at a decent restaurant. I met Warren Sapp, Simeon Rice, Vinnie Lecavalier, and Marty St. Louis. I served all of them which was pretty cool. But when I was in Michigan I met:
Did he offer any opinion with regards to your age vs. wearing of the jersey? :)
He was very classy and didn't seem to care about age. He just saw that I was a big fan and he actually invited me over to talk to him and get a picture. So...
My ex-boss took me to lunch @ Sherwood CC (Los Angeles) when I was out at HQ for some meetings. We walk up on the patio and there is Wayne Gretzky with a buddy just sitting down for lunch after 18 holes. My boss has played mutiple times with WG, so WG invites us to join them for lunch and we had an awesome time. One day later I'm at Gladstone's for dinner and the waitress comes to our table and asks us to sign a "waiver" because a celebrity will be seated next to us and they don't want to be disturbed. Guess who the celebrity was - Wayne & Janet. He laughed when he saw me and the guard came down and we had a great night with those guys, stayed after for a couple bumps at the beach bar with them. He is class all the way. . . . .
Worked out with Billy Baldwin at my gym, found out we're related about 400 years back (I, too, am a Baldwin). Said hi to Billy Dee Williams on the treadmill, Mindy Cohn (Natalie from The Facts of Life) while being stretched by my trainer, then saw Aaron Eckhart in the steam room.
Busy day at the Century City Equinox back in 2008.
Used to occasionally see Rachel Hunter while walking the dog (we lived down the street in Hermosa Beach), and we see Jason Acuna (Wee Man of Jackass fame) and Kevin Nealon semi-regularly. Kevin Nealon likes ice cream. I've never seen him anywhere other than in front of the Manhattan Beach Creamery (other than at the Comedy & Magic Club).
I made love to Joan Rivers behind the cord aisle at Circuit City.
-I've met Chauncey Billups a couple times, back when he was with the Pistons. Along with him, I met the rest of the Pistons back in '06, except Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Prince. Although I had already met Prince before that.
-I've met tons of Milwaukee Bucks players over the years, except for Andrew Bogut. He's supposedly an asshole.
-I met Chris Paul and Trevor Ariza this past season. Both are pretty nice.
-I took a shot with Ryan Braun last summer. He's actually pretty cool and really nice too, he talked to me about school and what I was planning to do, etc.
-Bob Davie used to be my friend's neighbor
-Charlie Weis used to live in my neighborhood
-Met Brady Quinn, he's pretty nice too (Haven't met Jimmy Clausen, but I have friends who have and they all say he's a HUGE dbag. He tried to get one of my friends to sleep with him by pretty much saying "I'm the Notre Dame quarterback, that's why you should sleep with me"
-Sat next to Dayne Crist's parents at a ND game
-Family friends with Prince Shembo (ND linebacker)
-Met Chris Thomas and Chris Quinn (ND basketball)
-This hasn't taken place yet, but later this summer I'm having dinner with Charles Woodson.
He used to be a huge douchebag in freshman and sophomore year. By the time he's a Junior, he grew up and was a lot nicer than the first two years. This is hearsay from a couple of people I know who went to ND.
VP Al Gore
i meet professional athletes all the time, primarily baseball players through my work with MLB broadacsting rights. Of all of my encounters, Ichiro Suzuki is by far the biggest asshole. i sat next to kelly clarkson in a suite last year at the world series in texas. i had no idea it was her until someone mentioned it to me - she was wearing a rangers jersey and yelling and screaming throughout the whole game, playing with her nephew that she brought along to the game and never giving off the slightest air of celebrity. i was really quite surprised when i found out who she was, given how down-to-earth her demeanor was.
I'm from Dallas, and my sister is a waitress at a restaurant about a half mile from Cowboys Stadium. During the Super Bowl last year, she waited on Lamarr Woodley. Of course, she didn't realize who he was until some of the guys that work with her told her. She also didn't realize he went to Michigan, or she said she would have talked about me. But apparently he was really nice and joked around with her and tipped her $100.