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Old 08-20-2014, 12:45 PM   #1
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Was working for the Charlotte Knights last night, and my way out is going around BofA Stadium to Morehead, and as im passing by BofA, got stuck at a red light.. Guess who pulls up beside me in his white Benz? Riverboat Ron. I rolled down the window and told him thanks for the hard work since hes been here, he said thanks. Never met a a sports figure like that just out outside of the venue like that.
Just want to hear some stories from anyone else on CT who has had the opportunity to bump into someone like that just around town.
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Old 08-20-2014, 12:54 PM   #2
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Couple of times in Charlotte I met Ravishing Rick Rude and Beautiful Bobby from the NWA.

Stood in line behind Frank Martin at the state fair last October...
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I was in Miami around 2004 or 2005 and walking with my friend in the Aventura mall. We saw a lot of big dudes and a bunch of people following behind. When we get closer we see that all the big guys are Lebron's posse or body guards or something. Pretty cool to see The King up close.
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Old 08-20-2014, 01:15 PM   #4
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Frank Martin's daughter cheered allstars with my younger sister. Met him at several competitions last season whenever his wife would bring him along.
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I've only had 1 celebrity encounter. I was in law school (we had our own building, there was nothing else there this person could have been there for) and waiting on the elevator to head down after class. The doors open up and standing inside the elevator all by himself is Brian Dennehy. I still have no idea why he was there.
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I had tickets to the 2000 Final Four (Michigan State, UNC, Florida, Wisconsin) in Indianapolis. My dad and I were out walking around the RCA Dome before the first game started and off in the distance I see a few people walking with an enormously tall man and they were all wearing Michigan State gear. They get closer, and about 10 feet away I realize the tall guy is Magic Johnson. The only thing I can do is say "oh wow, it's Magic." He heard me, looked over at me and flashed that big grin of his and kept on walking to the arena.

Too bad that was before camera phones and the Twitter/Facebook era because there would definitely have been some Magic pics on my timelines. There are a couple of other athlete/coach/celeb encounters, but with as big a basketball fan as I am, to have one of the best basketball players ever acknowledge you is definitely my favorite.

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Old 08-20-2014, 01:48 PM   #7
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Oh and I met Jessie Palmer in a bar in Nashville after the 2012 USC/Vandy game. I have a picture somewhere.

I met Jimmy Fallon outside Rockefeller Center after a SNL show in like 2003
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Guess this sorta counts but my parents owned a fishing lodge in Welaka, FL until I was 8, then we moved up to NJ. When I was a few months old, the actor James Best stayed at the lodge. My parents had a pic of me in his arms but it's long lost now. He's probably best (har!) known as Sheriff Roscoe Coltrane on Dukes Of Hazzard
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No one's gonna believe this, but one time when I was younger my family was staying at a hotel who was hosting a celebrity golf tourney or tennis tourney or something. Who should walk in, but the guy who played Tackleberry in Police Academy.

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Was working for the Charlotte Knights last night, and my way out is going around BofA Stadium to Morehead, and as im passing by BofA, got stuck at a red light.. Guess who pulls up beside me in his white Benz? Riverboat Ron. I rolled down the window and told him thanks for the hard work since hes been here, he said thanks. Never met a a sports figure like that just out outside of the venue like that.
Just want to hear some stories from anyone else on CT who has had the opportunity to bump into someone like that just around town.

Saw Jordan in his yellow Ferrari at a stop light near the arena.

Ran into Larry Brown at the Walgreens at the corner of Sharon and Morrison.

Saw the Nature Boy at a lot of places but always seemed to run into him at the Morrocroft Harris Teeter on Saturday mornings. I'd have on a USC polo during football season and he'd give me a Go Cocks every now and then.

Saw Steve Smith at Southpark Mall last year.

My wife ended up at Travell Wharton's house years ago when she worked for and interior designer.

Nazr Mohammed sat at the table beside us at Arooji's Wine Room whenver he was on the Bobcats.

Sean May was at the hospital with his baby mama in the room next to ours last summer while my wife was in labor.

Emeka Okarfor pulled up beside me at the Shell station on the corner of East and South Blvd to fill up his Porshe.

I met Stephen Jackson at the Southpark Ruth's Chris in February of 2011. He was driving a Rolls Royce and had three trashy looks chicks with him. I was standing in line for the valet. I told him "good game last night" He gave me some dap.

Ryan Kalil at Southpark Mall the day after we beat New Orleans at home right before Xmas.

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Old 08-20-2014, 03:21 PM   #13
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I met Stephen Tyler about 10 yrs ago in a shop at Disney World.

See Sterling Sharpe about 3 or 4 times a year at the bank. Once asked if he wanted my account number to deposit his checks...he didn't.
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Old 08-20-2014, 03:31 PM   #14
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I've worked with Latt in one of my classes and had class with Clowney, but that's not really random.

My dad has spoken with Clint Eastwood, Michael Jordan, and a few other big names while installing cable/telephone service to their homes on Hilton Head.

This isn't really random either, but my girlfriend's grandfather was the Defensive Coordinator for Vandy, Navy, Mizzou, LSU, and Texas (along with a few other well-known names). His Texas gig was his biggest and lasted from 1998-2003, and some of the players he recruited would win their national championship in 2005. He also played for Mizzou, and even faced Spurrier in the 1965 Sugar Bowl where Mizzou actually won. Spurrier also contacted him when he was at Florida and asked him to be their DC, but he turned him down for LSU, and Spurrier eventually hired Stoops.


**edit** I forgot that I did run into Cal Ripken Jr. at California Dreaming a couple of years ago when his son was here.
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I went to a family reunion in Wilkes Bare, PA back around the year 2000. We didn't know it at the time but Jon Landau is like a 2nd or 3rd cousin of my father. Landau co-produced the Titanic (which I got to hold the Oscar for) and Avatar with James Cameron.
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Harrison Ford
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Jesse Jackson

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I was at Harper's in Five Points Eddie Fogler came in all by himself either the day he interviewed for the Carolina job or his first day on the job I can't remember which.

I was in the Hilton Head Hospital and ran into Mohammed Ali. Really a nice guy!

I was in Pug's Five Points first day of school and in walks freshman Todd Ellis he was friendly.

At the Boathouse on Isle of Palm in walks Roy Williams, he has a house there along with several other celebrities. It was the year he turned down UNC but left Kansas the next year to coach UNC.

I had dinner with Tom Berenger and friends in Hilton Head and went to his house in Beaufort.

Got in a scuffle with Dwight Clark his girlfriend, Shawn Weatherly Miss Universe, and I were good friends and he went and got all jealous at a party. lol

Ran into Dave Meggett in Charleston at the Japanese Restaurant on Sam Rittenburg the restaurant is gone now but was one of the first sushi bar in Charleston. He was on go I mean on go!!!

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I was sitting at a bar in northest Atlanta (Sugar Hill area) near lake Lanier one night and a Phil Neikro came in and sat down beside me. We struck up a very casual conversation about how my dad had once sold him a summer home in Asheville a long time ago and how I thought that he coaching at Limestone college for their first few years of baseball was pretty cool. He looked at me and said " you're talking about that dumbass Gaylord Perry" I lost my beer and we laughed at my stupid confusion. We had about 4 beers,then he got my neighbors wife's number, Paid my tab, Signed my bar check ticket and said see ya around. Pretty fun night. Funny Story and has been told a few times on my Room mate's ESPN Spartanburg's Open Mic Daily radio show.

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One of my most vivid was in 86 or 87 I was 7 or 8 and saw Nikita koloff in the parking lot of the Taylor street pharmacy. Stayed in character the whole time. Some punk running his mouth and he said I will kill you little American (or something to that effect). Pulled his shirt off and gave the big flex he always did. Dude got in his car and drove away.
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