[QUOTE=millsan1;4469500]At last year's bowling event, I won the bidding on a dinner with Tone.
Tonight was the night of the dinner. We hung out for about 3 hours.
It was me, my GF, another couple (whom we went in half on the bid for dinner) and a marketing person from Shannon Rose, where we ate.
I was so mad at Tone for Miami.[B] I had toyed with the idea of just telling him off and bouncing[/B], but the other couple and my GF deserved their time with him.
He showed up and I made a decision to just not talk to him as a fan, but just as a person. We kicked off the evening talking about us, not him. We just shared stories about driving, riding MC, tickets, hobbies, our jobs, etc.
I think he realized we were not going to fan boy him, and he really opened up. We got into some personal stuff about him and his family. He really opened up and shared some private stuff with us. I promised these conversations were private, so I will not say more, but rest assured, he was very forthcoming.
We also spoke a bit about the Jets, last year, this year, the new players, his old team, etc. Again, I promised privacy for his openness, so I really cant go into detail but the conversation made me feel great about how the team should improve this year.
He confirmed a lot of what we, the fans, believe about people on the team and no longer with the team. He also shared some very interesting info about the issues on the team last year. I am sure the vagueness is aggravating, but I gave my word it was a private conversation, so I will not divulge the details.
After dinner, it was picture time. He was again, exceedingly gracious with us, and the staff at the restaurant. His day started this morning at 5:00 or so, he played in a charity golf event, and came to dinner with us. Dinner started at 8:30 and went until 11:30. He did not even ask to leave, we suggested that we should be done and he should leave. This was around 11:00. He then took pics with us for the next half hour, even though he was dog tired.
He also mentioned us on Twitter, which was really cool.
So overall, Tone is a genuinely normal and good dude. The team is in good shape and we should be confident going into this season. I was wrong in my perception of him.[/QUOTE]
That would have been awesome. Jk, I'm very jealous. A private dinner with any current NFL star would be amazing. And Holmes is as likely as anyone to keep it real. Wish you could at least hint a bit more to his words, though.
Last edited by ASG0531; 05-16-2012 at 01:36 AM.