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‘On The Road With Psugator02′ – NBA Finals Post Game 6 – June 12, 2011

‘On The Road With Psugator02′ – NBA Finals Post Game 6 – June 12, 2011

Mavs at Heat
American Airlines Arena
Miami, Fla.
Sunday, June 12

Thought I might get lucky so I drove down for postgame. Totals were mildly disappointing.

Near valet

Xavier Nady/Cliff Floyd/Phillip Buchanon: Didn’t need
Rondell White: 1/1 (white sheet) in blue Sharpie
Isiah Thomas: 1/1 (white sheet) in blue Sharpie
Michael Irvin: 1/1 (Cowboys’ mini) in blue Sharpie with “HOF” inscription. He signed for me and then said, “That’s it for the autographs.”

Saw some unbelievably hot women.

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – Dennis Rodman – December 16, 2010

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – Dennis Rodman – December 16, 2010

Thursday, December 16
Mardis Gras Casino
Hallandale, Fla.
5:20-6:10 p.m.

I have to send a shout-out to my boy Sal. He’s new to the board, but he is officially cool enough to hang with “The Gator” (I know he’s laughing as he reads this LOL). I’ll admit I doubted him a bit. His text said “The Worm” was going to be doing a radio show from a local casino. I turned on the station and couldn’t find anyone talking sports, nor did I hear Rodman or any mention of him. Sal is pretty good with his info, though, so I called the station and got the station manager’s number. Dude couldn’t have been cooler as he told me “The Worm” would be at the casino from 5-6.

I jetted down the turnpike and arrived about 5:15 p.m. Only about 10 people were gathered in the poker room listening to the show. Don’t think Rodman or the host even talked sports…mostly banging women, going to strip clubs, etc. But it was pretty entertaining. As I stood there and listened I befriended Rodman’s manager, a University of Florida grad. Once Rodman finished up he said he was in a hurry and wouldn’t have time for pictures. I asked him again for the picwith, telling him that A.J. promised he’d do it. The first grapher who took the picture chopped off both our heads, so I had a poker player I had been talking to take the second pic and it came out beautifully. Rodman also stopped to sign a few graphs. I was first in line and he told me that he would do two — and only two — of my magazines, which was fine. One was a dupe anyway, and the other was a duel with Jordan and if he had done that then I would’ve felt obligated to get MJ LOL.

As Rodman walked away he asked if he’d see me again at the next event (this one at a strip club). A strip club? Why of course. Rodman even tweeted me. Check it out:


@psugator01 at mardi Gras casino. My man Mark Cooper from Coral Springs High School

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – Isaih Thomas – November 20, 2010

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – Isaih Thomas – November 20, 2010

Utah Valley State at Florida International
4:15-5:15 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 20

I was already in Miami for something else so I figured I’d stop off at FIU on the way home to try my luck with former Pistons’ star Isiah Thomas, who coaches at the school (though I don’t see how he’ll be there much longer considering his dismal record but that’s a story for another day). Parked in the commuter lot and then scoped out the venue. Asked a very nice FIU student who was working security about Thomas. “Where does he park his car?” She pointed to the spot. “Is he here yet?” Said the girl: “He was here earlier but he had to leave. He’ll be here between 5 and 6.” So I plop myself under a tree and enjoy the beautiful weather that is South Florida. I’m guessing it was 74 most of the day. Like clockwork, Thomas pulls into the parking lot at 5:06 p.m. I wait for him to gather his things and then approach him.

He’s carrying a briefcase. I tell him that I collect sports folders — I want him to think that I’m a collector to prevent an ebay lecture — and ask if he’ll sign. I’m gonna try to recollect how the rest went down.

Thomas: If I sign for you, please tell your fellow collectors that I didn’t sign.
Me: Why would I do that?
Thomas: Because I don’t want anyone else coming after me to sign autographs.
Me: I don’t understand.
Thomas: Well they’ve been searching me out at restaurants and at airports.
Me: Well, you know that I would never do something like that. I draw the line at certain places
Thomas: I appreciate that but just tell your friends that I didn’t sign for you.
Me: I have to blog about it.
Thomas: No you don’t. Tell your friends I didn’t sign for you.
Me: OK. If that’s what you want.
Thomas: I don’t have a problem with people making money off me but I’m getting tired of signing at airports and restaurants.
Me: Have you ever had someone knock on the door to your home?
Thomas: Actually, that has happened to me a few times.
Me: You do realize that I would never do that.
Thomas: Yeah, you seem like a cool guy.
Me: What kind of a team is Utah Valley State?
Thomas: To be real honest with you, I hope they suck.

A lot of celebrities talk to you but none ever seem to try to make any kind of connection with you. I’ve gotten Thomas before but this time for whatever reason — maybe because I was the only grapher there — he tried to connect with me. As he walked away we shook hands, he smiled and then he thanked me for my kind words. I’m sure he would’ve done two items but I only had one thing with me.

Isiah Thomas: 1/1 (sports folder for coltsfan)

By the way, FIU held on to win the game 65-62.