Matrix: "It's outta my hands" - update: pics posted
Old 04-07-2009, 01:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay so yesterday was the annual trip to Toronto to drink beer, check out hooters and catch the Jays home opener with a group of friends. We've been going for 10 years now and it's always a good time regardless of how the team plays. Naturally one of the highlights is our trip to Hooters where we meet up with anyone not from our town, down some wings and beers and note the general decline in quality of hooters working at the place with each passing year.

Yesterday though was exceptional. I arrive with 2 buddies of mine who out-smart me at the door and get ahead of me walking to our table, once again forcing me to have my back to the middle of the restaraunt..pissed that I fell for this trickery for 2 straight years I dropped my coat and looked for the ATM machine, noting as I did a group of 'rude' guys sitting at the table beside us with their chairs pushed way back making it impossible for me to get to the wall seat on the empty side of the table. I decided on my way to get some cash that i'd have some words with them when i returned to the table but lost my nerve when I returned and recognized four of the five guys. Shawn Marion, Joey Graham, Pops Mensah-Bonsu and the security guy you always see on the broadcasts as the last Raptor to leave the court!

Shawn was one of the afforementioned 'rude' guys and when he saw me eyeing the chair behind him he immediately pulled his in and said 'sit down, we dont' bite' My one buddy then acknowledged that we recognized them but wanted to let them enjoy their food without being disturbed...they Shawn and Pops were very friendly, Joey kinda quiet. Anyways, true to our word we let them finish before we started chatting them up.

All three were very friendly and approachable. The security guy and the 5th unknown guy backed out of the way and just kept an eye on things. There was a constant stream waitresses serving the guys and they were very polite and we didn't hear a single sexist comment or even lame pickup lines

Anyways...they didn't stay long, but posed for a couple of pics(buddies camera, i'll post by tomorrow when i get it) but the most interesting piece of information we got was from Shawn when we told him we hope he's back here next year and he said "It's outta my hands guys, it's outta my hands".

Pretty cool

Anyways, for my observations. Marion looks a lot younger and thinner in person than he does on tv. They all look a lot shorter in person as well...as you'll note from the pic i post none of these guys were giants. I'm a legit 6'5" and was just about looking Joey in the eye when i shook his hand and talked to him. Pops seemed to be leaning a lot...didnt' get a sense for his height but if he's taller than 6'8" i'd be shocked. He doesn't have as thick of a british accent as i'd pictured him with either. He didnt' say much but when he did he sounded pretty normal. After they left we chatted up the head waitress and she said Shawn comes there all the time, although more often than not just with his security guard. After they took a couple pics with me and a (much shorter) buddy of mine the manager convinced them to take some with the girls and everyone involved seemed to enjoy that

Anyways...solid start to the day that ended in a Jays landslide win and my buddy catching a foul ball sitting right beside me. Wasn't sure if this was lounge material or not but other posts following players 'nightlives' end up here. Mods feel free to move if you deem appropriate.
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Old 04-07-2009, 01:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think it's good right here.

Very cool. Did you call Pops the British Bulldog?

I'm assuming Marion means money talks by his comment.
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Old 04-07-2009, 01:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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wow, all you needed was a handjob from your short buddy and the night was a blazing success
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Old 04-07-2009, 01:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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That is awesome SWAN ... thanks for sharing and for the right price I'd love to have Marion back.

Looking forward to those pics too.
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Old 04-07-2009, 01:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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um...he said he DIDN'T get the hand job Doc, where's the Awesome?????
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Old 04-07-2009, 01:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I think it's good right here.

Very cool. Did you call Pops the British Bulldog?

I'm assuming Marion means money talks by his comment.
Sorry Acie, I had a chance to reveal Pop's nickname to him and I didn't come through (hides head in shame)
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Old 04-07-2009, 02:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
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cool SWAN. nice story.

Although i'm kind of surprised that Marion was so dismissive about his status with the club.
Either he wants to be here or he doesn't. I gather he likes it here. I mean what's not to like about our fair city?
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Old 04-07-2009, 02:11 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It sounded rather rehersed to me but consistant with other comments he's made in public. It does suck that players have to keep their guard up even when out at the bar but i guess it's probably in their contract somewhere to be vague in their comments about things like contracts.

I really think it's going to come down to money. He seems to like the players and the nightlife here...he's getting minutes, touches and putting up good numbers which is important. I really think it's going to come down to the money he's offered.
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Old 04-07-2009, 02:58 PM   #9 (permalink)
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great story...
cant wait to see the pics.
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Old 04-07-2009, 04:39 PM   #10 (permalink)
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At this point don't you think it's mostly in the hands of their agents, in terms of preparing for the offseason and getting ready to do all the stuff that the player is not going to be interested in until it's time to see it all laid out in front of him?
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Old 04-07-2009, 04:43 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Nice story SWAN. That is really lucky to meet a Raptor player in person. I wish I can do that one day
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Old 04-07-2009, 04:45 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Yeah - I meant to comment on that too - great story.
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Old 04-07-2009, 04:53 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Very cool.

And I know what you're saying about the height thing too lol... I remember standing beside Alvin Williams back in the day and there's no WAY that he was 6'5" (I think that's what he was listed at). I'm pretty sure that the NBA adds at least 2 inches to everyone's height.
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Old 04-07-2009, 04:55 PM   #14 (permalink)
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You should have bought them a round of drinks or appetizer or something. ;-)
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Old 04-07-2009, 05:10 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Get those pics posted yet?
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Old 04-08-2009, 10:29 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Okay guys I added the pics we took. I'm the tall one
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you look exactly like a dude i play ball with - you're name's not hal is it? - and almost nothing like i expected...

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cool pics

doesn't look like Pops is 6'10'' as listed

I would look like the guy in the second pic, 5'10'' baby
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cool picks SWAN!

That must have made for a memorable evening.

Pops does look like he's bending down a little though.
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great story SWAN!! i would love to see this team keep marion and lose Jason K and perhaps AP, but i think he compliments Jose well as a backup when needed and has been a very effective 2 most of the season... perhaps moving him with Kaps would be a plan.

as i see this team moving on from this waste of 82 games, AB, CB, Matrix, AP and Jose are solid, perhaps an upgrade at 2 is needed. Joey is close to being a solid 7th player, but we still need a top line bench at this point... so many things to do this off-season, i hope bc is up to the task of rebuilding this squad, it has so much potential, but seems to forget how to defend at the wrong time...
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