Jun 27 2010
Another amazing week down. It started last Sunday afternoon when I found out I’ll be on scholarship this season. I have the best parents in the world and words can’t describe the phone calls I made to them after hearing from Coach Fox.
Monday was business as usual in my cubicle in Bristol. Since my group works with EA Sports, I had been reading emails about their plans to announce Kevin Durant as the cover athlete of NBA Elite ’11 on Tuesday. My boss was out of town so I made the call to his boss in New York and convinced him to let me work out of New York City on Tuesday so I would be able to attend the launch party that night.
I got up early on Tuesday for a day in the city. I don’t know what all I can talk about so I’ll be very vague. I was able to sit in on ESPN Arcade meetings and a couple conference calls. Everything I do for my job is interesting to me. Like I said before, this is a dream job for me…Sports, Video Games, and Marketing.
Tuesday night I headed over to the Bryant Park Hotel for the NBA Elite open house. There were TVs everywhere with either NBA Elite for Xbox or NBA Jam for the Wii, plenty of food, and pretty much everything else you could think of.
I took it all in for a few minutes before deciding to play NBA Jam. I picked up a controller and someone walked over and asked if I want to play. The someone was Brandon Jennings. He ended up destroying me. It made me feel better when he blasted Kevin Durant later in the night.
The place was full of other NBA players/future NBA players. Guys I saw were: Kevin Durant, Stephen and Seth Curry, Brandon Jennings, Wes Johnson, Ed Davis, John Wall, and Demarcus Cousins. The rapper J. Cole was also in attendance.
I talked with Steph Curry about our days in the SoCon together. I usually didn’t guard him unless I picked him up in transition but he was almost always guarding me when we played Davidson. He’s a class act and its been fun to watch him in the league.
I had a pretty serious case of word vomit when I saw Demarcus Cousins walk in. As he walked past me he dapped me up and the words just spewed out of my mouth: “My boy Travis says Whatup.”
Demarcus: “Cool tell him hey for me.”
Me: “I play for Georgia so I ‘m good friends with Travis Leslie.”
You should have seen the look on his face when he realized which Travis I was talking about (Click the link if you don’t know which Travis I’m talking about). I don’t think he cared too much. He had other things on his mind, such as getting ready to be drafted 5th overall. John Wall told me later in the night that the team didn’t let Demarcus live that moment down for the whole season.
For the rest of the night I mingled with some of the EA Sports marketers and developers as well as my man Lang Whitaker (Executive editor of SLAM magazine) and Aron Philips (Associate editor of Dime magazine).
I was back in Bristol, CT for the rest of the week. Thursday, Seth Meyers, the host of the ESPY’s, was on campus. He was the guest for ESPN’s Newsmaker lunch, an off the record question and answer session. I’ve always been a fan of his and it was great to be able to attend something like that.
Saturday I was able to take in a few hours of the PGA Tour event in Hartford, the Travelers Championship, before watching the USA-Ghana match. There were 6 or 7 interns in my living room watching the game but the reaction to Landon Donovon’s goal rivaled some of the reactions in this amazing video.
Its now Sunday evening and I’m getting ready to head to a local high school for another night of pickup basketball. There’s a pretty competitive group of guys that gets together 3 times a week up here in Bristol.
Check out some pictures from my summer by clicking on this pic below: