If you follow Turn On The Jets on Twitter…which you should be, you’d know that I spent the previous four days in New Orleans. I wish I could say TOJ sent me down there to cover the league meetings, but since I own the website and I’m our only full time employee (AJ is still at intern status and working for college credits), there is nobody to send me and I actually went to visit a friend who was their for work. However, the timing did work out well to mix a little business into my vacation.
Last night, I was out at a club right off Bourbon Street when my friend Nick came over to me and pointed my attention to the end of the bar. You can imagine my excitement when I saw Omar Epps, since I have always been a huge House fan. Okay, it was actually Mike Tomlin. I also noticed he was with somebody else, who I knew was “somebody” but I couldn’t get a great view and my mind was a little mushy from three nights without sleep. Funny enough, it didn’t seem like many people outside of the three of us recognized Tomlin.
To make a long story short, we approached them and met Tomlin, who was polite but a little short with us. I congratulated him on ruining my dreams this past January, but he didn’t seem very concerned. The better part was the other person he was with happened to be Raheem Morris, the head coach of the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Morris was thrilled nobody was recognizing him and claimed that’s why he went out with Tomlin, since he would grab all the attention. (Sure enough, once word spread that Tomlin was there, “Black and Yellow” was blasting from the DJ booth with a big shout out…personally, I thought it would have been funnier if they played the “Green and Yellow” remix by Li’l Wayne).
Morris bought us all drinks and talked with us for a good thirty minutes. Similar to TOJ and friends, he is from North Jersey. He grew up about ten minutes from where my friend Eric and myself used to landscape in the summer. (Brick City, baby). All I can say is that he was a great guy, with a good sense of humor. You could tell he genuinely loves the team he has right now in Tampa and believes big things are on the way for them.
Not surprisingly, he confirmed they just left Rex Ryan who was out on the town with John Fox but surprisingly, he said Tom Coughlin didn’t go straight to bed after the day’s meetings and was actually a good time to hang with. My friend Nick (who is a big Giants fan) was convinced Coughlin would have ate off the early bird menu and had the lights out by 8:30.
Yes, I spent the next hour running all over Bourbon Street looking for Rex and asking if anybody saw him. Unfortunately, I couldn’t track him down. Oh well, still a fun night in the NOLA.