Morning Look: Portis in Tysons
Some blogs have made their mark with pictures of famous professional athlete doing borderline inappropriate things with comely young ladies in social settings. This blog is in the process of trying to make its mark with pictures of famous professional athletes awkwardly posed with excited young men at large retail outlets.
Yes, that's right, just two days after beginning the morning with Gilbert Arenas and Fan at P.F. Chang's, it's now time to debut a month-old photo of Clinton Portis and Fan at Tysons Corner. The fan in this case, 22-year old John Park Williams of Vienna, was actually inspired by the Gilbert tale to share his own brush with D.C. sports blogging greatness. John writes:
I am at the Verizon Wireless store in Tysons Corner, and I see Clinton Portis asking an employee questions. In a store with about 25 people in it, I think I was the only one who recognized him. I walk over and ask for a picture, which the confused store clerk obliges to take (with the phone I was about to get rid of).From there the dialog between John and the blond goes fast and furious. "That's Clinton Portis," John said. "Who's that?" the blond asked. "He plays for the Redskins," John said. "Is he good?" the blond asked. "He's the best," John said.
As I walk away, a gorgeous blonde girl (basically the prettiest girl I have ever spoken to in my life) comes out of nowhere and asks me "Who is that?"
That was all she needed to hear. She went over to him and in a ridiculously ditzy voice goes, "Oh my God! You're my favorite player. Can I get a picture?" So the pretty girl and Portis pose for a photograph identical to mine except for he put his arm around her.
Portis was extremely pleasant and polite during the entire thing. After the photo with the girl, he went back to trying to decide what phone he wanted. A good 25 minutes later, he left the store in a Mercedes Benz that had no distinguishing features other than the Florida tags.
Basically, the point of the story is that Clinton Portis buys his own phones, drives a rather unremarkable car (for Tysons, anyway), is very approachable, and treats his fans the same regardless of who they are, be it the 22-year old loser with kabob stains over his shirt or the most beautiful girl in the world.
Well, maybe there are two points to this story. The one listed above, and also the point that if you ever see a famous D.C.-based professional athlete in a major American retail location, the absolute best course of action is definitely to e-mail me the resulting photo.
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