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Old 11-10-2009, 01:45 AM   #1
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My evening with Dick Vermeil and Todd Collins

So tonight was one of the biggest thrills I've had as a football fan. The restaurant group that I work for here in DC (4 fine dining restaurants, I'm the beverage director) hosted Dick Vermeil and the reps from his Napa Valley winery at one of our locations. Todd Collins is a partner in his business, and he was there as well.

I sat down in our private climate controlled wine room with Todd and Coach Vermeil, just the three of us, and talked football and wine for the better part of an hour. It was awesome. Coach let me hold and try on his Super Bowl ring. He had great stories about Kurt Warner, Al Saunders, Carl Peterson, the Chiefs O-line when Priest Holmes was running all over the league, his close friendship with Gibbs, working under George Allen with the Rams, and he had some really interesting stuff to say about the Skins, Snyder, and Cerrato. Even more interesting was Collins' take.

I know I may come off as a tease, but I can't and won't repeat what they said. I'm not media, and they were off the record for sure. But I was agreeing, I will say that.

Apparently Todd invited about a dozen other players and Coach Zorn, but none of them showed. He told me that if we were 6-2 instead of 2-6, they would have all been there. He said the guys are getting ripped when they show their faces in public. So I can't say I blame them for staying home.

Anyway, Coach Vermeil has his own winery, and his wines are pretty kick ass. He has 5 or 6 different varietals. I tried them all tonight. Our restaurants will be pouring some of them in the near future. When Coach left for the night to catch the late train back to Philly, he gave me a hug and called me "an exceptional young man." Needless to say, I will never forget tonight. Great stuff.

These pics are super fuzzy as they were taken by a drunk dude and there was no flash, but it's proof of my story. (Side note, Todd Collins is tall as shit. I'm 6'3", and you can see how he's got a good two inches on me).



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Old 11-10-2009, 02:02 AM   #2
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Todd is awesome.. I've met him before and would love to see him start against Denver. He's a bright guy, and I'm sure his take was spot on. You lucky SOB!
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Old 11-10-2009, 02:07 AM   #3
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Todd is awesome.. I've met him before and would love to see him start against Denver. He's a bright guy, and I'm sure his take was spot on. You lucky SOB!
He was a lot of fun to talk to. His wine knowledge is impressive. We had fun tonight. Physically he's a lot more impressive in person than he is on TV. I was surprised.
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That's pretty awesome man, glad you had a "dream come true" type thing happen. I'm also pretty envious of the position that you hold, what's your background/education in the field?
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He was a lot of fun to talk to. His wine knowledge is impressive. We had fun tonight. Physically he's a lot more impressive in person than he is on TV. I was surprised.
GM, what restaurant if you don't mind me asking. Either way, that's awesome man.
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It's like a B team Make a Wish Foundation Event.


Seriously though, that is awesome GMScud! Curious if you talked about Cerrato to them?
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Old 11-10-2009, 02:58 AM   #7
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Dude, you seriously you have to spill the beans tomorrow. We want to know what did Vermeil have to say?
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Very cool story.

This guy is hob-nobbin'...must be nice. I'm interested in what Collins's take on the Skins. Especially from the QB position. I know how bad backup players want to start but really, Collins is probably happy to watch this OL work from the sideline.
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:36 AM   #9
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Sounds like a great time. Seriously though, mad props for keeping the conversation private!
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great story ,no props to you for keeping the story private,we want to hear it!
I think its pretty safe to say they said what everyone else is saying,off line needs to be a priority,owner has his head up his ass,cerrato sucks,etc,etc
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Sounds like a great time. Seriously though, mad props for keeping the conversation private!
Awesome night man! Absolutley keep the details private. Integrity is at an all time low these days. We'll find out soon enough what our team is up to. The bashing is out of control. It's was cool to read this story...Thanks!
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Very cool thanks for sharing
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What an awesome experience! Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Agree , Glad you had a great time , good luck with the Business !
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That's cool man.. Gotta love it when you get perks and moments like that.. I'd really be interested to hear some of the 'table talk' but respect that you choose to keep it private.
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