Raptors Social – MoVernie interviews Morris Peterson (MoPete) 2.0

A few months ago, the Toronto Raptors held its annual Raptors Charity Gala Event called “Raptors Social“. It’s an opportunity for Raptorsfans to meet & greet their favourite Raptors players in an off-court setting. Raptorsfans purchase the tickets and all net proceeds of the evening benefit the MLSE Foundation & the Regent Park Athletic Grounds project. For this year’s Raptors Social, the event was held at Muzik Nightclub. This event is always a BIG hit because the fans got to meet the entire Raptors roster all under the same roof and some lucky ones even get a drink or two prepared by their favourite players. That’s because some of the Raptors players such as Terrence Ross and Kyle Lowry (just to name a few) stood behind the bar counter, serving and mingling with the fans. It was a great evening for a great cause.

During the media session at this event, I got an opportunity to interview my favourite Raptors of all-time, Morris Peterson (MoPete), it was my second time interviewing MoPete. I still recalled the year before, when I interviewed MoPete, my legs were shaking. I had never got nervous interviewing anyone before but with my idol, MoPete, that was another story. This time, for MoVernie interviewing MoPete 2.0, I was more calm.

Check out my interview conversation with MoPete below:

MoVernie HS MoVernie: “MoPete, do you recognize me?” (me with a chuckle)

MoPete HS MoPete: “Ya man! Wait, no no….How are you doing man?” as MoPete playfully inspect my fedora to act if he isn’t sure if he recognizes me.

MoVernie HS MoVernie: “Ha! Ha! Good to see you man! This is MoVernie on the MOVE. Beside me is my idol, MoPete, as always. Last time, I don’t know if you remember, my legs were shaking, but this time I feel alot better. But nice to see you again.”

MoPete HS MoPete: “Thank you! Nice to see you again! You dressed pretty well tonight.”

MoVernie HS MoVernie: “You are the same Mo!”

MoPete HS MoPete: “Thank you. Thank you.”

MoVernie HS MoVernie: “You know, this year is the 20th Anniversary, they showed alot of highlights about you, like the miracle shot, now seeing the purple coming back, what’s it feels like being part of the 20th Anniversary?”

MoPete HS MoPete: “It feels good. Coz this organization has done alot for the city and being 20 years shows resilience, I have been to lots of ups and involves in lots of downs, this city keeps fighting man. And for 20 years, it’s special. There are a lot of guys that came through this organization over the years, like we look at a guy like Muggsy, Al and Antonio, those guys showed me the way, showed me how to be a professional”

MoVernie HS MoVernie: “So, what kind of message do you tell the younger players on the roster?”

MoPete HS MoPete: “Well..I just tell them to stay focused and stay ready because in this league, it’s all about opportunity, it’s all about minutes and earning playing time and that’s what I try to encourage.”

MoVernie HS MoVernie: “You have a lot of highlights but what was the highlight that really stick to your mind?”

MoPete HS MoPete: “One of my highlights was when I met you last year man”

MoVernie HS MoVernie: “Wow! MoPete man, that’s amazing!”

MoVernie HS MoVernie: “Well…tonight is for Raptorfans donating for Regent Park and charity, what type of message do you want to give to the Raptorsfans?”

MoPete HS MoPete: “The Raptorsfans, well, I think this charity is good, you know, what we are trying to do is build courts around the city because basketball is big here, there are a lot of draft picks, a lot of people really watch basketball and part of that is, help building communities, have these parks available, so they can play basketball and achieve their goals.

MoVernie HS MoVernie: “Last question, my mom is a big fan of MoPete as well, she wants to know. Hey!, what is he doing right now after basketball?”

MoPete HS MoPete: “MoPete is here chilling with MoVernie. Hey mom! How’s everything? Your son dress nice and look cooler than me. But it’s ok.” (MoPete with a smile)

MoVernie HS MoVernie: “I always see you coming back to Toronto, doing alot of things.”

MoPete HS MoPete: “Oh! Definitely! Toronto is my home, it’s my second home. I look forward coming back, the people always show me a lot of love and respect. I think they respect the blue collar work ethic. And I told people that Toronto reminds me of Michigan. First of all, the people are great, they have the joy and the passion of what they do and they stick together. And that’s the big thing, sticking together through the good times and the bad times. I tell you what, this team is playing awesome this year, they have matured, they are feeding off the energy from the city. I think they got a taste from last year with the playoffs and now you can see it in their eyes that they are actually come ready to play at the beginning of the season.

MoVernie HS MoVernie: “Thank you man! MoPete & MoVernie interview 2.0. Thank you!”

MoPete HS MoPete: “Thanks Mo!”

I would like to thank MoPete for his valuable time and thank you the MLSE TeamUp Foundation for the interview opportunity during the Raptors Social.

Did you know? MLSE 2015 Players’ Gala is happening this coming Sunday, March 29th at Real Sports Bar & Grill? Due to popular demand, tickets for this gala are SOLD OUT! However, if you want to donate for a good cause, you can still do so by clicking this link.

Follow me on Instagram (@RealMoVernie) and Twitter (@MoVernie) for more awesome pictures and videos on my MoVernie Journey!


Best of MoVernie – 2013


Well…I know everyone has their own top 10 memories of 2013. In fact, Facebook has an application program that will compile your moments in 2013 into a short video clip. But for me, some of their chosen moments weren’t really my top moments. I don’t blame them, at the end of the day, they are still a robotic computerized program. I prefer to use my own brain and my own imagery space to tell my top 10 memories of 2013!

2013 was a great year for me and I will continue to work hard, strive for bigger things in 2014!

Here are my top 10 memories, counting down from the #10 moment to my #1 moment. Enjoy!

Top #10 MoVernie Moment: Partnering with a big corporation, the Toronto PATH to organize a MoVernie iPad MINI Contest Giveaway

The Toronto PATH reached out to me and loved my energy and my social media marketing skills. So, we decided to make someone very happy this holiday season by teaming up to run a MoVernie iPad MINI contest. A winner won the contest and she was super happy! The results and the amount of entries exceeded their expectations. More MoVernie teaming up with the Toronto Path in 2014, so follow me to check out future contests and events! Stay tuned!


Top #9 MoVernie Moment: My interview with UFC Alexander Gustafsson, who later putting a great fight against Champion Jon Jones

This interview was memorable when I was still learning the sport of UFC. With limited knowledge, I was able to hold my own to produce a great interview with Alexander Gustafsson, who put on a great fight against the Champion, Jon Jones. The best part was when big TV Corporations such as TSN, Fightnight.com and UFC.com were waiting in line to interview Alex, Alex waved at me and asked me to get into the media pit to interview him after he completed his interview with Sportsnet. It was a great honor to interview Alex while the rest of the BIG TV Stations were waiting in line. LOL


Top #8 MoVernie Moment: The quickest time to get my media accreditation approved by SEEMA (a big after-auto market show) in Las Vegas

Before I was headed to Los Angeles, I was making a short stop in Las Vegas. A day before I head for Vegas, my bro told me about this super big after-auto market show in Vegas. I didn’t have time to research about this event, didn’t even have time to prepare my normal media accreditation package. Instead, I just sent a quick email of my test driving experiences at the MotorSport Speedway and my photos sitting in nice expensive cars. They replied back to me within an hour and approved my media request. They said my experiences were top notched unique and not many can test drive those cars. The next day, when I headed over to pick up my pass, they were prepared and ready for me, total process took 5 minutes. SEEMA was indeed a huge event that it will take me a few days just to skim through the show. Highly recommend this event. This was a top moment for me because I didn’t plan to attend this event when I travel to Vegas and for the SEEMA committee to reply and gave me the media pass in such a short time? They were very professional and extremely impressed!


Top #7 MoVernie Moment: My interviews at American Film Festival (AFM) Film Screening – First ever MoVernie Show being done outside of Canada

Having me interviewed outside of Canada was a breakthrough for my MoVernie on the MOVE show. But having me attending American Film Markets (AFM) and interviewed some of the amazing directors and actors was an amazing experience! I love Hollywood, Santa Monica and Malibu!


Top #6 MoVernie Moment: Having my first ever TIFF Party at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Also sitting in a $1.8M Italian Super Car, Zonda!

I love TIFF. In particular, I love the TIFF parties and events. For that entire TIFF Festival, I only slept 4 hours daily but my love for the TIFF events and my good buddies propel me through every single night! But in no way I expected to host my own party in front of The Ritz Carlton. As a bonus, there were the expensive McLaren Car and a $1.8M Italian Supercar Zonda parked in front of our section. I even got to sit in the $1.8M Zonda. It had a nice prestige interior and the memory was priceless! Special thank you my sponsor, you know who you are!


Click here to watch my MoVernie Video showing me sitting in the $1.8M Italian Supercar!

Top #5 MoVernie Moment: My interview with Elisha Cuthbert at the Blue and White Leafs Charity Gala

Elisha Cuthbert was my idol dating way back when she was the host for the kids show called “Popular Mechanics”. I always admired her being so lucky to learn interesting things on our planet at such a young age. Well..her face was cute too back then! At first, there was resistant from other people who didn’t want her to be interviewed by me. But my positive energy and vibe made her to stood strongly to be in my interview. I thank her for trusting me and giving me the exclusive interview.


Top #4 MoVernie Moment: Test driving a $100,000+ Jaguar F-Type on the Motorsport speedway at the Jaguar/Range Rover Product Launch

Got invited by Jaguar and Range Rover to test out their line of products in various obstacle courses were amazing! We drove the $90,000+ Range Rovers over steep hill holes to test its AWD capabilities. I had to glide and drift the brand new Jaguar F-Type in a hard corner at speed of 140 km/h! Hearing the amazing roaring engine sound while I was on the driver’s seat of a 400hp Jaguar F-Type on a professional motorsport speedway was a lifetime to remember! Thanks Jaguar/Range Rover Canada!


Click here to check out my driving experience, flooring this 400hp Jaguar F-Type on the Motorsport Speedway!

Top #3 MoVernie Moment: My first donkey ride in Santorini, Greece.

Against all odds. The cruise ships told us that it’s safer and highly recommended to take the gondola ride back from the Santorini Mountain top and don’t take the Donkey Ride. My Bro and I analyzed the situations and opted for the donkey ride. It was a great experience and the view from the donkey ride was magnificent!


Click here to view my donkey ride experience in Santorini, Greece.

Top #2 MoVernie Moment: My family Europe trip with my parents and brother to Italy, Greece and Turkey

It was great spending quality time with my family. I am always busy and always on the move, to have some family bonding time and catching up on the European cruise was amazing! I love my family!


Top #1 MoVernie Moment: My interview with my favourite Raptors of all-time, Morris Peterson (MoPete)

I had interviewed so many superstars and celebrities and I had never been nervous. I was always calm and collected. But when I saw MoPete, every reason for me to start my own Show and nickname named after him, my legs were shaking. It was the greatest moment for me in 2013! Thank you MoPete!


Click here to watch my MoVernie Interview with MoPete!

TIFF on Pinterest

The power of social media. For a few years now, TIFF has been using Pinterest to showcase the list of Celebrities and Guests who will be attending its Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). It actually is quite an effective way to see the pictures of the stars and their bios. I very much love the concept.

Check out the list of strong famous people who will be attending TIFF 2013: I want to see Joseph Levitt & Olivia Wilde in particular. What’s your picks?

Click here to see the list of celebrities on Pinterest (provided by TIFF website)