We here at 3 Shades of Blue have interviewed practically everyone you can think of. We have talked to the owner, GM, VP of BusinessOperations,coaches, players, dance team members, radio personalities, columnists and fans. So when I tell you that this was the most rewarding interview I feel that I’ve ever done, I should probably give you some backstory.
After graduating high school, I started working at American Eagle Outfitters in the Wolfchase Galleria. One of the first people I met there was Jeff White, who is now the MC for all Grizzlies home games. Jeff was a character then and has only enhanced his love of entertaining people since then. You’ve seen him out there during timeouts, making fun of contestants who cannot hit free throws or presenting loyal fans with gifts of appreciation. Well, as satisfying as it is to be able to converse with the Grizzlies front office continually, it was even more gratifying to me to be able to catch up with someone I know personally who now has a position within the organization and is one of the most genuine people I know.
3 Shades of Blue: How did you get the job as the in-house MC and how long have you been doing it?
Jeff White: I got the job by showing up at an open auditions last season. I had to audition again this year. So, this is my second season with the Grizzlies as the MC.
3SoB: What has been your favorite moment in the job so far?
JW: My favorite moment so far has been getting to interact with the fans, especially the season ticket holders. I’ve gotten to know some of them and always enjoy seeing them at every game. I love that the Grizzlies upgrade and spotlight their season ticket holders and I’m glad to be a part of that.
My most embarrassing moment…I backpeddled into Greg Buckner before a contest.
3SoB: Who is your favorite player on the current team?
JW: My favorite player is O.J. Mayo. He’s incredible. I also love Marc Gasol’s passion and energy for the game. The fans LOVE Marc.
3SoB: Have they ever asked you to do something that you just weren’t sure about?
JW: I will do anything anyone asks me. The only thing I was apprehnsive about was human bowling. It was me vs. Grizz and I had never done it and I thought I was going to be too tall to sit in the bowling ball thingy…but it worked out great and I beat Grizz…only because he didn’t knock down any pins. He did what I thought I would do which was fall off the thing before he hit the pins. I was lucky that day. Other than that, I’ll do anything…dress up like a 70s game show host or the blue’s brothers. Last year I wore an afro wig for 70’s night…I have no shame.