Corey C. has been a lifelong Raptors fan but never got to experience them the way he did through DraftKings. Corey brought his friend along to experience the dinner in the Air Canada Club and the exclusive courtside seats to watch the Raptors pull out a strong win versus the Pacers. The true highlight of an evening full of them was being able to appreciate and see how the players approach the game during pre-game warm-ups which he had never gotten to see up close before.
Q Give us a play-by-play of your experience? Did you travel from far? What was your favorite part of your experience?
A Actually didn't travel that far considering I live about 40 minutes from the venue so that's always great! My favorite part? That's a tough one because everything was a highlight! If I had to choose it would be the pre-game shoot around! Never got that type of access before, and it's very intriguing to witness the preparation process before a professional basketball game!
Q What was the date of the experience you won?
A March 19, 2017
Q Where are you from?
A Brampton, Ontario
Q Tell us about your winning contest "sweat". What qualifier did you enter (e.g. $3 PGA Qualifier)? Who was in your winning lineup?
A I entered from the promotion page for the Raptors vs Pacers game for March 19th 2017. As far as my sweat goes I actually did not watch the games of my picks up until the final 3-5 mins of the game. Reasons why? Well to begin with I failed my previous attempt in one of these contests so I didn't think I actually stood a chance second time around! Eventually I checked my phone and to my delight I was about 12 pts away from capturing 1st place! I had Boogie Cousins and Leonard from the Spurs as one of my lasts guys still running on the court. As I'm sitting down watching the final possessions play out I was ecstatic when I saw Leonard made his step back mid range shot to finalize my ticket to the Air Canada Centre and messaged my friend (who eventually came with me) about my win.
Q Where were you when you won? How did you celebrate? Fist pump like Tiger? Riverdance like Chad Ochocinco? “Ride the Bull” like Happy Gilmore?
A I was at home while I was watching that game clock go tick tock and I ended up doing the Lebron James celebration! The same celebration he does after a big play when he takes a couple steps and keeps his hands down then beats his chest. I actually didn't plan this I just did it hahahahaha luckily I was the only one in the room at the time so I screamed out loud lol.
Q Favorite team? How long have you been a fan of this team? Favorite team moment?
A Raptors all my life! Born in Toronto followed them since Vince Carter did the honey dip at the dunk off even little before that took place! Also the Lakers as my west coast team but after Kobe I'll keep that under the rug.
Q Favorite athlete?
A As much as I love Vince it's actually Kobe Bryant.
Q Favorite sports movie?
A Tough one gotta be between Sixth Man starring Marlon Wayans or one of the Major League movies with Charlie Sheen! It's a classic can never get tired of them!
Q Favorite sports memory?
A Gotta be the recent run of the Toronto Blue Jays when Jose Bautista did the back flip after all the shenanigans the Jays faced that inning versus the Texas Rangers! When I saw that in real time I lost it!!
Q Favorite sport to play on DraftKings?
A Definitely NBA hands down not even a discussion!
Q What else is on your sports bucket list?
A Super bowl? A FIFA matchup? World Series? Or is that too much to ask?
Q What do you love most about DraftKings?
A If I had to sum it up (it's a long list) I'd have to say the emergence between fan and game experience! Fantasy sports introduces this nuance that can't be replicated! What is there not to love about creating your very own toon squad type lineup and watch them play in real time as you gather enough points to mount the podium? I do!
Q Tell us anything else yourself that you think would be interesting for the profile.
A Anything is possible!!! ANYTHING IS POSSIBLEEEEEE *Kevin Garnet voice* In other news to the players out there never ever EVER give up just because you lost! I was once in your shoes thinking this is a long shot. It's really possible it happened to me I can only speak from my experience! Keep at it your day will come!