The Florida Marlins are holding tryouts for a fat guy dance team.
From the AJC:
The Florida Marlins are looking for some footloose fat men. The National League team is creating an all-male, plus-size cheerleading squad to be dubbed the Manatees. Tryouts were scheduled for Sunday.
The team hopes to recruit seven to 10 tubby men to dance, cheer and jiggle during Friday and Saturday home games this season.
Real manatees, 1,200-pound mammals sometimes referred to as “sea cows,” are not considered the most agile of creatures and often get caught in boat propellers.
I thought the fat guy dance team was a funny idea when the Chicago Bulls tried it. Plus, in Chicago it made sense. Chicago is famous for its fat guys. The Bulls’ troup reminded everybody of that great SNL skit with Chris Farley and George Wendt.
A team’s in-game entertainment should reflect the city’s local culture. Pittsburgh, which is famous for it pierogies, has a pierogi race. Philadelphia, which is famous for its cruel fans, has…cruel fans.
Miami is not famous for fat people. Quite the opposite. So I just don’t get this gimmick.
I will give them this, though: Manatees is a great name for a fat guy dance troup.