Shake That Fat, Watch Yo’self! Shake That Fat, Show Me Whatcha Workin’ With!

23 02 2008


Beer-belly squad to jiggle and cheer
Miami Herald: LINK

The Florida Marlins are looking for some big fans.

And by big, they mean fat.

The team is hosting auditions Sunday for baseball’s first all-male, all-obese cheerleading squad: the Manatees.

The Marlins want ”big bellies with the biggest jiggle, big feet with the best dance moves and enthusiasm that will rock Marlins fans out of their seats,” according to a team flier.

The guys will perform at Friday and Saturday home games during the 2008 season.

No experience necessary; no fat paychecks, either.

”They’ll get tickets to the games they’re in,” Marlins spokesman P.J. Loyello said.

To try out, just show up at Dolphin Stadium at 1 p.m. Sunday wearing Marlins gear — and be ready to dance. The Marlins expect to draft seven to 10 guys for the Manatees, based in part on how well they perform a choreographed routine. Like the Rockettes. Seriously.

The Marlins claim to be the first major league baseball team with a big-man dance squad, but it’s old news for Chicago basketball fans. The Matadors have been lighting up the court at Bulls home games since 2003 in their oversized red-and-black gear.

Locally, the Miami Heat has the Golden Oldies — seniors who shake it at one game a month — but the Manatees will be South Florida’s only big-league, big-guy cheerleaders.

The Manatee tryouts come soon after Men’s Fitness ranked Miami-Fort Lauderdale seventh on the magazine’s annual list of the fattest places in America.

The magazine reported that 21 percent of South Floridians are obese, and there are more fast-food joints and pizza shops here on average than any other cities on the list.

Maybe the Manatees will inspire South Floridians to shed a few pounds.

Fat chance.

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