SBJ/September 1 - 7, 2003/This Weeks Issue

The Bull Monty? Nope, but male dancers sought

The Chicago Bulls, clearly hoping to beef up the fun factor at the United Center, are taking a weight-and-see approach with their fans next season.

The Bulls put out a call last week for fans who could round out a team of 12 to 15 "Big Bulls fans." The ideal fan, according to the team, not only wants a chance to be on the court during a game and is open to "sacrificing a little pride for big laughs," but also carries a nickname of Tubby, Moose or Lumpy.

The Bulls took the idea from the Dallas Mavericks, whose "Maniacs" group was a big hit with fans last season.

"We thought Chicago is a perfect market because we have fans like that," said Marianne Caponi, corporate communications manager, who is handling the group's application process. "We have the LuvaBulls [cheerleaders], and we have the IncrediBulls [athletic spirit squad], but this gives men a chance to show their spirit on the court."

Call them the EdiBulls?

"We don't have a name yet," Caponi said, "and we won't until we get the group assembled."

‘Big’ Bulls fan
Among the items applicants can check, if applicable:
I have been accused at least once of having “plumber’s butt”
I can do stunts with the rolls in my stomach
I have worn women’s clothing in public
Homer Simpson is my idol


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