Tons of fun

Tons of fun

There are 28 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 16, 2008, titled Tons of fun. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Dripping sweat and gasping for breath, 10 big men shimmy and shake to the beat of Justin Timberlake 's "Sexy Back." Flabby arms and thunder thighs move in syncopated unison.

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CKD

Chicago, IL

#23 Dec 17, 2008
Nauseating. Not to mention sexist. Could the unfair stereotypes be any more blatant?? The Luvabulls have to be skinny and sexy, while the Matadors are encouraged to flaunt their fat, unhealthy bodies?

Imagine how different this article's tone would be if this article was about a group of fat women.
jesse jackson jr

Woodridge, IL

#24 Dec 17, 2008
or wait how do the fat girls call themselves now so they dont have to call themselves fat? oh yeah, BBW

gross!!!!!
Will3

Skokie, IL

#25 Dec 17, 2008
I agree that it is sort of a silly, one-joke gimmick, sort of like the famous Chris Farley/Patrick Swayze Chippendales skit from "SNL", but what do you expect at a sports event, Monty Python?

I'm sure all these men are well-aware of the health risks associated with obesity. I think it's cool that they can feel a bit better about themselves through this, and it's all in fun, though I don't quite understand how parading around like a buffoon while playing up the comic grotesquerie of exposing your huge belly to a lot of groaning fans is really showing that fat people can be sexy, too. Still, for what it's worth, not every girl or guy dreams about having a size 2 cheerleader or a Swayze-style hardbody for a mate.

The lingering thought in my mind after reading this, though, was "Dude...you're only about 50 lbs away from some of those guys...sure, you can't gain that overnight, but five years from now..." I'm 6'3", about 240, and I don't think I'm going to wait till the new year to start losing some weight.

More power to 'em, I guess, though I do think it's interesting to think that while men can still be proud of their size and appetite, you'd never see a female version of this. Even food is marketed different to men...a lot of lower-calorie,(relatively) healthier foods are pitched to women, whereas commercials talk of feeding a "man-sized appetite" with oversized burgers and Hungry Man dinners which boast "one pound of food" on the package.
SSlaughter

Ashburn, VA

#26 Dec 17, 2008
You all are really mean hateful people. For once in their lives these men are happy with themselves. Stop being haters and be congratulators. These 10 guys can't make Chicago look worse than we already do.
Sunny

Hammond, IN

#27 Dec 17, 2008
I think it's funny and harmless--lighten up people!
Nada Surf

Mesa, AZ

#28 Dec 19, 2008
A Guy wrote:
This is a stunt I'd expect in Cleveland or Detroit, not Chicago.
But I suppose that this is just another exhibit in the argument, often made by New Yorkers, that Chicago is just a big Midwest town not unlike Milwaukee. They think we're a land of "big bellies and small minds".
Perhaps they're right.
They are right. I used to live there.
Lotsa fat chicks, too.
Chicagoans are for the most part city hillbillies because so few of them ever go anywhere else.
Nada Surf

Mesa, AZ

#29 Dec 19, 2008
Will3 wrote:
I agree that it is sort of a silly, one-joke gimmick, sort of like the famous Chris Farley/Patrick Swayze Chippendales skit from "SNL", but what do you expect at a sports event, Monty Python?
I'm sure all these men are well-aware of the health risks associated with obesity. I think it's cool that they can feel a bit better about themselves through this, and it's all in fun, though I don't quite understand how parading around like a buffoon while playing up the comic grotesquerie of exposing your huge belly to a lot of groaning fans is really showing that fat people can be sexy, too. Still, for what it's worth, not every girl or guy dreams about having a size 2 cheerleader or a Swayze-style hardbody for a mate.
The lingering thought in my mind after reading this, though, was "Dude...you're only about 50 lbs away from some of those guys...sure, you can't gain that overnight, but five years from now..." I'm 6'3", about 240, and I don't think I'm going to wait till the new year to start losing some weight.
More power to 'em, I guess, though I do think it's interesting to think that while men can still be proud of their size and appetite, you'd never see a female version of this. Even food is marketed different to men...a lot of lower-calorie,(relatively) healthier foods are pitched to women, whereas commercials talk of feeding a "man-sized appetite" with oversized burgers and Hungry Man dinners which boast "one pound of food" on the package.
Thank you Dr. Will.
I think you should work on your IQ level as well as your weight in the coming months.
Oh--and see a shrink.
Nada Surf

Mesa, AZ

#30 Dec 19, 2008
SSlaughter wrote:
You all are really mean hateful people. For once in their lives these men are happy with themselves. Stop being haters and be congratulators. These 10 guys can't make Chicago look worse than we already do.
If I were at an Un-Watcha-Bulls' game and those guys came off the court, I'd want to give their sweaty, smelly bodies a nice warm hug and tell them that they are an inspiration to me and many men like me...
I used to work out and keep my blood pressure down, but no more of that nonsense.
Now I buy Hostess Twinkies in bulk and put them down with beer during Un-Watcha-Bulls' games and aspire to be one of those guys at halftime.
I now weigh 275 lbs and am 5-10. I now have to buy two plane tickets to fly to Chicago and plan to audition for that group once the next one drops dead.

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