Monday, September 15, 2008

How to dance around and play games for 3 hours.

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2008 at 11:45 PM

click to enlarge tryout circle

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Yesterday, 29 hyper-active Hornets fans tried out for the team's Interactive Squad. Trying out consisted of warming up to music played at home games, standing in a large circle and playing "the name game," then breaking up into teams and playing varying types of improvisational games you'd see on "Who's Line is it Anyway?" Oh, and there was more un-choreographed dancing and running around and screaming into mikes and back flips and some attempts at break dancing.

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Because what else could they have been doing from 2—5 p.m. yesterday?

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Overall, though, I have to hand it to the Hornets crew setting up the whole deal. Three hours, after all, is about the same amount of time the people trying out had to run around dancing and exciting the crowd for 41 home games. With a home team playing to a sold-out crowd, that can be more fun than work. But what about those rare blow-out losses or Tuesday night sleepers? What better way to judge how well a person keeps their energy level up than by putting them on a basketball court with 28 strangers and have them pump up a fake crowd to the tune of "Welcome to the Jungle"?

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There is video of all of this (thank you, DVR) and it will be up tomorrow. Meanwhile, here's a clip of something I'd seriously injure myself trying to do:

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