There are dedicated fans, there are crazed die-hard fans, and then there is this Turkish soccer supporter I heard about this week, who maybe sets a new standard for crazy.
Meet Ali Demirkaya, a huge supporter of Denizlispor, a Turkish pro soccer team. Ali has apparently had some run-ins with the organization and was banned from the stadium recently.
Most people would’ve taken that as a sign. They’d stay home, watch the match on TV, or listen on radio, or some other thing.
But our man Ali is far from most people. So he rented an enormous crane, parked it outside Denizli Ataturk stadium, and watched a game from his “skybox.”
“That match was very important for our team,” he explained to Yeni Asir newspaper. “I had to go to the police station to sign a paper to show that I am not watching the match in the stadium. Then I quickly went to rent the crane.”
The crane rental cost $86. No truth to the rumor that for the next game he’ll have a beer concession and a popcorn vendor join him.
Sadly, police eventually lowered the crane, and Ali had to go back to the padded room he surely lives in.
**Next up today, meet 3-year-old Lennox Calcedo, of Walnut, Calif. who was playing tee-ball over the weekend. (Why a 3-year-old is playing baseball is a question for another day.) Lennox, after hitting the ball hard, is told to run around the bases as fast as he can.
And Lennox, well, he had other ideas. I love how even after the coach exhorts him to run a little faster, Lennox doesn’t break character.
This is beyond awesome. You do you, Lennox!
**And finally today, “Dancing With The Stars” hasn’t been on my radar for awhile, because after a few seasons it just got to be repetitive and even though I find judge Bruno entertaining, it became kind of “meh.”
But I have a feeling I’ll be paying attention this year, because they’re doing an all-athlete year and some of the choices are inspired. We’ve got Tonya Harding, Johnny Damon, and most improbably, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. If you had told me that the famously grumpy, unfriendly Kareem would one day be on a dancing show, I’d have laughed so hard I’d need oxygen.
But here Kareem is, all sequined up and surrounded by beautiful people, doing the cha-cha. And I gotta say, he’s not as bad as I thought he’d be!