Monday, January 7, 2008

Reason to Be Cheerful 2008

Part 2:The Celts, KC, and Giiiiiiiiinnnnooooooo

When the Celtics play at home, late in the game, as they are turning the corner towards yet anther victory, a video appears on the scoreboard featuring clips of dancers from American Bandstand during the disco era, set to a one-and-only classic like “Shake Shake Shake (Shake Your Booty) by Harry Wayne “KC” Casey and his Sunshine Band or the Bee Gee’s “You Should Be Dancing”. The crowd goes bonkers, trotting out their own moves, old and young alike, awaiting the appearance of one particular dancer, a son-of-Travolta with a well-groomed beard, wonderfully coiffed hair, high-waisted and flared trousers and a white t-shirt sporting a Gino Vanelli logo. Since the majority of Celtic fans in attendance have no clue (to their credit) who the mid-70’s Canadian big-selling crooner was, the dancer has been named Gino, and the fans howl in anticipation of his light-footed, hip-shrugging moves. All of it is side-splittingly hilarious, great stuff for the Celts, a thoroughly satirical counterpoint to the Sox and “Sweet Caroline”, and perfectly appropriate for this new Celtic team that is evoking memories of the glorified past.

(If that ain't enough chuckles, here's a bonus for fans of both KC and Fernwood Tonight.)

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