Two local, anonymous men will find out this week if they are the world’s greatest sports fans.
The Green Men, known only as Force and Sully, are two guys in their early 20s who attend Vancouver Canucks games dressed in skin-tight green suits that cover every inch of their bodies. They buy seats next the opponent’s penalty box and taunt them with handstands, inappropriate signs and generally cause a ruckus. When the player returns to the ice, they’re likely not thinking about the game.
In the short few years the Green Men have been around, they’ve already created a legacy. Force and Sully have been flown all over North America for promotional events, taken part in ad campaigns, accumulated more than 195,000 fans on Facebook and have been parodied on South Park.
So it’s no surprise that, out of 10,000 applicants, they’ve made it into the top 10 spot of ESPN’s inaugural Hall of Fans contest. They’re the only Canadians – and hockey fans – on the shortlist.
For ten days, fans of the fans were allowed to vote and the pair saw some major love from Glee’s Cory Monteith and (obviously) the Canucks, who spread the news to their Twitter followers.
I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Force (he wasn’t wearing the suit and I was sworn to secrecy not to reveal his identity).
I asked him why he thinks he should be one of the top three fans to make it into the first Hall of Fans inductees.
“The suits reveal all,” he says. “Not only do I have to have a lot of confidence to show all of myself to the world – you can tell when I had that extra beer on a Friday night – but also our impact on the game and dedication. Those seats aren’t cheap.”
(During the finals against Boston, the Green Men were paying $600 a game to do their shtick. When my jaw dropped after Force told me that, he assured me the seats are paid for with the money they make off events and promotions.)
The duo will find out how they place tomorrow, September 5th. The grand prize includes an all-expense paid trip to New York and Bristol, CT, where the ESPN headquarters are, so the fans can be inducted. They’ll also received gift certificates and prize money.
For some reason, I doubt these fans will need to be cheered on any more than they already are. But, hey, it’s hard to resist…Go Green Men Go!