Experience has taught us that there are two types of lookalike fans roaming around: those who impersonate players just for fun and those who do it to cause a stir. Impersonators like this one and this one are just looking for a cheap laugh or two, and to their credit they executed their plans to perfection. Similar to this Tim Lincecum impersonator, the Brett Favre impersonator that is making the rounds in Green Bay is creating quite the buzz. Can you tell the difference?
I would probably fall for it, too. This guy looks exactly like Favre. The only thing that would tip me off is that he’s not crying at a podium or pretending to retire. Oh, and he’s wearing a Packers jersey.
Giants closer Brian Wilson turned heads at the ESPYs with his spandex tuxedo that caught nearly everyone off-guard. The offbeat pitcher described the outfit by saying it felt like he was naked. I guess that’s a comfortable feeling. At least I hope that’s how it is, because one Wilson look-alike wore an identical outfit to the Giants-Phillies game Sunday. Check it out:
The fan in question is D.J. Silva, a young man from Roseville, Ca according to his newly created twitter profile. A woman who drove with him to the game described him as “a real cool guy that just happens to pull off the [Brian Wilson look] really well.
So what does Silva look like without the ESPYs tuxedo or even without the beard? Let’s take a look:
Wait, I’m confused. First of all, why is Ichiro sitting in the stands and not in the dugout while his team is up at the plate? Secondly, why isn’t he allowed to touch the baseball? Thirdly, why is he helping the other team? Come on Ichiro, your team was just about to have a man on third with two outs. Why would you pick up the ball and make him stay at second? Maybe I missed something here.
The Toronto Blue Jays fan they call “Lil’ Bautista” had the honor of throwing out the first pitch of the Blue Jays-Yankees game Friday. Lil’ Bautista (pictured courtesy of Big League Stew) is 7-year-oldCurtis Hopkins, a youngster from Acton, Ontario. So what’s the big deal with him? Nothing other than he paints a beard on his face and looks just like Jose Bautista, who actually was out of the lineup Friday with an ankle injury. Check out the video of Lil Bautista throwing out the first pitch at the Jays-Yankees game Friday night:
On Friday we showed you a video of a Tim Lincecum look-a-like who drives a cab in San Francisco. The Brazilian man who goes by the name of “Luiz” was offering Tim a million dollar cab ride to make up for the inconvenience of being mistaken for Lincecum constantly. The video went viral, and it prompted reporters to ask the real Lincecum about his doppleganger pictured below.
Lincecum said he had seen the video and that the resemblance was scary. According to the Mercury News, “Lincecum noticed that the guy’s smile lines were similar to his. But the lookalike’s eyes are a little more narrow.” Then Timmy hit on the real issue, saying “If this guy complains that everyone thinks he’s me, why doesn’t he cut his hair?”
Exactly. It’s pretty obvious “Luiz” the cab driver is trying to look like Timmy, just like this guy grew his hair and beard to look like Pau Gasol. When are they going to learn that looking like a professional athlete isn’t going to net you $600/hour? There is absolutely no skill involved in looking like someone (though admittedly you don’t need much skill to become rich or famous these days).
How much would be willing to pay for the services of someone who looks exactly like Pau Gasol? if he could play basketball like Gasol and you were an NBA general manager, the answer would probably be an enormous sum of money. If you’re looking for an act for your daughter’s birthday party, Pau Gasol impersonator Michael Fanter is probably charging too much — unless your name is Bill Gates and you’re a huge Laker fan.
Deadspin recently reached out to Fanter’s spokesperson to get price for him to appear at their “15-year-old daughter’s birthday party.” The spokesperson said Fanter would gladly take the job for $600 an hour, which is a discount from the going rate of $1,500 just for an appearance. Do you think this is worth that much dough?
The guy looks exactly like Pau Gasol, but so what? He isn’t Pau Gasol. He’s not a phenomenal basketball player. He doesn’t talk like him. He doesn’t know Kobe Bryant. He doesn’t even have the authentic satchel. In short, I don’t get it. Good for him for finding an impression he can master — at least physically. However, I don’t think this is Fanter’s ticket to Beverly Hills.
There is one young hockey fan who may be more dedicated than all. Check out this Calgary Flames fan doing his Mikka Kiprusoff routine mimicking the goaltender’s every move.
What some people may call “cute,” I’ll elect for the choice word of “creepy.” That’s about the only thing I can think of to describe this.
Yeah, stalker is definitely the word that comes to mind — at least much more so than fan. Wearing a jersey’s cool, staking out after a game for an autograph works for me, but getting decked out in full goaltender’s gear just to watch a game? That’s taking it a wee-bit far. Though I know the entire population of the Black Hole disagrees (not to mention a Packers fan, too).