Big Bash Cult Heroes
The Big Bash has gone from strength to strength this season and over 80,000 people packed into the MCG on Saturday night to watch the Melbourne Stars take on the Melbourne Renegades.
Some of the biggest names in cricket were on deck and the crowd was packed full of celebrities, but it was a ten-year-old kid getting absolutely stuck into a Watermelon that stole the show.
Watermelon Boy joins a long list of colourful characters that make the Big Bash great and the youngster could not be more deserving of his place on top of this list.
Anything can make you famous in the social media age and there is no better example of that than #watermelonboy.
Watermelon Boy was minding his own business and enjoying some cricket while tucking into his favourite fruit when he was catapulted into superstardom.
It is not every day that you see a youngster eating the outside of a watermelon, but I did not think that it was an unusual enough event to become the number 1 twitter trend in Australia as well as hit the top five in the world!
Watermelon Boy was not the hero that we deserved, but the one we needed!
When you think about heroes, you can’t go past Brisbane’s own Rocketman.
Rocketman has become a staple of Brisbane Heat home games and – outside of Chris Lynn – he has been the only thing that the Heat have had to celebrate in recent years.
There has been some speculation that Rocketman is a myth and there are some invisible wires involved in his performance, but we can confirm that Rocketman is the real deal and watching him fly from one side of The Gabba to the other is a truly unique experience.
Brad Hogg was the original cult hero of the Big Bash and he maintains that position five seasons later at 44 years-of-age.
Hogg has been the most consistent bowler in Big Bash history and he was more than deserving of his recall to the Australian Twenty20 team for the World Cup in 2014.
While his bowling has been outstanding, Hoggy is now even more well known for his role as a musician and even Kayne West would agree that his music videos ‘Hoggy’s Back’ and Hoggy Time’ should have received the MTV Video Music Award for Video Of The Year.
Before Watermelon Boy stole his thunder, Mullet Boy was set to be the breakout star of season five of the Big Bash.
The youngster may not have the eating skills of Watermelon Boy, but he does possess one of the most outstanding haircuts that I have ever laid eyes on.
My words simply can’t do this haircut justice!
Weird mascots are now part and parcel of the Big Bash, but the best mascot in the competition is clearly the Perth Scorchers’ Blaze.
Mark Waugh spent several seasons attempting to work out exactly what Blaze is meant to be – turns out he is a dragon and not the Pokemon Rapidash – and that has helped Blaze reach levels of notoriety that have been reached by only a few mascots anywhere in the world – Puddles The Duck we are looking at you.
Blaze is quite the little dancer and he enjoys spending quality time with his best mate Brad Hogg.
Heavy fines and military style security appeared to have stamped out the streaker, but thankfully one of the great sporting traditions has returned in a big way in recent years.
The Sydney Sixers – Melbourne Stars game at the MCG last Saturday was not the most exciting of the tournament, but it did feature the most gutsy streaker since the bloke Andrew Symonds almost killed and that fat bloke that ruined State Of Origin.
The big fella really tested out the MCG security guards and – just like Watermelon Boy – he reminded us that not all heroes wear capes.