By Matt Lindner @mattlindner
2:06 PM CDT, October 30, 2012
Section 8 has earned a reputation for producing some creative displays over the years.
Perhaps the most famous was the Super Mario Bros. tifo from September 2010 during a game against the Seattle Sounders. The tifo featured Mario superimposed against the Chicago skyline. Slowly, a fireball pops up and streaks across the row, striking a green koopa troopa and sending him down. The video became a YouTube hit, generating over 310,000 views.
Dan Martin got the plum role of the fireball, he said largely due to his height.
"I was trying not to trip and fall there actually, but they had cleared out the row (so I could run across)," the 34-year-old Avondale resident said. "It was fun; it worked out."
Martin said he's seen a number of great tifos over the years, but one of his personal favorites was when Section 8 did a re-enactment of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, complete with a fan dressed as Mrs. O'Leary's cow getting up on a stand in front of the section and getting the whole thing started.
"It was just a box lantern, and he got up there in the cow costume, he kicked the lantern off the side of the stand, everybody puts up the flames, we had a little smoke in the background."
Martin said size doesn't necessarily matter when it comes to creating an iconic tifo.
"It doesn't have to be waved around or be gigantic or anything," he said. "(A memorable tifo) has an iconic phrase or a funny phrase. That's what people will remember. The message is the most important thing."
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