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With prestigious academic journals such as People Magazine and TMZ.com saying Flutie “looks jacked,” or is absolutely “ripped,” as a preview to his debut on ABC’s 22nd season of "Dancing With the Stars," you know it’s bound to be another riveting season of a show that probably should have thrown in the towel at Season 15, much like its cousin, "American Idol."
Nonetheless, Season 22 is upon us, and we might as well sit back and get a good laugh out of seeing one of Boston College’s very own shake his booty on live television for an entire season (hopefully).
Flutie is perhaps best remembered for his college football career as BC’s quarterback from 1981-84, widely known for his famous game-winning Hail Mary against the Miami Hurricanes. A week later he won the Heisman Trophy, making him the first quarterback to win the prestigious award since 1971.
Though Flutie has faded a bit from the spotlight, the self-proclaimed fighter is back with a vengeance, ready to tear up the dance floor.
In tonight’s season premiere of "DWTS," Flutie and his partner, Karina Smirnoff, brought their best for the crowd and earned the hearts of several middle-aged moms watching at home.
There had been a lot of hype leading up to Flutie’s inaugural dance. Doug and Karina came out with a playful adaption to one of Boston’s favorite songs, "Sweet Caroline," even engaging the studio audience to sing along to the familiar tune.
Flutie was definitely not in his natural element. He did not look as fluid and comfortable on the dance floor as he did in the backfield. Let's just say he may need a Hail Mary on the floor to get back into the competition. His box step and ball-change were a little shaky, but there's nothing a few jazz hands can't help!
Despite his discomfort, Floutie poured his heart into the dance, looking to make Boston proud. Though he almost lost Karina at one point in the ensemble, he was able to regain his composure to finish intact and round out the performance. However, this was not enough to make a last-minute comeback, as he scored fives all around.
Even though the judges were a bit underwhelmed by the duo’s performance, they saw room for improvement for Doug and Karina. Needless to say, there won't be a statue of Flutie dancing erected outside Alumni Stadium anytime soon.
Don’t count the duo out yet! Tune in next week at 8 p.m. to see if Doug can regain some steam on Dancing with the Stars.
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