Wouldn't it be cool to watch a single Chicago pro athlete on"The Bachelor"?
Well, that might be what a producer was thinking when the show reached out to the Chicago Wolves and asked about hockey player Mike Davies.
The 25-year-old forward said he got a text from the team's senior vice president of operations Courtney Mahoney that the show contacted the front office and wanted to meet him.
"I thought it was a joke. I thought one of the guys on the team probably called her. But, no, her next text right away was: 'I am dead serious.' And she wouldn't lie about that," said Davies, who lives in Schaumburg during the season and in St. Louis in the off-season.
Turns out the show has a casting call for Season 17 of"The Bachelor"from 1 to 5 p.m. July 1 at The Westin at 909 N.Michigan Ave.
Davies became a fan of the ABC show in 2007 when he was at the University of Wisconsin and watched every Monday as Brad Womack appeared as the TV bachelor for the first time. He's been hooked ever since.
Last year when Davies was injured with a separated shoulder, he started tweeting about the show.
"When I was hurt, I couldn't do anything and I'd just sit on the couch and I'd look forward to that," Davies said.
Now, he has a field day recapping the episodes and adding in his off-the-cuff, sarcastic and hilarious commentary for the past two seasons on the team's site.
"I feel like I converted a lot of my friends. I feel like it's a lot of guys' guilty pleasure," Davies said. The show even has become a topic of conversation in the locker room so much so that if a player misses the episode, others won't spoil the ending.
Why does Davies make sure he's in front of the TV when the show airs every week? The drama, of course.
"You have one guy trying to find someone he wants to spend the rest of his life with and you have 25 girls they all decide to put in one house. If that was a bar in college or something where 25 girls all liked one guy, a catfight would break out at the bar," he said.
With the guys on "The Bachelorette," it's simply a competition that makes for good TV.
"Whether they like the girl or not, I feel like they don't want to be humiliated in front of America," he said.
But he's going to turn down the show because he currently is taken. But if he were single, he would consider it until he realized the cameras would follow his every move.
"There is no way I could sit down with a girl and tell her how much I love her and compliment her and all the little stuff and greet her in front of America," he said.
His girlfriend of two years has been supportive of his show blogging even though she asked him if he was going to meet with the producer. He assured her he wouldn't.
"It's not like I'm falling for any of the girls," he said. "She's better than all of the other girls I've seen on the show."