Don’t scoff - Cirque du Soleil is for the real athletes

I, like many others, scoffed.

I, like many others, scoffed.

I doubted, then dreaded, then flat-out whined when my fiancee purchased tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s performance of Corteo at Marymoor Park last week.

You see, I’m the typical mainstream sports guy. I enjoy watching hockey, football and baseball, not a show about a clown imagining his own funeral under the big top.

Boy, was I wrong.

I thought I was destined for Cirque du So Lame. I got Cirque du So Awesome.

The show was incredible. The feats the performers pulled off were beyond mind-blowing and beyond all description.

So why am I writing about this in a sports column? Have you lost your mind Willits?

These guys (and gals) are world-class athletes, plain and simple.

The performers displayed strength, agility and a huge dose of fearlessness in their acts, which included soaring through the air, hanging and performing from awesome heights and generally blowing the audiences’ minds.

I’m not kidding - some of these performers looked more like they belonged in an NFL locker room than in a performing troupe. These guys didn’t just have six packs, or eight packs, or 12 packs. They had the whole factory.

The feats these performers pulled off simply topped one another all night. Each feat more daring, more amazing than the last. You will not believe your eyes.

Instead of ruining the performance, I’ll simply say this: I was a doubter, but now I’m a believer.

My advice to everyone: give Cirque du Soleil a chance. You’ll become a believer too.