'Dancing' With Crabs?

Today's cuppa: Nothing but dreams of the coffee I'll get when I'm done with this post. ;)

I'm just a girl with a dream, a dream that one day -- if I hope and pray and pester the right people long SigHansen enough -- I will see crab-boat Capt. Sig Hansen of Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" (returning for season five on Tuesday, April 14) tripping the light fantastic on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" (airing tonight).

About a year ago, I was talking to Hansen, and asked about his TV-watching habits.

"'Dancing With the Stars,'" he said, "that's fun to watch. I get a kick out of that."

Encouraged to be the first Norwegian-American ship's captain on the show, Hansen said at the time, "If they ask me, I'd probably do it just for the hell of it, but I don't think I'd pass the first test or whatever, as a star. It'd be fun to do. But those guys, they train for a month or two. They set their lives aside for a long time to do that. That would be hard to do."

Earlier this month, I revisited the subject with Hansen, who apparently has finally realized that he just may be  enough of a TV star after all to give the idea serious consideration.

"You know what, that came up again," he said. "Somebody mentioned it to my wife, some one at TuMurray Helly Hansen. We were talking about it, because we were watching the show last week, and there  was a cowboy or something on there."

(HCTV: He's referring to a current competitor, rodeo star Ty Murray. He's pictured at right. Below is Scott Hillstrand, a junior member of the family that runs the fishing vessel Time Bandit.)

ScottHillstrand Hansen continued, "And some of our friends at Helly -- because that's who we do our clothing line with -- they're like, 'Dude, you should get on there.' That's what my wife was saying, and we're like, 'Yeah, it's been brought up a time or two.

"Come on, the cowboy was really bad. I saw that -- ah, maybe we should do it, put the name in the hat. Why not go ahead and humiliate yourself in front of 20 million people? It's not too far out there to think about doing it, because they're looking for unique people, I think.

"That makes sense. Why not? Get out of your element, so they say."

Would Hansen then be a crab out of water?

"That's it," he said. "I don't think I'll lose my day job."

So, what do you think?


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