When Barry Bremen Tried to Infiltrate the Dallas Cowgirls, the Team Found It a Drag
updated 01/14/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 01/14/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST
"I've always had great legs," says Barry Bremen. "One Halloween I dressed up as Joe Namath wearing pantyhose." Alas, Bremen has found that what cracks them up at home in West Bloom-field, Mich. may not play in Dallas.
A habitual scene-crasher and impostor, the 6'4", 32-year-old insurance man has made a hobby of capers like warming up as a member of the Kansas City Kings basketball team, shagging flies dressed as a New York Yankee before last year's All-Star Game and actually playing nine holes at the U.S. Open last spring. His big dream, though, was to pass as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. So starting last September Barry shed 23 pounds, practiced drag routines with his wife, had a replica Cheerleader uniform custom-made, shaved his legs and bankrolled the project with some $1,200 of his own money.
Then he made his move in last month's Dallas-Washington game. Bursting onto the sidelines in boots, hot pants, falsies and a blond wig, he got out only one cheer (for posterity, it was "Go Dallas!") before Cowboy security had him hogtied and handcuffed. "Perverted," team vice-president Joseph A. Bailey dubbed his act, and Bremen says when he called the Cheerleaders' manager to explain, she could only sputter: "You are not a female."
Previous targets have laughed off Bremen's antics, but the Cowboys have smacked him with a $5,000 lawsuit for trespassing and creating a nuisance, and they want him banned from Cowboy games for life. To Bremen, that is very stuffy. "What are they going to do, put 'Wanted' posters at every entrance?" he asks. "This is ridiculous. I was just having fun."
Off the field Bremen makes $60,000 a year and lives in a $130,000 house with his wife and three children. A self-proclaimed jock, he regularly plays touch football, basketball and softball. Wife Margo, who is often called upon to explain him, says Barry is "fulfilling a grand fantasy to be in the limelight. He feels if you have no guts you have no glory in your life." He plainly will not be stopped by the spoilsports of Dallas. His advice to other impostors: "Don't do it. It's against the law. Stay away. This is my act."