March 20th, 2009
04:01 PM ET
5 years ago

Baseball team pokes fun at Franken/Coleman

The St. Paul Saints have created a bobble head doll with a body modeled after Sesame Street's Count Von Count, only this figurine features a head with two sides--turn it one way, it's Franken's face, and the other, you get Coleman.
The St. Paul Saints have created a bobble head doll with a body modeled after Sesame Street's Count Von Count, only this figurine features a head with two sides–turn it one way, it's Franken's face, and the other, you get Coleman.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minneapolis (CNN) - The same team that brought baseball fans the Larry Craig 'bobblefoot' doll has done it again, and this time at the expense of former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken who - more than four months after the election - are still caught up in a fight over Minnesota's U.S. Senate seat.

The St. Paul Saints have created "Count Von 'Re'Count," a bobble head doll with a body modeled after Sesame Street's Count Von Count, only this figurine features a head with two sides–turn it one way, it's Franken's face, and the other, you get Coleman.

According to a press release, "the head will spin, reminding fans of the dizzying experience that has been this state's U.S. Senate race."

"We realize that this was sort of a historical thing and we wanted to have a little bit of fun with it," said Saints' director of broadcast and media relations Sean Aronson. "Fortunately for us–or unfortunately, however you want to look at it–this has carried on a lot longer than anyone thought it would."

The first 2,500 fans through the gates at the Saints' May 23 game will receive the toy.

The lighthearted jabs at the two politicians won't end with the piece of plastic, however. There press release goes on to read that following the third inning, regardless of score, "the Saints will claim a victory, 'a victory for all Minnesotans'"–a jab at the many times victory has been claimed by the two men since November 4.

The Saints have also announced there will be "various counting exercises throughout the course of the game, including the popular exercise: 'What's the difference between 24 and 124?'"

Seemingly having just too much fun with it, the last line of the release reads: "The final result of the May 23 Saints game on The "Re"Count night will not be official until sometime in mid-June."


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