Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Twitter propels man toward dream of becoming bloomin' onion at Outback Bowl

No matter what happens on the field at the Outback Bowl in Tampa, the star of the show will be the bloomin' onion.

Not the deliciously crispy, glistening, 1,900-plus-calorie appetizer served at Outback restaurants, but the person who parades the sidelines in a surprisingly realistic bloomin' onion costume.

Bloomin' Onion Man has been a huge hit with fans since he was introduced.

One of those fans is Ryan Nanni, who blogs at everydayshouldbesaturday.com, and became infatuated with Bloomin' Onion Man during the game in January 2017.

Before long, he didn't just want to celebrate the onion, he needed to be the onion.

He started a social media campaign, but hadn't attracted the steakhouse chain's interest yet.

< >

< >

< >

< >

With the clock ticking down on the January 1, 2018 approach of the Outback Bowl between Michigan and South Carolina at Raymond James Stadium, Nanni threw a social media hail Mary and tweeted at Outback with a plea.

"OK, @Outback, how many retweets is it going to take for you to let me fulfill my destiny and become Bloomin Onion Man," Nanni wrote on Tuesday.

Outback's response: 10,000.

< >

xxx

< >

It took him less than 24 hours. As of Wednesday morning, there were nearly 13,000 retweets.

< >

< >

According to the response from Outback's verified Twitter account, they're going to keep up their end of the deal.

< >

< >

Twitter propels man toward dream of becoming bloomin' onion at Outback Bowl 12/06/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 11:21am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Why the Bucs need a Dungy than a Gruden

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The worst week of Dirk Koetter's life rolls on.

  2. Lightning routs Coyotes for sixth straight win

    Lightning Strikes

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — As much as the Lightning has been rolling, it remembered how it lost twice last season to the Coyotes.

  3. Stephan Jiggetts' 20 points lead USF basketball over Bethune-Cookman

    College

    TAMPA — USF used a 21-3 run midway through the second half en route to an 83-63 win over Bethune-Cookman on Thursday night before an announced 2,091 at the Sun Dome.

  4. Bucs' Lavonte David misses practice with hamstring injury

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The Bucs knew they might be playing without DT Gerald McCoy, who suffered a biceps injury early in Sunday's loss to the Lions. But now they face the prospect of playing Monday against Atlanta without another of their defensive leaders, as LB Lavonte David was held out of practice …

  5. Rays re-sign pitcher Jonny Venters, among 13 invited to spring training

    The Heater

    LAKE BUENA VISTA — LHP Jonny Venters got as far as Triple A in September. Now the former All-Star is positioned to make it all the way back to the majors for the first time since 2012, re-signing with the Rays and headlining Thursday's announcement of 13 players invited to spring training.