The 'Dancing with the Stars' Connection to the Florida Marlins

By: Sam Jordan

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I love working for VISIT FLORIDA, but sometimes I get tempted by the dark side of blogging. All those celebrity websites that get to fling gossip around can be addicitive, can't they? Well, today I'm veering off course a bit and flexing my paparazzi muscles, cashing in on the big Dancing with the Stars cast announcement this week and its conenction - albeit a stretch - to the Florida sports world. This one caught me by surprise, because I like to think I know both sports and pop culture.

So it turns out that dancer extraordinnaire Karina Smirnoff is engaged to former Florida Marlins pitcher Brad Penny! Wowzers. Penny pitched for the Marlins from 2000-2004, while Smirnoff, a 5-time National Champion dancer, had to cha cha with Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino last season on DWTS. My condolences on that, Karina.

Tomorrow we find out if she'll be matched up with the likes of Karate Kid Ralph Macchio or Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward. You're on your own for acquiring that info.


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