Dumb & Dumber Costumes Add New Style To Target Center's Courtside Seats

Dumb & Dumber Costumes Add New Style To Target Center's Courtside Seats




Mark Remme
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Matt Atkinson and Ricky Knapp are firm believers in the importance of home-court advantage. The two brothers share a deep appreciation for the Timberwolves, and given their outgoing, fun-loving demeanor, they felt they could make an impact at Target Center this season by taking a unique approach to the traditional fan attire.

Add in two colorful tuxedos and courtside seats, and you’ve got a recipe for success.

Atkinson, of Plymouth, and Knapp, of Cross Lake, are known simply as the “Dumb & Dumber” fans, the pair dressed in powder blue and orange tuxes like characters Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne from the 1990s hit comedy. They’ve shown up in character twice this season—both for the Wolves’ games against Dallas—and brought the goal of adding extra flair to the Target Center faithful.

“Courtside can be a little stuffy in my opinion,” Knapp said. “If you noticed, my brother and I are the exact opposite of that, and we try to spread that aura to those around us.”

They’ve been noticed—if not by fans, certainly by the Mavericks.

The duo spent much of the Wolves’ Jan. 1 win over Dallas jawing at the defending champions to varying responses. Atkinson said All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki wasn’t amused, while Shawn Marion acknowledged the Dumb & Dumber boys on Twitter. Jason Terry made a point to stop by prior to the two teams’ second meeting on Feb. 10.

“We really got into Jason Terry’s head,” Atkinson said. “We were on him quite a bit, so the next time he came back he was like, ‘OK guys, can you tone it down a little bit?’”

For those who know them, it’s typical for Atkinson and Knapp.

Atkinson shares two courtside seats through his company, which has access to half of the 33 home games at Target Center this season. On March 9 against the Lakers, his friend Ryan Fischer was with Atkinson at Target Center and said he’s not surprised the two brothers have a little fun with their courtside seats.

Fischer said there is never a dull moment with Atkinson.

“This guy’s a hoot,” Fischer said. “It’s always a good time around this guy. You can’t go wrong.”

The idea behind the Dumb & Dumber costumes stems back to the Timberwolves’ win over New Jersey on New Year’s Day 2011. Atkinson said one sight of Kim Kardashian sitting courtside watching her then-boyfriend Kris Humphries play the Wolves gave them an idea.

Atkinson said the two began brainstorming how they could make their own amusing impact at Wolves games.

“We love it; we want to support the team,” Atkinson said. “We’re just having fun with it.”

Knapp said he wears the bright orange—worn by Jim Carrey in the movie—as a tribute to golfer Rickie Fowler. Atkinson puts on Jeff Daniels’ powder blue while sporting a long, blond wig to replicate the character’s look.

No question, the two get noticed at Target Center. Knapp said they’ve had an overwhelmingly welcoming reaction from fellow fans at both games.

“When you’re going to sit courtside, you’ve got to make an impression,” Knapp said. “It’s kind of a once in a lifetime experience.”

The two were acknowledged by the New York Daily News, which did a story on them after their first trip to Target Center as Harry and Lloyd. Both Atkinson and Knapp said the Dumb & Dumber costumes will come out one more time during the regular season—possibly the April 12 Los Angeles Clippers game—and certainly if the Wolves advance to the postseason.

And next year? New costumes are in the works. Knapp said he won’t divulge any secrets except they will be colorful and easily recognizable.

Fischer joked that much of this year’s success can be attributed to Atkinson and Knapp.

“I’d say about 98 percent,” Fischer said, laughing. “The enthusiasm around the sport this year is amazing. This stadium is taking off. I’ve been to more games this year than any other season, and I can only say one thing: Atkinson is doing it.”

All kidding aside, these two brothers take their team’s success very seriously. They’re just trying to do their part.

“When it’s time to put your hair down and be a little outgoing, we’re not afraid,” Atkinson said. “Clearly.”


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