Unicorns of the Week: Melanie & Camille

By January 8, 2014June 18th, 2018No Comments

unicorns-camille-and-melanie-2Girls who are awesome and like sports are Unicorns. It’s a concept that we came up with to celebrate the wonderfulness of female sports fans. You can read more about it here.

There are unicorns among us and we want you to help us find them. If you know a girl who likes sports, plays fantasy football, and/or exhibits qualities that we are looking for in a unicorn then tweet us @BaconSports (make sure to use hashtag #imaunicorn) or shoot us an email to Each week the girl who sends us something that we deem the most worthy will be our Unicorn of the Week and we will profile them.

This week we’ve got a first as we have not one, but two unicorns of the week. Say hello to Melanie Zanona and Camille Millison. They are sports loving sisters from Chicago that had Chicago Bears players try and convince them at the club that they were professional swimmers, are not a fan of LeBron James, and run their own sports blog. You can follow them on twitter at @mzanona and @camikaze1021. I wanted to find out more about what makes them magical and dig into their sports fandom so I asked them a bunch of questions.

Q: Which teams do you root for?
A: All Chicago sports except for the White Sox. Our dad is a lifelong, North side Chicagoan wearing shorts with tall socks on Christmas and still rocking the Ditka mustache.

Q: On a scale of 1 – 100. How much do you like bacon?
A: Probably a solid 85. Gotta leave some room for sausage, we are Chicagoans after all!

Q: Select a sports video that represents you. Choose wisely.
A: Oh this one is easy, it has to be the “Chris Bosh loses battle with confetti” video. Anytime we are feeling blue, we just send this to each other (but really any Chris Bosh fail GIF will do).

Q: At your bachelorette party at Paris Club you were popping bottles and some of the Blackhawks were there trying to convince you they were professional swimmers. How ridiculous were their attempts?
A: It was actually the Chicago Bears defensive line, including Corey Wootton and Henry Melton. Got their images in your head? Ok, now picture them free styling (not rapping, fake swimming) in the club. Ridiculous is an understatement. What’s more ridiculous is that Camille insisted on a 5 AM swim-off in Lake Michigan. Don’t worry, we never followed through.

Q: You also said that Brandon Bollig stole your half empty bottle of Cucumber Effen vodka. Cucumber vodka sure is an interesting choice of flavors of vodka to pop at the club. What’s up with that?
A: The Bears were across from our table, and the Hawks were next to ours. We had an assortment of vodkas, but cucumber was the last one standing at the end of the night and we said we couldn’t finish it so Brandon Bollig snagged it. Maybe he just really likes his vegetables?

Q: Any other athlete encounters you’d like to share?
A: We were lucky enough to witness the Blackhawks at the Pony Inn during their victory tour week and madness ensued. Just see for yourself.

Q: What were you for Halloween?
A: MZ: I was actually a Luv-a-bull this year, and I made my husband go as Carlos Boozer, which he took a lot of flak for. But it was totally worth wasting an entire tube of eyeliner on his fake beard so I could rock all my Bulls gear.


Q: What is your biggest sports heartbreak?
A: Ugh. Derrick Rose’s knee injuries (#thereturn parts 1 and 2). We can literally cry on demand just thinking about it.

Q: What is the best game you’ve ever been to live?
A: Easily, it was when the Bulls beat the Heat’s 27-game winning streak last year. The energy at the UC felt like a playoff game, and Benny the Bull even hit 3 backwards half-court shots IN A ROW at halftime. We knew it was all over at that point.

Q: What or who is your sports guilty pleasure?
A: Does this tumblr dedicated to Derrick Rose’s baby count? It’s 50% creepy, but 100% adorable.

Q: Which team(s) do you dislike the most?
A: The Heat, Packers, Cardinals, White Sox and really any team from Detroit (sorry, it’s only because they show up to so many Chicago games in full force!)

Q: Thoughts on people who put ketchup on hot dogs?
A: Get that shit out of here!!

Q: Watching the Bulls without Derrick Rose is like __________________ 
A: …watching the Jersey Shore when Situation was sober and Snooki was pregnant. Still fun to watch, but not the same as previous seasons.

Q: What is your favorite sports movie and how many times do you think you’ve seen it?
A: CZ: The Longest Yard. I used to pass out watching it and wake up at some odd hour of the morning hearing the DVD menu song on repeat. It still haunts me to this day.
MZ: Hands down, Space Jam, which is currently available on demand for anyone else who wants to take a trip down memory lane.

Q: Camille, you root for Chicago teams but have been following the Pacers this year. I know that the Bulls aren’t going to be winning the title and LeBron and the Heat are public enemy #1, but how can you root for public enemy #2 (who is one of the Bulls most disliked teams)?
A: CZ: Well now let’s clarify this! I am definitely not a fan (the only Hibberts I enjoy watching are the Simpsons doctor and his fam!), however whenever they are playing the Heat I do watch in the hopes they make LeBron and Bosh look stoopid. Plus, you have to give credit where credit is due: if we can’t stop them, the Pacers are the best bet for this year. The last thing I want to hear about from bandwagon Miami fans.

Q: Have you ever rode a mechanical bull?
A: Unfortunately, yes…although “ride” is strong word. More like “drunkenly clutched on for dear life.” Thank you, Kams.

Q: Who is your favorite athlete (past and present)? Why?
A: Derrick Rose. We love his game, his explosiveness, his cool demeanor on and off the floor, his Chicago roots, his back story. Just everything about the kid. It’s been a rough couple years (and yes, we’ve read the disparaging articles about his dwindling humbleness) but we still bull-lieve our hometown hero can lead this city to victory one day. And it will be that much sweeter when he does.

Q: What did you do immediately after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup last year?
A: First, we got fireball whiskey poured into our mouths from the bartenders at Stretch. Then, we ran to our apartment down the block and grabbed champagne bottles. Finally, we stormed the barricades on Clark street and popped bottles underneath the fireworks. It was more magical than a night at Disney and the most hungover/still drunk at work we’ve ever been.

Q: Mustaches are ________________
A: …a powerful aphrodisiac.

Q: Did you play fantasy football and if so what’s your team name? How did your team do?
A: The Gould Standard was off to a GREAT start despite having the Bears D, but petered off miserably towards the end. Gronkowski’s injury also really hurt us, but mostly because we didn’t pick up a new TE in time. Turns out it was more like the Bronze Standard.

Q: Do you have a favorite female sports anchor or sideline reporter?
A: We’re both big fans of Rachel Nichols. Always love us a good red head!

Q: When someone says that New York Style pizza is better than Chicago Style pizza you say _____________
A: …in the brilliant words of Nick Offerman: “If properly dried & trimmed, NY-style pizza could be used to make a box for Chicago-style pizza.”

Q: One thing in sports that makes/made me laugh is _________________
A: Warm weather/dome teams trying to play in Solider Field during the dead of winter, or sideline reporters trying to brave the elements in the same conditions. Winter is hilarious (when you’re in the comforts of your own home.)

Q: You are a baseball player. What song are you walking to the plate to?
MZ: 50 Cent: If I can’t do it (then homie, it can’t be done.)
CZ: Britney Spears: Work, Bitch.

Q: Rank these things: Chelsea Dagger, Patrick Kane’s haircut, Die Hard, Summertime Chi, Paul George, eating wings, pink jerseys
1.) Summertime Chiiiiii
2.) Kaner’s mullet
3.) Chelsea Dagger
4.) Eating Wings
5.) Die Hard
6.) Paul George
-100.) Pink Jerseys

Q: Anything else you’d like to plug?
A: Well, I suppose we should probably plug the one thing that was inspired by BaconSports…Betty the Bull, our own sports blog for female fans! The concept behind it was kind of, “hey, women are sports fans too, now g’on brush your shoulders off.” Check us out at

Q: Give us some last words. 
A: We should have never, ever, ever let Michael Jordan play for the Wizards.





Rob Cressy

Rob Cressy

Sports loving free throw specialist and yinzer living in Chicago who is awesome most of the time, has run with the bulls in Spain, and is a graduate of Second City's Improv program.