Los Angeles Clippers fan 'Clipper Darrell' cheers on his team against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center on March 10, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
Bailey, an 11-year season-ticket holder of the Los Angeles Clippers whose car and house are decked out in the team's colors, has given the team vibrant support through plenty of lean years and is well-known by fans and players across the league for his bright, custom-made suit and, um, imaginative commentary from courtside.
Started in the mid-80s with the inspiration of Browns cornerbacks Hanford Dixon and Frank Minnifield, the Pound brings a go-get-'em-and-rip-'em-to-shreds attitude to games in Cleveland — complete with dog masks and dog bone-inspired props. Gutted — and destructive to the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium bleachers — when their Browns departed Cleveland after the 1995 season for Baltimore, the Pound got another team to love when a new Browns franchise began play in 1999.
The lovely actress, a University of Kentucky alum, is an ardent Wildcats fan, often appearing at games and always sporting UK gear. She's perhaps the school's most famous fan, but Judd also has room for another sporting passion — supporting the career of her husband, Scottish auto racing star Dario Franchitti.
Fans of the NHL team in Vancouver are well-known for their passionate support, goofy costumes and imaginative methods of bothering opposing players. Some, unfortunately, also are well-known for rioting when things on the ice don't go their way.
The Black Hole
The rowdy Raiders fans of The Black Hole can't be missed at a game in Oakland, as many sport costumes that wouldn't look out of place on stage at a GWAR concert. Their reputation might not be the best, but Raiders fans' passion for their team is unquestionable.
The movie director is a huge New York Knicks fan and sits courtside at seemingly every game at Madison Square Garden, getting into it with players from both his Knicks and their foes. And you know Lee must be reveling in Linsanity and its effect on his beloved team.
Tim McKernan, an avid Denver Broncos fan who wore a barrel, a cowboy hat and little else to games at Mile High Stadium — no matter the weather — died in 2009. According to his obituary in the Denver Post, McKernan began wearing a barrel to games in 1977 after making a $10 bet with his brother that he could get on television by wearing one. Barrel Man was enshrined as a fan in the NFL Hall of Fame in 1999. He inspired others to don the barrel, such as Wyoming Cowboys super fan "Cowboy Ken" Koretos.
The actor is a Los Angeles Lakers fan from way back, and he's still a staple courtside at Staples Center. Nicholson also takes his love of the team with him on the road, as in this 2010 photo at the Indianapolis 500.
Goldstein is a man of means, and he uses his money to enjoy his favorite pastimes — most noticeably, fashion and NBA basketball. He travels around the country to see the best games the league can offer, and he's always easy to spot with his distinctive wardrobe. Commissioner David Stern said of him in Interview magazine: “James Goldstein is our largest investor in NBA tickets in the world. . . . And, he’s the most uniquely dressed fan.” The latter comment is no understatement.
Named after 'The Hogs,' the Redskins' famed 1980s O-line, this small, dedicated group of fans has been a fixture in the nation's capital since the mid-'80s. Along with cheering on their favorite football team, The Hogettes do plenty of charity work, from visiting and working in children's hospitals to hosting golf tournaments.
Cameron Indoor Stadium is their house. The Duke Blue Devils are their team. Coach Mike Krzyzewski is their god. And making life for opposing teams a living nightmare is their calling — and they're one big, boisterous reason the Blue Devils are so tough to beat at home.
In life and in sports, comedian Bill Cosby is a Philly guy through and through. He's a fixture at the Penn Relays — appearing in this photo at the 116th edition in 2010 — and says he competed at the event as a high schooler. Cosby also is fervent fan of the Temple Owls, for whom he played football in the early 1960s.
The idea of fans serving as the 12th man on a football team isn't unique, but no school epitomizes that sentiment like Texas A&M University. Aggies fans are staunch and vocal in their support of A&M — particularly at football games in College Station — and they're always ready when the team needs them. According to the school website: "The entire student body at A&M is the Twelfth Man, and they stand during the entire game to show their support."
The First Fan
Chicago is home to many famous sports fans on this list, but this one can be forgiven when sporting a different city's colors. After all, every American team is his team. Perhaps no sitting president has made their sports passion more well-known than Barack Obama, from his love of the White Sox and playing pickup hoops and pingpong games, to voicing his opinion during recent lockouts and filling out his NCAA tournament bracket.
The (First) First Fan
Before Barack Obama was throwing out first pitches, George W. Bush was not only cheering for his Texas Rangers — he was paying them. Prior to his career in politics, Bush was the owner of the Rangers. Still a frequent guest in Nolan Ryan's owner's box, Bush also used sports as a vehicle in leading the nation through the initial days following 9/11, throwing out the first pitch at Game 3 of the 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium (pictured).
The comedian is a USC graduate and huge Trojans fan, and he isn't afraid to talk trash to rival fans — notably to fellow Saturday Night Live alum Will Forte, a UCLA man. Here, Ferrell celebrates a victory in 2006 with USC offensive lineman Ryan Kalil — who now plays for the Carolina Panthers.
The fireman hat. The faces. The leading the crowd in passionate J-E-T-S cheers. Fireman Ed has been a fixture at Jets game for some 25-plus years, earning fame, a game ball and a spot in the NFL Hall of Fans. If only the team on the field could match his passion.
The actor, a Texas native, is a big Rangers fan — here, he prepares to throw out the first pitch at a May 2011 game between the Rangers and Yankees at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. McConaughey also has partnered with the team to support his “Just Keep Livin” after-school programs designed to get kids more active.
The fans in Wrigley Field outfield seats have seen plenty in the past 103 seasons — except for a World Series title. Known for soaking in the Chicago sun in those sunny summer days and spilling the occasional beer on an opposing outfielder's head, the Bums are also trendsetters, beginning the tradition of rejecting an opposing hitter's home run and throwing the ball back onto the field.
The first pitch AND leading the Wrigley Field crowd in 'Take me out to the Ballgame'? Yup, Vaughn is a Cubbies fan. He was actually born in Minneapolis but grew up in Lake Forest, Ill., and calls the Second City home. Also a Blackhawks season ticketholder, he's even incorporated his fandom — and Wrigley Field — on the big screen.