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5 fanatical celebrity sports fans

By Trent Lorcher, Contributing writer
Published On: Mar 26 2012 01:07:20 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 07 2013 01:46:05 PM CST
Baseball stadium, fans, sports

It's bad enough watching your favorite team get trounced, but watching your favorite team get trounced while the cameras focus on some smarmy Hollywood superstar in the front row rooting for the team that's delivering the trouncing is downright infuriating.

Shouldn't they be acting or singing or saving underprivileged children in a third world country?

And even when they aren't rooting against your team, they're in seats that would cost you eight months salary. They show up late, leave early, and don't know the difference between LeBron James and Kevin James.

Not all celebrity sports fans, however, are publicity hound, front runners. Some are actual fans.

Here are five famous celebrity sports fanatics that, although infuriating, are at least actual fans and true to their teams.

Jack Nicholson

No. 5: Jack Nicholson - Los Angeles Lakers

Young Lakers' fans have never heard of "Easy Rider" or "The Shining." They think Jack Nicholson's some old, rich dude who happens to love the Lakers.

His legendary Laker fandom has set the standard for celebrities, as evidenced by this unsubstantiated rumor:

Controversy ruled the day after the Lakers defeated the Sacramento Kings in game six of the 2002 Western Conference Finals. Blown call after blown call -- all mysteriously favoring the Lakers -- led to cries of bribery, conspiracy and fraud throughout the basketball world.

It wasn't a stretch for die-hard Laker fans to conjure up another possibility: Namely that Nicholson took an ax to the referee's dressing room 14 minutes before tip off, stuck his head through the wood, and threatened to bludgeon the officials with a hatchet if the Lakers lost.

Again, no truth to that scenario, but don't you just want it to be true.

Inasmuch as Nicholson rules L.A. basketball, the next celebrity rules New York ...

Spike Lee at 2012 Knicks game

No. 4: Spike Lee - New York Knicks

When not causing a stir with his sometimes controversial movies and often-even-more controversial quotes, Spike Lee can be seen harassing opposing players in the front row of New York Knicks' games.

His reputation as basketball/trash-talking aficionado bloomed after his role as Mars Blackmon in Nike commercials alongside Michael Jordan in the late '80s.

As his beloved Knicks became a contender for the title, Lee became involved in a trash-talking war with Indiana Pacer star Reggie Miller, who proceeded to torch the Knicks on a consistent basis.

The most famous of said torchings came during game 5 of the 1995 Eastern Conference finals, in which Miller scored 25 points in the fourth quarter and taunted the diminutive Lee after every made basket. The verbal banter reached its climax as Miller flashed Spike the choke sign while an emasculated Lee looked on in bewilderment.

Of course, the next celebrity knows a little about teams that choke too ...

Drew Carey at 2012 soccer match

No. 3: Drew Carey - Cleveland Browns/Indians/Cavaliers

Drew Carey threw out the ceremonial first pitch and was honored by the Cleveland Indians in August of 2006 with Drew Carey bobblehead night.

He was later named the greatest Cleveland Indians' fan alive, beating out the Indians' other 16 fans.

As if being honored by a horrible baseball team weren't enough, Carey was the master of ceremonies at the night the Cleveland Browns (allegedly) returned to the NFL in the fall of 1999. The team honored him by losing 43-0 to the arch rival Pittsburgh Steelers. They've followed that beating with numerous years of futility, making the playoffs only once, as a wild card in 2002, and losing to, you guessed it, the Steelers.

Not all is bleak for Carey, though. The Cavaliers were good for a playoff win or two, at least until LeBron James took his talents to South Beach. Ouch.

Regardless, Cleveland still rocks.

The next fan on the list rocks a tight T-shirt ...

Ashley Judd at Kentucky basketball game

No. 2: Ashley Judd - Kentucky Wildcats

In an interview with Sports Illustrated in May of 2004, Judd states, "One thing I love about going to UK games is that I don't feel like a movie star, I'm just another passionate fan."

Then why does she make sure everyone there knows who she is?

The only difference between Ashley Judd at a Kentucky basketball game and that annoying girl at the Super Bowl party who gets excited about the commercials, laughs uproariously at the singing E-trade baby, and scowls when Danica Patrick strips for Godaddy.com is that Judd looks better in a tight T-shirt.

A lot better, actually -- once prompting ESPN analyst Rick Majerus to quip at the end of a Kentucky basketball game, "I'm starting to look for Ashley Judd, so I don't have to go home to the adult videos tonight."

That's creepy, but not as creepy as this next guy ...

Stephen King at Boston Red Sox game

No. 1: Stephen King - Boston Red Sox

The only thing that might be eerier than watching the Red Sox choke in the 1986 World Series is watching a Stephen King movie.

The slow roller going between Billy Buckner's legs has nothing on locking the doors of the gym at the high school prom and slaughtering every living human being inside.

King is such a fan of the Beantown baseball team that the Red Sox are frequently mentioned in his book. He even went as far as to name one book "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon," after a relief pitcher who spent three seasons with the team.

King's connection to the team is so strong you'd be tempted to think he single-handedly reversed the curse that hung over the Red Sox from 1918-2004. Like maybe he buried it in the "Pet Cemetery" or something, prompting his beloved team to overcome a 3-0 deficit to defeat the hated New York Yankees before going on to end 86 years of misery by winning the World Series.

It's unclear what King holds in store for the future of his favorite team. Grinding the Yankees into a "Bag of Bones" may be a top priority.

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