Created By: Falco on October 11, 2011 Last Edited By: SingingRain on July 30, 2015

Sports Nut

Sports fan crazy about his/her game or team

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We all know one. That one guy or girl who is absolutely fanatical about their team. They know all the players, all the stats, watch every game and will talk your ear off about them given the chance. They can be from any walk of life, and are perhaps the most acceptable type of nerd.

In fiction, usually portrayed endearingly or Played for Laughs as someone so over the top they have trouble maintaining any semblance of balance in their life. A type of Hollywood Nerd, probably the most socially-acceptable of all types of fandom. The spouse of one can be a Sports Widow. A subtrope of Pastimes Prove Personality.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Casey, a minor recurring character in Pokémon, and her family are obsessed with the Electabuzz baseball team.

Film
  • The protagonist of the American version of Fever Pitch is a crazy Red Sox fan. Its an integral part of the movie. The British versions have a mad Arsenal fan instead, as the book is autobiographical and author Nick Hornby follows and explores his own passionate Arsenal support.
  • Sandy from The Rebound who keeps her own file of statistics and analysis to help her fantasy teams. Turns out be a bit of Chekhov's Skill when it helps her get a job as a researcher for a sports show.
  • Played for Drama in The FAN about a fan with crazed love for his team who blames them for his own rapidly disintegrating life and becomes homicidal.
  • The movie Celtic Pride has two obsessed fans meet the Opposing Sports Team star player in a bar, and end up kidnapping him prior to a championship game.

Live Action TV
  • Abby from Against The Wall is mad for her Chicago Bears.
  • Saturday Night Live had recurring skits about characters who lived in Chicago who were rabid fans of the Bulls (basketball) and the Bears (football).

Radio

  • Several callers on The Coodabeen Champions, but the standout is Digger, a Collingwood fan who has "Been following football for (insert inflated number here) years". His most excessive act was in the 1990 Grand Final show when, having been laid up in hospital, he hijacked an ambulance in order to make it to the game.

Western Animation
  • In Futurama, Fry's mother is such a sports nut that she refuses to stop watching a game on TV while giving birth to him.
  • Sokka in the "The Blind Bandit." He becomes obsessed with Earth Rumble wrestling, and particularly with The Boulder.

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  • October 11, 2011
    randomsurfer
    See also Sports Widow, for the spouse of a Sports Nut.

    • Zig zagged in a sattilite tv commercial a few years ago. A man is proposing to a woman. (Paraphrased)
      Man: We both like the same things - you like sports, I like sports.
      Woman: What do you mean? I don't like sports.
      Man: But you've got the [name of product], which shows all the sports you'd ever want to see.
      Woman: Oh, actually I got it for all the cooking shows and whatnot. I never watch sports.
      cut to man driving away in his convertible
      Man: I'll call you.
    The subversion comes after that, where we see her in a football jersey holding a tub of popcorn cheering her favorite team on. She did like sports, she just didn't want to marry the guy.
  • October 11, 2011
    Fanra
    In Futurama, Fry's mother is such a sports nut that she refuses to stop watching a game on TV while giving birth to him.
  • October 11, 2011
    Falco
    ^^ Liking sports is not enough. Has to be nutty about it.
  • October 13, 2011
    Lavalyte
  • October 13, 2011
    Falco
    ^ is that an example?
  • October 13, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Guessing that Lavalyte is referring to this film. There's also Swimfan, which is Fatal Attraction IN HIGH SCHOOL, ABOUT A SWIMMER.
  • October 24, 2011
    Falco
  • March 29, 2012
    SingingRain
    • Sokka in the "The Blind Bandit." He becomes obsessed with the sport, and particularly with The Boulder.
  • March 29, 2012
    Euan2000
    Minor recurring character from Pokemon, Casey is a a Baseball fanatic
  • September 24, 2012
    Euan2000
    Bump?
  • September 24, 2012
    RedneckRocker
    Don't forget another variation of this: The obsessed fan who believes that wearing a certain article of clothing, positioning furniture a certain way, etc., can magically affect the outcome.

    In their mind, their team didn't lose because one of the players got all four limbs broken simultaneously; it's because he or she got COOL RANCH chips, not Barbecue.
  • May 21, 2013
    PsiPaula4
    Bump.
  • May 22, 2013
    MetaFour
    • Dave Barry wrote a column about sports fans and playfully poked at the Double Standard: we wonder about the mental health of someone who obsessively follows, say, Amtrak schedules, but a man can name his children after his favorite football team and only be considered slightly odd.
  • May 22, 2013
    Alvin
    Live-Action TV: Saturday Night Live had recurring skits about characters who lived in Chicago who were rabid fans of the Bulls (basketball) and the Bears (football).
  • May 22, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Newspaper Comics
    • Bill Hinds comic Tank McNamara has the character Sweatsox, whose character bio reads: "If it wears a number and breathes hard, Sweatsox will watch it."
  • May 22, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Film

    Billy's mother in Buffalo 66 was this way. She resented her son to the point of eventual estrangement because she was forced to miss the only championship game the Buffalo Bills won, in 1966, because she went into labor with him that day.

    (Note: This championship win was purely an In Universe "fact"--in actuality, Buffalo had won two AFL championships (before there were Superbowls), in 1964 and 1965--and they actually lost the AFL championship to Kansas City in 1966. After the AFL merged with the NFL and became the AFC within that league in 1969, and there were Superbowls that pitted the AFC champ against the NFC champ, Buffalo won the AFC a few times but has never won the Superbowl, to the frustration of Bills fans.)
  • May 22, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In the BBC Miniseries Sleepers the KGB's man in London has assimilated to the UK including being a huge football (soccer) fan. A running subplot concerns some footage of the 1966 World Cup where there was a disputed call. This new footage shows a new angle, but an MI 5 supervisor orders the footage destroyed for political reasons unrelated to the game (he's the only non-fan in the show).
  • July 22, 2015
    SingingRain
    An alternate title could be Sports Fanatic.
  • July 23, 2015
    robbulldog
    Film

  • July 23, 2015
    Laevatein
    Radio

    • Several callers on The Coodabeen Champions, but the standout is Digger, a Collingwood fan who has "Been following football for (insert inflated number here) years". His most excessive act was in the 1990 Grand Final show when, having been laid up in hospital, he hijacked an ambulance in order to make it to the game.

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