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Sports fan crazy about his/her game or team. Vote on the Title Crowner

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Proposed By:
Falco on Oct 11th 2011 at 8:52:22 AM
Last Edited By:
SingingRain on Jan 11th 2019 at 10:20:36 AM
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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, this type of character is 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. They might wear a Casual Sports Jersey, and if their watching habits interfere with parental duties, their spouse becomes a Sports Widow.

A subtrope of Pastimes Prove Personality. A supertrope to Football Hooligans, which focuses on Association Football. Not to be confused with Loony Fan.


Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Kuroi-sensei of Lucky Star is a big fan of the Japanese pro baseball team Chiba Lotte Marines. She mentions she would preferably go to businesses that sponsors the team, and once even believes that the match where the team loses did not exist.
  • Casey, a minor recurring character in Pokémon, and her family are obsessed with the Electabuzz baseball team.

    Comic Books 
  • Robin: Tim is a huge fan of Gotham's local baseball team the Knights and often wears a hat with their logo. This is just about the only point of commonality between him and his father, though his father prefers American Football as a sport.

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Greg Blazer in The Home Teachers is a big fan of American football.
  • 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.

    Literature 

    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).

    Music 
  • South African musical comedian Robbie Wessels note  performed a song called Player Twenty-Three. This celebrates the twenty-third member of the Springboks rugby squad, the man without whom the national side is incomplete — its fanatical superfan. Members of the then South African national side appear in the video going along with the joke: the Bokkies are seen reverencing the team's greatest fan, the short fat, and unathletic Jan ("the soul of the team") and treating him like royalty.

    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.

    Theatre 
  • Joe Boyd, the protagonist of Damn Yankees, is so obsessed with the Washington Senators that he sells is soul to the devil for them to win the pennant. His wife is a Sports Widow and gets a whole song about how he only cares about baseball.

    Web Original 
  • In one of his videos Bob Chipman pointed out the hypocrisy around this behavior being acceptable but cosplay isn't...
    MovieBob: Think about this: if I was walking down the street in a Starfleet uniform and it wasn't Halloween, I'd get a lot of funny looks. And for good reason: I'm not in Starfleet, there is no Starfleet, and it's not normal to wear a costume everywhere. But, meanwhile, everywhere in the world there are thousands of different guys walking around in their favorite athlete's jersey. No funny looks for them; why is that? The general response from the wearer would be: "Well, that's different. That's just showing support." Uh, no, that's what a t-shirt with the team's logo is for. What you're wearing is a reproduction of what the actual guy wears. In other words: a costume.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Avatar: The Last Airbender episode "The Blind Bandit", Sokka becomes obsessed with Earth Rumble wrestling, and particularly with The Boulder.
  • In Bojack Horseman, Diane's family are all Southies who are obsessed with the Red Sox. Her brothers only wear Red Sox jersies, watch reruns of old games, and go to a bar to watch the Sox game instead of attending their father's funeral.
  • 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.


Indexes: Fandom, Obsession Tropes, Sports Story Tropes, Stock Characters

Feedback: 34 replies

Oct 11th 2011 at 12:22:34 PM

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.

Oct 11th 2011 at 4:18:34 PM

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.

Oct 11th 2011 at 5:41:04 PM

^^ Liking sports is not enough. Has to be nutty about it.

Oct 13th 2011 at 6:00:34 PM

^ is that an example?

Oct 13th 2011 at 11:54:36 PM

Guessing that Lavalyte is referring to this film. There's also Swimfan, which is Fatal Attraction IN HIGH SCHOOL, ABOUT A SWIMMER.

Mar 29th 2012 at 2:53:39 PM

  • Sokka in the "The Blind Bandit." He becomes obsessed with the sport, and particularly with The Boulder.

Mar 29th 2012 at 3:04:50 PM

Minor recurring character from Pokemon, Casey is a a Baseball fanatic

Sep 24th 2012 at 5:28:38 PM

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 22nd 2013 at 9:39:36 AM

  • 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 22nd 2013 at 10:24:44 AM

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).

Oct 2nd 2017 at 8:06:21 PM

Newspaper Comics

  • Bill Hinds comic Tank Mc Namara has the character Sweatsox, whose character bio reads: "If it wears a number and breathes hard, Sweatsox will watch it."

May 22nd 2013 at 7:44:22 PM

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 22nd 2013 at 10:35:35 PM

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).

Jul 23rd 2015 at 9:31:22 AM

Film

Jul 23rd 2015 at 2:19:46 PM

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.

Feb 23rd 2018 at 6:38:06 AM

Literature

  • It's mentioned a few times in Harry Potter that Ron Weasley is a huge fan of the Chudley Cannons Quidditch team, and that their fellow Gryffindor Dean Thomas is a big fan of West Ham United.

Feb 23rd 2018 at 11:19:35 AM

  • Everybody Hates Chris: In one episode, Julius is distraught that Drew is a fan of the Mets instead of the Dodgers like him (and that's only because they had Jackie Robinson for a player).

Feb 23rd 2018 at 1:50:17 PM

  • Alypius from Saint Augustine's Confessions got a glimpse of a gladiator match and transformed from a fierce opponent of blood-sport to a raving fanatic intoxicated by the sport and eager to bring anyone he could into his obsession with those games.

Feb 23rd 2018 at 7:41:59 PM

Anime and Manga

  • Kuroi-sensei of Lucky Star is a big fan of the Japanese pro baseball team Chiba Lotte Marines. She mentions she would preferably go to businesses that sponsors the team, and once even believes that the match where the team loses did not exist.

Nov 10th 2018 at 12:14:40 AM

^^I've started a Title Crowner on this here.

Nov 17th 2018 at 1:15:27 PM

Music

  • South African musical comedian Robbie Wessels note  performed a song called Player Twenty-Three. This celebrates the twenty-third member of the Springboks rugby squad, the man without whom the national side is incomplete - its fanatical superfan. Members of the then South African national side appear in the video going along with the joke: the Bokkies are seen reverencing the team's greatest fan, the short fat, and unathletic Jan ("the soul of the team") and treating him like royalty.

Nov 17th 2018 at 2:21:18 PM

Dave Barry wrote about sports fanaticism often in his column and books:

How come guys care so much about sports? This is a tough one, because caring about sports is, let's face it, silly. I mean, suppose you have a friend who, for no apparent reason, suddenly becomes obsessed with the Amtrak Corporation. He babbles about Amtrak constantly, citing obscure railroad statistics from 1978; he puts Amtrak bumper stickers on his car; and when something bad happens to Amtrak, such as a train crashes and investigators find that the engineer was drinking and wearing a bunny suit, your friend becomes depressed for weeks. You'd think he was crazy, right? "Bob," you'd say to him, as a loving and caring friend, "you're a moron. The Amtrak Corporation has nothing to do with you." But if Bob is behaving exactly the same deranged way about, say, the Pittsburgh Penguins, it's considered normal guy behavior. He could name his child "Pittsburgh Penguin Johnson" and be considered only mildly eccentric.

Nov 17th 2018 at 2:32:50 PM

If they're bad enough, they may also be a "sports hooligan".

Nov 28th 2018 at 6:23:28 PM

Could we get some more votes on the Title Crowner?

Jan 10th 2019 at 1:39:45 PM

Comic Books

  • Robin: Tim is a huge fan of Gotham's local baseball team the Knights and often wears a hat with their logo. This is just about the only point of commonality between him and his father, though his father prefers American Football as a sport.

Jan 10th 2019 at 2:01:40 PM

Relationship to Football Hooligans?

I don't see how this is a subset of Hollywood Nerd- it seems more related to the Jerk Jock than anything else. Unless you're talking about the Game Of Nerds.

Theatre

  • Joe Boyd, the protagonist of Damn Yankees, is so obsessed with the Washington Senators that he sells is soul to the devil for them to win the pennant. His wife is a Sports Widow and gets a whole song about how he only cares about baseball.

Western Animation

  • In Bojack Horseman, Diane's family are all Southies who are obsessed with the Red Sox. Her brothers only wear Red Sox jersies, watch reruns of old games, and go to a bar to watch the Sox game instead of attending their father's funeral.

Jan 10th 2019 at 3:25:58 PM

In one of his videos Movie Bob pointed out the hypocrisy around this behavior being acceptable but cosplay isn't...

Think about this: if I was walking down the street in a Starfleet uniform and it wasn't Halloween, I'd get a lot of funny looks. And for good reason: I'm not in Starfleet, there is no Starfleet, and it's not normal to wear a costume everywhere. But, meanwhile, everywhere in the world there are thousands of different guys walking around in their favorite athlete's jersey. No funny looks for them; why is that? The general response from the wearer would be: "Well, that's different. That's just showing support." Uh, no, that's what a t-shirt with the team's logo is for. What you're wearing is a reproduction of what the actual guy wears. In other words: a costume.

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