25 D-List Celeb Sports Fans
Celebrity sports fans get a surprising amount of attention. There are countless online galleries devoted to letting the public know every celebrity in attendance at a given sporting event.
The Super Bowl, the NBA playoffs, and just about any game happening in New York or Los Angeles have all been known to attract a pretty impressive crop of celebrities. But the famous faces populated those galleries are mind-numbingly repetitive.
Spike Lee at a Knicks game. Jack Nicholson at a Lakers game. Ashley Judd at a Kentucky basketball game. Anna Kournikova and Mark Anthony at a Heat game. Alyssa Milano at a Dodgers game. The very same faces at the very same places.
It's not that nobody wants to see Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio and David Beckham hobnobbing courtside at the Staples Center. It's just that there are plenty of other not-so-A-list celebrity sports fans who are completely ignored.
And really, they need the publicity much more than Denzel. So let's check the movie stars, rock stars, and everyone else of note at the door! It's time to give D-list celebrity sports fans a little love for once.
Here are 25 D-list celebrities you'll never see sitting next to Jack Nicholson.
25. Aubrey O'Day: Boston Celtics
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Aubrey O'Day is the former lead singer of the now-defunct girl group Danity Kane. The band was the product of the 2004 MTV reality show Making the Band 3, and was founded by hip-hop mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs.
O'Day was born in San Francisco, but for whatever reason she's a Celtics fan. Perhaps she's just bad at geography? You can tell she's a serious fan, too—since she dyes her poor dog to prove it.
24. Brian Austin Green: Los Angeles Lakers
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Actor Brian Austin Green is best known for the decade he spent playing David Silver on the long-running FOX drama Beverly Hills 90210. The show ended in 2000, and Green only worked sporadically until landing a starring role on the TBS comedy The Wedding Band in 2012.
Actually, that first part about him being best known for 90210 isn't entirely accurate. Today he's probably best known as the husband of actress Megan "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" Fox.
Green is a Southern California native and he and the Mrs. are often spotted among the many celebrities taking in Lakers home games at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
23. Paulina Gretzky: Los Angeles Kings
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Paulina Gretzky is the professional celebuspawn of NHL great Wayne "The Great One" Gretzky. She had a very brief foray into a singing career almost a decade ago and has worked very occasionally as a model.
Though, more often than not, Gretzky's "modeling" consists of posting scantily clad pictures of herself to Instagram. She's currently involved in a relatively high-profile romance with PGA star Dustin Johnson.
Gretzky wouldn't be a Gretzky if she weren't at least vaguely interested in hockey. She's a fan of the Kings, her dad's one-time team, and celebrated their 2012 Stanley Cup championship with some of the players.
22. Rob Schneider: San Francisco Giants
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Comedian Rob Schneider was a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1990-94. Since then he has starred in quite a few terrible movies of his own, but he is probably best known as the "You can do it!" type character from all of Adam Sandler's terrible movies.
When Schneider isn't cultivating his role as a cultural and comedic plague on humanity, he likes to kick back and watch a Giants game. He's actually a native of San Francisco and has been a fan of the team from a young age.
21. Denise Richards: Chicago Cubs
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It may seem like a lifetime ago, but it was only about 15 years ago that actress Denise Richards was actually considered the "next big thing." She starred in cult favorites Starship Troopers and Wild Things in the two years prior to her Bond girl moment in 1999's The World Is Not Enough.
And that was pretty much it. Instead of parlaying that early success into a viable acting career, she used it to attract the attention of noted crazy person Charlie Sheen, who she married in 2002 and divorced in 2005.
One of the only constants in her life is her devotion to the Cubs. Richards is a native of Downers Grove, Ill., and is a lifelong fan of the downtrodden Cubbies. In 2009, she even showed off her singing skills, or lack thereof, by singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at Wrigley Field.
20. Darius Rucker: Miami Dolphins
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Musician Darius Rucker, who you may know better as "Hootie," is the lead singer of the '90s sensation Hootie & The Blowfish. Although I'm pretty sure at this point he'd probably punch you in the groin if you referred to him as "Hootie" to his face.
In the band's hit song "Only Wanna Be With You," Rucker revealed his football allegiance with the line "I'm such a baby/'Cause the Dolphins make me cry." So obviously he's a 'Fins fan…and and emotional one at that.
19. Jenna Jameson: MMA
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After a decade in the porn industry, Jenna Jameson officially retired from adult films in 2007 as the most successful woman in the history of porn. She went on to become a successful writer and entrepreneur and has since appeared in a number of reality television shows.
Although, Jameson's career fell off the map completely in 2006 after she began dating former UFC champion Tito Ortiz. The couple's rocky on-again/off-again relationship ended in late 2012—they never married, but they have two children together.
A native of Las Vegas, it's no surprise that Jameson was an MMA fan before hooking up with Ortiz. She has said it "kills boxing" and that she and her girlfriends go to events all the time. Jameson is rumored to be interested in Jon "Bones" Jones, another MMA fighter.
18. Jim Belushi: Chicago Bulls/Bears/Cubs
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Jim "The Lesser" Belushi is an actor who has been working regularly since the '80s, thanks in no small part to the legendary status of his brother, the late John Belushi.
There is no way to explain the successful eight-year run of the abysmally unfunny sitcom According to Jim, other than the fact that the Belushi name was attached. Even though it was the crappy one.
Belushi was born and raised in Chicago and is a highly visible fan of the Bulls, Bears and Cubs. He's always spotted taking in games from the plum seat the success of his brother has afforded him.
17. Jessica Simpson: Dallas Cowboys/Mavericks
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For awhile there Jessica Simpson was seemingly interested in pursuing careers in both singing and acting, but whatever momentum she had been building stalled out sometime around 2007.
That happens to be the same year she began dating Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, which is when she first came out as a sports fan.
She and Romo took in a few Mavericks games together during their relationship. At the time Simpson, a Texas native, said she had always been a Cowboys fan—although her public interest in the team seems to have died with their love.
Since then, she has hooked up with a former football player and is currently pregnant with the couple's second child. Today, Simpson is more focused on her work as a fashion designer and her contractual weight-loss obligations with Weight Watchers.
16. David Hasselhoff: Dallas Mavericks/Manchester City
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David "Don't Hassle the Hoff" Hasselhoff is an actor, reality television personality, and a singer who is only popular in Germany. Remember how he provided the soundtrack to the fall of communism?
Clutching a microphone while donning an electrically lit leather jacket and perched atop the Berlin Wall belting out his hit song (in Germany) "Looking for Freedom" as it was torn down and the East Germans claimed their freedom!
Actually that timeline might not be exact, but that's the way I like to remember it. Hasselhoff starred in the awesome '80s talking car show Knight Rider and in 1989 he single-handedly ended communism through the power of song.
And now he likes to watch Mavericks games and Manchester City matches.
15. Pamela Anderson: Vancouver Canucks
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Pamela Anderson is well known for her role as Baywatch's most bodacious babe and her many naked appearances in Playboy. Although, she's probably most famous for the honeymoon sex tape she made with ex-husband Tommy Lee in the mid-'90s.
Anderson's once (relatively) promising acting career essentially ended when Baywatch ended. These days, she's basically been relegated to self-nullifying appearances on reality television, both in the U.S. and in the U.K.
Quite a far cry from the wholesome teenager that was discovered at a CFL game in 1989. Anderson is a native of British Columbia and a hockey fan who has been spotted at a number of Canucks games over the years.
14. Holly Madison: Los Angeles Angels/Lakers
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Holly Madison is a former Playboy model and Hugh Hefner plaything best known for starring in the E! reality show The Girls Next Door, which lasted a head-shaking six seasons. She has been attempting some kind of career in entertainment since the show ended in 2009, but has largely failed.
Honestly it's tough to tell if Madison, a SoCal native, is actually an Angels fan, or if she just enjoys playing dress up and prancing around for a large crowd of men. Considering she can be found sporting a variety of different sexy baseball uniforms online, you'd probably have to lean towards the latter.
But of all the sports Madison pretends to like, baseball is her favorite and of all the teams she pretends to like, the Angels are her favorite.
13. Drew Carey: Cleveland Teams/Seattle Sounders
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There was a moment in time when comedian Drew Carey was one of the biggest, most bankable stars on television. Between 1995 and 2007, Carey starred in The Drew Carey Show and hosted the improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? Both lasted nine years.
After they ended, Carey almost immediately landed a job hosting the CBS daytime game show The Price is Right, replacing longtime host Bob Barker upon his retirement. And he was pretty much never heard from again!
Carey is a proud native of Cleveland, Ohio, and the theme song to his sitcom "Cleveland Rocks!" was an ode to his hometown. He is a well-known fan of his hometown teams, as well as a fan and minority owner of the MLS team, the Seattle Sounders FC.
12. Paris Hilton: MMA
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For a few years after the release of her notorious sex tape One Night in Paris, it seemed like the inexplicable popularity of vapid socialite Paris Hilton might never die. But after a failed acting career, a failed music career and a failed writing career, her star has certainly faded.
Since Hilton can no longer attract a large enough audience to land any more reality television gigs, an audience not known for their high standards, these days she has a lot more time on her hands.
And what do people with a lot of time, a lot of money, and no full-time job often do? They go to Las Vegas! Hilton has always been a regular in Sin City and has been spotted ringside at a number of UFC events, sometimes with a fellow D-list celebrity—David Spade.
11. Bret Michaels: Pittsburgh Steelers
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Singer Bret Michaels gained fame as the lead signer of '80s glam band Poison. With the popular success of hit singles like "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," Poison has actually sold over 30 million records worldwide.
Although much of his musical success is two decades old, Michaels is most famous today for starring in wretched reality television shows. He appeared on Celebrity Apprentice 3 and countless STD-swapping dating shows on VH1.
When Michaels isn't bandanna shopping or swapping spit with women so filthy you wouldn't want to shake their hands without rubber gloves, he's cheering on the Steelers! Michaels was born just north of Pittsburgh in Butler, Pa.
10. Audrina Patridge, Los Angeles Dodgers/NASCAR
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Audrina Patridge is most famous starring in the long-running MTV "reality" show The Hills. In fact, that might be the only thing she's famous for. Well…that…and standing out prominently as the "dumb one" on a show that had nothing but dumb ones.
Patridge has worked occasionally, finding small roles in terrible movies and the occasional reality-TV gig. Outside of The Hills, the highlight of Patridge's career was probably the nude photos that hit the web sometime in 2008.
Patridge is a native of Southern California and a bandwagon Dodgers fan. She has also been spotted at NASCAR events in the past, and she co-hosted with other D-list celebrity sports fans at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.
9. Kendra Wilkinson, San Diego Chargers/Los Angeles Dodgers
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Kendra Wilkinson Baskett is a former Playboy model who gained fame starring in the E! reality show The Girls Next Door, alongside Hugh Hefner's two other age-inappropriate blonde girlfriends. She has since starred in her own reality shows, Kendra on E! and Kendra On Top on the WE channel.
Another notable starring role was Kendra Exposed, a grainy homemade sex tape she made with a high school boyfriend and released jointly in 2008. Although Playboy models have a habit of playing dress up in sexy sports uniforms to attract attention, Kendra is one of the few legitimate sports fans among them.
We all know she's never going to be the "smart one," so the "athletic one" is a much more natural fit. Kendra is a SoCal native and, in addition to playing a number of sports, she's longtime fan of the Chargers and Dodgers.
8. MC Hammer: Oakland Raiders/A's
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MC Hammer was never able to make the transition from early '90s novelty rap star to mid-'90s gangsta rapper. Eventually he filed for bankruptcy and became a preacher in a Christian ministry.
Hammer never really stopped making music, but the last thing most of us remember is the 1991 hit "2 Legit 2 Quit." Which came one year after his mega hit "U Can't Touch This."
Hammer may have lost all his money at some point, but he never lost his passion for his hometown sports teams. He was born and raised in Oakland, Calif, and is a lifelong fan of the Raiders and Athletics.
7. Lindsay Lohan: New York Knicks
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Remember adorable child star turned legit leading lady Lindsay Lohan? She transitioned from family-friendly fare like The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday into her breakout role in Tina Fey's comedy Mean Girls.
Believe it or not—it's been almost a decade since that movie was released! Unfortunately for Lohan, she has spent the last nine years in a death spiral straight into the gutter. Earning her, likely permanent, D-list status.
But when Lohan wants to escape the stinky drug den that is her life, occasionally the Long Island native takes in a Knicks game. She's been spotted supporting the Knicks at a number of games, on both coasts, over the years.
6. Frankie Muniz: Los Angeles Clippers
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Remember adorable child actor Frankie Muniz? He starred in the Fox sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, playing the title character, for six years until it was cancelled in 2006.
Muniz is definitely a D-list actor/celebrity, but he's doing pretty well for himself regardless. He's a race car driver these days and has a net worth upwards of $40 million.
Muniz is also a long-time Clippers fan who held season tickets long before Blake Griffin and Chris Paul came to town. He's actually been a fan of the team for almost 20 years—since he was eight years old.
5. Jennifer Love Hewitt: Boston Celtics/Los Angeles Dodgers
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For most of the '90s, actress Jennifer Love Hewitt always seemed like she was just one role away from becoming a legitimate superstar. She had a successful run on the popular drama Party of Five and starring roles in teen favorite films like Can't Hardly Wait and I Know What You Did Last Summer.
But that stardom never really materialized. Neither did her longtime attempts on the side to break into the recording industry. Hewitt has settled into a comfortable role as the busty star of shows you've never seen, like the CBS drama Ghost Whisperer and Lifetime's The Client List.
Despite a very D-list resume, Hewitt's routine appearances in men's mags like FHM and Maxim have always made her popular with the boys. When you've got a girl with assets like that and you can take her to a ball game—it doesn't really matter how many direct-to-video debacles she's starred in.
4. Carmen Electra: Cincinnati Bengals
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Carmen Electra actually gained fame as the "replacement babe" in two popular television shows from the 90s. She filled the void left by Pamela Anderson in Baywatch and later filled the void left by Jenny McCarthy in MTV's Singled Out.
And that was pretty much the peak of her acting career. Everything since then has just been an increasingly more wretched retread of the same terrible roles that have defined her career.
High-profile marriages to, and divorces from, NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman and musician Dave Navarro have made Electra tabloid fodder for much of the last decade.
Electra has always had an interest in sports, which is probably attracted her to The Naked Women's Wrestling League, of which she was a host for from 2005-07. Born Tara Leigh Patrick in Sharonville, Ohio, she's one of the Bengals' precious few celebrity fans.
3. Jenny McCarthy: Chicago Bears/Bulls
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Jenny McCarthy first gained fame as a Playboy Playmate, being rocketed to instant superstardom after being named the Playmate of the Year in 1993. She was already an in-demand model and television personality when she landed her breakout gig on MTV's Singled Out.
That success opened the door for a number of unimpressive movie roles, television opportunities, and the opportunity to write and star in her very own movie Dirty Love. The movie was not well-received.
Aside from tabloid attention surrounding her personal life, McCarthy's professional career has bottomed out in recent years. She's been much too busy being the dangerously stupid public voice against getting children vaccinated.
McCarthy was born and raised in Evergreen Park, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, and is a lifelong fan of the Bulls and Bears. She's often spotted sitting courtside at basketball games.
And the Chicago Sun-Times actually pays her to dispense terrifying useless advice to people who are stupid enough to come to Jenny McCarthy with their problems.
2. Sarah Michelle Gellar: New York Teams
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For over a decade, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar had the closest to an A-list career as anyone else on this list. She starred in the television cult classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer and worked regularly in movies until 2007.
Although, the last wide-release movies she starred in were The Grudge in 2004 and The Grudge 2 in 2006. Everything since then has been forgettable, embarrassing, or forgettable and embarrassing.
Also kind of embarrassing? Being denied access to Giants quarterback Eli Manning backstage at The Late Show With David Letterman. Which apparently happened to Gellar in February 2012.
1. Mandy Moore: MMA
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Sometimes singer, sometimes actress Mandy Moore was a pretty big deal there for awhile. At least until her career basically fell off a cliff around 2007.
She's appeared on television a few times and has done voiceover work in cartoons, but jobs have been few and far between for the former pop princess.
The one place Miss Moore has been appearing in recent years is ringside at UFC events. She's often spotting hanging with UFC President Dana White, and announcer Joe Rogan has called her a "groupie."