While many sports fans like to “get into” the game, a rare few out there literally get into the game, becoming in one way or another as much a part of it all as the players themselves.
Some people don’t like peripheral sports stories about fans in the news. If it’s not tallied in the box score or recorded by the stat-keeper, it’s not sports in their mind.
Unfortunately for those people (and fortunately for the rest of us who value humor and/or joy in life), there are times when even the driest game recap can’t help but include a fan whose presence was impossible to ignore.
The following are the fans who made more headlines than the outcome of the game itself. Some stole the spotlight with their amazing personal stories, while others did it through abject idiocy or interfering in the play on the field.
They're all different but have one thing in common: they either managed to affect the score or reduce the outcome to a Page 6 afterthought.