The life of a sports fan is bittersweet. On one hand, your entire week can be ruined by a bad loss—precious few fans have the luxury of counting themselves among those devoted to a dynasty.
On the other hand, any given day, week or month can be inspired by hope. Even if you are a long-suffering fan of a team like the Chicago Cubs, the history, the culture, the experience—these far out-value the negatives.
Then, there are the more superficial perks: beer and nachos at the arena, man-caves decked out in memorabilia, and tailgating—just to name a few.
While photobombs are all the rage when it comes to social media sites, there are plenty of fans who don’t have to creep their way into a shot. From stadium “Kiss-Cams” to College GameDay’s roiling-human backdrop, there are plenty of opportunities for diehard fans to get on camera when their antics are welcome.
And, where else can a dude have his bare, hairy, team-colored belly broadcast to millions of households other than at a prime-time game?
That’s right! There are a plethora of venues and events where the television cameras are actually seeking out fans for airtime. Naturally, this has inspired a variety of awesome strategies and tactics for attracting the attention of the men and women who run the show.
These are 20 sports fans who really know how to get on TV.