Celebs Geeking out over Athletes

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistDecember 31, 2013

Celebs Geeking out over Athletes

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    You and I have friends.

    Hell, you and I might even have famous friends.

    But athletes? Well, athletes have celebrity friends.

    And as we've seen since social media has completely blown up, us fans are reminded just how amped some celebrities get when they're around their famous athlete friends.

    So take a look at these celebs who are completely cheesing to be around some of our favorite athletes, because they look more like fans than buddies.

Rick Ross, Meek Mill and Dan Marino

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    As a Miami staple, rapper Rick Ross can be seen at pretty much every hometown sporting event—front row, of course.

    When Ross went to a Miami Dolphins game back in 2011 though, he got to shake the hand of one of the best passers in NFL history, Dan Marino.

    Naturally, he and fellow rapper, Meek Mill, wanted to capture the moment to prove it happened.

Will Ferrell and Baron Davis

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    Will Ferrell may be a funny guy, but if you know one thing about him, it's that he really loves his sports—just check out some of these moments of him around a number of games.

    While this picture of Ferrell and former NBA baller Baron Davis is hilarious, it's just one of many that he routinely takes with athletes to show he's got serious street cred.

T.I. and Victor Cruz

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    One of the best times for celebs to hang with athletes comes at industry parties.

    While you or I are forced to put it in mingle mode and chat with reps from other companies, entertainers exchange digits and brag through their social media pages about who they were drinking with.

    That's what T.I. did here while saluting the best wide receiver on the New York Giants, Victor Cruz, during a Samsung party last year.

    I wonder if Cruz taught the rapper his signature salsa dance?

Lil Jon and Shaun White

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    I'm not sure who is more amped to be in front of the camera, action sports star Shaun White or rapper Lil Jon?

    One thing's for sure though, they are enjoying the other's company—with Jon flashing his trademark grill and screaming "Yeah!" while kicking it with "The Flying Tomato."

Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel and Johnny Manziel

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    One would think that a guy with the star power of Justin Timberlake wouldn't get as caught up in the Johnny Manziel plague that seemed to sweep the nation earlier this year.

    As you can see here, though, J-Timbo was cheesing big with his wifey Jessica Biel, standing next to last season's Heisman trophy winner.

    "Johnny Football" seems to be playing it cool, but deep down I'd like to think he's stoked to be standing that close to a babe as sexy as Biel.

Nas and Steve Nash

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    No, that's not a typo.

    In one of the most twisted pairings on this list, rapper Nas is seen giving some serious dap to current L.A. Lakers point guard Steve Nash back in 2011.

    And if you think that this was a quick bro-five in passing, you'd be way wrong, as Nas let Nash hit the mic on stage with him at a gig later that night.

Kanye West and Scottie Pippen

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    Born and raised in Chicago, we all know that the Windy City is dear to rapper Kanye West's heart.

    So it's not surprising to see the MC rub elbows with some of the guys who brought the best memories to the city in the '90s, winning NBA titles and being the talk of the league.

    In this case, it was with Hall of Fame forward Scottie Pippen and his wife, Larsa.

    The two must have really hit it off when they first met, too, because they recently spent Thanksgiving together.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Matthew McConaughey and Lance Armstrong

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    When you talk about major bromances in sports, there might not be one bigger than actor Matthew McConaughey and former seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.

    Sharing a Texas bond, the two have been seen on the sideline at numerous Longhorn games in the past, naturally making them good buds.

    The two roped in another actor—this time Jake Gyllenhaal—to join their little gang, making this trio pretty dynamic when out on the town.

Lil Wayne and Dwight Howard

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    Just as I mentioned earlier with Will Ferrell and his devotion to sports, rapper Lil Wayne shares the same common interest—even scoring his own ESPN blog a few years back.

    With that love of the games, comes a love for the athletes.

    So here's "Weezy" hanging with big man Dwight Howard at a party during the NBA All-Star Weekend a few years ago.

    No doubt this wasn't the only pic Wayne got with the many athletes at that event.

Justin Bieber, Kevin Durant and Tyson Chandler

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    If it seems that "since retired" singer Justin Bieber hangs out with every single athlete on the planet, well, it's kind of true.

    But I can't help but knock the scrawny little kid for going sans shirt while he was laying low with both Kevin Durant and Tyson Chandler earlier this year.

    "The Biebs'" Instagram made sure everyone knew who he was kicking it with, blatantly saying, "Chillin with the boys at home...Kevin Durant, Tyson Chandler and Carl Lentz."

    If that's not geeking on athletes, I'm not sure what is.

Kanye West and Andrew Wiggins

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    Kanye West may have been spotted with Scottie Pippen this past Thanksgiving, but just a week ago, dude was wrapping up his Yeezus tour in Toronto—which happens to be in the home country of the projected No. 1 pick in next year's NBA draft, Andrew Wiggins.

    Wouldn't you have thought it, the two crossed paths, with Wiggins Instagramming this pic of Kanye backstage.

    With West's Bulls struggling this year, maybe he was trying to put in some hometown work for them to land the stud frosh next year.

Rick Ross and Johnny Manziel

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    If there's one thing that Rick Ross and Johnny Manziel have in common, it's that they are both complete bosses.

    So when they found each other in a club early in 2013, it was only common sense to snap a pic and post it online for everyone to freak out about.

    Both seem to be playing it cool, which, is only natural since they're both at baller status.

Jay-Z and LeBron James

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    I know these two megastars are homeboys, but that still doesn't mean that Jay-Z doesn't gleam each time he's around LeBron James.

    I mean, wouldn't any of us?

    The guy is a four-time league MVP and two-time NBA champion, so it's kind of understood that "Hova" gets a little more giddy when around him than any other of his athletes buddies.

50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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    The two might not be best buds anymore, but that doesn't mean that at one time rapper 50 Cent and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. weren't straight struttin' their stuff together.

    Seeing how 50 looks like Floyd's personal bank safe by holding his hot stacks of cash here, I'd bet that he really enjoyed his time with Floyd.