20 Biggest Celebrity Sports Groupies
We all know that athletes have groupies. We all know that celebrities have groupies. But what happens when those worlds collide?
Survey the audience at a big-time sporting event and you'll be sure to see your fair share of celebrities. Some are just there to be seen, but others are actual fans that wouldn't miss the game for the world.
Here is a list of celebrities that are such big fans of a team or athlete that they have ventured into "groupie" status.
20. Maria Menounos: Boston Celtics
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One of those celebrities where we're not quite sure why she's famous, Maria Menounos can be seen courtside in Boston always sporting a new Celtics jersey.
It begs the question, does wearing a jersey to games automatically make you a fan, or do you have to actually know something about the team?
I guess for celebrities that just wearing the jersey is a good start.
19. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes: David Beckham
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TomKat famously attended David Beckham's first game with the L.A. Galaxy, where they sat in a box with Beckam's wife and kids.
I can't say I've seen the couple at too many other Galaxy games, and they have since gone back to making terrible movies and being weird together.
At least Katie can take the prize for "worst Boston accent of all-time" for her work as Jackie O. in The Kennedys.
18. Alyssa Milano: Baseball Players
It's no secret that Alyssa Milano has a thing for baseball players. She's been hanging around them for years and has been linked to semi-mediocre pitchers Barry Zito, Carl Pavano, and Brad Penny.
Although she's married now and says she's done dating athletes, I wouldn't be surprised if she makes one final call to the bullpen.
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17. Drake: Kentucky Wildcats
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Sometimes sports don't exactly follow the rules of common logic. How else could you explain that rapper Drake, born and raised in Toronto, is a die-hard Kentucky Wildcats basketball fan?
Given that his other options were the Raptors or the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, the decision is starting to make a little more sense.
Drake goes to Kentucky games when his hectic touring schedule allows it, and has even been seen hugging the other UK super-fan, Ashley Judd, during games.
Ahh, it's all starting to make sense...
16. Kevin James: Bas Rutten
Kevin James is best known for his roles in King of Queens and Paul Blart: Mall Cop, but his favorite role may be that of an MMA fan.
James has been known as a huge supporter of UFC and one fighter in particular, Bas Rutten, has struck his fancy.
James is such a big fan of Rutten that he supposedly ran into the ring to congratulate him after one of his fights. In case you're still not convinced, in James' newest project, he plays none other than an MMA fighter, with his BFF Bas Rutten set to costar.
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15. Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett: San Diego Chargers
Kendra has always been a huge football fan, which may explain why she married wide receiver Hank Baskett.
Although Hank has played for the Eagles, Colts, and Vikings, Kendra makes no effort to hide the fact that she is a diehard Chargers fan.
Hank's currently without a team, so the Chargers might give him a chance just to get some publicity. Although, then you always have the fear of Hugh Hefner attacking the locker room in a fit of jealous rage.
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14. Matthew McConaughey: Texas Longhorns
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The man is most known for being photographed with his shirt off, but he's also a pretty big Texas Longhorns groupie.
Oh yeah, and I also think he's been in a few movies...
McConaughey can constantly be seen around the UT campus during sporting events. Not sure if he's there for the games or for the coeds.
You know he loves those college girls. He keeps getting older, but they stay the saaaaaaame aaaaaaage.
13. Regis Philbin: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Regis may be retiring from his morning show, but he'll never retire as a Fighting Irish fan. Regis is a graduate of Notre Dame (the memorable class of '53...yeah he's old) and takes every opportunity to talk about his alma mater on the air.
Maybe retirement will allow Regis to be more involved with the football program, which is clearly struggling.
If things don't turn around soon, Regis may be hosting the new reality show, "Who Wants to Play Quarterback for Notre Dame?"
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12. Stephen King: Boston Red Sox
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This guy certainly wins the title of the creepiest fan in sports. The famous writer of scary stories is just as scary to look at and is shown at every big Red Sox game.
He's certainly a good guy to have on your side, as the other teams must be terrified when they look up at the Jumbotron and see his face glaring back at them.
11. Lala Vasquez: Carmelo Anthony
I know she's his wife, but she still gets recognized as a groupie. Former MTV veejay Lala Vasquez can always be seen on the sidelines during Carmelo's games.
It's a bit curious that she's gone to a lot more games now that her husband plays in New York instead of Denver.
Must find it hard to breathe in the thin air.
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10. Eliza Dushku: Boston Celtics
Eliza Dushku is a devout Celtics fan, and it has crossed over into her love life. Dushku is dating former Celtic Rick Fox, and the two have been seen courtside at a few Celts games.
The problem is that the Celtics aren't the only team that Fox played for. He is most remembered for being a key part of the hated Lakers' Championship teams from 2000-2002.
I guess Dushku has a selective memory and only pictures Fox in green.
9. Jay-Z: New Jersey Nets
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Sure, he's a part-owner, but Jay-Z goes above and beyond by attending many games of one of the worst teams in the NBA.
He's hoping that the Nets will be able to draw in some high-profile free agents once the team relocates to Brooklyn, and he's even doing his part to recruit some college kids.
Too bad it's against NBA rules. Looks like Jay-Z's got 100 problems now.
8. Bill Murray: Chicago Cubs
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Once just a funny-man, Bill Murray has embraced some more serious and depressing roles with his old age.
This makes sense when you consider that he's also a huge Cubs fan. He started off exuberant and hopeful but has slowly grown more disillusioned as the years have progressed without a World Series title.
If the Cubs ever do win the world series, you better believe that Groundhog Day 2 will begin production the next day.
It's already in my Netflix queue.
7. Will Ferrell: USC Trojans
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Will Ferrell has made plenty of sports movies. He's played a racecar driver, a semi-pro basketball player, and an ice skater, but his dream role would have to be a USC football player.
Ferrell, a USC graduate, is absolutely obsessed with his alma mater and can be found cheering on his team at any big game.
He occasionally goes even further than that, like when he pulled a prank on the entire USC football team during a practice on Halloween.
Needless to say, Ferrell is willing to do anything to support the Trojans, but hopefully we won't ever have to see him streaking through the quad up to the gymnasium.
6. Dyan Cannon: Los Angeles Lakers
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It's pretty rare that a celebrity sports fan becomes more famous for being a fan than for whatever they became famous for in the first place. But that's exactly what Dyan Cannon has managed to do.
Why is she famous? Who knows.
What we do know is that they always show her during Lakers games so she must be famous, right?
5. Billy Crystal: New York Yankees
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It's every fan's dream to actually get the opportunity to play with his or her favorite team. Well that dream came true for Billy Crystal in 2008, when he signed a one-day contract and got to play a game with the New York Yankees in spring training.
It wasn't quite a Hollywood ending for Crystal, who struck out in his only at bat, but you have to believe he didn't really care about the results.
With the way that the Yankees rotation is shaping up this year, Crystal may want to give it a shot on the mound.
4. Larissa Riquelme: Paraguay Soccer
Larissa Riquelme is most famous for figuring out a new, unique place to store her cell phone, but she is also an avid Paraguay soccer fan.
When the country made its run to the World Cup quarterfinals in 2010, Riquelme was there every step of the way.
Surprisingly, she was always surrounded by several hundred male Paraguay supporters. Go figure.
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3. Spike Lee: New York Knicks
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Probably most famous for irritating Reggie Miller to the point that he torched the Knicks in the playoffs, Spike has been an avid Knicks fan for pretty much his entire life.
The tiny director of He Got Game takes home the fan fashion award, as he's always sporting a knee-length Knicks jersey and a hat with some vibrant combination of orange and blue.
While he may strike most people (including other Knicks fans) as annoying, it's hard to deny the man's dedication. I'm surprised his head didn't explode when they got Carmelo.
Well, maybe it did. That's why he needs the hat.
2. Ashley Judd: Kentucky Wildcats
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When you think of Kentucky basketball, it's hard not to think of Ashley Judd. At any tournament game you can count on numerous shots of Judd cheering on her alma mater.
Judd's love doesn't end with the basketball team either. She's been seen at football games and even helped the hockey team with some promotional materials.
I'm guessing UK hockey had record-setting numbers the year that came out.
1. Jack Nicholson: Los Angeles Lakers
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When you think of celebrity sports fans, it's hard not to think of Jack. He personifies the L.A. sports fan culture by commingling with other celebs while wearing sunglasses in the front row.
Unlike most celebrities, though, Nicholson actually pays attention to the games and has even been known to get in the referee's face when he makes a questionable call.
Notice how you never see any courtside interviews with Jack, especially during big games, because he's too focused on the action.
That's why we're forced to sit through countless interviews with George Lopez and the "stars" of whatever new ABC drama is coming on Monday nights.