Signs, signs, everywhere are signs.
The sign is the one chance a fan has of getting on television to display their clever—and occasionally even poignant—perspective on their team, the opponent or the referees.
Most times, these signs admittedly suck pretty badly. But every so often, a camera crew or photographer will capture an absolutely hilarious sign. On this slideshow, we honor the sage, snarky and sometimes silly signage that has been documented throughout the years.
Simple yet effective. And appropriate, as the Atlanta Hawks eliminated the Orlando Magic from the NBA playoffs last year.
Yes, you should walk your dog. Yes, you should also walk Albert Pujols with an open base and runners in scoring position.
The Twins pretty much sucked this year. But as these fans reminded the Dodger faithful when the two teams met in interleague play this June, we're all thankful our teams didn't have to deal with Frank McCourt.
We've got two solid signs going on in this one.
1. Duke...I am your father.
2. To understand this one, you need to understand three things. First, they are known as the Maryland Terrapins, hence the turtle reference. Secondly, I believe that is a picture of Kyle Singler. And finally, the joke comes from his apparent resemblance to this kid.
Good work, Maryland fans.
Neither are Fresno, Alcorn, Kent or Sam Houston, for that matter.
...With an accurate twist this time around, however.
Answer: Win an MVP.
And baseball's all like, "Yeah, we've got steroids. It was fun while it lasted."
This shouldn't be a funny sign, but—bless her heart—she's a little confused here, isn't she?
OK, OK, so the sign itself isn't that clever.
But I had my reasons for including it nonetheless.
And knowing Alex Burrows, he might just take her up on that.
She, of course, made her own sign that she put up on a locked bedroom door: Don't even try to sleep in this bed with me. I put some sheets on the couch.
Let's just pretend it's ironic, OK you guys?
It's so much less depressing that way.
These Panthers aren't making much noise.
Must be the Kitten Mittons.
Sometimes, being forthright is the surest way to be funny.
In sports, ESPN truly is the one percent.
And we've covered the extent of the political commentary you'll find on this slideshow. Let's move on.
When you've reached this point, you finally know what it feels like to be a fan in Cleveland. Or Seattle. Or a Cubs fan.
Or until 2008, a Philadelphia fan. I feel for you, guys.
Sure, once football season ends, we'll realize just how much we need you.
But until then, we're totes over you, NBA.
It could be worse. He could be a character from Shrek.
This means that Rajon Rondo is Puss in Boots, doesn't it?
I'm OK with that.
I feel bad including this given Pat Summitt's current medical condition.
But I'm not going to lie—at the time, I probably would have snickered after seeing this one. Mostly because I don't care for Bruce Pearl, but...yeah, mostly because I don't care for Bruce Pearl.
The clear winner of this "Hey you guys, Brett Favre sexted!" montage was the incorporation of Clay Matthews.
You aren't supposed to use your hands in soccer, honey.
The most hilarious thing about this sign is the great lengths somebody went to make this joke.
Sure, I could make a basic sign, but what if I paid to have somebody fly this message up in the air?
Yeah, let's do that.
I'm not sure watching the Blue Jays at the risk of SARS is priceless, but I'm entertained by the reference nonetheless.
...Since they are headed to the Big 12 next year.
Still, with Pittsburgh and Syracuse the most recent defectors to the ACC, this sign was pretty hilarious.
Anytime you can incorporate Thomas Edison into your sign, you've probably got a winner.
Which is obviously the only winning that was going on in Philadelphia on this evening.
Either that, or they were calling another one of Rex Ryan's, "We're going to win the Super Bowl this year" bluffs.
Oh, it stands for Blue Jays...I got confused there for a second.
This one pretty much speaks for itself.
"Aw look, the guys got on television...and they made signs." Wow, they must think they are sooooo funny, huh ladies?
That is such a disturbing and amazing sign, all at once.
Thank you, to whoever made it.
And then Indiana fans were all like, "Purdue? More like Poordue. Hahahahaha."
Alcohol plus fandom generally equals bad jokes that everyone laughs way too hard at.
Nobody likes refs.
And that's the way we like it.
Which is clearer? Number one or number two?
Even the refs know it's true.
Corresponding sign: Hey ref, why don't you kiss me before you [expletive removed] me?
Referees are the worst, am I right?
I would have gone with "Best Newton Since Isaac," though that wouldn't have been nearly as funny.
The best Newton is not necessarily the most entertaining one.
My coats are smaller than that.
It's "Just Win, Baby" versus "Just Freeze, Baby."
And somehow, "Just Freeze, Baby" does seem like the more appealing choice.
Fans aren't the only ones capable of sharing their feelings via signage.
The answer to that question is yes, by the way.
This sign from the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals between the Flyers and Blackhawks was not accurate.
It was clever, however.
I'm sure in a few years there will be signs at Cavs games begging Miami to take a few Cavs' players as well.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the best retaliatory sign ever. (Not that I'm condoning calling somebody "gay" as an insult—but for a college kid at a basketball game who was more than likely drunk, it's the effort that counts.)
And Duke likes to think it has the clever fans. Pssh.
Now that's the sort of clever and derisive sign we've come to expect from Duke. And when it comes in the national championship, you definitely get bonus points.
Georgia's quarterback Joe Cox finished strong in this 2009 game against South Carolina, as the Bulldogs beat the Gamecocks 41-37.
First off, this San Diego State fan was dressed that way for a reason—to mock BYU when his Aztecs faced them in a basketball game last year, of course. From SignOnSanDiego.com:
“The Show” student section has been scheming for months as the debate has raged over whether a line of decorum should or does exist. A year ago, dozens of students wore short-sleeved white dress shirts, ties and bike helmets to mock Mormon missionaries.
So far as I can tell, BYU is in two different conferences—the West Coast Conference and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation—along with being independent in football.
At least for now, the Big East is making a hard push to add BYU to the conference.