The Top 20 Most Awesome Fan Bases in Sports

Kelsey GivensAnalyst IIJune 6, 2011

The Top 20 Most Awesome Fan Bases in Sports

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    Photo courtesy http://www.jokestation.org/news/41748/Crazy-College-Football-Fans-(Photos)
    Photo courtesy http://www.jokestation.org/news/41748/Crazy-College-Football-Fans-(Photos)

    Have you ever seen those insane groups of fans that made you wonder, could anyone be more dedicated than them?

    From body paint to coordinated colors to chants and signs, some fan groups stand out above the rest in showing off their extreme team spirit.

    So here is a list of 20 of the best fan groups in sports.

No. 20 Hooligans or Columbus Crew Fans

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    Photo courtesy http://www.hudsonstreethooligans.net/
    Photo courtesy http://www.hudsonstreethooligans.net/

    While soccer may not be the No. 1 sport to watch in Columbus, Ohio, these fans are die-hards who celebrate every game and even have a special bar they gather at to watch or celebrate every game.  

No. 19 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Student Fans

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    Photo courtesy http://www.jokestation.org/news/41748/Crazy-College-Football-Fans-(Photos)

    These fans are crazy about body paint it seems. They paint themselves from head to toe in their school colors for every game to show support for their team. 

No. 18 South African Soccer Fans

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    These crazy soccer fans brought the world the gift, or curse depending on how you look at it, of the vuvuzela.  

No. 17 Cleveland Browns Fans

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    Photo courtesy http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/gallery/enlargePhoto?id=4585077&story=4584727

    Oh Browns fans. Their team hasn't been what you would call a winning team in quite some time, but these die-hard fans still continue to bring out their jerseys and dog gear to continue to support their favorite team.  

No. 16 Islanders Fans

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    Photo courtesy http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/nhl/draft-twitter.htm
    Photo courtesy http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/nhl/draft-twitter.htm

    These hockey fans are insane. They love representing their team by wearing their blue and orange and cheering loud, even when it's not game time. 

    This picture was actually taken at a draft party, but just looking at it one would think the Islanders had just won the Stanley Cup.  

No. 15 Cavs Fan

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    Photo courtesy http://bleacherreport.com/gallery/Boston%20Celtics%20v%20Cleveland%20Cavaliers,%20Game%20Two

    Cavs fans have been through a lot in the last year with the loss of their star player and home-town hero to the Miami Heat. But they still support their team no matter what, just like they've always done.

    In this photo the fans all held up signs that said miss to try and distract the Celtics on foul shots.  

No. 14 Georgia Bulldog Student Fans

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    Photo courtesy http://www.jokestation.org/news/41748/Crazy-College-Football-Fans-(Photos)
    Photo courtesy http://www.jokestation.org/news/41748/Crazy-College-Football-Fans-(Photos)

    Football in the South is a big deal. And that's no exception at the University of Georgia where these die-hard student fans paint themselves from head to toe in their school's colors to show their support.  

No. 13 Jets Fans

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    Photo courtesy http://www.thejetsblog.com/2009/07/15/the-paranoid-fan-vs-the-optimistic-one/
    Photo courtesy http://www.thejetsblog.com/2009/07/15/the-paranoid-fan-vs-the-optimistic-one/

    Jets fans are some of the craziest in the NFL. The fans in this picture are no exception with their painted bodies and crazy wigs in the Jets' colors. 

No 12 Serbian Soccer Fans

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    Photo courtesy http://www.delije.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8985&start=15
    Photo courtesy http://www.delije.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8985&start=15

    Some fans paint their bodies, some hold up signs, but these fans actually held up red flares to show their support for their team.  

No. 11 Switzerland Soccer Fans

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    Photo courtesy http://worldnews.about.com/od/southafrica/ig/World-Cup-Fans/Switzerland-Fans.htm

    These fans all coordinated during the 2010 FIFA World Cup to hold up what looks like hundreds of their country's flags to show their support for their national team. That's a powerful and dedicated sight. 

No. 10 Arizona State University Devils Fans

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    Photo courtesy http://www.asu.edu/vppa/photogallery/fangallery/1.htm
    Photo courtesy http://www.asu.edu/vppa/photogallery/fangallery/1.htm

    College fans seem to go the hardest sometimes when it comes to showing support for their team. ASU fans all coordinate to wear the same yellow color as well as dress up in costume to cheer for their team. 

No. 9 Atlanta Braves Fans

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    Photo courtesy http://specials.msn.com/A-List/Sports-fan-traditions.aspx?cp-documentid=24755380&imageindex=1

    These fans all coordinate together to do the tomahawk chop to support the Braves. 

No. 8 LSU Fans

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    Photo courtesy http://www.jokestation.org/news/41748/Crazy-College-Football-Fans-(Photos)
    Photo courtesy http://www.jokestation.org/news/41748/Crazy-College-Football-Fans-(Photos)

    LSU fans show their team spirit in a variety of crazy ways. From costumes to body paint to crazy hairstyles these fans go all out to support their team.  

No. 7 Steelers Fans

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    Steelers fans are some of the most intense in the NFL. One of their most well known displays of team spirit comes in the form of the "Terrible Towels." Fans all take these towels and wave them in the air creating a huge wave of yellow.  

No. 6 Manchester United Fans

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    These fans are all about their team and showing off their team spirit. In this instance the fans all coordinated together to hold up this giant sign in the stands. 

No. 5 Penn State Fans

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    Photo courtesy http://www.jokestation.org/news/41748/Crazy-College-Football-Fans-(Photos)

    These student fans are well known for their whiteouts they do every football season. They all coordinate together to create an almost entirely white stadium to show their support for their team. 

No. 4 Red Wings Fans

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    In one of the oddest good luck gestures in all of sports, Red Wings fans will sometimes throw octopuses on the ice. 

No. 3 Ohio State Fans

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    Photo courtesy http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/cory_mccartney/01/06/osu.fivereasons/t1_osufans.jpg
    Photo courtesy http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/cory_mccartney/01/06/osu.fivereasons/t1_osufans.jpg

    Ohio State fans are notoriously some of the most intense in college football. During football games you can see fans dressed up like the coach, painted from head to toe or dressed up like a weird mascot for the team. 

No. 2 FC Bruges Fans

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    These fans were the ones who began the tradition of chanting the White Stripe's "Seven Nation Army" during sporting events. 

No. 1 Cameron Crazies (Duke Basketball Fans)

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    Photo courtesy http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_11945087
    Photo courtesy http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_11945087

    Named for the stadium where their team plays basketball, these crazy and dedicated fans are some of the most intense in sports.

    They not only dress in school colors, but spend hours and days in line waiting to get seats to watch Duke play. 

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