College sports inspire a huge amount of loyalty in their fans. Passions run very high when your college team is involved, so it’s not surprising that a number of fans take that passion a bit too far. According to Dr. Klapow at the University of Alabama, sports addiction is a real issue, especially when it comes to college football. Dr. Klapow said: “watching sports provides an escape route for many people, enabling them to avoid thinking about problems or feelings that they don’t want to confront…usually while dressed as a Viking.”
Ok, you got us. He didn’t actually say that bit about a Viking. But a lot of fans take dressing up – or down- for college matches to real extremes. Here are 11 college sports fans who are so obsessed with sport that it’s amazing they find time to do anything else. In fact, they probably don’t.
1. LSU Tigers Fan
As the age old saying goes, ‘if you’ve got it, flaunt it’. This young lady definitely seems to live by that rule…although the conservative looking woman behind her doesn’t look particularly impressed. Still, you have to give her points for creativity: that tiger’s eyes seem to follow you around the room.
2. “Wild Bill” – Utah State Aggies
Utah State basketball superfan Wild Bill (a.k.a Bill Sproat) is legendary for dressing in bizarre costumes during college matches in an attempt to throw off the opposing team. His most notorious costume was this almost nude Peter Pan get up, complete with tiny knife. Impressive. His boobs are almost as big as the LSU Tigers fan above.
3. “Speedo Guy”- Duke Blue Devils
Back in 2003, one man proved that just a single fan could make a difference. Patrick King- a student at Duke- convinced the rest of the fans to sit down so he’d be able to distract the opposition with his teeny tiny man bikini. He danced his heart out, performing sexy stripper moves that were so disconcerting that the opposing team repeatedly failed to score.
4. Ohio State Tattoo Fail
The owner of this tattoo might want the Ohio State Buckeyes to do this to the University of Michigan, but did he really need to get this image of Brutus permanently emblazoned on his right shoulder? Whatever happened to just painting an offensive banner and holding it up at the match?
5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Fan
Notre Dame fan John Eaton didn’t go quite as far as the last guy. Instead of a tattoo, he just painted a leprechaun on his stomach (if you look closely, you can see that it’s stamping on the Alabama logo). Still, carefully painting the image and then cutting up your Irish-themed shirt to show it off are both signs of a seriously obsessed superfan.
6. Miami Hurricanes Fans
It’s hard not to laugh at the sight of these two Miami fans moping in full gold body paint and a spandex superfan suit. One of the drawbacks of being obsessed with your college team is a tendency to get very, VERY depressed whenever they lose.
7. Tar Heel Fan Hearse
Lifelong University of North Carolina fan John Snipes has taken his sports obsession to the next level by customising a second hand hearse and transforming it into the ultimate tribute to the Tar Heels. He drives to and from matches in it and also drives it around the neighbourhood after a victory. Several couples have also asked to use it in their wedding. Now that’s dedication!
8. LSU Tattoo Guy
Yikes. Head tattoos are rarely a good idea. They’re pretty painful too. This guy must really, really love the LSU Tigers to put his skull through that kind of ordeal. It’s also pretty hard to hide from potential employers. It might be a bit hard for him to get an office job after doing this…unless the interview panel loves LSU as much as he does.
9. Appalachian State Mountaineers Fan
Do you have a hairy back? Then why not capitalise on it by shaving your team’s logo into your (slightly gross, sweaty) man fur? This guy did and look how much fun he’s having. It’s not quite as extreme- or permanent- as getting a tattoo, but it’ll probably itch when it grows back, meaning that this guy definitely deserves his ‘obsessive fan’ title.
10. Sparkly Seminoles Fans
What the heck is going on with these guys? These hardcore Florida State Seminoles fans look like they covered themselves in glue and rolled around in a bag of discarded Christmas decorations. Good luck washing that off after the game: they’ll probably have to use specialist solvent remover.
11. Kilted Ken
The award for the most obsessed college sports fan of all time has to go to UW-Madison Badgers superfan Ken, who has attended over 400 games since he graduated in 1963. He’s also got an impressive collection of memorabilia too. He wears the kilt as a tribute to his late father, a WWII vet who fought in the British Isles.
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