ESPN released its list of top celebrity sports fans with Jack Nicholson ranking No. 1. At least they didn’t take the easy way out with the most obvious pick. The alleged Lakers fan who was found rooting for the Clippers during the second round of the playoffs is your top celebrity fan. Right. The top celebrity sports fan is Ashley Judd and the contest is not close. She appears to have a sincere rooting interest and be honest, who would you rather see sitting on the sidelines wearing shades?
The list was as little bit too long because, let’s be honest, if you are resorting to using “The Rick” as one of your top celebrity sports fans, you are really reaching. And where the hell were the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Does anybody want some of Magic Johnson—a song made famous by the band in the 1980s?
But the most disappointing omission was the K-Dawg himself, Kevin Costner. Like Judd, the K-Dawg is always down for his alma mater. When the Cal State Fullerton basketball team blitzed through NIT tournament a few years ago, the K-Dawg was there every step of the way. Or maybe not. When Cal State Fullerton needed some extra dough to finish the baseball stadium, they looked to the K-Dawg. And that is why the Titans play at Jerry Goodwin Field. But hey, when it comes to opportunistic camera (expletive) at the College World Series, the K-Dawg is your man. You would think that with the amount of face time the K-Dawg is set to receive today (starting tonight at 4 p.m. PST), ESPN would have recognized that.
The following excerpts are only opinions, but someday they might belong to the Bish.
* It was a striking contrast watching the Angels and CSF Titans on side-by-side televisions last week. One team had timely hitting, clutch pitching and flawless defense. The other team was the Angels.
* You’ve got to feel for the bandwagon North Carolina fans. Most Tar Heels have likely never heard of the Titans and most will be asking, “Who the hell is Cal State Fullerton?” once they are bounced from the tournament. Ditto for Georgia Tech, Clemson, Miami and the rest of the ACC.* The UCLA Bruins have finally decided to add Cal State Fullerton to the schedule. You got what you asked for Titans fans. Be careful what you wish for.
Adam Rank is a syndicated free-lance journalist based in Sunset Beach, Calif. His work has appeared in NFL.com, NFL Insider Magazine and various newspapers across the country. He is also the founder of the award-winning website, http://thehaternation.com . The site was recently voted the Orange County’s top site for player hating by the editors at the OCR. (Just kidding, Greg. Please don’t call.)