When you’re a true sports fan, cheering on your team is not a responsibility you take lightly. You always come to the games prepared with your jersey, hat, face paint, and of course, a sign of support. These signs can be anything from simple black words on a piece of cardboard to elaborate works of art. But sometimes, a sign is so clever and witty that it stands out from the rest, and makes everyone who reads it burst into laughter.
Everyone loves going to a game. Cheering on your favorite team from the stands is what it’s all about, and the excitement of being there when it all goes down is impossible to match. Of course the drinks and snacks help too – but one of the things that we love the most about gameday is being surrounded by other fans.
When you bring a whole bunch of fans together, things can get crazy. And sometimes, these fans are so witty and creative, that they just make you laugh. Even though you can’t always make it to the game, you can still enjoy the fans’ humor from home. Here are some of the funniest gameday signs out there that show just how hilarious sports fans truly are.
Love conquers all
This really is an example of true love. If a couple’s love for each other can survive the Denver Broncos-Kansas City Chiefs rivalry, then it can survive anything. This married pair went to a Denver vs. Kansas City game, each cheering for a different team, each decked out in their team colors – the husband red for the Chiefs and the wife orange for the Broncos. And the fact that they’re married didn’t stop them from poking fun at each other, either. After all, when you’re an ardent Kansas City fan and you marry a Denver fan, it’s bound to get messy any time the teams play each other. But as their signs say, they married each other anyway.
Sometimes in life there are hard choices to make. This woman, who made just such a choice, felt that it was the right one, and then made a sign to boast about it. Before the 2011 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers, she and her boyfriend of four years were talking about the possibility of marriage. She really wanted a ring, but then her boyfriend offered her tickets to the World Series instead and she accepted – promising to never bring up marriage again. And she sure got a lot out of this decision. She got to see the very dramatic Game 6 of the 2011 World Series, and the picture of her sign went viral.
This Gonzaga student may have over-shared on his sign. While we give him points for being dedicated to his alma mater’s team (of San Diego State University), those points don’t count towards his grade point average, which, if the sign is accurate, we’re not sure his parents will be happy about. Maybe his GPA is going down because he’s busy attending basketball games instead of studying, in which case we understand completely, but still don’t condone failing classes because of sports.
Usually, signs at sporting events are strongly in support of one team or the other, often to the point of making fun of, or insulting the team you are rooting against. This fan, however, goes against the grain with his sign. He’s definitely not your typical ardent sign-writing sports fan with this huge sign reading: “I just hope both teams have fun.” Perhaps he has a point though, because, after all, isn’t having fun what sports are all about?
Hire this man
This James Madison University student had only one goal in mind when he made his sign for the game: get a job. We know, the job market is tough for a recent college grad, so why not give this unorthodox method a shot? It made us laugh and caught our attention, which seems to us to demonstrate pretty good marketing skills, so he’s halfway there. And with those impressive accomplishments, who could turn him down?
Blame the ref
Did they lose because of a bad call? At this college basketball game, where Dayton beat Stanford, these fans certainly thought so, and wanted to blame the referee for their team’s poor performance. Their very eye catching approach to letting the referees know how they felt deserves some points, but we don’t think it will help their team win. These poor guys went all out, and they don’t look too happy about the way the game is going. Well, there’s always next year!
This woman is a huge Aaron Rodgers fan – in fact, she seems pretty ready to do anything, including get rid of her current significant other, in order to marry him. She’s already claiming that she doesn’t know the guy she came to the game with (her boyfriend? Husband?) and her sparkly “Marry me Aaron” sign is definitely attracting a lot of attention. Sure, Aaron Rodgers might be quite a catch, but we don’t imagine her partner is loving this sign.
Somehow, these two brothers grew up supporting two opposing teams, so when they play each other, things can get messy. On the right we have a Los Angeles Angels fan, who came especially to support Mike Trout, with whom he shares a number. On the left, we have a Detroit Tigers fan, who wants to disavow any connection with his brother. We are impressed that they can sit next to each other (relatively) peacefully at a game like this!
Syracuse is known to be pretty intense when it comes to basketball. So when Syracuse Orange and the Duke Blue Devils come together, there’s bound to be some animosity in the stands. Students at both schools are known to be pretty smart and creative, and let’s face it, we know there are plenty of science fiction fans in the stands. Which brings us to this sign: Duke, I am your father. He definitely nailed it with his clever play on words and the Star Wars reference!
This fan doesn’t seem to know too much about what he’s cheering for – his generic sign could fit in at any match or game and still mean nothing. Perhaps he was dragged to the game with friends, or maybe he just had nothing better to do. We don’t know what team he’s rooting for, and on top of that, we don’t even know which sport he’s watching. We like his spirit though, and with a sign like that, at least he can’t lose.
The biggest loser
Here’s another case of the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos rivalry. This Broncos fan really took the heat to the next level, using a very clever play on words to insult Kansas City. Her sign says that she set her DVR to record The Biggest Loser television show but it accidentally records Chiefs games – thus implying that the Chiefs are the true biggest losers. Ouch. Props to this fan – she’s not mincing words and it’s a very clever sign.
This one hurts
San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is the player that other teams love to hate. They keep coming up with new ways to slander his name, and signs at games are one of the best ways to do this. This choice sign says that Hunter Pence can’t parallel park, and while we’re not sure if it’s true, it would be pretty shameful if it is. The trolling of Hunter Pence spread like wildfire over the internet but it’s all in good fun, of course, because his fans love him.
Ice, ice baby
Football fans know that when their team is playing somewhere like Seattle in the winter, they are going to be freezing cold. So they usually know how to prepare pretty well, bundling up until every inch of skin is covered in layers of warm clothing. But during this particular game, these Seahawks fans were so cold that they very literally couldn’t feel their face. These guys must true fans, because even though it was mind-numbingly cold, they still showed up, with a shout-out to the hit song by The Weeknd.
It’s a blank slate
Judging from her jersey, this woman is a fan who came out to support her team. But for one reason or another, even though she simply could not think of anything to write on her sign, she was determined to bring one anyway. It shouldn’t be too difficult to come up with a slogan to cheer on your team, and if all else fails, you can always just clap your hands. But she decided instead to go with a little humor, and this is what she ended up with.
Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale ran into some problems in 2016 when he ruined some of the vintage jerseys the team was supposed to wear, and had to serve a five-day suspension. He said that the jerseys were uncomfortable, so he cut the collars. This fan offered Sale support with a sign reading, “You’re right Chris, these jerseys are uncomfortable,” while wearing a midriff baring shirt several sizes too small. Not exactly what anyone might expect to see in the stands, but funny nonetheless.
Win win win
This fan was disappointed in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ failure to achieve a winning record comprised of three games, and did what he thought best: made a sign that cleverly insulted his own team. While the joke itself is quite ingenious, we have to admit that it’s a little bit sad to make fun of your own team. We understand that it can be hard to be a Leafs fan but we think he should save that kind of put-down for the opposing team.
Football is important to this Louisiana State University student. So important, in fact, that he might be breaking the law in order to attend the game pictured here. We sure hope it was worth it and his team won, and we definitely hope that he didn’t get in too much trouble for missing his court date. We’re not sure that the excuse “I was at a big game” will hold up in court, so he better come up with something to tell the judge.
This student at Boise State got tired of hearing that Boise isn’t really a state. So, just as an educated college student might think to do, he made a sign that openly acknowledged the taunts, and then went on to explain why they don’t make any sense. Of course Boise isn’t a state, but neither are a whole host of other schools with the word “state” in their name. We appreciate this student’s calm approach to this problem but don’t think it will put a stop to the taunts.
Every baseball fan wants to see their team hit a home run. This young fan came up with a creative way to bribe the Texas Rangers to do just that. His sign says that if they hit his brother, he’ll give them the contents of his piggy bank. His parents look utterly unconcerned that he wants his own brother to get hit by a baseball, and his brother doesn’t look too worried, either. We’re not sure how much money is in his piggy bank, but the question remains – is it worth it?
This sign makes us hungry
When Russia and Canada get together to play hockey, there are always some jabs that take things off the ice. This sign, for example, held by a Canadian fan, is comparing Poutine, Canada’s signature dish of French fries, gravy, and cheese curds, to Russia’s president. And according to the fan, there really isn’t much of a competition here. Comparing Russia’s leader to a dish from the Canadian cuisine is perhaps not the most elegant way to cheer on your team, but it does make for a funny sign.
Well that’s one way of making your point. This Miami Dolphins fan showed his appreciation for defensive end Cameron Wake with this creative costume and sign to go with it. He dressed up as Jesus, and then held up a sign reading, “Cameron Wake is my dad,” thus implying that Wake is none other than God himself. We’re not sure if it’s less likely that this fan is actually Jesus or that Cameron Wake is God, but we appreciate the sentiment.
That’s just rude
Some sports fans have reputations for being – how shall we say this nicely – impolite. Here’s one fan that proves that point. He’s not cheering for anything specific, and we don’t even know what team he’s rooting for. The sign that he brought along to the game is purely intended to bother the person sitting behind him. We can’t see the face of the guy who’s being blocked by the sign, but everyone else seems to think it’s pretty funny.
What does CBS stand for?
If you answered “Card Board Sign,” you and this Broncos fan have something in common. This girl, who is lucky enough to be attending the Super Bowl, is holding her sign up high, making sure everyone can see it. It looks like she’s a Denver Broncos fan, but we can’t quite understand the reason why she feels it’s so important to take a stand for these three words. Also, don’t tell her, but we’re pretty certain “cardboard” is just one word.
So do we, kid
We understand the sentiment behind this sign, but we’re just not sure it’s being displayed in the most appropriate context. Often, signs that people hold up at sporting events are somewhat controversial, but this is one that we could definitely stand behind. Although if there are some people who are lactose-intolerant in the crowd they might not be the biggest supporters of this kid. Either way, this sign has absolutely no relation to the sport at hand.
When there are no presents under the tree this year, someone is going to have some explaining to do. This man is claiming that he lied to his wife and told her that he was going Christmas shopping, when in fact he was going to watch the game. If he told her this while he was already wearing that dolphin suit, though, she probably could have guessed what was going on. We just hope someone in the family buys the Christmas gifts, or it’s going to be a disappointing holiday!
That’s one way to surprise a basketball player in the middle of a game! This fan whipped out a sign claiming to be NBA star Dirk Nowitzki’s brother, perhaps hoping to distract him during a key moment on the court. We’re no geneticists, so we can’t verify this assertion, but making the statement in this way could certainly bring with it an element of shock. Do they look alike? We’re staying out of this one.
Is that a compliment?
What do you say when someone tells you that they named their dog after you? This New York Rangers fan seemed to be trying to get the attention of hockey player Sean Avery by letting him know via red, white, and blue sign, that she did just that. We think he should be flattered, after all, she probably loves her dog, but it’s still a pretty odd way to cheer someone on at a game.
We truly have no idea what this fan was thinking, pulling out a huge sign that says “golf is fun too” at a hockey game. We’re not arguing, golf can certainly be a fun sport, but he is nowhere near a putting green, and he seems to have gotten his sports mixed up. The sign is bound to cause some confusion on the ice, since it’s been placed in a prime position for the hockey players to see.
Professional quarterback problems
Tom Brady is the quarterback that everyone loves to hate. In fact, “Sad Tom Brady” pictures are quite popular around the internet. They seem to make all other football fans feel better about how many Super Bowls Tom Brady has actually won. In this case, these Buffalo Bills fans are referencing Brady’s 2015 “Deflategate” scandal, in which the Patriots were deflating footballs, which is against the rules. These cold Bills fans are making fun of sad Tom Brady and the football scandal at the same time. Nice one.
A sign from heaven
This Pittsburgh Steelers fan is claiming to hold a sign from a higher authority. Dressed like Jesus and asserting that he’s giving advice from his dad (read: god), he is telling his football team to run the ball. If he really is speaking for god, the Steelers would do well to listen to his advice. Although if god truly were supporting them, you might think that they would have won a Super Bowl since 2009.
A love like no other
The Dayton Flyers fans holding up this sign aren’t rooting for any particular basketball player, but instead are asserting their love for University of Dayton basketball in general. They want everyone to know how great and sincere their love is for the sport, so they compare it to one of the most celebrated loves that there is: the love that Kanye has for himself. The fans are doing more than just cheering for their team – they are also poking fun at good ole Kanye West.
This young woman sure has a good reason for wanting the Kansas City Royals to win – she’ll get a puppy if they do! If we were in her shoes, we would definitely be cheering extra hard, too. We’re not sure if the players could see this sign from the field, but we do hope that they were playing their best. Judging from the faces of these loyal fans, it looks like the game is going in their favor, so this fan will be going home with a new pet.
Someone is extremely mixed up. Even worse than mixing up which sport you’ve come out to see is mixing up a football game with a Nickelback concert. This guy accidentally showed up at the Ohio State vs. Michigan State game when he was trying to go to a rock concert. He was either utterly confused or just trying to get a few laughs. Either way, his sign ended up on TV so at least he got the attention he was seeking.
This kid looks so excited to be at the soccer match that we’re not even upset that he lied to his mother. School is important, but every once in a while it’s okay to miss a day of school for something truly important, such as the Brazil vs. Switzerland game. We definitely understand this young man’s priorities, but next time he should probably be honest with his mom in the first place, since she definitely knows where he really was by now.
Long lost brothers
We’re not endorsing any sort of mocking of professional sports players, but this sign is sure to bring smiles to more than a few Celtics fans’ faces. A fan decided that Spanish basketball player Pao Gasol looks remarkably like an alpaca, and held up a sign about it, during a game where the Boston Celtics were playing Gasol’s San Antonio Spurs. The sign is all in fun though, and Gasol has had an impressive career, so he probably doesn’t care too much what that fan thinks.
Here’s another fan who doesn’t seem to want to take a stand on anything. He’s watching an Iona vs. Kansas game and is sitting with the Kansas fans, but is not cheering for either team in particular. Instead, he’s simply all about “Sports!” We think it’s nice that he likes sports so much, but he may be missing the point of holding up signs at games. As long as he’s having fun, we guess it doesn’t matter too much.
Not so loyal
These girls are sharing this controversial sign, so we’re not entirely certain which one is making the special offer. They say that they’re willing to dump their boyfriends for former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, but do their boyfriends know about this? At the time, it may have seemed like a good idea, but Tebow is now playing in the outfield for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, so we hope these girls didn’t do anything too drastic that they couldn’t take back.
We hope for this man’s wife’s sake that he’s exaggerating, and his wife isn’t actually about to give birth, but he is definitely proving what a devoted Los Angeles Angels fan he is. We have no way of knowing whether his pregnant wife thinks the sign is funny, or if she will be angry about it or not, but we are certain that when the baby does arrive, it will be raised to be an Angels fan as well.
Just keep yelling
This fan showed up for the big football game all prepared with face paint and a big sign, but apparently had no idea what he was doing there in the first place. Maybe he wanted to be on television, or maybe he just wanted to shout a bit, so he decided to join in, even though he claims that he doesn’t “know what we’re yelling about!!!” Well, as long as he’s yelling something, nobody will know the difference.
See you cannot
These signs are huge! Whoever made them is probably both a big Star Wars fan and a big soccer fan, but not a big fan of being able to actually see the action. In theory, it’s a great idea – nobody can miss a sign like that. But none of the people sitting under the sign will be able to see the game very well, and isn’t that why they got a ticket in the first place?