By Emily Feimster
For many Hollywood celebrities, entertainment and sports go hand in hand. We've lost count of the number of times rapper Nelly
has rocked out in a St. Louis Cardinals jersey or Jack Nicholson has been seen sitting front row, sunglasses and all, at the Los Angeles Lakers games. Now, with the Boston Red Sox making sports history by coming back after a three game deficit to defeat the New York Yankees in the American League playoffs, we're reminded of the devotion celebrities feel for their beloved teams.
One of the Sox' most outspoken fans, Ben Affleck, must be thrilled with his team's advance to the World Series, thus breaking the fabled Babe Ruth curse. In an interview with ESPN, Ben was asked, "If you had to choose one of these for the rest of your life, which would it be: the Red Sox win a World Series, or you win another Academy Award?" He responded, "Sox win the World Series, definitely." Be careful what you wish for, Mr. Affleck! Other big names cheering on the team include Denis Leary, writer Stephen King, and "Arrested Development" cast members Jason Bateman, David Cross, and Will Arnett.
Down in New York, Billy Crystal's sad, disappointed expression captured the feeling of most Yankee fans. Crystal, who was once a regular at the Yankee workout sessions, is such a fan that he wrote and directed the TV movie "61*," which recounted the race between Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris to break Babe Ruth's single-season home run record. He is also part owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks, but has insisted there is no conflict of interest with his love of the Yankees. "One is an investment," he said "and one is in your heart and your blood." That same love is felt by funnyman Adam Sandler, who refers to the team in many of his movies, as well as Donald Trump, Dustin Hoffman, and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Other baseball gurus include John Cusack, Gary Sinise, and basketball legend Michael Jordan -- who all pull for the Chicago Cubs. Our favorite "Lord of the Rings" hunk, Viggo Mortensen, goes for the New York Mets while Tom Hanks
is a diehard Cleveland Indians fan. But enough with baseball - on to other sports!
When it comes to the game of hoops, Nicholson isn't the only Lakers fan - though it should be noted that producers on his films must work the shooting schedule around the Lakers so that ol' Jackie boy never misses a game. Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Dyan Cannon ("Ally McBeal"), just to name a few, can almost always be seen sitting front and center.
On the East Coast, it is Spike Lee who has courtside seats at every New York Knicks game while "The View" co-host, Star Jones, often wears her Knicks jersey on TV. Hip-hop artist Jay-Z, certainly shares their love for the team but he branched out this year by being one of the investors who bought the New Jersey Nets for $300 million in hopes of moving them to Brooklyn.
For those folks who grew up in cold weather, hockey is the sport of choice. Brr! Comedian Mike Myers is a huge fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs while "Alias" star Michael Vartan loves the Los Angeles Kings. Tim Robbins considers himself the world's biggest New York Rangers fan, claiming to own every highlight video released of their 1994 Stanley Cup Championship season. Matthew Perry made sure not to miss his favorite team, the Ottawa Senators, play against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the last playoff games. He's also an avid tennis fan and can be seen at many of the big tournaments.
When it comes to being different, you can always count on Robin Williams. On top of consistently going to watch his friend Lance Armstrong compete in the Tour de France, Williams is a big fan of the UK's Rugby Football Union. His favorite player, though, is Jonah Lomu of the New Zealand All Black. During a trip to New Zealand, Lomu presented Williams with a jersey on national TV.
Let's not count out those college fans, though. Singer Nick Lachey is completely obsessed with the University of Cincinnati Bearcats as has been shown on "Newlyweds." His wife, Jessica, has admitted that Nick gets in the worst mood after his team loses. Another famous face to hit the college campuses is Ashley Judd who vivaciously cheers on her alma mater - the University of Kentucky's basketball team.
Well, these people may be the richest, most well-known celebrities in the business but it's nice to know they're just like everyone else when it comes to the love of sports - even if they can afford better seats. Don't forget, though, that those who can, do, and those who can't, watch!