Craziest Sports Homages and Tributes

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2014

Craziest Sports Homages and Tributes

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    There are sports fans, and then there are slightly insane sports fans.

    So what separates the two?

    While passionate sports fans will go to great lengths to cheer for their teams, owning a few more jerseys than is appropriate and planning their lives around their team, insane sports fans go next level.

    They're the type that make their friends' jaws drop with how dedicated they are.

    And for better or worse, these are just a few examples of what fans have done to pay homage to their favorite players.

Lego Cowboys Stadium

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    Now this is one that everyone should be impressed with—and, unlike the real one, it didn't even cost the guy over a billion dollars to build it.

    Instead, it just cost this hardcore Dallas Cowboys fan some long hours to build a mini, Lego replica of the team's stadium.

    Hey, it might not be big enough to host a Super Bowl, but this smaller version is just as cool as the real one.

Cleveland Browns Bus

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    Hailing from Cleveland, this one is dear to my heart.

    Even with all the heartache that the Cleveland Browns have given us fans since their rebirth in 1999, the Dawg Pound still remains as loyal as possible.

    And this is just another example of that.

    Creating a giant school bus with a giant orange helmet that's painted brown all over is proof that once you're in the pound, you're there to stay.

Tony Parker MVP Haircut

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    Winning five titles in the the past 15 seasons, it's no doubt that San Antonio Spurs fans will do anything to show off their pride.

    Still, it was a little much when one fan actually got a full-blown Tony Parker face etched all over his head.

    And just when you think a single player like Parker might be a strange choice, another Spurs diehard even outdid that by getting a legit Mount Rushmore of his favorite players on the recent championship team, which included Parker, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard.

    I must say, it is impressive.

Emmitt Smith Chocolate Bust

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    The all-time leading rusher in NFL history, former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith sure proved to be pretty sweet.

    Maybe that's why Hershey's decided that creating a bust made out of their chocolate would be a good idea, rewarding Smith and other NFL stars with the gift.

    I hope it wasn't too hot out, though, otherwise it would've soon turned into chocolate sauce.

Derek Jeter's Corn Maze

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    I actually don't know if I should criticize the people who made a corn-maze design of New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter or be thoroughly impressed?

    One of the most famous players ever, Jeter has won the hearts of all Yanks fans with his leadership and championship-level play over the past 20 years.

    For that reason, it's no wonder people are dedicating their corn fields to him.

Ndamukong Suh and C.J. Spiller Sandwich Busts

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    Sandwich shop Subway claims to have "sandwich artists" as employees, but this is just a little bit out of control.

    For those who like to load the meat on their sandwiches, the busts that the company made for the Detroit Lions' Ndamukong Suh and Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller might be a great option—because they are loaded with delicious pepperoni.

    Just try not to eat the whole thing at once.

Michael Jordan Haircut

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    Arguably the greatest basketball player ever, the love that fans continue to give Michael Jordan to this day is absolutely amazing.

    When sneaker heads aren't dropping crazy money for his newest kicks, they're doing things like this—shaving images of MJ on the side of their head.

    You know what they say, "I want to be like Mike"? This might be the closest way of doing that.

John Calipari Cake

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    As a graduate of the University of Kentucky, it's hard for me to describe just how passionately insane the Big Blue Nation is for their Wildcats.

    Seriously, when I was working in the Athletics Department in college, some of the requests we would get from fans on any given day are unbelievable—get lucky, and I'll tell you over some beers one day.

    So knowing what I do about the fans in Lexington, hearing about the John Calipari wedding cake isn't all that surprising—but it still is pretty weird.

LeBron James and Kevin Love Tattoos

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    It's a good thing that the Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavs trade finally go through and that K-Love mentioned how he's committed to sticking around for longer than just a year.

    That's because one young Cavs fan named Nick Grossman—who's just 16 years old—went out and got some serious ink on his shoulder blades, with the faces of LeBron James and Love.

    Being from Cleveland, this Grossman kid may have just started a trend that I can see catching on—especially if the two start winning lots of titles together.

Andrew Luck Corn Maze

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    He may not be bigger than life, but Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck sure is pretty big—as in 12-acres large.

    At least that's what one farm in Indiana thought ahead of last season when they designed this incredible corn maze cut in the shape of the Pro Bowler.

    Luck has been superb in his first two seasons since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2012, so it's no wonder fans want to show their respect.

Ultimate Green Bay Packers Fan Cave

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    Who needs a trip to Canton to see the rich history inside the walls of the Pro Football Hall of Fame when they can get a lot of the same stuff by going to Grapevine, Texas?

    After seeing this Green Bay Packers fan cave that one household has going on, it would definitely be just as memorable.

    Sure, it's all Packers gear, but as one of the league's flagship franchises, it's something that every football fan would be able to appreciate.

Mini Fenway Wiffle Ball Park

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    Fenway Park is one of the most prestigious ballparks on the planet, and Boston Red Sox fans are some of the most diehard in all of sports, so it's only natural to see someone want to try and duplicate that rich history in their backyard.

    As ridiculous—and expensive—as this might seem at first, I admit that it's really cool.

    I mean, who wouldn't want to brag about hitting a bomb over the Green Monster—even if it is just a wiffle ball version of it.