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NHL Fans Taunt Black Player With 'Basketball' Chant

Chicago Blackhawks boot 4 male fans for remarks to the Washington Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly

(Newser) - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league condemns the behavior of four male fans chanting a racial taunt against a black player, and that he backs the Chicago Blackhawks for ejecting the offenders. Bettman says no one "should ever have to endure such abuse at one of our games,... More »

NFL Losing Big Chunks of Its Target Audience

Number of men between 18 and 49 who follow NFL closely drops 24%

(Newser) - America's response to the eternal question "Are you ready for some football?" appears to be getting less enthusiastic by the day, and that could be big trouble for the NFL's dominance of the US sports-scape. According to a poll conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC... More »

After Fans' Taunts, Ejected NFL Player Goes Into Stands

Seattle Seahawks' Quinton Jefferson tried to climb into stands after taunts, items hurled his way

(Newser) - The Seattle Seahawks lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-24 in Florida on Sunday, and it resulted in what ESPN calls an "ugly ending" after tense final minutes between the opposing teams. Per USA Today , defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson was thrown out of the game toward the end of the... More »

Howard Stern Fans Worry About Their 'Hero' as Show Goes Dark

Rumors run the gamut from a fight with his wife to a sick or dead parent

(Newser) - Conspiracy theories, buzzing Reddit threads , and an outpouring of concern this week over … Howard Stern taking a day off. Page Six reports that the SiriusXM radio host abruptly dropped off the airwaves this week when he unexpectedly took a "personal day" Wednesday, per the on-air message explaining his... More »

Pariah Cubs Fan Not Emerging Even After World Series Win

Steve Bartman won't 'crash the parade'

(Newser) - Chicago has been waiting for him to come out of hiding for more than a decade—but it doesn't look like the man who was blamed for contributing to the Cubs' 2003 National League Championship loss will be out and about anytime soon, even though his team finally won... More »

Cubs Fans Go Wild as 108-Year Drought Ends

'Next year' has finally arrived

(Newser) - In Chicago, next year is here. At exactly 11:47pm local time Wednesday night, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series title that had eluded them for 108 years. Fans who packed bars to watch the games on television near Wrigley Field—neither of which existed back in 1908—erupted... More »

Star Wars Superfan Dies After Getting Final Wish

Daniel Fleetwood died of a rare cancer after private viewing of 'The Force Awakens'

(Newser) - Daniel Fleetwood, the Star Wars superfan with a terminal illness whose wish to see an advance screening of The Force Awakens came true last week, has died at the age of 32, Mashable reports. His wife, Ashley Fleetwood, announced the Texas man's death with a Facebook post early Tuesday,... More »

Mocked Over Selfies, Sorority Students Bite Back

Arizona Diamondbacks announcers made fun of them

(Newser) - Baseball announcers mocked a group of sorority students in the crowd this week and got a slice of humble pie for their effort, Jezebel reports. As described by SB Nation and Sporting News , Arizona Diamondbacks announcers Bob Brenly and Steve Berthiaume mocked a group of female students from Alpha Chi... More »

Michael Jackson Fans Win 1 Euro Each for Distress

5 prove their case against Conrad Murray in French court

(Newser) - Lots of people around the world were distraught when Michael Jackson died, but only five have proven it in court. As AFP reports, the five won damages of 1 euro apiece against Jackson doctor Conrad Murray in a French courtroom today. They convinced the judge of their trauma in part... More »

Justin Bieber Has a Spitting Problem

Drops a loogie from hotel balcony

(Newser) - And the offensive behavior continues: As adoring fans surrounded his Toronto hotel yesterday, Justin Bieber decided to grace them with his presence, heading out onto his balcony to snap the view on Instagram . Nice enough, until he proceeded to spit. TMZ nabbed some pretty gross pictures of the spit in... More »

Cash Rains Down on Chargers Fans —They Return It

Good will triumphs after server trips, loses money

(Newser) - Antidote to rowdy sports fans stories: A server at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium tripped on a stair, showering nearby fans on those sitting in two lower sections with about $1,000 in cash. “All my customers began screaming over the railing to the people below: ‘That’s... More »

LA Man Busted in Vicious Attack on Giants Fan

Cops still hunting second suspect in attack that left dad Bryan Stow in coma

(Newser) - A Dodgers booster suspected of attacking a father of two after a Giants game has finally been busted, according to officials. Operating on a tip, a Los Angeles SWAT team nabbed the man and four others in an East Hollywood apartment, reports ABC News . Giovanni Ramirez, 31, was booked for... More »

Hey, Media, Lay Off the 'Twihard' Moms

Female superfans of 'Twilight' aren't any crazier than people addicted to sports

(Newser) - Every time a Twilight film comes out, so do the stories about the vampire franchise’s apparently craziest group of fans: grown women . At best, these women come off “idealistic, dreamy, eager to erase their boring chicken nugget reality with 90 minutes of vegetarian vampire fantasy, maybe a little... More »

Cops Taser Abusive Tiger Woods Heckler

He'd apparently had a little too much to drink

(Newser) - We have a trend: Another sports fan has been Tasered, this one an apparently drunken heckler of Tiger Woods. When the 36-year-old Florida man refused to stop abusing Woods from his spot behind the 11th hole yesterday, deputies moved in. The man became more combative—until deputies Tased him once... More »

Apple Fans Spawn Own Dating Site

Tired of dating boring Dell users? Cupidtino is for you

(Newser) - For those who can't imagine locking lips with anyone who taps key on an H-P, soon you can ensure that you only date other Apple fanboys or fangirls, thanks to Cupidtino . Cupid-what? If you can’t quite figure out the dating site’s name, that’s because you're not a... More »

Bieber Concert Canceled After Fans Faint

Mob rushes stage amid 'Bieber Fever'

(Newser) - Australian authorities have canceled a concert by 16-year-old Canadian heartthrob Justin Bieber after screaming fans mobbed the performance site, causing injuries and several teens to faint and hyperventilate. Bieber was to sing 3 songs at a Sydney Harbor venue for a TV broadcast today. But the gig was nixed when... More »

Playboy's No. 1 Fan? This 44-Year-Old Chicago Woman

Peggy Wilkins moderates fan list, and even has Hef's ear

(Newser) - One might think Playboy’s biggest fan is a teen boy getting his first forbidden glimpse—but in reality, it’s a 44-year-old Chicago woman who’s bought every issue for the past 30 years, and keeps a spare apartment just to house the collection. And Peggy Wilkins is proud... More »

Bladeless Fan 'Mind-Bending Sensation'

But at $300, not a hugely different experience from the $10 you have now

(Newser) - If you’re in the market for a new desk fan, tomorrow brings a new option: Dyson’s bladeless Air Multiplier. It’s “the most opulent, most eye-catching and”—at $300—“most ludicrously overpriced gadget the company has released yet,” Mark Wilson writes. “And I... More »

Jon & Kate Ratings Slip-Slidin' Away

(Newser) - Fans may be enthralled with Jon and Kate Gosselin's marital trouble, but they appear to be rapidly growing bored with their TV series, reports Radar. Audience figures for Jon & Kate Plus 8 plunged by more than half this week from an all-time high of 10 million for the season... More »

Roman Soccer Fans Will Kick, Er, Stab Your Butt

Anyway you slice it, extreme fans like to attack from behind

(Newser) - People who attend soccer games in Rome have to watch their backsides, warns the BBC. That's because Romans are particularly fond of stabbing rival fans in the butt. Stabbings are "now so frequent they're hardly reported in the press," said a professor who has studied the attacks. "... More »

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