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Ricky Rubio fan gets a giant rug with his face on it for Christmas (Picture)

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When it comes to collecting sports memorabilia, there is a fine line between showing your commitment and creepiness. If you ask me, the Christmas gift you see above crosses that line.

This giant Ricky Rubio rug was shared on Twitter by a man named Dean Pierce, who describes himself as an “NBA fanatic” and has a Minnesota Timberwolves background and avatar on his profile. It would appear that a member of Pierce’s family is one of the biggest Rubio fans on earth. Otherwise, I doubt anyone would have given her such a massive and detailed portrait of the Spaniard.

Personally, I feel that’s a little too much. Asking the young point guard to the prom is one thing, but I couldn’t look at something like that no matter who the athlete was. All that matters is it made someone happy on Christmas.

When does sports fan behavior go too far?

If one looks up the definition of a fan, they are most likely to find some kind of derivative of “a device capable of blowing air.” Of course, we know better: that sounds more like the definition of a politician. Exchange “blowing air” for “blowing smoke” and you’re more likely to be categorizing a number of athletes.

A fan, as those in the sports world know the term, is an ardent supporter of a team, player, or otherwise; someone willing to don a foam block of cheese on their head (or chest), a person who expresses utter disdain for hypothermia and social mores when removing their shirt in temperatures hovering around 5-below just to paint themselves an ungodly shade of red, risking life, limb, and employment in the process.

Sports fans wear their heart on their sleeve, along with the many untold stains from Super Bowl parties past. Some brand their team’s logo on their arm, an unfortunate decision should the team ever pack up and leave or decide to follow the trend of changing logos every full moon. Others brand their team’s logo on other people’s arms, flouting convention and the law while doing so.

The most select group of sports fans are normally a Stoic bunch: Stoicism in this case gravitating from cosmic determinism to the slightly more modern topic of what have you done for my fantasy team lately? Sports fans have certain unalienable rights: life, liberty, and the ability to forestall having to see “60 Minutes” at its regularly scheduled time slot on Sundays during the fall.

Cheering and booing are the time-honored practices of fandom, along with the various noxious gases that go along with it. Ancient scrolls seem to suggest that Moses might have been booed as a result of the amount of time it took to cross the Sinai Desert. This would be the old-school equivalent of showing displeasure with a pitcher who continues to throw over to first base to keep a runner close.

Bill Buckner thought he had it bad. How well do you think Napoleon was received after his unsuccessful journey into Russia? Hannibal trying to invade with war elephants? And Phillies fans with memories like elephants still hold a grudge against Mitch Williams …

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Fan who provoked CM Punk bragged about it, then deleted his Twitter

The fan who provoked CM Punk to hit another fan at “RAW” on Monday night in Sacramento bragged about his actions, but later deleted his Twitter account.

A man named Dario Teyes bragged over Twitter that he was the one who antagonized CM Punk in the stands. He also seemed proud that an innocent fan paid for his actions.

Teyes’ tweets are gone now that he deleted his Twitter account, but they were preserved online.

“Bro I’m the one that was —king with [CM Punk] lmao them he rocked an innocent fan,” Teyes wrote to one of his friends over Twitter. “[The fan who was struck] is about to be a millionaire!!! I punched his kidney and slapped his back hella hard.

“Bro he straight pounced on a poor day white guy. I hit him ran away then ran back and stood next to him cause I saw the camera … Come on now poor fat guy is just hanging out putting his glasses on.”

Teyes owes the real victim a big apology, as does CM Punk and the WWE. At the least, the innocent fan needs a new pair of glasses.

The WWE sent us the following statement on the matter:

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Robert Wayne Harris before execution: ‘God bless, and the Texas Rangers’

An ex-con named Robert Wayne Harris was executed on Thursday night after the U.S. Supreme court refused appeals to stall his punishment. The 40-year-old Harris confessed to killing five people 12 years ago at a Dallas-area car wash that fired him. Before receiving lethal injections, Harris told his brother and three friends not to worry and then expressed his love for the Texas Rangers.

“I’m going home. I’m going home,” Harris said according to the Associated Press. “Don’t worry about me. I’ll be alright. God bless, and the Texas Rangers, Texas Rangers.”

I consider myself to be a pretty big sports fan, but I can’t say the last word out of my mouth before receiving a lethal injection would be the name of my favorite team. Harris certainly won’t have his fanhood questioned — here or in the afterlife.

H/T Off the Bench

LSU fan was branded with team logo before last year’s title game (Video)

Anyone who watches college football can tell you that SEC fans are some of the most rabid in the country, but even they can amaze us with how far they’re willing to take their loyalty sometimes. Take last year’s national title game, for example. As you can see from the video above that Outkick the Coverage shared with us, one insane fan laid face-down on a beer pong table before LSU’s loss to Alabama and allowed someone to brand him.

That’s right — brand him. As in with a burning hot iron in the shape of the letters “LSU.” We’re talking melted into his skin. We’re no strangers to LSU fans passing out in restaurants and getting teabagged after big games, but this is a first. If you thought insane tribute tattoos like this one and this one were the ultimate display of fanhood, think again. Tattoos may hurt a little, but they don’t turn your skin into liquid for a split second. This guy may be the craziest s.o.b. in the country.

Fan arrested after diving into fountain to retrieve Adam Dunn’s 400th homer (Video)

Adam Dunn belted the 400th home run of his career on Saturday night, which is a massive feat for any slugger to accomplish. Unfortunately, not all White Sox fans were able to enjoy it.

Dunn’s homer came at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City and fittingly landed in the fountains beyond the outfield bleachers. When the ball came down, a Chicago fan wearing a Kevin Youkilis jersey sprung into action and dove into the fountain to retrieve it.

Diving into the fountains at Kauffman Stadium is illegal, and the gentleman was promptly arrested, removed from the premises, and reportedly fined $2,500. The arrest would probably be worth the trade-off of being able to own a piece of history, but according to CSNChicago.com the fan was forced to give up the ball. Apparently the Kansas City police do fault a man for trying. But hey, we’ve seen people arrested for much less at baseball games in the past.

H/T Deadspin

Kansas City fan Steve Graham has a Chiefs glass eye (Picture)

Steve Graham is a 58-year-old Chiefs fan who lost his eye in a dart accident when he was 13 years old. If that sounds like an awful way to lose an eye, I’m sure it is. Not that there could ever be a good way to lose an eye, but I can think of a few that would be less traumatizing than ones that involve a dart. According to the Chiefs fan blog Arrowhead Addict, Graham has been a die-hard fan ever since he watched the Chiefs win the Super Bowl in 1969 — two years after his accident.

The glass you eye you see him sporting above is simply Graham’s game day attire. He says his doctor recommended the design so he can make it part of his Sunday best, but that he has two other artificial eyes that match his left eye as to not freak people out. If it were me, I’d wear it all the time. You think getting a tribute tattoo like this one or this one makes you a huge fan? Trying wearing your team’s favorite logo in your eye.

H/T Deadspin