Top 10 Star Wars Sports Crossovers

It's probably a tad obvious that we're big Star Wars fans here at GalacticBinder.  Well, we're also big sports fans.  And while both sports and Star Wars are ingrained in the fabric of American culture, most people don't readily associate them in their mind.  But upon further investigation, we've found that the two mesh  together in all manner of ways - from the bizarre to the sublime.   

Honorable Mention
Clone Trooper Rocks the National Anthem


Hit List: Check out this Clone Trooper as he absolutely rocks the national anthem on electric guitar before a Muskegon Fury (now the Muskegon Lumberjacks) IHL ice hocky game.

Note: Skip to 1:08 in the video below.



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#10
George Lucas and USC Football


Hit List: Being a USC alum, it's no secret that George Lucas regularly enjoys attending USC football games. Considering the Trojans are a perennial national powerhouse, it's very clear that the Force is with Pete Carroll!

George Lucas USC Football

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#9
Similarities of Star Wars Nerds and Sports Geeks


Hit List: This popular video says all that needs to be said about just how similar the fanaticism of these two groups really is.

Note: The video below has some mature language (and gestures).



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#8
Star Wars Fans Who Geek Sports Teams
 and Sports Teams Who Geek Star Wars

Hit List: Some Star Wars fans love combining their two passions. This member of the 501st Legion just couldn't resist displaying his Colts pride.

Star Wars Colts Stormtrooper

Hit List: Back in July of 2007 the Detroit Tigers Class A affiliate, the West Michigan Whitecaps, wore Lucasfilm-approved Star Wars baseball jerseys at a home game against the Beloit Snappers. The event was covered by the Official Star Wars blog in a post titled Swing Trooper Swing!

West Michigan Whitecaps Pitcher Star Wars Jersey
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#7
Star Wars Racing

Hit List: Star Wars podracing and race car driving here on earth both require insane reflexes. As well as Jeff Gordon's famous "Star Wars Episode I" Monte Carlo, Star Wars also paired with Red Bull’s Dietrich Mateschitz for a week of promotion back in May of 2005 surrounding the premiere of "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith". This included the Red Bull cars all decked out in Star Wars livery and the pit crews dressed as Star Wars characters.

Star Wars Formula 1 Car

Star Wars Pit Crew

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#6
Star Wars at the Rose Bowl & Rose Parade


Hit List: With George Lucas as the Grand Marshall of the Rose Parade, Star Wars invaded New Year's Day 2007. The 501st Legion marched with pride and Star Wars was represented with an amazing float.

Later that day, accompanied by Darth Vader, George Lucas flipped the coin at midfield before the Rose Bowl game and then watched his alma mater USC crush Michigan 32-18.

Star Wars Rose Parade

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#5
Chewbacca Throws the First Pitch at Fenway


Hit List: On September 28th, 2005, none other than Chewbacca threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a game between the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston.

Chewbacca First Pitch Star Wars Fenway Park

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#4
Star Wars Sports Jerseys


Hit List: Quite simply... these rule.

Jedi Jersey Star Wars  Sith Jersey Star Wars
Vader Jersey Star Wars  Fett Jersey Star Wars

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#3
The Oakland Raiders and Darth Vader


Hit List: No franchise in professional sports has cultivated a bad boy image more than the Oakland Raiders. From team owner Al Davis down to the fans themselves, the "Silver and Black" love to strike fear into the hearts of their opponents. A scan of the crowd at any Raiders game will reveal plenty of fans wearing a Raiders jersey over shoulder pads topped with a Darth Vader helmet.

Oakland Raiders Al Davis Darth Vader Star Wars
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#2
Star Wars ESPN Commercial


Hit List: ESPN's Sportcenter ad campaign is one of the most clever on TV. You knew it was only a matter of time before Star Wars invaded Bristol!



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#1
Marching Bands Who Play Star Wars


Hit List: As fun as it is sitting home watching a football game on your plasma television, nothing compares to being at the "big game". One of the things you often miss at home is all the pageantry of the pre-game (yes, the tailgating!) and the halftime show.

It has become quite common for both high school and college bands to use Star Wars themes in their repetoire. Back in the 1980's, the University of Miami, known as "The U", popularized playing the Imperial March whenever their feared defense sacked the quarterback. And who doesn't love a Star Wars themed halftime performance!







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