How to Make a Fan Sign


Show your team some encouragement with a clever fan sign. Take the time and thought to create a unique sign that will excite your fellow fans and/or make them laugh. A particularly ingenious sign may even get you on the Jumbotron or on TV.

Things You'll Need

  • Poster Board
  • Markers
  • Decide if you want your sign to be funny or serious. Funny signs--such as the "Hack a Shaq" signs that encouraged other teams to foul NBA player Shaquille O'Neal because of his bad free throw shooting--are very popular at sporting events. Some fans, however, prefer to bring inspirational signs such as the "Unleash the Fury" signs that are popular at Washington Capitals NHL games.

  • Incorporate a popular concept or saying into your sign. One of the most familiar concepts that fans like to use is from the Visa "priceless" commercials. An example would be "Tickets $75. Sodas $5. Being here to watch us whoop the Marlins--Priceless."

    Another recent sign used the name of the movie "Bend it Like Beckham" to mock him when he sat out a game. It read "Bench it like Beckham."

  • Make a funny sign mocking an opposing team player. Some players are known for certain behavior. Fans whose team opposes the NHL Pittsburgh Penguin's Sidney Crosby often depict him in signs as a baby because he allegedly whines a lot.

  • Incorporate a network's acronym, such as NBC, ESPN or CBS, in your sign if you want to get on television. For example, "Nobody Beats Cincinnati" written with each word stacked on top of each other and the NBC made larger than the other letters may possibly get the cameraman's attention and show the world your support for your team.

  • Rhyme words or use alliterations to create your own clever signs. Examples of rhymes are "The Pack is Back" or even "Nix the Knicks." Alliteration is when you use words starting with the same letter close together, such as "Dominate Dem Dogs!"

  • Make your sign in the shape of something to highlight a point you are trying to make. For instance, you can make a sign in the shape of a buffalo laying on its back with its legs stiff in the air and write the words "Kill the Bills" on it if you are playing the Buffalo Bills.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep it clean. Depending on a particular stadium or arena's rules, you may or may not be able to take in signs, especially if the sign is lewd.

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