The 30 Types Of Signs You’ll See At Sporting Events

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Hats off to fans who brings signs to the stadium. We personally enjoy holding beer and/or hotdogs at the game, but these heroes of free speech forgo those pleasures to entertain the rest of us. Here’s a comprehensive taxonomy of signs you’ll find at the ballpark, ice rink or wherever else players earn substantial sums of money.

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1. Acronyms using the broadcasting station’s letters

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2. Agitated fans using acronyms


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3. Taunts


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4. Sexual innuendo


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5. Messages to loved ones

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6. Messages from scorned lovers


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7. Genuine expressions of gratitude


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8. Wordplay


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9. Kids being adorable (or attending their first game)

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10. Works of art


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11. Disgruntled fans indicting ownership, management or players


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12. Internet memes


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13. Random, awesome, weird s**t

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14. Mastercard “Priceless” signs


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15. Statements of fact (real or purported)


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16. Pop culture references


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17. Calls for firings/action


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18. Bag heads


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19. Giant heads

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20. Marriage proposals


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21. Equations / mathematics

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22. Exclamations!


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23. Nickname-based signs showing support for a player

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24. Protests / expressions of dismay

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25. Hashtags

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26. Self deprecating

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27. (D)-Fences

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28. Shows of support unrelated to the sporting event

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29. Counting feats or streaks

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30. Labels for a particular area of the stadium

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Brett Smiley (@brettsmiley) would like to add that you shouldn’t hold a sign up during game action.