I wasn't going to post this because it seems kind of dumb, but it's been eating at my brain ever since the beginning of the NBA season this year. When the Lakers opened up their season at home against the Clippers, all the lights were on, and the familiar faces showed up. Floyd, a a number of random actors, and I'm sure a Kardashian or two. But of course, the constant, big Jack Nicholson. I see him every year, attending the national games and supporting his beloved Lakers.
Upon seeing Big Jack on screen, I promptly googled him, purely out of reflex, taking a deep dive into his IMDB and Wiki and realized something that calls into question my entire respect for him as a fan. THIS GUY IS FROM NEW JERSEY. Not only that, but he lived there until he was seventeen... MORE than enough time to develop a fandom identity.
Now I know what your saying... "Plenty of actors move to hollywood and start rooting for the big LA teams." I get that. A lot of these artsy types don't give a shit about sports until it's fashionable for them to, and I can understand that move. But in an unsurprising twist, the guy's also a Yankees fan. You know what, just for shits and giggles, let's take a look at some of the championship match-ups from back in the day.
Hm. Must be nice to have a team competing for a championship every year for ten years. Sure, the Lakers got their asses kicked for almost a decade straight, but if your telling me there aren't any bandwagon Cavs fans from the last three years you're an insane person. Jack Nicholson is basically your typical young millennial sports fan who doesn't actually give a shit. The high's are of the utmost high, and the lows are... meh... never really cared. He's taking a page straight out of the LeBron James school of fandom.
Are you kidding me? Almost 50 years of league relevance, 40 years of season ticket holding, and after 3 or so bad rebuilding seasons you're ready to give it up. If the Buss family had any shred of self-respect, Nicholson would get the Oakley treatment; barred from entrance.
There's a special place in hell for the Lakers-Yankees fan, and Nicholson is the Grand Poobah.