5 Coolest Fan Car Mods (and How to Copy Them)

Passion for our favorite teams doesn’t end when the game is over. Bragging rights, fantasy sports, NCAA brackets, and watching the latest sports news is a 24/7 job for any sports junkie. The game is as much a religion as it is superstitious. Eating the right foods, crossing your fingers, and wearing that salsa stained jersey is all part of the ritual.

But some fans go beyond the ritual. One Seattle Seahawks fan famously got a tattoo of his team winning the super bowl before it happened that very same year. Unfortunately, that inspired one unlucky Detroit Lions fan to do the same in 2015 to no avail. Yet, fandom may never extend as far as the thousands of dollars fans have poured into modifying their cars into their tributes and idols of their favorite sports teams.  

Hyundai’s World Cup Cars

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The World Cup is probably the most celebrated sports event worldwide besides the Olympic Games. In 2010, Hyundai took part in the festivities by modifying their own i10 models with World Cup themes. These cars were displayed in the UK after being previously damaged by Top Gear expert Jeremy Clarkson.

The exterior of each car is outfitted with artificial turf replicating the design of a soccer field. One interior of the car has a blue color scheme and the other grass green. The headrests of each vehicle have been replaced by footballs, the side mirrors with football cleats and the rims with footballs.

Attempting to modify a ride like this will be next to impossible unless you own a giant soccer ball to place on your roof. While this may not be legal, there are many aftermarket accessories available to modify your ride. Soccer designed rims are very cheap and you can buy synthetic car covers modeled after artificial turf designs to wrap around your entire exterior. The rest just requires you to be creative. Buy some soccer inspired seat covers, floor mats, steering wheel designs and wrap a pair of soccer cleats around your rearview mirror. Slap on some team logo stickers and you’ve got yourself a car ready for the 2018 World Cup, MLS Championship or UEFA Cup.

Hawkmobile

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The Seattle Seahawks may have the most dedicated fandom car club in the world. This infamous ride comes from a Seahawks fanatic from Everett, Mike Wear. The inspiration supposedly came from a classic, blue Volkswagen Beetle that appeared for sale on Facebook. With some Seahawk logo stickers and some vinyl wrap, he was able to trick out this classic car into his prized Hawkmobile.

The Hawkmobile was invited to join the Wheels of Boom, a Seahawks dedicated car club that tours the Northwest United States. Soon, Mike Wear was touring charity events, driving down Evergreen Speedway with his ride, and meeting some of the Seahawks most notable players. If that’s not incentive enough to show your spirit, imagine impressing Richard Shermon with your tricked out your ride.

Before you go modeling your car after the Hawkmobile to make some money of your own, it’s ideal to consult the organization your car is modeled after for copyright issues concerning their logo usage. With that said, a few rolls of vinyl wrapping shouldn’t cost more than a few hundred dollars and it adheres to cars without any sticky residue. They also last five-to-seven years and some members of the Wheels of Boom use Exacto knives to make the cutouts. Wear painted his hood panels green and slapped on some Seahawks stickers to the complete the design.

Altogether replicating a ride like this depends on finding the right car like Wear’s Volkswagen Beetle. Altogether, the cost of a ride like this won’t be more than a few hundred dollars and none of the vinyl cutout does any damage to the car’s paint job.

Finding the Best 49ers Ride

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The 49ers CEO Jed York conducted his own Twitter contest to find the best 49ers inspired vehicle for an upcoming game. At the top of the list was this beautiful Ford Mustang. With a simple gold paint job, some cool Mustang mods and a 49ers sticker slapped on the side, this car won as the best 49ers inspired vehicle in many fans’ minds.

The beauty of this car lies in the simplicity of the 49ers design. Unlike other teams, the 49ers brand is built around a simple metallic gold and red color scheme. With a metallic gold paint job, red LED lights, red rims, and a 49ers decal, you can transform any classic car into a team inspired mobile statue.

Antonio Brown’s Insane Rolls-Royce

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Perhaps the most insane football inspired vehicle came from a professional NFL player himself. This stunning Rolls-Royce was purchased by Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown for his own personal collection. The seductive black design perfectly fits the Pittsburgh Steelers color scheme along with a yellow stripe down the middle of the car. The most surprising feature of this car is Brown’s preposterously big signature lining the passenger side of the car.  

While a Roll’s Royce may not fit into your personal budget, a classic muscle car in black could provide the same edge and beauty that a Rolls-Royce does. With a solid color design that conforms to your team’s brand, you can place an accompanying stripe down the middle of your car to truly show off your team colors. Instead of finding a professional NFL player to place an enormous signature on your car, it may be cheaper and more available to simply slap a decal on the side of your ride or some jersey numbers from your favorite players that conform to the color scheme.

“Pac-man Fever truck”

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If you’re not afraid to piss off a few Chicago Bears fans than this uniquely inspired Pacman, Green Bay Packers truck could be the ultimate ride for you. Rodriquez ironically acquired the Green Bay helmet from a garage sale for $15 dollars and stuck it on the roof of his truck. Featured on the interior is countless Packers memorabilia, including green and yellow Christmas lights. On the outside is a giant Pacman (cheesehead) devouring Chicago Bears decals. The Green Bay-Chicago rivalry is one the most renowned in the sports world and this truck perfectly displays Rodriguez’s team spirit while expressing bragging rights.

If you’re looking to create a fun-themed ride like this than the first step is obviously coming up with a theme. Rodriquez painted his side panels with green paint and the rest of the car in yellow. You can find countless sports team decals online for a low price and you can modify the interior of your car with team inspired seat covers, steering wheel covers, and dashboard memorabilia. Add some flags, your own team helmet, and some tailgating gear in the bed and you’ll ready to show your pride come next season.

Todd Gurley Talks Local Heroes, College Hoops

Todd Gurley was the tenth player taken in last year’s NFL draft. He ran for over 1,000 yards and ten touchdowns in his rookie season, despite missing multiple games to injury. It was good enough to earn Pro Bowl honors in his first season in the league. He talked to us about meeting one of his heroes and his favorite sport to watch.

Growing up, Gurley didn’t have access to much luxury. When he was young, his mother moved Gurley and his siblings from Baltimore to the small town of Tarboro, North Carolina. Already recognized as a special talent on the football field, Gurley almost didn’t play high school football. But once he was convinced to, he led Tarboro to the 2A North Carolina state championship title. He was named North Carolina’s AP Player of the Year in his senior year in 2011, when he scored nearly 40 touchdowns.

Without access to cable television for much of his youth, Gurley didn’t watch much college or pro football. But his standout talent in high school earned him high recruiting attention and he committed to play football at the University of Georgia, where he starred for parts of three seasons before being drafted by the Rams.

When asked what sports star was the biggest thrill for him to meet, Gurley showed those local North Carolina roots:

“The biggest person I met was probably Julius Peppers. I grew up in North Carolina and he was from the same area as me and he was the biggest name to ever come out of North Carolina. When I first played against the Packers, I was like, ‘Damn, I’m really playing against Julius Peppers …’ it’s just cool because I grew up watching this guy …”

What other sports get Gurley pumped up? Again, he stays local:

“Probably Duke basketball. Diehard Coach K fan. I started liking them probably around 2003. They had J.J. Reddick, probably one of the best college basketball players.”

Gurley said that during his college recruitment process, “I went to a Duke / UNC game at Cameron Indoor which was like the best feeling ever, a dream come true. It was crazy. You just want to sit down but you can’t … because everybody stands up the whole game. Duke was down like 15 points at half and ended up coming back and they won the game.”

Gurley’s Rams are 3-4 heading into their Week 8 bye. You can shop for all the best Rams and Todd Gurley gear at Fanatics.

Why I’m Excited for This Trailblazers Season

I moved to Portland in May 1992, the day before the Blazers started their second-round series against the Phoenix Suns. We took out the Suns and Utah Jazz in thrilling fashion before coming up short against the Chicago Bulls in the Finals. Little did I know at the time that the most thrilling Blazers basketball would be played in the first six weeks of my residence in RipCity.

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Since then, we’ve suffered through the “not good enough” teams of the ’90s, the JailBlazers of the early 2000s, the unfulfilled promise of Brandon Roy and Greg Oden, and last season’s defection of LaMarcus Aldridge / roster reboot that should have sent us back to the bottom of the league…except it didn’t.

damian_lillardLast year’s unexpected and exciting run to the second run of the playoffs was the most exciting time since 1992 to be a Blazers fan. With Damian Lillard already the face of the franchise and locked into a long-term deal, the team decided that they like its current makeup, and elected to sign their core players to long-term contracts while adding some new key pieces, risking costly salary cap penalties that could hit the following season.

Why would owner Paul Allen take this risk? He clearly believes in the potential of the team. But, what makes it easier is that their players are not only great talents but are tremendous ambassadors for the community and have great fan appeal. The ubiquity of Social Media has allowed the community and the fan base to develop deeper relationship with the players…and might have contributed to them staying here long-term.

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For example, Meyers Leonard has tremendous potential as a big man who can shoot 3-pointers like a guard while also fulfilling the traditional defensive / rebounding roles of a center / power forward. He’s yet to fulfill his potential, but he received a 4-year contract extension based on his unique talents. He also likes to dance for his dog and is a fan favorite.

  1. C.J. McCollum also got a massive contract extension even though he only had his breakout season last year. He combines with Lillard to form an offensive backcourt pairing every bit as good as Curry / Thompson in Golden State. Yet, his newfound success has still kept him humble; though he has guaranteed his financial future, he’s still training for life after the NBA…as a sports journalist.

Allen Crabbe had a solid year as a bench player that generated a huge offer from Brooklyn, which was quickly matched. Like Leonard and McCollum, Crabbe is a very well-liked, popular player and, like McCollum, Crabbe only had one year as a rotation player before the team committed to him long-term. Currently, Crabbe and McCollum are representing the NBA in China…a trip that Lillard made earlier in the summer.

The Blazers also committed long-term to Maurice Harkless, a near “freebie” pickup from Orlando the previous season; Celtics veteran Evan Turner; and Warriors Center Festus Ezeli, who surprisingly showed up in the Portland Airport one day and signed a contract the next.

How will the Blazers do this year? Some of the prognosticators aren’t picking them to improve much despite their very successful second half of the season and maturation of their roster. We think we’re a top-4 team in the West (along with the Warriors, Spurs and Clippers). They should win 50-54 games this year (barring catastrophe) and take the division title away from the Thunder.

Most importantly, this should even be a more exciting season that last year. The fans were excited for the playoff run, but most felt that they’d exit quickly. Nobody could have predicted that they would knock out the Clippers and bloody the Warriors in the fashion that they did. The people in Portland are anxious to see the momentum from the second half of last season extend the entirety of this season; with the new pieces in place and Paul Allen’s financial commitment to the team and to coach Terry Stotts, we’re really excited for a high win total and a deep playoff run.

 

By Todd Mintz

Todd Mintz, is a massive Portland Trailblazers fan. He also has been with 3Q Digital (http://www.3qdigital.com) since March 2011, has worked in search engine marketing since 2000 and has used Google AdWords since it began. He was one of the founding members of SEMpdx (http://www.sempdx.org) (Portland’s Search Engine Marketing Group), is a current board member, and writes regularly on their blog.

 

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David Ortiz Surprised, Jumps Up and Gets Goosebumps

Not even David Ortiz is immune to getting a case of the goosebumps that we’ve all felt as sports fans.

Big Papi joined Boston Red Sox fans for a special live Fanatics hangout on Facebook Tuesday afternoon, signing baseballs during an entertaining Q and A session. When Ortiz was asked what jersey the Red Sox legend would want if he could only own one, however, Fanatics had a surprise in store.

Ortiz chose the one and only Michael Jordan as his pick, and he didn’t have to wait long for his dream to turn into reality.

The reaction from Big Papi says it all, jumping out of his chair in disbelief and holding up his new prized possession. Just like the thousands of fans who have been gifted a David Ortiz jersey, the Red Sox slugger gets goosebumps on his arms once it really kicks in.

“This is a dream come true right here,” Ortiz said while holding up his new jersey. “Oh my goodness, this might go under my pillow!”

Whether Ortiz actually sleeps with it under his pillow or he simply decides to hang it up on his wall, you can bet he will remember this moment for a long time.

A winner of three World Series championships and six Silver Slugger awards, Ortiz is as accomplished as any player in recent history. That doesn’t mean he’s immune to feeling like a kid on Christmas morning when being gifted a special sports item that he’s always wanted.

Moments like the one on Tuesday remind us that there’s a wide-eyed sports fanatic inside our biggest sports idols and star athletes – even ones with more than 500 career home runs.

 

See the full video on the Fanatic Facebook page

She said YES – Undercover marriage proposal with Anthony Rizzo

On Saturday, May 14, after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-2 and smashing a 3-run HR, Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo went undercover and assisted with the proposal of life-long Cubs fans Steve Milsap and his girlfriend Leslie during the Fanatics memorabilia show in Chicago. Leslie thought the real surprise was for her 9 year old daughter, who calls Rizzo her favorite player to meet the star – that’s when Steve dropped to one knee and popped the big question, complete with a “Marry Me” Cubs jersey with Rizzo’s #44.

Here at Fanatics we pride ourselves to deliver the ultimate fan experience. At our Fanatics Authentic shows, the fans get the chance to meet their favorite athletes of the team they root for on the field. One of those fans, Steve Milsap, came to Fanatics with the idea to ask his girlfriend Leslie to marry him. We were happy to help Steve, and organize a special undercover meet-and-greet with Anthony Rizzo, star player of the Chicago Cubs.

surprise marriage proposal with Anthony Rizzo at the Fanatics Authentic show in Chicago

surprise marriage proposal with Anthony Rizzo at the Fanatics Authentic show in Chicago

surprise marriage proposal with Anthony Rizzo at the Fanatics Authentic show in Chicago

Marriage proposal with Anthony Rizzo

Warriors History with Fanatics Employees

Tonight, at 10:30 ET, the Golden State Warriors will host the Memphis Grizzlies at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California for the 82nd and final regular season game for both teams. Both teams have playoff berths clinched, but that won’t be on anyone’s mind. The Warriors, with a record of 72-9, are one win shy of breaking the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls record for most wins in an NBA season.

It’s a potentially historical night and a nearly impossible ticket to get. But for two lucky Fanatics employees, their tickets are already punched. A ticket to the Warriors’ final regular season home game was the prize for winning the Fanatics internal March Mania college basketball bracket challenge, and now it’s turned into the chance to witness history and the envy of any sports fan.

Fanatics emplyees as fans of the warriors are lucky to have won tickets to a historical game

We sat down to talk to one of the winners:

I’m really excited! I’ve been rooting for this team the whole year. More than teams, I really love the sport and I love watching all the exciting things happening, watching records get broken, watching big upsets. Like some of the Warriors games that they lost this year were just the most bizarre to watch but also really exciting. But yeah, to be there for a game like this, that is pretty historic, and having watched as a kid when Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were breaking that record, and Steve Kerr, I guess was on the team, it was really exciting, especially, because there’s no way I could have gone if I didn’t win [March Mania at Fanatics]. We couldn’t buy Warriors tickets. They’re so expensive. We used to buy Bulls tickets for like 35, 40 bucks at the most, and go and have pretty good seats in Chicago. And then coming out here and there is just no way we can go to any games, so it’s pretty exciting.

 

My favorite sport to watch has always been basketball. I also watch tennis, but really not much of anything else. As a kid we didn’t have any teams anywhere nearby – I grew up in New Mexico and the closest team was probably the Dallas Cowboys. I guess Phoenix might be a little closer than that, I’m not sure. But yeah, pretty much everybody was either a Broncos fan, a Cowboys fan, or something else, but I was never really into football. It was a big football town. It drove me crazy that everybody was so obsessed with it, so I was really interested in basketball more than anything else.

 

As a kid, I liked college basketball. I liked the Tar Heels, North Carolina, so I picked to win, which luckily somehow I won the bracket without picking the winner, but anyways. And it came down to the last second. That was really devastating. I thought I lost, for sure. But yeah, as a kid I liked the Tar Heels.

 

I liked reading the history of sports. I liked reading about players like Mickey Mantle and Jesse Owens. Actually he was one of my favorites. I used to write essays about him in school, all about his life. But really, I didn’t get to watch a lot of sports, never went to any big games. I do remember distinctively going to Dallas to watch Wayne Gretzky. It was his final year and my uncle got some tickets from his business partner, and invited us up to come and watch. It was really exciting. I had never seen hockey before, but I knew who Wayne Gretzky was because I had the video games. That was really exciting, a lot of fun to go to.

 

Most heartbreaking sports moment? Probably right now, when the Bulls aren’t even making the playoffs, is pretty heartbreaking. They’ve got so many great players and just on paper they’re the best they’ve been in a really long time. At the beginning of the year I was really excited, and then it just got worse and worse and worse. Derrick Rose came back and then periodically injured throughout the season. It’s the end of the year and they basically had to give up with two weeks left because they had no chance. It was pretty heartbreaking.

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CK & FeiFei at the Golden State Warriors game for 73 wins