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The 10 Dads You Always See At A Basketball Game

Your dad is your biggest fan, your inspiration, and — most importantly — your ride home. Hopefully coach puts you in the game so you can finally stop waving at him. Brought to you by State Farm®.

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1. The Assister

Did the ref miss a call? Not a problem. This dad is here to help, uhh, politely correct his mistakes.NOTABLE QUOTABLE: "Hey Ref! [Expletive] [Expletive] you [Expletive] can [Expletive] in [Expletive] [Expletive] [Expletive] [Expletive] [Expletive]."
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Did the ref miss a call? Not a problem. This dad is here to help, uhh, politely correct his mistakes.

NOTABLE QUOTABLE: "Hey Ref! [Expletive] [Expletive] you [Expletive] can [Expletive] in [Expletive] [Expletive] [Expletive] [Expletive] [Expletive]."

2. The Cheerleader

At least he's wearing a mask.NOTABLE QUOTABLE: "Oh, don't be a stick in the mud, honey. Everyone's loving this! Just look at those kids over there pointing and laughing."
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At least he's wearing a mask.

NOTABLE QUOTABLE: "Oh, don't be a stick in the mud, honey. Everyone's loving this! Just look at those kids over there pointing and laughing."

3. The Play Caller

The only thing better than having a coach on the court is having a coach in the bleachers. Make sure you listen to him or you're grounded. NOTABLE QUOTABLE: "COME ON... PICK AND ROLL, RICKY!"
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The only thing better than having a coach on the court is having a coach in the bleachers. Make sure you listen to him or you're grounded.

NOTABLE QUOTABLE: "COME ON... PICK AND ROLL, RICKY!"

4. The Courtside Dad

Sometimes the excitement is too extreme to remain seated all game.NOTABLE QUOTABLE: "I don't care if you can't see, that's my girl out there!"
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Sometimes the excitement is too extreme to remain seated all game.

NOTABLE QUOTABLE: "I don't care if you can't see, that's my girl out there!"

5. The "I Used To Be Pretty Good Myself" Dad

Nice job hitting the game-winning shot. Back in his day, this dad hit like 30 game-winning shots... in the snow... with no arms or legs. NOTABLE QUOTABLE: "Son, you remind me of a smaller, less talented version of myself."
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Nice job hitting the game-winning shot. Back in his day, this dad hit like 30 game-winning shots... in the snow... with no arms or legs.

NOTABLE QUOTABLE: "Son, you remind me of a smaller, less talented version of myself."

6. The "I Taught You Everything You Know" Dad

Success is a journey, not a destination... just remember who drove you to success town: DAD. NOTABLE QUOTABLE: "Good thing I taught you how to walk so you could score 100 points today. You're welcome."
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Success is a journey, not a destination... just remember who drove you to success town: DAD.

NOTABLE QUOTABLE: "Good thing I taught you how to walk so you could score 100 points today. You're welcome."

7. The Email Checker

It's either an important update from the office, or he can't figure out how to turn the flash off.NOTABLE QUOTABLE: *Murmurs something as he stares blankly into his Blackberry*
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It's either an important update from the office, or he can't figure out how to turn the flash off.

NOTABLE QUOTABLE: *Murmurs something as he stares blankly into his Blackberry*

8. The "Am I Cool Yet?" Dad

You can find him in the student section.NOTABLE QUOTABLE: "You guys played like you only YOLO once."
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You can find him in the student section.

NOTABLE QUOTABLE: "You guys played like you only YOLO once."

9. The Papa-Razzi

Sure you missed that free throw with :02 left to tie the game because the flash from his camera went off in your face. Look on the bright side: At least he left the lens cap on.NOTABLE QUOTABLE: "Look at all the great shots your dad had tonight."
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Sure you missed that free throw with :02 left to tie the game because the flash from his camera went off in your face. Look on the bright side: At least he left the lens cap on.

NOTABLE QUOTABLE: "Look at all the great shots your dad had tonight."

10. Snack Dad

And he's still able to keep his figure. Impressive.NOTABLE QUOTABLE: "How do they get away with those prices? It's ridiculous! $8 for a popcorn?! I'm writing a letter tonight."
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And he's still able to keep his figure. Impressive.

NOTABLE QUOTABLE: "How do they get away with those prices? It's ridiculous! $8 for a popcorn?! I'm writing a letter tonight."