May the fourth be with you! (Get it?) Today is Star Wars Day, so check out the SI Kids magazine story on Finnish former basketball player Joonas Suotamo, who helped play Chewbacca in The Force Awakens.
<italics>May the 4th is something of a holiday in the Star Wars fan community ? "May the fourth be with you," as the joke goes. Here are some photos of Star Wars characters and fandom appearing in sports over the years.</italics> Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov donned a Star Wars themed mask during the 2013 NHL season.
Braves catcher Evan Gattis autographs a lightsaber bat for Darth Vader before a spring training game at Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on March 15, 2013 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Photo: Todd Anderson/Disney Parks via Getty Images
Billy Dee Williams is flanked by Stormtroopers and R2-D2 while dribbling a basketball before the Detroit Pistons game against the Atlanta Hawks on "Star Wars Night" at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., on Jan. 4, 2013.
MMA fighter Amanda Lucas, and daughter of Star Wars visionary George Lucas, poses with Darth Vader and several stormtroopers after earning her first MMA championship in Japan at Deep 57 on Feb. 18, 2012.
Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter laughs as he stands with Darth Vader before the National Anthem prior to a game against the Astros on Sept. 26, 2011 in Houston. It was Star Wars Night at Minute Maid Park.
Mets pitcher Ryota Igarashi wields a lightsaber against a fan dressed as Darth Vader prior to a game against the Nationals on Sept. 13, 2011 at Citi Field in New York. The Mets hosted a contest for fans who dressed up as Star Wars characters.
Darth Vader and stormtroopers join the Panthers mascot Stanley C. Panther on the ice as Vader drops the puck for the Sabres' Craig Rivet and Panthers' Bryan McCabe on Oct. 21, 2009 in Sunrise, Florida.
Redskins wide receiver Antwaan Randle El poses with Darth Maul on May 19, 2006, during the opening day of the month-long "Star Wars Weekends" fan festival at the Disney-MGM Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Jeff Gordon stands by his new Busch Grand National series car during a news conference on May 26, 1999 in Concord, North Carolina, to announce the Star Wars Episode I sponsorship for his team in the Carquest 300 race.
Photo: Rusty Burroughs/AP
Star Wars and Sports
Unfortunately, the Raptors would lose this one in OT, 102–96.
Before Game One of the Sharks-Predators series, a black cat ran across the ice, seemingly a bad omen for the Sharks:
But the Sharks won both of their first two games at home, making Jo Paw-velski, as he is now named, the team's lucky charm. How would the Predators respond? By reenacting the scene with their own cat mascot, Gnash: