In line with the opening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, FOX Sports Asia uses the Force to see how has the biggest sci-fi movie franchise and the world of sports crossed paths.
A (not so) long time ago, on a football pitch far, far away…
Star Wars star Mark Hamill (aka Luke Skywalker) accidentally became a Wolverhampton Wanderers fan!
I am now. Never heard of them until 2 days ago. All because I "liked" a tweet from a #Wolves fan & they made me feel like family. Very nice!
— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) September 9, 2017
The 65-year-old, who only learnt of the English Championship football club a few months ago, liked a Wolves-related tweet mistaking it for the animal instead. It prompted a barrage of tweets from the fans.
3 days ago a tweet asked me if I was a wolves fan-I"liked"it thinking they meant the animal-Now they're my favorite team I'd never heard of. https://t.co/RhraZt8faD
— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) September 10, 2017
And Hamill’s Wolves fan status has been confirmed by the club, with a representative adding that “There is always room in the Wolf Pack for The Last Jedi, and there is the open invitation for Mark to attend a fixture at Molineux should his Landspeeder ever be passing.”
The force is strong here, @HamillHimself. Great to have you with us.
— Wolves (@Wolves) September 9, 2017
But, this is not the first time that the Star Wars universe has collided with the world of sports. In fact, it seems that there has been quite a lot of Star Wars sports crossovers over the years.
Therefore, we channel our Force abilities to bring you the best of the lot!
In conjunction with the The Last Jedi movie release, Walt Disney has teamed up with Football Federation Australia for a Star Wars themed round of the A-League.
Besides more kick ass highlight videos, Australian football fans can expect to see Star Wars characters at matches and take part in activities and giveaways!
— AndyM – NFFC (@djargent2003) December 11, 2017
— Eric Berry (@efcso) December 9, 2017
And in true Star Wars fashion, fans will want to get their hands on the limited edition BB-8 ball as well as exclusive A-League club Star Wars merchandise!
But it would seems that Star Wars and football are not a new thing.
In a 2008 MLS meeting between LA Galaxy and DC United, iconic Galaxy midfielder David Beckham tried to join the Clone Army in the pregame festivities.
At least, you are wearing the right colour Becks!
The Japan-based MMA promotion spared no expense on an Imperial celebration for Amanda Lucas, daughter of Star Wars creator George Lucas, when she won her first MMA Championship in 2012.
Despite being busy with the day-to-day running of the Empire, Darth Vader and his stormtroopers took the time to drop by Deep 57.
Not to be outdone, UFC, the worldwide leading MMA promotion, brought out their Jedi masters in the form of Cole Miller and Jim Alers at their 2015 bout weigh-in. The duo faced off with their lightsabers at the Orange County Center in Orlando, Florida.
And as a bonus, did you know that former UFC champion Ronda Rousey is a HUGE Star Wars fan?
The Expendables 3 star dressed up as a stormtrooper for The Force Awakens premiere back in 2015, with then-boyfriend, and now husband Travis Browne as Boba Fett.
2012 Paris Tennis Masters
Probably in an attempt to scare his opponent Sam Querrey, tennis titan Novak Djokovic turned to the dark side in their 2012 match.
Donning a Darth Vader mask, the Serbian probably found Querrey’s lack of faith disturbing…
Before the 2015 game between the Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans, Portland’s point guard Damian Lillard notices a fan (aka R2-D2) from a galaxy far, far away.
Taking their Star Wars fandom up a notch, NBA twins, and self-professed nerds, Brook and Robin Lopez showed us that they not only can bust a move with a ball but with lightsabers too!
Already handy with a lightsaber, it should come as no surprise that Darth Vader is equally apt with a baseball bat. We dare you not to return the dark Sith lord’s high-five…
And every once in a while, Vader even makes the odd appearance on the diamond where he is joined by his familiar adversary, the Jedi!
If you don’t believe us, just take a look at the scoreboard during the 2015 game between Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Not afraid to show a little chest fur, minor league Toledo Mud Hens pitcher Jose Alvarez donned a Chewbacca-themed jersey in their 2013 game against Charlotte Knight.
In a recent Chicago Bears game, a legion of First Order stormtroopers decided to invade the pitch.
— atSports (@atsports) October 19, 2017
— Giuseppe Di Bella (@OpenGDB) October 10, 2017
Thankfully, Finn was not around. If not, we will be drowning in sea of “Traitor!” chants.
Not afraid to pull an opponent’s arm out of its socket, San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burn summoned the Wookie spirit in the NHL All-Star Skill Competition‘s Breakaway Challenge.
Showing their support for the Resistance, the Denver Outlaws decided to take to the field in Rebel Alliance themed jerseys for their 2014 game against Ohio Machine.
Probably the closest thing we have to pod racing, NASCAR racing received some out-of-this-world VIPs back in 2005 when Darth Vader, Jango Fett and some stormtroopers decided to drop in at the Talladega Superspeedway for the Aaron’s 499 race.
They even managed to squeeze in a photo op with racing legend Jeff Gordon – not like he can refuse the dark Sith lord and the most dangerous bounty hunter in the galaxy.