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CBK 99 8 James Gandolfini: A-list sports fan 31825348 Man, myth, mobster ... sports fan Man%2C+myth%2C+mobster+...+sports+fan CBK

James Gandolfini, who died June 19 at the age of 51, made a name as a tough guy — particularly the kind who whacked his opponents. But in real life, Tony Soprano was one of the bigger sports fans in the celebrity world, cheering on his team against their opponents in a variety of arenas (and often with his family, like son Michael here). Here is a look back at Gandolfini, the sports nut.
 

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CBK 99 8 James Gandolfini: A-list sports fan 31823432 Jersey boy Jersey+boy CBK

Tony Soprano lived in New Jersey. Gandolfini was born in the Garden State. And yes, he received a degree from Rutgers. So while Spike Lee has the Knicks, Gandolfini was a Scarlet Knight through and through. And when the Scarlet Knights took the field, they let the world know they were all Sopranos, like here at the 2006 Texas Bowl. By the way, the final score of this game? Rutgers 37, Kansas State 10.
 

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CBK 99 8 James Gandolfini: A-list sports fan 31825353 Careful, Sanchize Careful%2C+Sanchize CBK

When an entire state is calling for your head, the last guy you want to see is Tony Soprano. Well, Mark Sanchez is a SoCal guy, so perhaps Mr. Butt Fumble just doesn't get how it works.
 

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CBK 99 8 James Gandolfini: A-list sports fan 31825351 A sheep in wolf's clothing A+sheep+in+wolf%27s+clothing CBK

Gandolfini was always the muscle, be it Tony Soprano or any number of characters he played in film. But in real life he was a family man, as evidenced by this shot of him and son Michael at a Nets (of course) game in 2007, back when the Nets played in Jersey.
 

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CBK 99 8 James Gandolfini: A-list sports fan 31826314 New York? Puhleeze! New+York%3F+Puhleeze%21 CBK

They may be called the New York Jets, but they play on Gandolfini's turf. So he was a Meadowlands regular, often cheering on the Jets ...
 

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CBK 99 8 James Gandolfini: A-list sports fan 31825349 He ain't the only one He+ain%27t+the+only+one CBK

... or yelling at them ...

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CBK 99 8 James Gandolfini: A-list sports fan 31826306 A man of the people A+man+of+the+people CBK

... or making time for the fans.

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CBK 99 8 James Gandolfini: A-list sports fan 31825350 Ice cold Ice+cold CBK

In 2008, Gandolfini was joined by his fellow 'The Sopranos' cast members to present former New York Rangers player Adam Graves with a framed jersey to commemorate the retiring of his jersey at Madison Square Garden.

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CBK 99 8 James Gandolfini: A-list sports fan 31823431 Hollywood man Hollywood+man CBK

When Gandolfini's talents took him to Tinseltown, his love of sports followed, and he became a regular at Kings games, seen here behind the home bench at the Western Conference finals during LA's Stanley Cup run in 2012.
 

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CBK 99 8 James Gandolfini: A-list sports fan 31825347 Luxury suite? Fuhgeddaboudit! Luxury+suite%3F+Fuhgeddaboudit%21 CBK

Gandolfini sat with the people, not with the stiffs. And he wasn't sittin' front row for the cameras, either.

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