My issue with the "superfans" has nothing to do with what they may or may not be outside of their costumes (I'm pretty sure there are thousands upon thousands of lousy people donating money to charity, schools etc. and many people need some philanthropic endeavor to feed the delusion they are a great human being when simply put many aren't). My issue is the creation of the character and the fact that people are on TV looking stupid makes them seem entitled. I remember being in New Orleans for the LSU Ohio State game a few years back and my friends and I went to this pregame pep rally a few days before. Buck-I-Guy or whatever it is was outside and a friend of mine said something like "Hey it's Buckeye Dude" and Buckiguy proceeded to get in his face and lambast him about screwing up his name and essentially threw a tantrum (my friend wasn't trying to talk to buckiguy just making an observation to us, but Buck-I-Guy was hovering around looking for attention). This has always been my perception of all these superfans, they are wannabe celebrities that believe their persona has some cache that makes them more of a fan than the rest of us and entitles them to be on their soapbox and talk about how many games they go to, all their gear, their good deeds, etc. etc. In my opinion they are an embarassment, friends of mine that went to other schools make fun of them. Not even mentioning that people who block views with extra crap on their head are inexcusable.
On the other hand if they aren't so visible, aren't on TV every game, and aren't trying to infiltrate student sections with oversized head paraphanalia I'd feel completely different, if you want to dress stupid go ahead just don't create a mental bridge between your outfit and the university.
Celebrity shouldn't be based upon being visible it should be earned by doing something worthy of being remembered or repeated or talked about. This is a microcosm of America's fouled up view of celebrity in this age. I guess Jake Taylor really was right when Ricky Vaughn opined "I thought you had to somethin' good to be a celebrity" and he responded "Not if you do it colorfully." I guess the allegory here is that Buck-I-Guy and Big Nut deserve their spot in the hall of shame (which is where Vaughn ended up that fateful night in Detroit after throwing 4 wild pitches in one inning), they certainly aren't doing anything good in those costumes at best their are just colorful.