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Sue Bird and Jason Sudeikis watch Caitln Clark and Iowa’s latest win

Former WNBA player Sue Bird and actor Jason Sudeikis watch the match-up between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Bowling Green Falcons at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on December 2, 2023 in Iowa City, Iowa. (Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

Almost everywhere Caitlin Clark plays, fans flock to the arena to see her. Clark’s scoring ability and flashy but easy playing style draw crowds to women’s basketball games across the country.

And sometimes, those crowds contain recognizable faces. 

Sitting courtside during Iowa’s game against Bowling Green were WNBA icon Sue Bird and Jason Sudeikis, star of sports TV show “Ted Lasso.” Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder called the tandem “the best player and the best coach in America,” referencing Sudeikis’ titular role as a fish-out-of-water Premier League manager.

Bird and Sudeikis stopped in Iowa after attending a men’s basketball game at Kansas together. After the game, Bird and Sudeikis met the Hawkeyes in their locker room, where Sudiekis signed a “Believe” poster, another reference to “Ted Lasso.”

The basketball legend Bird has previously praised Clark’s playing style and her ability to gather an audience. 

“I mean, it’s jaw-dropping. It’s eye-popping,” Bird told the Wall Street Journal. “It makes you take note of those moments.”