5 Worst NFL Fan Bases
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Jun 23, 2013
Baltimore Ravens breakout receiver Torrey Smith spent Saturday night trolling the New England Patriots. Specifically, their fans. His argument broke down to: Every team has shitty fans, the Pats simply have more of them. Talk to Boston sports fans, and they’ll sort of echo the notion that the Pats are, by far, their city’s most bandwagon-heavy team.
But that’s to be expected when you go from mid-level AFC East cog to perennial dynasty. And with so many temporary residents in Boston attending school, it only makes sense that window shopping Bostonites would latch on to something from the area. And that something has been pink hats and Tom Brady regalia.
Hating on the Patriots overlooks the fact that Boston—love or hate that town—has one of the most dedicated bases in America. Cities/regions are a fair temperature reading for fan measurement: Look at the rust belt teams (Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo) and how committed citizens remain to their perpetually floundering clubs because there’s tradition. Look at what the Saints mean to New Orleans. Look at the affection that folks have for the Vikings in North Dakota and Montana.
Attacking a team for having bandwagon fans is short-sighted. Bandwagons are an inevitable byproduct of success but are not indicative of the base at-large. It’s why the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys have such tremendous footholes in America. And while some traditions never change (credit the Chiefs—their city still rides for them and talks itself into Alex Smith), some things have.
Philadelphia is an enormous, multi-ethnic city; Lincoln Financial Field is modern, inviting, and years of surging ticket prices coupled with increasing diversity have kind of mellowed out City Center. Go to Geno’s for a cheesesteak, for example, and you’ll find Mexican flags adorning the once defiantly Italian-American neighborhood. Phoenix is the sixth-largest city in America and the Cardinals have a respectable, dedicated wave of fans that came of age with the Kurt Warner postseason run of 2008 and has continued to blossom. Gone are the days of filling the joint with Cowboys fans at Sun Devil Stadium.
But no doubt about it—some fan bases suck. Here are the five worst in the NFL.
#2 Jun 23, 2013
Seattle was a baseball and hoops town in the ‘90s and today is a soccer and college football town.
In between, Hawks fans love to have it both ways: Poor us, we had Rick Mirer and sucked for a long time, let’s be self-deprecating, detached, and pragmatic about it. But show these clowns the tip, and it’s combative machismo that shoots from the bro-nads.
The team’s homefield advantage stems from pre-sets that have nothing to do with the fans: geography as it relates to other NFL cities, climate, a recent rise in hard-hitting defensive backs, and engineering that brought a synthetic loudness to Qwest field.
#3 Jun 23, 2013
5. Green Bay
Right, the most storied franchise in the NFL and the most romantic base. It’s a co-operative and citizens own the team. Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren have streets named after them. It’s a grand old time when the Pack rides.
But what have you done lately? Today’s Green Bay fans stand on the shoulders of their fathers. The Packers’ vaunted homefield advantage has waned over the last decade—especially in the postseason. Somehow, the fans let a young Mike Vick—on a Saturday night— own the joint during the 2003 Wild Card playoffs. They let Randy Moss and Daunte Culpepper smoke the Pack during the ’05 playoffs. The Packers blew the 2008 NFC Championship at home in a picturesque frozen tundra game that defecated all over the iconography. When Aaron Rodgers and the Pack won the Super Bowl in ’11, the entire run was made on the road. The following season, the defending champs host a divisional playoff—they lose in Lambeau.
What really bothers me about Green Bay is their myth of righteousness. It’s the same reason I was rooting for the Miami over San Antonio during the NBA Finals. Green Bay is a base that touts the shield over the name on the jersey because of a figurative purity that comes with supporting the team. It’s a base that sells you on wholesome localism and pure-hearted values. But it’s football—there are no good guys and bad guys. Your Dorsey Levens jersey does not make you a better person.
#4 Jun 23, 2013
There is a typo here for the Slew to find....
#6 Jun 23, 2013
We have great fans, you have poor religion....
Nothing worth reading here...con-suck-quences...
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THAT DOESN'T RUN !!!!
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#8 Jun 24, 2013
Seattle is a soccer town, enough said
#9 Jun 24, 2013
1776 is a teabagger twit, nuff said.
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