When you live New York and watch football at a bar every Sunday, you're exposed to various teams' fans. The bar I go to has a floor dedicated to Cleveland Browns' fans, but the other floor is frequented by fans of the Chiefs, the Dolphins, the Lions, the Colts, the Packers, the Saints and the two local teams. Watching how every fan base acts while their team is playing has allowed us to witness some rather bizarre behavior (ordering champagne after the second win of the season in Week 8 for example) and a few unwelcome outbursts.
This all has led us to wonder which teams have the most annoying fan bases. I had my own opinions, but I figured I’d conduct a somewhat unscientific poll over email and Facebook to see what others thought. While I didn't wholeheartedly agree with the results of the survey, it did help to craft my opinion on the matter. As always, feel free to comment below on which team you think has the most annoying fan base.
5. Chicago Bears
People from the Midwest seem pretty adamant about how much they can't stand Bears fans. The biggest issue is that Bears fans think their franchise is better than it really is. You can talk about how many NFL championships your team won before the Super Bowl existed, but who the f*ck cares about about that? One Super Bowl championship and two Super Bowl appearances in 44 years isn't much to brag about. It's also pretty pathetic when your leading receiver hung up his cleats in 1967, and Ditka left your city 18 years ago. There's really not too much to talk about here, yet the fans seem to cheer like their team is the best. Give us a call when you have a quarterback who won’t shit himself on a game-winning playoff drive.
4. Oakland Raiders
There was a time when it was cool to be a Raiders fan, but that passed about 15 years ago. The black and silver colors became iconic (just ask Ice Cube and the crew who filmed ESPN's "30 for 30" movie on it), which helped attract a wide range of fans. While it may have attracted the hip-hop culture, it also attracted a bunch of crazed weirdos, who think dressing up with face paint and costumes on Sundays is a good idea. If you guys were such a great fan base, then why has the team moved twice in the last 40 years? Your owner is a living crypt keeper. It's time to move ahead to the 21st century.
3. New England Patriots
Having gone to college in the Boston area, I witnessed the transition of Pats fans firsthand. I once went to a Pats vs. Bengals game at the old Foxboro and it felt like the state fair. The intensity was lacking, the facility was second rate, and the fans were rather indifferent with everything. Next thing you know, Tom Brady shows up, owner Bob Kraft gets his team a new stadium, the team wins a Super Bowl, and everything spirals downhill for the rest of us. The first title wasn't as bad as the second because that came with a load of arrogance that you never would've expected. Suddenly there were pink Patriots hats everywhere. Talk about being fair weather. I can't wait until Brady and Bellichick retire and we see how many Pats fans are left over. The worst was when they went undefeated in the regular season of ’07 and they wouldn’t shut up. Fortunately you don’t win titles for regular season play and all the Pats fans had to eat crow after losing to the Giants in the Super Bowl. My dad to this day still talks about watching our friend sitting on the floor in the corner of the room after the game, weeping to his own father on the phone. It was tremendous.
2. Philadelphia Eagles
Eagles fans would've easily been the number one on my list had I not polled the public, but I'm willing to give into public sentiment and move them to number two. I hate Philly sports fans in general because they go head to head with the teams I root for, but that has nothing to do with why I find them the most annoying. The people of Philadelphia are generally trashy individuals with no class and have done things no other fan base has come close to doing. Name me another fan base who booed and threw snow balls at Santa Claus. Who the hell starts booing when an opposing player (Michael Irvin in this case) is laying motionless on the field with possible spinal cord damage? Sure Irvin's an a**hole, but you can't harass a guy when he's laying there with the possibility of never walking again. While there have been other fan bases known to throw objects at opposing players, it was Philadelphia fans (yes, they were Phillies fans, but they're the same people who cheer for the Eagles) who threw batteries at J.D. Drew. You know what the best part is? They've never won the f*cking Super Bowl. Your quarterback puked on the field while driving to win the game. Go buy another pair of jean shorts...
1. Dallas Cowboys
Overwhelming sentiment rained down with the Cowboys as the #1 most annoying fan base in the NFL. They're the ultimate bandwagon fans. It stems from being successful enough in the '70s to appear on national TV constantly and the reign of success in the early '90s. Cowboys fans are f*cking everywhere. I'm sorry, but if you're from any part of the New York area, there's no reason you should be a Cowboys fan. Where's your f*cking loyalty? You seem to be pro New York when it's baseball season and you're rooting for the Yankees, but that disappears all of a sudden when it comes to football? They also have the most despicable owner in the league this side of Al Davis. You hear Jerry Jones speak about all the great things he does and you root for his team to fail. He's such a pompous f*ck that he ran the only guy out of town who brought Super Bowl success and things have never been the same since.
Honorable Mentions: Miami Dolphins, N.Y. Jets, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I've had a couple friends who lived around the Tampa area that can't stand Buccaneers fans, but I can't speak to it as much. They're apparently a bunch of rednecks, who act like die-hard football fans, yet don't understand the how the football world actually works.
Thursday Night Pick:
SAN DIEGO -9 over San Francisco
I think it's fair to say that the game the Chargers played against the Radiers two weeks ago was a blip on the radar. It's the only game in their last six where the offense didn't put up at least 29 points. The 49ers are not a team you can trust and they've lost five out of six road games this year. I'm not buying in on last week's effort because they can just as easily lay an egg tonight and I see them doing that.
Last Week: 9-7
Season Record: 99-103-6