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Packers fans: One study says they rank third; another says 14th

John Kuhn celebrates with fans in the stands after catching a pass in the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter of the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports photograph

 

Just yesterday our own Kyle Fellows posted a story on this page highlighting his trip to the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis and how he was impressed with the turnout of Green Bay Packers fans in the Gateway to the West.

But don’t tell that to those who completed recent studies ranking the NFL’s best fans. One of those studies was completed at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta. The other came from ticketcity.com – not your bastion of education.

Both of these studies apparently utilized strict criteria for determining the best fan base across the NFL – and both placed the Dallas Cowboys at the top of their lists. One of the biggest criteria for both studies was the number of tickets sold. Well, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that if you’ve got one of the biggest stadiums in the league and the foolish fans pay to watch a bad football team, well then fine.

What’s sort of unusual is that the ticketcity study has the Packers ranked third, behind the Cowboys and the New England Patriots. However, the Emory University study has the Packers faithful ranked 14th.

Really?!?

Yes, really.

Fans of the Jets, the Bears, the Saints and even the Chargers are ranked above the Packers. That is ludicrous.

Whatever criteria they used for this study should be thrown out the window.

Consider the Kansas City Chiefs. For decades the team has struggled, but their fan base has remained true and Arrowhead Stadium continues to be one of the most difficult places to win games – just ask Mike McCarthy and the Green Bay Packers. Remember that 15-1 season a couple of years ago? Yep, they lost to Chiefs at Arrowhead.

C’mon, the Viking and Eagles are rated above the 21st-ranked Chiefs? You gotta be kidding me.

Anyway, take these studies the way you want. Fans of every team will argue they have the best fans and there isn’t going to be any study that could possibly describe in a number a fan’s dedication and love for their team.

But just in case you want to see the Emory study, click here. If you want to see the ticketcity study, click here.

And then go back to cheering for your team.

Topics: Green Bay Packers, Green Bay Packers Fans, NFL

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  • Mike Brand

    with a waiting list for season tickets and always a sold out crowd at lambeu i would love to know what these idiots are smoking . green bay fan base is a top 3 . have they seen all the empty seats at jerry jones cowboys what about the rams this past sat . sometimes i wonder if people hate us because we have no owner to drag through the mud or is it our players are not out there killing somebody . i just wonder if our team was as corrupted as the other 31 teams would we get the love they get

  • Moveguy

    I look at it this way, if we are ranked number 1 as fans, will that make a difference in winning games? No it will not. So I really don’t pay attention to these crazy polls that like to say someone’s fans are better than someone else. We have great fans, great tradition and looking really good for the next 5 years. To me that is all that counts. They want to say the Cowgirls are better. Great look at how bad they have been the last 15 years. I am sure they would trade a SB trophy in that time frame not to be number 1.