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.
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.
And then go back to cheering for your team.