Quantifying something like “fandom,” “best of,” and “top 10″ has become the rallying cry of this decade as everyone from Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Forbes and every website on the planet (including, unfortunately, this Green Bay Packers site) has their own lists to say “we are the best.”
In my humble opinion, all of these lists are bunk, despite our best efforts to justify our criteria and use highly-reliable CAS (computer aided statistics – OK, I just made that up).
We haven’t won a Super Bowl for four years and our city of base (Green Bay) could fit inside Manhattan, but that’s OK because most of those who live inside the Green Bay “metropolitan” area are Packers fans.
In fact, only 16 percent of those who live in that area admittedly swear allegiance to another NFL team (not sure how they quantified that one). While we certainly feel sorry for that 16 percent who have to live year-round with the Cheeseheads, we also already know that the Packers fans are the best. We live, breathe and bleed Green and Gold (or is it yellow?).
In fact, it’s so obvious, it’s not really a surprise. I like one of the comments left on the Forbes’ story whose author says it’s not such a big deal; it’s like saying the sky is blue.
Even newly-transplanted defensive end Julius Peppers, who spent the past four years playing for those Bears in Chicago, agrees. He was quoted yesterday in reports saying that he thought the Packers fans were “classy.”
Thanks, Julius, for stating the obvious.
But to get back to the point of the article that ranks the Packers Nation ahead of those from Denver, New Orleans, New England and Baltimore in the top five, we just have to say thanks and get back to worrying about who is going to emerge as the starting tight end or whether the team will keep five or six wide receivers – that’s what’s really important to us fans of the Green Bay Packers.
After all, it’s all about winning, right? The Packers also clearly have a leg up in that department with their three straight NFC North Division titles, four out of five Super Bowl titles and their 13 NFL championships.
San Francisco can have their Colin Kaepernick; Seattle can have their Richard Sherman; the Bears can have their Jay Cutler. The Packers have championships – something that the fans can continually point to as their team’s greatest accomplishment.
Oh yeah, and we have a guy by the name of Aaron Rodgers.
It’s nice to be honored as the best fans, but like I said before – that’s something we already knew.
Oh, and yes, the sky is blue.
According to criteria compiled by Forbes magazine, the Green Bay Packers have the NFL’s best fans. Their top 10: