Five Most Overrated Fan Bases in the NFL
Five Most Overrated Fan Bases
For those of you that follow me on Twitter @chicagobearjew, you know that one of my biggest pet peeves is when people refer to their respective teams as "we" or "us". Then I noticed at a Chicago Bears game recently, the stadium announcer said "Welcome your Chicago Bears". So it got me to wondering, why do teams insist on pretending that fans have an actual ownership in the teams they cheer for? In fact, one team, the Green Bay Packers, actually sells stock to to their fans. I recognize the fact that I cheer for the Bears, but in no way, shape or form do I have any right to refer to the Monsters of the Midway in the first person. Now I'm going to take this a step further. Are there fans that consider themselves above other fan bases? Are fans of these teams front-runners? After doing some research, I've decided it is fair to call certain fan bases overrated. In fact, I'll even take this a step further. There are people that call themselves Bears fans that I refuse to acknowledge. Just because you claim to cheer for a team doesn't make you a fan. It makes you someone that cheers for a team. So without any further delay, here is my list of the top five most overrated fan bases in football. If you'd like to chime in, please HashTag #RML and let us know what you think...
#5 Baltimore Ravens
You were unable to support and keep the Colts, so what do you do, you steal the Browns from Cleveland and call them the Baltimore Ravens. You aren't cheering for the Ravens, you're cheering for the Baltimore Browns. And you have the gall to call yourself real fans? Just wait until you stop winning. Then we will see the Ravens "nevermore".
#4 New England Patriots
Before Tom Brady and a string of Super Bowl wins, the New England Patriots were really an afterthought around football. Now that Brady is the nation's heartthrob at quarterback, the Patriots fans come out of the woodwork. P-L-E-A-S-E! And bring back the snapping Patriot!
#3 Dallas Cowboys
Calling yourself "America's Team" sets yourself up for scrutiny. There's not a lot to like about the Dallas Cowboys, and certainly the idea that they represent our wonderful country makes it even worse.
#2 Pittsburgh Steelers
We always hear how well the Pittsburgh Steelers travel. And they do have some dedicated fans. But it gets old when we hear how the Steelers' faithful fill up stadiums around the league. Look who's in their division? Does that give you a clue?
#1 Green Bay Packers
I have some good friends that I consider Green Bay Packers fans, but this love affair with the Packers gets old. I mean come on, who sells fake shares of stock to their fans? If Brett Favre didn't hit the scene, the Packers would still be an afterthought. But everyone wants to love fall in love with the small-market team from Wisconsin, and that's fine. But calling yourself a die-hard fan requires more than a piece of paper.