Community leaders and top writers talk about how strong their Bleacher Report community is all of the time. Philadelphia Eagles fans seem to be very vocal about it, Oakland Raiders fans will talk about how passionate theirs is, Sayre Bedinger wrote an article dedicated to the Denver Broncos' strong community a little while back.
Who really is number one though? Has anyone tried to figure out?
There certainly is no perfect way to do this, some writers are burned out right now or are writing about a sport in its regular season, others that are on top writers lists may not stay, and not to mention the rankings constantly change. Not to mention that there are teams with pretty hardcore fan bases that do not have a lot of writers due to recently woeful years. (Buffalo Bills come to mind.)
I'm going to try and take a stab at it though. The rankings I viewed to rank each community are as of Wednesday, May 6th, 2009. And it says something about the passion of some writers; writers that will keep writing about football regardless of if it's pre-season, regular season, play-offs, post-draft or whatever time of year it may be.
For anyone that wishes to look at the top 50 NFL writers or at the top 10 for each division, I wrote those on at the end of the list. Both of these factors played big parts in constructing the list.
Here are some notes before I reveal my list:
- The St. Louis Rams are the only team without a Community Leader, top ten writer in their division, or a top 50 writer overall.
- Four other teams had no writers in the top ten of their division or top 50 overall.
- The Washington Redskins and the Kansas City Chiefs are the only communities with a top 50 writer (#22) but no writers in the top ten of their division.
- There are six other teams with no writers in the top 50.
- There are few top 50 writers who do not have any clear favorite teams. I just left them as unknown.
- Try not to take offense to any of the names of any of the sub-divisions in the rankings. It's all in good fun!
The Ed Wood Division
32. St. Louis Rams
The Uwe Boll Division
28. Buffalo Bills
27. Houston Texans
The Michael Bay Division
24. Detroit Lions
22. Cleveland Browns
21. Atlanta Falcons
The M Night Shyamalan Division
20. Kansas City Chiefs
19. Washington Redskins
The Nicholas Ray Division
The John Ford Division
The Francis Ford Coppola Division
The Billy Wilder Division
And here is how the top 50 NFL writer's list looked:
1.Bryn Swartz (Eagles)
2.Angel Navedo (Jets)
5.Sayre Bedinger (Broncos)
6.Michael McNeil (Saints)
7.Football Maniaxs (Unknown)
8.Ryan Michael (Colts)
9.Michael Whooley (49ers)
10.William Berry (Patriots)
11.Jake Perper (Bears)
12.Cody Swartz (Eagles)
13.James Williamson (Cowboys)
14.John Fennelly (Giants)
15.Josh Satler (Unknown)
16.Matt Gilmartin (Panthers)
17.Isaac Barrow (Ravens)
18.Chris J. Nelson (Dolphins)
19.Tanner Thoms (Vikings/Broncos)
20.Dan Parzych (Eagles)
21.MJ Kasprzak (Packers)
22.Rich Tandler (Redskins)
23.Andrew Nuschler (49ers)
24.TAB BAMFORD (Bears)
25.Dan Boone (Bears)
26.Eric Quackenbush (Panthers)
27.C Douglas Baker (Patriots)
28.Zach Kruse (Packers)
29.David Arreola (Packers)
30.Bob Cunningham (Eagles)
31.Josh Dhani (Colts)
32.Jacob Sloan (Cowboys/Titans)
33.Paul Augustin, Jr. (Saints)
34.Andrew Cahill (Patriots)
35.Dumont Walker (Cowboys)
36.John Lorge (Seahawks)
37.Section 233 (Eagles)
38.kevin roberts (Packers)
39.Ari Horing (Chiefs/Cowboys/Colts)
40.Henry Gula (Broncos)
41.Jersey Al Bracco (Packers)
42.Mike Dussault (Patriots)
43.Nick Signorelli (Steelers)
45.Bob Warja (Bears)
46.TJ Jenkins (Steelers)
47.Ryan Alberti (Unknown)
48.Glenn Card (Patriots)
49.Kyle Langan (Giants)
50.Steven Resnick (49ers)
And a breakdown of the rankings by division for each top ten:
NFC East (Top 10)
Philadelphia Eagles: Top four writers and six in the top ten.
New York Giants: Two writers in the top ten. (Numbers five and ten.)
Dallas Cowboys: Two writers in the top ten. (Numbers six and nine.)
Washington Redskins: None in the top ten.
NFC North Top 10 (Note: Two writers that are not fans of an NFC North team)
Green Bay Packers: Two writers in the top 5 and three in the top ten.
Chicago Bears: Number two writer as well as three total writers in the top ten.
Detroit Lions: Number three writer.
Minnesota Vikings: Number four writer
NFC South Top 10 (Note: Two writers that are not fans of an NFC South team)
New Orleans Saints: Three writers in the top five and four total in the top ten.
Atlanta Falcons: Number three writer and three total writers in the top ten.
Carolina Panthers: Number one writer.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: None in the top ten.
NFC West Top 10 (Note: Four writers that are not fans of an NFC West team)
Seattle Seahawks: Two writers in the top five, a third writer is number seven.
San Francisco 49ers: Two writers in the top five, a third writer is number ten.
Arizona Cardinals: None in the top ten.
St. Louis Rams: None in the top ten.
AFC East Top 10 (Note: Three writers that are not fans of an AFC East team)
New England Patriots: Two writers in the top five and two more in the top ten.
Miami Dolphins: Two writers in the top ten.
New York Jets: Number one writer.
Buffalo Bills: None in the top ten.
AFC North Top 10 (Note: Three writers that are not fans of an AFC North team)
Cleveland Browns: The second and seventh overall writers.
Pittsburgh Steelers: The sixth, eighth, and tenth overall writers
Baltimore: The third overall writer.
Cincinnati Bengals: The fifth overall writer.
AFC South Top 9 (Note: Nine because only nine are listed. Three of them are not fans of an AFC South team)
Indianapolis Colts: The number one writer, one other in the top five and two more in the top nine.)
Houston Texans: The number two overall writer.
Tennessee Titans: The number seven overall writer.
Jacksonville Jaguars: None in the top ten.
AFC West Top 10 (Note: Three writers that are not fans of an AFC West team)
Oakland Raiders: The number one writer, one other in the top five, three more in the top ten.
Denver Broncos: The number two overall writer.
San Diego Chargers: The number eight overall writer.
Kansas City Chiefs: None in the top ten.