Sports Fans Who Get a Bad Rap

Nick DimengoFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2014

Sports Fans Who Get a Bad Rap

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    Being a sports fan isn’t always easy.

    On top of coping with annual heartache from your favorite teams, dealing with opposing fans who can’t help but bash you for your allegiances happens nearly every single day.

    But just because a city gets a bad rap for some of the things they’ve done, doesn’t mean they’re all bad people.

    While some of these fans have caught heat in the past, here are a few reasons why they aren’t as bad as one might think.

Philadelphia

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    Yes, these are the same fans who once booed Santa Claus and vomited on a young girl, but that doesn't mean they aren't some of the best in all of sports.

    I'm not in support of the aforementioned things that happened, but one thing that I can admire about Philadelphia sports fans is that they sure are fighters, man.

    Going years between championships, the Philly sports scene often takes on the personality of Rocky Balboa from the film Rocky, pitting their one-in-a-million odds against everyone else in the hopes of glory.

Cleveland

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    As someone who was born and raised a Cleveland sports fan, trust me, I get all the hate.

    We’re obnoxious, bitter, stubborn and, at times, super depressing.

    And because of all those characteristics, we’re also knowledgeable realists—a trait I hate about all of us.

    While most people remember the beer throwing Browns game or the LeBron James jersey burning, don’t forget that Cleveland fans are also some of the most loyal in all of sports, who, for a long time, held the sellout streak in Major League Baseball and consistently pack the stadium for NFL games—even though the Browns haven’t made the playoffs since 2002.

    Sure we’ve had terrible moments for years, but don’t be so quick to make us the worst fans in all of sports.

Boston

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    Speaking of that sellout streak that the Cleveland Indians fans used to own, the thing was broken by Boston Red Sox supporters back in 2008, who kept it going until late last season.

    While I’ll be the first to admit that Boston sports fans can be a bit over the top in their passion for their teams, what’s to really hate about that?

    They’re spoiled with players like Tom Brady, David Ortiz and, for a long time, Paul Pierce, but when it comes to understanding the games they love—and appreciating the things former players and coaches gave—there might not be a better fanbase than Boston's.

    We should all strive to be so knowledgeable.

Los Angeles

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    When you have two NBA franchises in the city—one of which has won 16 titles—one of the most prestigious MLB teams on the planet and are home of the current NHL champs, it's easy to catch flak.

    Add in the fact that L.A. is associated with the glitz and glam that some of these other, blue-collar cities don't have and it makes things a hell of a lot worse.

    Still, for the sense of entitlement that Los Angeles has, you have to give them credit for one thing—they refuse to sit and pout about not having an NFL team. That might be enough of a reason to lay off of these folks.

Seattle

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    Go ahead and talk smack about how annoying Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is or how dumb Robinson Cano is for leaving the New York Yankees to sign with the Mariners, because, as someone who currently lives in Seattle, no one hears you.

    Especially not over the noise coming from the Seahawks' 12th Man, who provide blistering levels that leave opponents struggling to think.

    One thing that is true with a lot of the fans on this list is that they pack arenas and stadiums regardless of their team's records, and Seattle fans will show up in all types of weather to give love to the Seahawks, Mariners and Sounders.

Green Bay

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    This one's easy to defend because there's literally next to nothing else to do in Green Bay beside going ape for the Packers.

    Anytime I hear another person talking crap about how annoying a Green Bay fan is, I quickly remind them that the Packers are all the people there have.

    On top of that, the majority of the city has ownership of the team, giving them more than a good reason to treat the team as if it's their own—because, well, it kind of is.

Chicago

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    I know that the Chicago fans seem to complain a lot, but can you blame them?

    Sure they saw Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen win six NBA titles, have witnessed a White Sox World Series title and, most recently, have partied in the streets after two Blackhawks Stanley Cup wins, but all that doesn't erase all the pain they've had since 1908.

    It's 106 years since the city's most beloved baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, last won a world championship.

    From Steve Bartman to Derrick Rose's knee injuries in back-to-back seasons, it's time for everyone to just let Chicago talk about their frustration while we all sympathize with them.

Dallas

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    When you have the moniker of America's Team, it can sometimes go to your head.

    So while the Dallas Cowboys fans might be a little bit obnoxious, that doesn't mean they're the worst supporters around—especially because, sadly, they just can't forget the past.

    And let's not forget about how the Dallas Mavericks turned into America's Team during the 2011 NBA Finals when they were pitted against the villainous Miami Heat, defeating the Super Team in six games to win their first ever title, proving that Big D gets some love at times.

    Everything might be bigger in Texas—sports egos included—but one can't help but have a heart for a few recent misses in big moments that some of their teams have had.

Oakland

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    Yes, it hurts to be a Cleveland sports fan.

    But more than the heartbreaks that we've had over the years, Oakland sports fans might top us thanks to their moments.

    Whether it's fans spending more time getting ready for a Raiders game than the team itself actually competes in it or the Athletics failing to make a World Series even after making the playoffs seven times since 2000, Oakland fans continue to show support even though their squads have let them down.

    And even in the NBA, when the city's Warriors won 51 games this past season, the franchise cans its most successful head coach in years, leaving the fanbase speechless, I'm sure.

Duke

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    Don’t get me wrong, as an alumnus of the University of Kentucky, disliking the Duke Blue Devils is a necessity.

    Still, that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the fun-loving, unique taunts the team’s hoops fans do.

    These kids might be smart, probably more condescending and a little bit more annoying than your average fan, but it’s all in good fun, so let’s just let them do their thing—chances are, we’d be right in the middle of it if we were all smart enough to get accepted to Duke, anyway.