The Top 10 Most Supported NFL Teams on B/R
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I've been here at B/R for about a year and a half (took a 5-6 month break) and I have been lucky enough to observe some of the most passionate NFL fans I've ever encountered.
Whether it was an article on trade rumors or engaging in fierce debate, my experience in the NFL community has been unrivaled.
In my humble opinion, these are the ten NFL teams that I believe receive the most support here at B/R. Judged not only on sheer fan numbers, but the quality of the support.
Honorable Mention: Brett Favre
Yes, Brett Favre is not an actual team, but he sure gets support like one.
Since the inception of B/R almost three years ago, Brett Favre has probably been the athlete most written about. Every off-season you get the hundreds of "Go home Brett" articles which always rack up 50 or so comments from the Favre lovers telling the author to take a hike.
Brett has become a community of his own. The war between the Favre lovers and Favre haters will go on long after he has finally decided to hang up his cleats.
10. San Diego Chargers
San Diego doesn't have a whole lot of community members, but what they do have certainly makes their presence felt.
Chargers fans are nothing to mess with. They don't have a bad rep like some other fan bases, they are passionate and underrated in my book.
The Chargers do their part to make the AFC West one of the most active divisions here on B/R.
9. New Orleans Saints
A year ago, the team from Nawlins' wouldn't have even cracked my top 15. But, thanks to a Super Bowl victory and the never ending waves of "Who Dat" smashing the comment boards, The Saints have found new support here on B/R that will last a long, long, time.
Some will argue that the Who Dat Nation should be placed higher, and they may be right. The REAL Who Dat nation of die-hard Saints fans are among the most passionate fans in the league, but the other 70% of the fan base just started a few months ago...
8. Chicago Bears
The Windy City Community certainly hold their own when it comes to passion for their team. The Jay Cutler articles are some of the most popular on the site, and the Bears fans certainly let their voice heard on the subject.
Bears fans aren't widely renowned for anything in particular, but they certainly rival their division counterparts.
According to B/R, there are 1,548 fans in the Bears community. That's worth a spot on this list.
Keep it up Bears fans.
7. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts fans here on B/R have been on high alert the last few weeks. Ever since their hero's fall from grace, they have defended every play of Manning's career admirably.
Colts fans are particularly difficult to argue with, but for the most part it is always a pleasure.
I was shocked to learn there is no community leader for these great fans.
6. New England Patriots
It's hard to ignore the men and women who support the most dominant team of the decade.
Patriots fans are plentiful here at B/R. They may not be seen around very often, but the Pats fans write some of the best NFL articles here on B/R.
I haven't even mentioned the never ending Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning arguments. Sometimes I just like to find the newest Brady article and see the Colts and Pats fans go at it.
5. Dallas Cowboys
America's team has no shortage of support here on B/R. The Cowboys community is one of the largest on the site and they certainly make their presence felt.
Oddly, for a community so large, I don't see a whole lot of Cowboys material on the front page of the NFL community. But, if you look deeper and go to the Cowboys page itself, you will find quality work.
The Cowboys fans here on B/R have changed my view on Cowboy fans forever. I was shocked to learn they all weren't unreasonable bandwagon fans.
The 'boys are proud of their fans here on B/R.
4. Green Bay Packers
Yes, I heard you when you said that you wanted another picture of the famous Bikini Girls. Did you know that the first picture was actually during the 2007 NFC Championship game? Where the windchill was -24?
While I believe Packer fans are the best fans in the nation because of displays of loyalty like THAT, they aren't No. 1 on this list.
The Packers community is filled with classy individuals who offer strong constructive criticism and always offer a fun debate.
The whole Rodgers-Favre thing can create some tense arguments, but it's all in good fun.
The Packers are one of the largest communities, and the top writers are always shifting around as new blood contributes.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
"Six-Burgh" comes in at No.3 on my list mostly for their incredible size. The second largest fan-base on B/R receives an incredible amount of support in the comment boards.
Steelers articles are usually fun to read, except every other argument for the Steelers involves the phrase "six rings."
Since joining B/R two Augusts ago, I have always thought the men and women of the Steelers community had tremendous class, contrary to my prior beliefs. They are certainly worthy of this spot.
2. Philadelphia Eagles
For me, the Eagles are one of the most heavily and impressively supported team on B/R. Their fan base is busy everyday of the year, football season or not. Everyday you can go to the Eagles community site and see articles on EVERYTHING Eagles.
Team history, thoughts on Donovan McNabb, trade rumors, odes to former players, whatever.
On the comment boards, these fans are ferocious. One would think that this fan base would currently be split because of the McNabb-Kolb situation. But, like they have for the last year and a half, the Eagles fans band together and seem to argue as one.
In my experience the Philly fans have shown passion and quality in everything they engage in here at B/R.
1. Oakland Raiders
Just, Win Baby.
Well, the Raiders haven't been doing much of that lately, but that hasn't affected the incredible Raiders fan base here on B/R.
Bolstered by the legendary Raider Card Addict, these fans pump out articles like no other. Everyday, dozens of quality Raiders articles are written and read many times over.
For a franchise that is truly going through some dark times, their fans have shown tremendous support and defense for their ailing greatness.
Keep it up Raider fans, you guys are proudly keeping the tradition going here on B/R.