The NFL's 10 Most Fairweather Fanbases
Loving a NFL team is like loving a woman (if you don't get that analogy, maybe you should just stop reading now).
But for you slow learners, I'll explain.
Being a fan means you have to stick by your team through thick and thin.
Through all the Ryan Leafs, Joey Harringtons and Akili Smiths (just to name a few high-profile headaches).
Cities like Green Bay and Denver do this with class and dignity, while others fall a bit short.
Here are the top 10 bandwagon fanbases in the NFL right now (and yes, I'm sure there are a contingency of loyal fans in each of the following cities).
10. Cleveland Browns
This a city with a ton of diehards that deserve a title (especially since LeBron James left), but it's also a city with quite a few self-loathing posers.
Okay Cleveland, explain this one to me: Why do you dress up in team colors, put on canine masks and then proceed to show your apparent hatred for the team with signs like these?
It's more of a contradiction than being Scotch-Korean.
But for a city that hasn't won a NFL title since 1964 (not to mention hasn't even appeared in a Super Bowl), the fanbase could be a lot worse, I mean a lot worse.
9. Detroit Lions
I used to believe once Matt Millian was gone, Lions fans would finally stop complaining.
I was wrong.
Now, every Thanksgiving, like clockwork, distasteful Detroit fans come out of the woodwork to give the team its only sellout of the year, bringing signs like these along for the ride.
Maybe if Jon Kitna's 10-win prediction years ago came to fruition, the Detroit population would come more often than once a season.
Although it was a pretty special scene last year when the Lions earned their first win of the season (they were 0-16 the previous year) and the team came back out of the locker room to celebrate with a few of the diehards.
8. Kansas City Chiefs
Only filling 88 percent of their stadium in 2009, the Chiefs have been bad for a while now.
But just two years earlier in 2007, Kansas City earned a wild card birth in the post-season.
Their stadium percentage that year? 96.6.
If barely making the playoffs forces that drastic of an increase, just imagine what a serious run to the Super Bowl would do.
7. Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia fans are brutal.
Go on a two game losing streak and the fans revert back to French Revolution tactics (off with their heads!).
It's a miracle Donovan McNabb got out of there alive.
Bi-polar disease has nothing on Philadelphia.
No other city boasts fans with such an exponentially different love-hate relationship.
6. Miami Dolphins
Miami won the AFC East in 2008.
I seriously doubt this guy wore the bag to any of those games.
Just one year prior to one of the most miraculous turnarounds in NFL history, the Dolphins won just one game in 2007.
The outpouring of fan support in 2008 was staggering.
Especially given the dissent towards the losing team in previous years.
5. San Diego Chargers
San Diego is a pretty bad offender.
It's antiquated Qualcomm Stadium is never at full capacity during the regular season.
Visiting fans have no problem finding quality open seats next to the few regulars.
But then, like magic, once the Chargers earn their yearly home playoff game, seats fill up faster than parking spots on Mission Beach.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
Yes, Jacksonville is a small market for a NFL city.
But come on, football is the most popular sport in the country.
Blackouts cannot be tolerated when cities like Los Angeles don't even have a team to ignore.
I don't recall any problems when the Jaguars were a perennial playoff contender.
Maybe they should have drafted Tim Tebow?
3. St. Louis Rams
The Rams won the Super Bowl at the conclusion of the 1999 NFL season.
Just a decade later, St. Louis was 29th in attendance.
Who would of thought Kurt Warner would be the one who got away when the Rams let him go in 2003.
Hopefully, for the fans sake, Sam Bradford will be the savior the city is waiting for.
2. New Orleans Saints
This one might rub some people the wrong way.
But seriously, it was just a couple years ago when the stands were empty, and the few people that did come were decked out in paper bags.
Enter Drew Brees and the high-flying Saints offense.
United by a hurricane, the city of New Orleans jumped on the Saints bandwagon all the way to a Super Bowl victory over the Indianapolis Colts this past February.
(on a side note, was I the only one who was absolutely sick of "Who Dat"?)
1. Arizona Cardinals
For years, the Cardinals were the laughing stock of the NFL for playing in a college stadium in Tempe.
And for even more years, Cardinals fans were the laughing stock of the NFL for consistently being outnumbered by the opposing team's followers.
But just as quickly as Arizona moved into a shiny new (toaster-esque) stadium, the Cardinals' team (and fans) turned it around.
The miraculous change of heart by the city of Phoenix was culminated by the team's Super Bowl run in the 2008 post-season.
Now if you go to a game in outlying Glendale, Arizona, it will be hard to find a seat not filled with red.
(I'm sure the switch from outdoor to indoor helped as well, air conditioning in the desert is a very good thing)