Power Ranking the Absolute Meanest Fan Bases in Sports
When most people think of a crazy fan, that pathetic 40-year-old who sports a customized authentic jersey, paints his face and still acts like he still attends elementary school comes to mind. But generally, these losers aren't regarded as a serious threat because we all secretly feel sorry for them because they still live in their parent’s basement.
Then there is the second tier of crazy fan. The one's that booze a bit too much before the big game and make poor decisions. These classy fans make fools of themselves by making offensive signs and verbally assualting anyone wearing rival colors. I may or may not have visited that level on more than one occasion. Sorry Mom and Dad, I can't help the fact that the state of Missouri brings out the worst in me.
But then there is a third level. One that even a moronic tool like myself can't even find the power to reach. These are some of the most mean-spirited and obnoxious fan bases of all time.
I have tried to rank the worst by noticing repeat offenders and what people generally say on the internet. Also, some offenses are so bad that there is a permanent black eye on that fan base forever.
Some are funny, many are disturbing.
So before you yell that homophobic slur at an opposing player or push down a 12-year-old because he roots for the other team, everyone needs to take a deep breath and remind themselves...
Honorable Mention: South Africa Soccer
These fans aren't mean spirited per se, but they did invent the vuvuzela, which is pretty damn mean in my opinion.
If you have lived under a rock, the vuvuzela is a horn-like instrument that produces a buzzing noise.
How annoying is it?
You know that part in Dumb and Dumber where Lloyd produces the sound that he claims is the most annoying sound in the world? Imagine if it were that, times the thousands of fans in a stadium making the noise.
If I ever see anyone blowing that horn, I will sprint over, yank it away and break it over my knee for the betterment of humanity. I don't care if the person using it is five or 50; it's going in the garbage.
Honorable Mention: Duke Basketball
Duke basketball and the Cameron Crazies come in at No. 30 because of their creative chants and obnoxious behavior.
Of course they came up with the best chants and cheers for their team. All those people in the Duke crowd never actually got to play a second in a real game in their entire lives, so they got really good at cheerleading.
They may be loud and obnoxious, but all their yelling is harmless at the end of the day because all those nerds are afraid of getting beaten up, or worse, expelled if they say anything too over the line.
Take that all those who will make more money than me!
No. 30: ADO Hague Soccer
For those who don't speak Dutch, Lex Immers and ADO Hague fans chanted "We're going hunting Jews!" after a victory against Ajax in March.
Ajax is known to be supported by the Jewish Amsterdam community.
Was that the awful excuse thousands of Nazi supporters had as well during WWII?
No. 29: Cleveland Browns
The Dawg Pound has been known to throw things such as snowballs, batteries, and snowballs filled with batteries.
But they are most famous for throwing milk bones at opposing players and fans, which I must say is at least creative.
Here, they solve the problem of a bad call by throwing bottles onto the field. I've heard of drinking from bottles to solve problems, but throwing them is a new one I have never seen or heard of.
I will have to try it sometime.
No. 28: Los Angeles Dodgers
Earlier this April, two Dodgers fans beat a man within an inch of his life and put him in a medically induced coma.
It is claimed that the attack was unprovoked and the only reason the man was beaten was because he was wearing Giants gear. Apparently this was also in front of a 10-year-old.
This is the most passion I have heard of from the Dodgers. Usually their fans arrive in the 7th and leave in the 8th to beat traffic. I had no idea people in LA were this passionate about their local baseball team.
It takes real courage to sneak behind someone and beat a man unconcious. Kudos to you guys. I am sure you’re living comfortably in a trailer in Bakersfield.
No. 27: Chicago Cubs
The "Friendly-Confines" has become an ironic description lately, as the lovable losers have recently become bitterer about their losing ways in the past century.
The Steve Bartman situation is the example everyone thinks of.
But there have been other instances as well.
A Cubs fan spilling beer on Shane Victorino comes to mind.
And take this for what it's worth because of the source, but Milton Bradley also claims there were racist taunts from the Bleacher Bums. I am sure there has been one idiot or another who are guilty, but Bradley is also insane, so I'm not sure what to believe.
No. 26: Yankees/Red Sox
I know I am going to hear arguments that these two should be higher.
But for the most part, there haven't really been any violent incidents I could really find that make these two fan bases very high. Believe me, I hate them too and looked.
And I know I can chalk this example up as an isolated incident, much like the Dodgers beating.
And lets admit, usually these two fan bases are only mean to each other for the most part.
No. 25: Oregon Ducks Basketball
Oregon basketball may have a "Code of ConDUCKt," but there have been several instances of shattering those rules.
The biggest example of debauchery from Oregon has to be when fans got a hold of Kevin Love's phone number and left over 400 texts and voice mail's that included death threats, among other things. There were also signs claiming Love was gay.
I'd be pissed too if someone threw up all over my basketball court and refused to clean it up.
No. 24: Utah Jazz
There are a lot of murmers about Utah Jazz fans and their racism.
But that isn't the half of it. In 2007, Derek Fisher asked to be released from Utah because of his daughter's eye. He knew he couldn't fly back and forth to either Los Angeles or New York to help his ailing daughter. Once he returned to Utah with the Lakers, he was met with boos.
Then there was the a fan who covered his right eye and screamed when D-Fish was taking a free throw.
No. 23: West Virginia Mountaineers
So they yelled obscenities on television. *Yawn*
And they threw a quarter at Pittsburgh's assistant coach. Boring.
What makes West Virginia make this list is the fact that they like to burn things. A lot. Like to the point to where it becomes a bit creepy.
No. 22: Wisconsin Badgers Football
Anytime a school is forced to have their students do a breathalyzer test after they have been kicked out of a football game, you know the fan base probably crossed the line a few too many times.
Like when their band, the most nerdy members of a fan base, were suspended a game because of alcohol abuse and sexual hazing.
Or maybe it was because someone threw a beer bottle at a 7-year-old.
The child probably deserved it though.
No. 21: LSU Tigers Football
Anyone who gets frightened by LSU Tiger fans yelling "Tiger Bait" at them should not only stay home and watch games on TV, but just stay indoors for the rest of their lives.
They are way too thin-skinned to handle anything that comes their way. I don't want anyone that mentally weak wandering the streets I walk on in fear that I will have to deal with someone who is that big of a pussy cat.
However, stories of opposing female fans getting groped, spit on, being called bitches and *gasp* the C-word, as well as throwing beer bottles at the visiting team's bus vaults this fan base to a level I can only describe in two words: white trash.
No. 20: Penn State Nittany Lions Football
This behavior is pretty unacceptable only because the Ohio State fans look pretty weak and harmless.
Lord knows I have dreamed of pelting Ohio State fans with beer cans, but this I have to say is pretty trashy.
I can't lie, I kind of laughed a bit at this one but I couldn’t laugh at the fact that they are also known to throw snowballs, mud balls and urine. What are they prisoners?
Side note: the Phillies fan who famously got hit with a Taser went to Penn St. I laughed at that one too, so we are even.
Also, can anyone agree with me that the official costume of Ohio State football fans is the jersey with the hoody underneath? What is the deal with that? Did they invent the look? Why do they think it looks good?
No. 19: Maryland Basketball
Maryland basketball is the Montreal of the United States, because whenever they get all riled up after a win they riot instead of getting drunk and cheering like normal people.
There have been five separate instances of Maryland rioting: 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2010.
2006 has to be the most unacceptable because it was after a women's basketball game. Good lord people. Who honestly cares about women's sports? What are you doing?!
That fact alone made me want to make Maryland No. 1.
No. 18: Montreal Canadiens
Montreal has to be home of the most destructive and pissed off people in the world. What are they so mad aboot, eh?
Now, I was very excited when the Cubs advanced past the Atlanta Braves in the first round in 2003. But Montreal went bonkers when the Canadiens advanced past the first round in 2008. They rioted again in 2010.
Not only that, the people of Montreal are also responsible for a large riot after Metallica and Guns N' Roses cancelled a concert halfway for the tiny reason of Metallica's lead singer James Hetfield CATCHING ON FIRE.
No. 17: Chicago White Sox
Many White Sox fans tell me that they pride themselves being hard working blue-collar types. What this probably means is they live in low income housing, attend games in a jeans/no shirt combo and deal with street crime on a daily basis.
These two Sox fans represented their fan base stereotype brilliantly when they attacked Kansas City Royals first base coach Tom Gamboa probably for the simple fact that he was making an honest living. I know how much that could really offend some Sox fans.
Before a White Sox fan can even finish his sentence about that being an isolated incident, I always mention Disco Demolition Night and the argument ends abruptly.
No. 16: Oakland Raiders
The Black Hole terrorizes visiting fan bases and teams every time they visit Oakland Coliseum.
And it isn't because a lot of their fans dress up as skeletons with spikes for shoulder pads.
They are actually frightened they think they will get pick pocketed, stabbed or shot.
If you type in sports fights on YouTube, I am sure you will find that half of them are videos of fights at Raiders games.
Maybe this will make you believe me.
No. 15: Philadelphia Eagles
I can excuse booing Santa Claus. Maybe Philadelphia just feels strongly about Christmas still being about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
But even I, the same guy who made a joke about an 11-year-old getting puked on, can't excuse cheering when Michael Irvin ended his career after a neck injury at Veterans Stadium. The guy could have been crippled for life. That is just messed up.
No. 14: Philadelphia Phillies
They’ve booed a pitcher who helped them win a World Series. They’ve booed one of their star players because he called them front-runners.
But they did cheer when one of their own got tasered.
But the thing that takes the cake is when a Phillies fan intentionally threw up on an 11-year-old girl.Look at those crazy eyes!
I don’t know. These guys sound pretty awesome to me.
No. 13: Italian Soccer
Now it may be true that Roma is socialists, while Lazio is fascist, which causes quite the rift between these two. But I don't think it was a good idea that Lazio striker Mauro Zarate decided to do the Hitler salute, although it is also recognized as a fascist salute.
Italian soccer is also known as being one of the most racist. Some Italian fans can't accept the fact that they have a black Italian on their team. Some particularly racist fans were seen bringing signs that were directed towards Mario Balotelli's race during his first game. Many were similar to the one that read "there's no such thing as a black Italian"
No. 12: Celtic Soccer
In 1966 a riot Celtic involved in killed two people and led to over 70 arrests.
Also in 1999, the Rangers earned a physical, hard fought victory over Celtic on FC's home turf. Rangers players decided to mimic a team huddle Celtic does, and their fans didn't like it too much. Violence erupted.
No. 11: Rangers Soccer
What makes Ranger worse than Celtic?
Ranger is involved in three of the worst soccer riots of all time, not just two. And Ranger doesn’t even have the excuse of being mad because of the religious rivalry
After the 2008 UEFA Cup final, fans outside of Manchester City's Eastlands Stadium acted like your common rioting idiot by burning cars, throwing bottles and fighting police.
No. 10: Millwall Bushwackers
Imagine if the Crips decided to be really hardcore for the Dodgers and beat the hell out of any fans of any team that decided to walk around Los Angeles after a game.
This is basically what happens when people get involved with hooligans and the underground of soccer.
The Bushwackers root for the English club team Millwall and even have their own weapon, the Millwall brick. Their violence heightened in the 80s, but there have still been cases of violence in 2001 and 2002.
No. 9: Manchester United
Don’t’ let the fact that the Red Army is only the second hooligan firm I mentioned fool you. These guys were terrifying. Known to be associated with Manchester United, the Red Army was one of the biggest hooligan firms ever at their height in the 70s. Their violent ways have declined since the 80s.
Chanting "Munich" doesn't make the old fan base look that nice either.
No. 8: Birmingham Zulus
Just like the Bushwackers, the Zulu’s were more of a terror in the 70s and 80s than they are now. But there have still been instances of violence in the past decade. They caused riots in 2001 and fought police again in 2006, blinding a man.
If you hear the chant “Zulu!” over and over again in the distance, run away as fast as you can. Something destructive and violent is probably about to happen.
No. 7: Aston Villa Hardcore
No. 6: Inter City Firm
ICF was known throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s as one of the most dangerous around. There have been claims of racism and neo-Nazism, although the leader, who is black, denies these claims.
Those who were attacked by this crew were usually found beaten, with a note that read “Congratulations, you just met the ICF.”
Okay, that is a little badass.
There has also been evidence that the firm of West Ham is still terrorizing.
No. 5: 6.57 Crew
Okay, so if you lay claim to having the youngest hooligan ever arrested -- a 10-year-old boy -- then you have to be pretty outrageous.
6.57 is named after the fact that they take the London’s Waterloo Station at 6:57 am on a Saturday, this firm fought Coventry City in 2001 and had 94 members arrested in 2004, including that 10-year-old boy.
No. 4: Chelsea Headhunters
Chelsea’s firm is the worst because of their well-documented racism that is comparable to the Ku Klux Klan.
Donal MacIntyre was able to join the Headhunters and made a documentary about the firm for BBC in 1999.
One of their members, Kevin Whitton, received life in prison for his involvement in an attack on a pub . Good news, he was released in 1987.
I think the photo says it all. A white guy giving the Hitler salute and a little girl telling the other team they are No. 1. Scary stuff.
No. 3: Central Europe Soccer
Germany, Chechzlovakia, and Croatia all have shown how mean they can get in the past decade.
A game between Czech club Sparta and Croatian outfit Dinamo ended in a tie. They don't like ties as much as me apparently, so they rioted and lit the stadium on fire.
Let's not forget Germany vs. Yogoslavia where a policeman suffered permanent brain damage after a riot. The Germans decided to riot again in 2010 after a loss in the World Cup.
No. 3: Central Europe Soccer Cont.
Looking back at past decades, Poland likes its fair share of rioting.
But apparently, homophobic views are so bad that a group labeling themselves "the first gay football club" is asking that they get sepreated seating because they are scared of getting discriminated.
I am all for gay rights, but I don't think bunching yourselves all in one area and loudly declaring you're the gay group will help. If anything, it will make it easier for those anti-gay people to hurt you in a more efficient manner.
No. 2: Spanish Soccer
It has to be noted that there has been a large effort to curb racism in soccer in the last few years. It should also be noted that this effort looks like it is failing miserably.
Much like the Confederate Flag representing the South, the Fascist flag brings a lot of negative and offensive memories. Probably not the best flag to be waiving around if you want your fan base to look good.
Spaniard soccer fans are also known for their opinions towards those of a darker skin color.
The most famous incident is between Spanish soccer fans and Cameroonian Samuel Eto'o. Eto'o heard constant chants of "mono"(monkey) and had bananas and peanuts thrown at him. The racism got so bad that Eto'o walked off the field in 2007.
But then he responded in the coolest way imaginable. By scoring a goal and taunting them. He has some serious stones.
No. 2: Spanish Soccer Cont.
Beer, batteries, quarters and any other object that a fan throws onto a field can and should be construed as mean and obnoxious.
But Barcelona took it to a whole other level in 2000 when someone decided to throw a pig's head(!) at Luis Figo after leaving Barcelona for Real Madrid.
What's next? A human carcass!?
No. 1: South American Soccer
Argentina claims fame to so many instances of rioting, death and murder with not only their national teams, but their local clubs as well. I am forced to put all of the examples under one, all-encompassing, slide.
Argentina is also famous for some of the worst rioting in the history of the world such as in a 1964 Olympic qualifier when 300 fans were trampled and killed, as well as this match in 2007. And this example in 2008.
In Columbia, Andres Escobar was killed because he scored on his own team in the 1994 World Cup.
Peru is nothing to scoff at either.