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(Deadspin)   NFL fan map finally clarifies the geographic locations of all NFL fanbases. Summary: Alaska is confused, Florida can't decide, Patriots fans are spread across the nation like mange   (deadspin.com ) divider line
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2013-01-30 09:00:09 AM  
I think subby confused New England for shiat stains.  I mean Dallas.
 
2013-01-30 09:13:02 AM  
And now that I RTFA... there are still too many Dallas fans.
 
2013-01-30 09:13:13 AM  
But, Dallas is America's team.  If you don't believe it, just ask one of them.

Go donkeys.
 
2013-01-30 09:14:18 AM  
Houston rooted for NE after getting our asses kicked twice? Bull-farking-shiat!

I do like finding little fan pockets in my travels though. Found a bar with Texans fans in Anacortes, WA a year ago. At home, I look down my street on game day and I see flags flying for the Chargers, Giants and 49'rs. There's a bar in Atascocita that is owned and packed with GB fans. Had some good laughs and beers with some diehard Saints fans in Portland.

Screw the fairweathers. They're usually the ones causing trouble and making the news.
 
2013-01-30 09:18:06 AM  
The Jets are one county in Long Island.
 
2013-01-30 09:26:34 AM  
The number of Steelers fans in the east half of NC has always boggled my mind. I grew up thinking of it as staunchly Redskins country, but I guess all the new newcomers to NC have supplanted old newcomers (plus the Panthers siphoned off a lot of old Redskins fans).
 
2013-01-30 09:26:56 AM  
Looks like everybody has a friend who's either a Cowboys fan or a Steelers fan.
 
2013-01-30 09:27:54 AM  
This just in, people move from one part of the country to another and yet still keep their team allegiances.

/glad to see a fairly high Patriots representation in Atlanta
//have seen it in person, still glad to see it wasn't just rose colored glasses.
 
2013-01-30 09:27:58 AM  
Is this from the Di Atribe Research Institute?
 
2013-01-30 09:30:32 AM  
WTF, Hawaii?
 
2013-01-30 09:32:26 AM  
This map sucks. it obviously omits 5 Bills fans that hail from Canada.
 
2013-01-30 09:33:43 AM  
I know eastern ohio had lots of bangwagon jumping steelers fans but Bengals and Browns are ahead of them in Columbus.


Map is bunk.
 
2013-01-30 09:36:20 AM  

fruitloop: WTF, Hawaii?


Polamalu
 
2013-01-30 09:36:34 AM  

swankywanky: This just in, people move from one part of the country to another and yet still keep their team allegiances.

/glad to see a fairly high Patriots representation in Atlanta
//have seen it in person, still glad to see it wasn't just rose colored glasses.


Are you sure that you're not looking at pockets of Dallas fans?

/Dallas, Indy, and NE's colors are just a biiiiiiit too close to each other, so I'm assuming that Dallas is the majority of those
//Glad to see KC represented in five states and GB represented in... way more than that
///LOL Iowa, Montana, Florida, and Alaska.
////Denver is our fourth most common team for "fan friends?" Fark that.
//Epic slashies!
 
2013-01-30 09:37:37 AM  
lot of Baltimore hate, even in the last map! As a Steelers fan, I am rooting for Baltimore because:

1) They play the same kind of football the Steelers do. I don't hate them, I respect them.
2) AFC north pride
3) Would like to see Ray go out a winner, much like the Bus did.
 
2013-01-30 09:41:01 AM  

FreetardoRivera: I know eastern ohio had lots of bangwagon jumping steelers fans but Bengals and Browns are ahead of them in Columbus.


Map is bunk.


On what data do you base your analysis?
 
2013-01-30 09:41:13 AM  

swankywanky: This just in, people move from one part of the country to another and yet still keep their team allegiances.

/glad to see a fairly high Patriots representation in Atlanta
//have seen it in person, still glad to see it wasn't just rose colored glasses.


I think Atlanta has one of everything since nobody is from here.  I finally found a Bears bar this year (Black Bear in Buckhead) and it's the lamest bar I've been to in years.  I think I'll stick to getting drunk at Famous Pub with the Raider fans and the Emorroihds.  That's actually better.
 
2013-01-30 09:41:50 AM  

ltdanman44: lot of Baltimore hate, even in the last map! As a Steelers fan, I am rooting for Baltimore because:

1) They play the same kind of football the Steelers do. I don't hate them, I respect them.
2) AFC north pride
3) Would like to see Ray go out a winner, much like the Bus did.


4) Admit it. You don't want to hear about "Six Francisco".
 
2013-01-30 09:42:08 AM  

swankywanky: This just in, people move from one part of the country to another and yet still keep their team allegiances.


This just in, people that don't have a team will root for whichever team is good at the moment.

Now that I see the breakdown instead of the .gif version I saw on another site, the second-to-last one makes more sense. Just seemed like it was an off-week since gray usually means undecided on maps of the US and Atlanta and SF had pretty much the same color - so it looked like all it was was an apathetic version of the 4th map.
 
2013-01-30 09:44:53 AM  

Incorrigible Astronaut: GB represented in... way more than that


Makes perfect sense. They are also the franchise with the most foreign to the US season ticket holders.
But I call BS on the fan friend thing. Thats all kinds of whacky
 
2013-01-30 09:47:09 AM  

ltdanman44: lot of Baltimore hate, even in the last map! As a Steelers fan, I am rooting for Baltimore because:

2) AFC north pride


I thought only SEC people did this.  I could never cheer for the Packers because they do the Packarena, or the Lions because they suck, or the Vikings because nobody likes the Vikings.
 
2013-01-30 09:48:46 AM  
images.wikia.com

/hot
//obscure?
 
2013-01-30 09:48:55 AM  
Fark them damn Cowboys. Half of Kansas latched onto them during that 90's run and won't have the decency to drop them. So now every Sunday they're inevitably the NFC game in my area.

San Fran/Seattle, featuring two of the leagues up and coming QB's? Atlanta/New Orleans, two division rivals who hate each other? Fark no, let's watch Dallas and Jacksonville go through the motions for 3 hours.
 
2013-01-30 09:50:32 AM  
I love how the Jets Jest only have one county solidly supporting them despite the overwhelming amount of media coverage they've had for the past few years.
 
2013-01-30 09:52:12 AM  

fruitloop: WTF, Hawaii?


For most of the Cowher years, you could rely on 3 things: death, taxes, and the Steelers drafting a Pacific islander no later than the third round.
 
2013-01-30 09:52:27 AM  

GiantRex: I love how the Jets Jest only have one county solidly supporting them despite the overwhelming amount of media coverage they've had for the past few years.


Your name makes this comment especially funny.
 
2013-01-30 09:55:14 AM  
Subby must be colorblind. I mainly see Stillers and Cowboys on that map.
 
2013-01-30 10:00:11 AM  
It seems to over represent rivals. I have a feeling when someone says something like 'pittsburgh can go fark their mother with a rusty tampon nail' it counts that as a fan of pitt.
 
2013-01-30 10:01:41 AM  

NickelP: It seems to over represent rivals. I have a feeling when someone says something like 'pittsburgh can go fark their mother with a rusty tampon nail' it counts that as a fan of pitt.


They count team likes on Facebook and sort them by current city.
 
2013-01-30 10:02:08 AM  

timswar: The number of Steelers fans in the east half of NC has always boggled my mind. I grew up thinking of it as staunchly Redskins country, but I guess all the new newcomers to NC have supplanted old newcomers (plus the Panthers siphoned off a lot of old Redskins fans).


Yeah, other than Charlotte/Mecklenburg proper, the Steelers own all the population centers in both NC and SC. Of course this is a plurality-rules map, but I do see a lot of Steelers' logos around Charleston.

IAmRight: This just in, people that don't have a team will root for whichever team is good at the moment.

Now that I see the breakdown instead of the .gif version I saw on another site, the second-to-last one makes more sense. Just seemed like it was an off-week since gray usually means undecided on maps of the US and Atlanta and SF had pretty much the same color - so it looked like all it was was an apathetic version of the 4th map.


The secondary maps only used data for teams still in the playoffs, so it wasn't really a matter of jumping allegiances but instead of elimination. Assuming I read the description correctly.

jayhawk88: San Fran/Seattle, featuring two of the leagues up and coming QB's? Atlanta/New Orleans, two division rivals who hate each other? Fark no, let's watch Dallas and Jacksonville go through the motions for 3 hours.


Yet another reason (besides the endless commercial breaks) that I can't watch the NFL and enjoy it. I get what seems like 12 different channels with NCAA football on Saturday. Come Sunday, it is two at any one time, with blackouts and bizarro regional game selections. Yeah, it is big business and they are bathing in Benjamins, but the product sucks for the casual (non-RedZone/Sunday Ticket) fan.
 
2013-01-30 10:04:54 AM  

Incorrigible Astronaut: Are you sure that you're not looking at pockets of Dallas fans?

/Dallas, Indy, and NE's colors are just a biiiiiiit too close to each other, so I'm assuming that Dallas is the majority of those


I was looking at the numbers attached, not the map. But yes, when Dallas came to Atlanta this year there were tons of their fans downtown.

Would love to see the same "study" done with MLB teams, I agree the flavor of the month issue can skew harder in the NFL (IMO) - although the amount of Yankees "lifelong fans" that would inevitably show up would make me a little nauseous.
 
2013-01-30 10:05:04 AM  
The jets stuff is innacurate. Jets\Giants fans break down more along mets\yankees fans and white\blue collar vs where they live around NY.

Yea, the giants have more fans, or at least it seems that way as they are all blowhard mouthbreathers, but it isn't like they own NY.
 
2013-01-30 10:05:51 AM  

alwaysjaded: Houston rooted for NE after getting our asses kicked twice? Bull-farking-shiat!


It doesn't take into account switched allegiances or anything like that. Of the teams left, after the Texans were eliminated, the Patriots had the highest amount of local fans. So say there are 7 Texans fans, 2 Patriots fans, and 1 Ravens fan-after the Texans are gone, the area will be marked as Patriot supporting because 2 >1. The 7 Texans fans aren't counted at all.
 
2013-01-30 10:06:10 AM  

Rapmaster2000: ltdanman44: lot of Baltimore hate, even in the last map! As a Steelers fan, I am rooting for Baltimore because:

2) AFC north pride

I thought only SEC people did this.  I could never cheer for the Packers because they do the Packarena, or the Lions because they suck, or the Vikings because nobody likes the Vikings.


And why would you want to. With college football and the farked up BCS system and to a lesser degree college basketball and the selection committee, you need quality wins and quality wins come from your opponents playing well. But with the NFL, you should be rooting against your division opponents because that makes it easier to get into the playoffs.
 
2013-01-30 10:06:31 AM  
Minnesota decidedly Vikings, Wisconsin decidedly Packers. Would have expected some crossover to be honest
 
2013-01-30 10:06:59 AM  

factoryconnection: Yet another reason (besides the endless commercial breaks) that I can't watch the NFL and enjoy it. I get what seems like 12 different channels with NCAA football on Saturday. Come Sunday, it is two at any one time, with blackouts and bizarro regional game selections. Yeah, it is big business and they are bathing in Benjamins, but the product sucks for the casual (non-RedZone/Sunday Ticket) fan.


I live in an area where they assume that people want to watch the Jets game every week. Its farking awful.
 
2013-01-30 10:08:18 AM  
Iowa is nice and accurate, definitely outstretched fingers of CHI/GB/MIN/KC.

Packers fan rooting for the Ravens because I don't want to live in a world where Randy Moss has a Super Bowl ring. Also one of my best friends is a Browns fan so I can congratulate him for the franchises second Super Bowl title...in an alternate universe.
 
2013-01-30 10:09:18 AM  
I don't know what is bigger waste of time. How much time someone spent compiling that map, or how much time I spent looking at it.
 
2013-01-30 10:09:31 AM  
Much of Michigan roots for Green Bay. Smart fans.
 
2013-01-30 10:09:58 AM  
As a Giants fan who has to listen to every Jet's fan predict a Superbowl Victory in August and then sob after October; I am loving the fact they get one county in Long Island.
 
2013-01-30 10:10:08 AM  
I like the strong, unambiguous contrast on the Minnesota-Wisconsin-Illinois borders.  Kind of tells you all you need to know.  Poor, confused Iowa.
 
2013-01-30 10:11:57 AM  
And Steelers fans are spread across the globe like full-body herpes.
 
2013-01-30 10:15:04 AM  

WTF Indeed: The Jets are one county in Long Island.


I'm from that county and I'm a Giants fan. I guess we're the only county where we're outnumbered. More of my friends are Giants fans though.
 
2013-01-30 10:17:18 AM  

thecpt: factoryconnection: Yet another reason (besides the endless commercial breaks) that I can't watch the NFL and enjoy it. I get what seems like 12 different channels with NCAA football on Saturday. Come Sunday, it is two at any one time, with blackouts and bizarro regional game selections. Yeah, it is big business and they are bathing in Benjamins, but the product sucks for the casual (non-RedZone/Sunday Ticket) fan.

I live in an area where they assume that people want to watch the Jets game every week. Its farking awful.


I'm fortunate. I live in North Jersey so they assume we want to watch every Giants game. So being a Giants fan I never miss a game all season. They don't do black outs in our area either. So I feel pretty lucky.
 
2013-01-30 10:19:49 AM  
The "fan friend" thing may not be accurate. It says New Orleans Saints fans 5th fan friend is Chicago? I have several Chicago friends, so I can't really debunk it totally, but there are quite a few people down here that still hold a grudge against them for the post-Katrina sign debacle.
 
2013-01-30 10:19:55 AM  
Also want to point out that facebook users are generally young fans so for New York, do you think that the fans on facebook will pull for the Jets or the recent two time sb winner? Not saying fair weather or any of that. Just that people usually become fans in an area with two teams based on who is winning at the time.

All the Jets fans I know were fans during the Namath years.
 
2013-01-30 10:22:37 AM  
i3.photobucket.com


Speaking of geographic rivalries / fanbases....a pic i took in Phoenix.  the jackstain eschews every local team for teams not just in other states, but even those cities can't stand each other.

the NYC/LA rivalry
the LA / NorCal rivalry.
 
2013-01-30 10:22:40 AM  
pretty interesting.

i thought that louisiana would have more green bay fans though, after the playoffs started. i really didn't expect so many new england fans, and then i thought there would be more baltimore fans (as the choices contracted).  since, we sell baltimore all their crabs.  there's some synergy there.  well, i guess there is also a lot of appreciation for san francisco though...

/ obviously, i have no idea why a place becomes a fan of a distant team.  i always thought it would have something to do with the relationship between the locations.  business synergies, exposure, vacation spots, people moving, expats, etc.  like, i would understand some louisiana fandom for houston, because of oil and expatriation... but then I would also understand some hatred because houston is full of a bunch of hoity toity mothers when it comes to louisiana.
 
2013-01-30 10:26:29 AM  

Jjaro: alwaysjaded: Houston rooted for NE after getting our asses kicked twice? Bull-farking-shiat!


It doesn't take into account switched allegiances or anything like that. Of the teams left, after the Texans were eliminated, the Patriots had the highest amount of local fans. So say there are 7 Texans fans, 2 Patriots fans, and 1 Ravens fan-after the Texans are gone, the area will be marked as Patriot supporting because 2 >1. The 7 Texans fans aren't counted at all.


Fair enough. That makes sense. I honestly thought the bottom maps were switched bandwagoners. My mistake.
 
2013-01-30 10:28:23 AM  
It would be awesome to see a timelapse of this chart and see what colors expand and contract over time.
 
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