It’s that time of the year for the national sports media: time to get people fired up for football, even if there’s nothing specific to talk about. ESPN, for example, posted their answer to the question of who is the face of every franchise (as I discussed yesterday). Over at FOX Sports on MSN, they’ve decided to ignore the players and focus on us, the fans.
And they’ve specifically decided that Redskins fans aren’t even in the top ten, which lumps us in the “Other” category on the ballot for best fan base alongside legendary groups like the Jacksonville Jaguars fans.
Here’s the list, according to FOX:
- Kansas City
- Green Bay
Really? Oakland? Buffalo? I know and love plenty of devoted Bills fans, but the team has had to give two games to Canada to drive up home ticket sales — and even there, they’re having to give thousands of tickets away.
The Raiders, meanwhile, are one of those fan bases that gets a lot of press because of one group of people in funny outfits, while most of the other nine million people in the market find something else to do with their Sundays. Compare the Raiders #3 ranking here to their last-in-the-league #32 in this slightly more reality-based BizJournals.com Fan Loyalty Ranking.
Peter King has suggested that Redskins fans are “among the top three most enthusiastic“. Joe Gibbs used to call Redskins fans “the greatest fans in the world” so often that it almost became a catchphrase. Until the building in Dallas opens, FedExField remains the largest stadium in the NFL, and there are never blacked-out home games.
So I think it’s vital that we rectify this oversight, by … well, by voting for “Other” on the ballot, I guess. Stupid poll.