FanSided’s Fandom 250 is out and the Chicago Bears made the list. Are they rated fairly?
This year’s Fandom 250 is out. FanSided’s yearly look at the best fans in any realm, even non-sports. Whether it’s fans of the Cleveland Browns, Harry Potter or Crazy Rich Asians, the top 250 fan bases anywhere have been ranked.
The Chicago Bears have made the list, but where did they land? You can check out the full list here.
Once you scroll through, you’ll see the Bears rank 96th, 13th overall for NFL fan bases.
Cleveland Browns’ fans finished not only first among NFL fans, but first among all fan bases.
This one, I won’t argue, the Dawg Pound is the place of true fans and Cleveland endures a lot and still supports their team.
I won’t even argue where the Bears are compared to certain movies or bands, I’ll just focus on the other NFL teams.
Bears fans are ranked behind San Francisco 49ers’ fans (12th), New York Giants’ fans (10th) and New England Patriots fans (9th).
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They are also ranked behind fans of the Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs and the aforementioned Browns.
As a Bears’ fans, I think the fan base is one of the best in the league, obviously, but those latter nine are all strong fan bases and not going to be ones I’ll argue against. I would rank things differently, but this is how FanSided sees it, so I’ll let those nine go.
To call the fan bases of the Niners, Giants and Patriots better than the Bears is just wrong.
The Patriots fans didn’t exist before Bill Belichick and Tom Brady and when they leave they’ll all disappear again. The city of New York is split amongst the Giants and Jets (although Giants far more popular) but when the team stinks, the fans bail.
Take it from someone who was just at Metlife Stadium for the Bears game, first, the stadium was loaded with Bears fans, and two, the upper deck was loaded with empty seats.
49ers fans? Please. Their counterparts across the bay are far better fans than they are.
So the Chicago Bears crack the top 100 overall but don’t even crack the top 10 among NFL fan bases. I personally find that hard to believe.
Do you think the Bears’ fans were snubbed? Tweet about it using the hashtag #Fandom250 or tweet the folks @FanSided and tell them you disagree and perhaps the rankings will improve next year!