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Obviously winning attracts some bandwagon-jumpers but it also affects how many fans are visible in everyday life. If someone's team wins they might add a bumper sticker or something to their car or wear their team's hat more often. Plus people notice winning team's fans more than others. It seemed like Giants fans were everywhere in VA after they won. Maybe they broke out their gear or maybe I just didn't notice them as much - probably a little bit of both.
My take on "bandwagon" fans is the only true bandwagoners jump off when times get tough. If someone wants to start liking the Pats, fine by me, just don't pick another team if NE goes 8-8.
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san diego is easily the worst fanbase IN ANY SPORT. how many sports franchises have moved out of san diego because of poor attendance. how many football teams have to restrict playoff tickets to certain zip codes. i've lived a few blocks from qualcomm since 1980 and most years it's a ghost town.
john clayton is super chicken and doug gottlieb is a thief .
The New England Patriots are the first fanbase in the history of sports to see an influx in its popularity when it became a more successful team. This disgusting and indefensible phenomenon has never happened before in sports and, god willing, will never happen again.
That explanation as to why we are the 4th worst fanbase sounds like sour grapes to me.
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it is true that there are a lot of patriots fans on the wagon. 10 years ago i never saw anyone with patriots caps or tshirts on, now i see them almost every week during the fall. it still seems many more people root against the patriots than for them but 10-15 years ago they were not even talked about for the most part. if anyone brought up the patriots they just laughed at them. now it is a love hate thing, but nobody ignores them
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You know this how? I'm quite sure you didn't attend many (any) Pats games, or do you live in this area? Therefore met and spoke with many NE fans,right? I didn't think so. My bet is-you're another one who doles out fan cred and measures a fan base by how much activity exists on an internet message board. Feel free to correct me if I've jumped to a wrong conclusion.
My dad's had season tix ever since I can remember. I've been to Foxboro Stadium as a little girl-he warned my brother and me that if we had to go to the bathroom to do it before we went in then don't ask to go again until before the 4th quarter LOL. It was cold, our team sucked, people were drunk and yelling obsenities...it was Nastyyy. But one thing was for sure- everybody there was a passionate fan.
My dad still has those season tix and my brothers and I still argue about which games we want once the parents have chosen theirs.
The fanbase definitely has increased since 01 and prices have gone up considerably, but that's not to say fans "were hard to find" before 01. Internet interaction has boomed even since 01. That's not a measure of fanbase; that's simply a measure of lifestyle.
I disagree with the article. Sure, there are bandwagon jumpers, but growing up in New England, everyone was a Patriots fan that I knew. It was agonizing (Squish the Fish year? AAAAGHH!), but hell we were Red Sox fans and could handle some disappointment.
Half the guys in my dorm at UNH would gather for the games on Sunday (this was the Bledsoe years). So, while the author may dis' the people out of the region for jumping on the bandwagon, his assessment of NE is bull.
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The difference is that Brady calmly calls audibles while Manning flaps like a chicken, barks 11 code words, and makes sure every camera in the stadium has documented his once-in-a-generation (and patented, I believe) ability to see a defensive formation and change the play. Both have the same effect, but Manning transcends measurable human intellect while Brady merely chooses a different play.