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Posts Tagged ‘Fan Behavior’

Oregon Fans Are Not Terribly Fond of That Call

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Oregon Fans

To quote one of Jim Rome’s soundbites, the Oregon fan with the finger extended undoubtedly thinks the call on the floor was a “Bad call, bad call. We don’t like that call. Not a very good call.” I doubt losing by three after Oregon fell just short in their comeback attempt made him feel much better.

In fact, I bet he had a double finger for that particular result.

H/t to 30 FPS for the image.

Maryland Fans Still Love Duke, Jay Williams

Jay Williams Tweet

While ESPN goes out of their way to convince us Duke/Carolina is the end-all, be-all of college basketball rivalries, the recently buzzer-beater-granted Maryland Terrapins and Duke have had some barn-burners as well; and hey, any rivalry that produces a quality sign like this has to be awesome. That’s why the lead tweet from former Blue Devil Jay Williams really comes as no surprise.

In case you missed it, Williams’ NBA career was cut short by a nasty motorcycle wreck, and because of that, one could imagine he wouldn’t take kindly to such comments. Fortunately, the barbs didn’t seem to bother Williams, at least while his employer — ESPN — was watching.

So while college football fans get most of the attention, thanks in large part to ESPN’s College GameDay/Everybody-Bring-Your-Sign show, college basketball fans aren’t shy about sharing their feelings towards opponents, either.

H/t to Jamie Mottram for pointing this out.

Cleveland’s Response To LeBron

It’s safe to say the city of Cleveland hasn’t forgiven LeBron James, witty Nike commercial or not. Even further, a number of Cavaliers fans responded to the oft-discussed ad, and the results are about what you’d expect.

“Traitors don’t leave legacies.” and “Boston. Game 5. We watched. You quit.”


Yeah, forgiveness will be a slow-going process. In other news, December 2nd is going to be an absolute treat.

Drunk, Slutty Football Fans Are, Well, They’re Something

Clearly, that’s the most positive action Dallas Cowboys have had this season. Unfortunately, it came in the form of a chick who apparently turns into a porn star in training once Miller Lite is introduced and the willing dude she’s with. I’m torn here, because, normally, I have little problem with slutty chicks, but this reeks of a desperate “Please notice me” cry of attention-getting.

I guess I don’t like attention whoring all that much.

What? You couldn’t get on at the local strip club, so you take your drunken, slutty talents of having no sense of how to behave in a public setting and dry hump the guy your with until the other fans start waving dollar bills at you?

Was that her plan here? If so, she succeeded far beyond expectations.

H/t to Boston’s Barstool Sports for the find.

Why Wasn’t This Reviewed?

Yankees Fans Are Awesome

So while the cool guys who interfered with Robinson Canoe’s home run have some newfound Internet fame going for them, if you consider being made fun of unmercifully “fame,” my question is, what kind of disposition does an umpire have to have to not review that play? While it wound up not being a factor to the game’s outcome, the fact the review was denied is pretty damn absurd, and, well, arrogant.

The technology exists for a reason. Is it not better to be sure — especially in a game of such magnitude — as opposed to acting like you’re right and Ron Washington is only wasting your time?

Oh, who the hell am I kidding? Officials gaffing in big games is par for the course in professional baseball. Hell, the bigger the game, the more likely you’ll see an umpire completely screw something important up. Just ask Google.

H/t to 30fps for the image.

Who Won The Twitter Bowl?

Twitter Bowl

Now that Twitter has pretty much taken over the known world — at least as a barometer of what is and isn’t popular — it’s a good way to measure which team(s) have the largest, most outspoken fans. With that in mind, if you haven’t checked out the Twitter Bowl 2010, perhaps you should. The aspiring minds over at Outspoken Media. specifically, Rae Hoffman and Amanda Orson, have used Twitter to determine which NFL teams have the most vocal and passionate fans.

And the results may surprise you.

While the research may be thing that draws you in, the way it is delivered will make you stay. Rae and Amanda donned their play-by-play caps, and presented their findings like Chris Collinsworth and Al Michaels do on Sunday nights.

An example:

Browns vs. Steelers
I have to tell you Rae, this contest was pretty close to a no-show and should have been a landslide. The Steelers came into this game with over 4000 followers waiting to read; nothing. Not a single tweet from the Steelers until this week. Final score: Browns 12, Steelers 11. Browns take the game.

And so on, through four rounds of discovery, leading up to the final match-up, the Twitter Bowl itself.

Not surprisingly, the final “game” pitted the New York Giants and the New York Jets; meaning, these are the two most popular NFL teams on Twitter.

I say “not surprisingly” because of the population of New York City, coupled with the way New Yorkers follow their teams, lends itself to a higher volume of Twitter followers, even if they are split up between two teams. Also, with New Yorkers and their propensity to be outspoken, it’s clear Twitter gives them the perfect platform to sound off about their team, because, among other reasons, it eliminates waiting on Mike Francesca to put in you in his on-air caller queue.

As for their Twitter Bowl findings, here’s one you might find interesting:

Which teams reply most to their users?

Engaging with your followers is what Twitter is all about. To quote Amanda, “otherwise, you’re just broadcasting.” So which teams most “get” the point of Twitter and actually converse with their fans?

* New York Jets – 56.78% of tweets are replies
* Arizona Cardinals – 31.50% of tweets are replies
* Jacksonville Jaguars – 21.91% of tweets are replies
* Seattle Seahawks – 18.55% of tweets are replies
* Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 13.67% of tweets are replies

Other metrics they looked at include:

Who has been using Twitter the longest?
San Diego Chargers – tweeting since 01/27/07

Which team tweets the most?
Miami Dolphins – 18799 updates

Who actually follows their fans?
San Diego Chargers – 31136 people followed

Which teams have the largest followings?
New England Patriots – 49182 fans

So yeah, come for the great information, and stay for Rae and Amanda’s awesome delivery of their findings.

Team-based Ink Sleeves Are, Well, They’re Something

Ink Sleeve

It’s not often I’m at a loss for words, but this particular item might just do it. What we have is a sleeve designed to look like an arm tattoo, done in Pittsburgh Penguins designs, and they’r available for all NHL teams. Clearly, this, um, thing is intended for either young kids who want to look cool — nothing wrong with that — or a bunch of hipster wanna be/fake hockey fans who are trying really hard to be cool.

I don’t think any fan in their right mind would don one of these things, unless it was part of some Halloween ensemble, even the overzealous ones; but then again, we have folks like Fireman Ed, so who knows.

H/t to 96.1 Kiss’ Morning Freak Show blog for the find.

We Fightin’ At The U

Miami Hurricanes Cheerleaders

Done to the tune of “The U” by Uncle Luke.

Remember yesterday when I listed a few reasons why I was happy college football was back? Here’s another: fights between fans in the stadium. By now, you’ve either seen and/or heard about the Miami/Florida A&M game and the brawl that ensued in the stands. Don’t not what started, nor do I care. Watching folks get thrown around, all in the name of college football fandom — although, I doubt it was a “my team’s better than yours” argument that started the fracas.

It was probably over a girl; although, if it was over any of the ladies in the lead image, completely understandable.

What to watch for: Pony-tailed guy getting tossed (13-second mark) and the slap-fight that directly follows it when the camera pans up. I’m not sure any of those “punches” connected:

As for Part 2, I’m just impressed with the guy in the wife-beater. Even with a bunch of folks piled on top of and blows raining down around him, he just wants to be left alone to enjoy the beatdown Miami was putting on FAMU.

Did I mention how happy I am now that college football is back?