Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Another 'honor' for Philly sports fans

GQ magazine came out with its list of the Worst Sports Fans in America, and guess which fan base holds the top TWO spots on the list? Yep, Philadelphia sports fans.

The magazine tabbed Philadelphia Eagles fans and Philadelphia Phillies fans as Nos. 1 and 2 on the list and dubbed them "The Meanest Fans in America."

Here's the excerpt from the magazine. And of course, it brings up the whole booing of Santa Clause issue from more than 40 years ago!!!:

 Over the years, Philadelphia fans have booed Santa Claus as well as their own star players. They've even booed a guy who just helped the city win a friggin' World Series title—while he was getting his ring. Boooo! Admittedly, there are some things fans have cheered. Like Michael Irvin's career-ending neck injury and a fan being tased on the outfield grass. Things reached their nadir last season, when Citizens Bank Park played host to arguably the most heinous incident in the history of sports: A drunken fan intentionally vomited on an 11-year-old girl. The truth is this: All told, Philadelphia stadiums house the most monstrous collection of humanity outside of the federal penal system. "Some of these people would boo the crack in the Liberty Bell," baseball legend Pete Rose once said. More likely, these savages would have thrown the battery that cracked it.

On the flip side, Brand Keys Inc. recently released its 19th annual Sports Loyalty Index and Phillies fans were ranked as the most loyal in Major League Baseball. Rounding out the top five were fans of the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers.
According to the group, the only other fan base to make the top 5 in its sport were Flyers fans, who came in second behind the Detroit Red Wings among NHL fans.
Surprisingly, Eagles fans did not make the top 5.