Well, here we go again. Another national survey, another shot at Philadelphia sports fans.
GQ is the latest, and yes, the tired refrain of booing Santa Claus is mentioned. And as usual, the methodology is suspect, and there are tons of stereotypes. Maybe image is everything.
The Worst Fans in America list has Eagles fans and Phillies fans tied at the top. Our town is dubbed home of the "Meanest Fans in America."
Here is what the magazine says about Eagles and Phillies fans, and this saves you the time of flipping through the slides, and maybe even takes some web traffic away from GQ.
Over the years, Philadelphia fans have booed Santa Claus, their own star players, and most absurdly, the recipient of America's very first hand transplant, whose crime was dribbling in a ceremonial first pitch—thrown with his freshly transplanted hand. Boooo! Admittedly, there are some things fans have cheered. Like Michael Irvin's career-endi ng 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.
Here is the Top 10.
1. Philadelphia Eagles
tie.. Philadelphia Phillies
3. West Virginia Mountaineers
4. Oakland Raiders
5. Maryland Terps basketball
6. Boston Red Sox
7. Penn State football
8. Duke basketball
9. New York Yankees
10. LSU football
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