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Old 07-24-2014, 04:50 PM
 
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Generally yes, though I'd say the Bay Area is an exception. Tons of obsessive 49ers/Giants fans there.
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Old 07-25-2014, 04:12 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Divide the nation into 4 quadrants. the northeast quadrant contains New England, the Middle Atlantic, and the Great Lakes. It is in this quadrant that you find our most traditional big cities, deep rooted places that were true cities even before the 20th century began. Thus these are the cities with a true sense of place with a special attachment of their people that translates well for support for sports teams.

Outside that quadrant and in the other three, only one city truly fits in with the cities of the northeast quadrant: San Francisco. IMHO, that helps explain the support and passion that goes into the Giants' and 49ers' fan bases. Keep in mind that SF would have been an outstanding MLB city from the get-go if it hadn't been for Candlestick Park. That stadium, more than any other reason, is what sank the Giants' franchise for so many years.
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Old 07-25-2014, 06:18 PM
 
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Divide the nation into 4 quadrants. the northeast quadrant contains New England, the Middle Atlantic, and the Great Lakes. It is in this quadrant that you find our most traditional big cities, deep rooted places that were true cities even before the 20th century began. Thus these are the cities with a true sense of place with a special attachment of their people that translates well for support for sports teams.

Outside that quadrant and in the other three, only one city truly fits in with the cities of the northeast quadrant: San Francisco. IMHO, that helps explain the support and passion that goes into the Giants' and 49ers' fan bases. Keep in mind that SF would have been an outstanding MLB city from the get-go if it hadn't been for Candlestick Park. That stadium, more than any other reason, is what sank the Giants' franchise for so many years.
I don't think you can leave the South out. Football is king in the South, especially at the high school and college level. I would say that the football fans in the South are more passionate/rabid than any other region. As far as other sports, Dallas always has good representation at its major sporting events. The Mavs have sold out every game for several seasons I believe, the Rangers always have a good showing, and we don't even have to mention the Cowboys. Seattle, Portland, and KC have better support for soccer teams that the East.
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Old 07-26-2014, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I don't think you can leave the South out. Football is king in the South, especially at the high school and college level. I would say that the football fans in the South are more passionate/rabid than any other region. As far as other sports, Dallas always has good representation at its major sporting events. The Mavs have sold out every game for several seasons I believe, the Rangers always have a good showing, and we don't even have to mention the Cowboys. Seattle, Portland, and KC have better support for soccer teams that the East.
I think you'd be right, orlando. I would say in pure love of the sport, particularly as you mention football and all its levels, nothing compares to the south.

But I do think it is love of the game in the south far more in other regions and that sense of place is more a reason for rabidity in the northeast, midwest, and arguably San Francisco.
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Old 07-26-2014, 08:54 AM
 
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Us Bronco fans are a dedicated bunch, of course, you do have a lot of new fans who are only fans because of their success last year...
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Old 07-26-2014, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I don't think you can leave the South out. Football is king in the South, especially at the high school and college level. I would say that the football fans in the South are more passionate/rabid than any other region. As far as other sports, Dallas always has good representation at its major sporting events. The Mavs have sold out every game for several seasons I believe, the Rangers always have a good showing, and we don't even have to mention the Cowboys. Seattle, Portland, and KC have better support for soccer teams that the East.
Living in Alabama I can honestly say all anyone cares about here is college football. I get soooo sick of hearing "Roll Tide", or having people ask me I'm for Alabama or Auburn, like it's a requirement. Living in this state has made me absolutely hate football!
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Old 07-27-2014, 06:41 AM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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If people don't think that there are rabid sports fans in the South, then I have three letters for you that I'm going to repeat over and over again: SEC! SEC! SEC! SEC!
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