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Old 12-08-2013, 11:34 AM
 
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I have been watching the NFL for a few years now but have never got around to picking a team. I have noticed that it has ruined my enjoyment of the game a bit, so I have decided to pick a team. I have narrowed it down to the following teams:

Cincinnati Bengals
Philadelphia Eagles
Buffalo Bills
Seattle Seahawks
Cleveland Browns

I picked these teams because none of them have won a Super Bowl and they are all in locations that I like the look of. I am British so it's much harder for me to pick a team then it is for you Americans. I have never "taken" to a team and I can't see how a team magically jumps out at you, so I need a reason for supporting one of these teams.

Cincinnati is the home to my favourite band of current and I like that Cincinnati seems to be an All-American city.

Philadelphia is "The Birthplace of America", so being a US history buff has made me like this team even more.

In my third year of university I have the option of studying for a year at SUNY University at Buffalo, so that is making me like Buffalo a bit more.

Seattle is the setting of my all-time favourite TV show and it seems a city that would be my type.

Cleveland I like because of their history and the fact they are considered the loveable losers.

Based on all of this, who do you think I should root for? To help me, I have some extra criteria.

My criteria is a team that:
- has a lot of history.
- plays many games in the snow.
- good/loyal fans.
- is in a city that is worth visiting (not that important)
- is in a city with some other sports teams (not bothered about NBA)

Thanks
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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My criteria is a team that:
- has a lot of history.
- plays many games in the snow.
- good/loyal fans.
- is in a city that is worth visiting (not that important)
- is in a city with some other sports teams (not bothered about NBA)

Thanks
Maybe those games in London are having a little effect to draw in more fans? Here is a very similar thread from another Brit that may help you.
What NFL team should I root for? (British fan)

Look into the Green Bay Packers based on the above criteria. Milwaukee is somewhat near Green Bay & fits your last 2 criteria.
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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I was thinking the same thing but couldn't find the previous thread!
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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I'd go with Cincinnati or Cleveland. Both are bad teams, in working class cities, but both have a couple of good pieces to build around to become relevant in the next couple of years. If you don't want to be considered a front runner, I'd go with 1 of those 2.
That's how I picked Tottenham with EPL about 8 years ago. I didn't want a team that was constantly at the top of the league (Arsenal, Chelsea, United), but also didn't want to jump aboard like a Blackburn, Wolverhampton, or West Ham, teams that are subjected to relegation every season. I've been to London a couple times, so Tottenham was a good fit for that criteria.
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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What about the Chicago Bears...much more fun city than any you listed.
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Old 12-11-2013, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Arizona!
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I have been watching the NFL for a few years now but have never got around to picking a team. I have noticed that it has ruined my enjoyment of the game a bit, so I have decided to pick a team. I have narrowed it down to the following teams:

Cincinnati Bengals
Philadelphia Eagles
Buffalo Bills
Seattle Seahawks
Cleveland Browns

I picked these teams because none of them have won a Super Bowl and they are all in locations that I like the look of. I am British so it's much harder for me to pick a team then it is for you Americans. I have never "taken" to a team and I can't see how a team magically jumps out at you, so I need a reason for supporting one of these teams.

Cincinnati is the home to my favourite band of current and I like that Cincinnati seems to be an All-American city.

Philadelphia is "The Birthplace of America", so being a US history buff has made me like this team even more.

In my third year of university I have the option of studying for a year at SUNY University at Buffalo, so that is making me like Buffalo a bit more.

Seattle is the setting of my all-time favourite TV show and it seems a city that would be my type.

Cleveland I like because of their history and the fact they are considered the loveable losers.

Based on all of this, who do you think I should root for? To help me, I have some extra criteria.

My criteria is a team that:
- has a lot of history.
- plays many games in the snow.
- good/loyal fans.
- is in a city that is worth visiting (not that important)
- is in a city with some other sports teams (not bothered about NBA)

Thanks
Cincinnati meets your criteria
much history, so bad for 2 decades, but then a taste of the playoffs in recent years has the fans hungry for the next level
more games in the snow than I wanted (so I moved to AZ)
loyal fans, even from far away places like AZ (& Great Britain!)
Cincy is home to the MLB Reds as well

Here is a taste of game day tailgating:

Cincinnati Bengals Song & Video - The Jungle's Back (Who Dey) by Surreal - BlackliteProductions.com - YouTube

All you need to do is learn to yell "WHO-DEY"!!!

Welcome to the Jungle, baby!!!

(besides, all those other teams you mentioned have too many fans as it is... well maybe not Buffalo)
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Old 12-11-2013, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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Please be a Cincinnati Bengals fan We would be glad to have you on board! WHO DEY!
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Old 12-11-2013, 05:55 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Go with Cleveland or Buffalo. That way no one can claim you are jumping on the bandwagon.
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Old 12-12-2013, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Despite playing indoors....Detroit Lions.

Industrial wasteland with a unique history. The automobile. Motown. Robocop.

Going strictly on your list, I'd go Browns. Mad respect for Cleveland in their fans.

Glad you're not a glory hound. It irks me to no end how many Americans get into soccer and follow the likes of Chelsea and Man United. I knew one Chelsea fan here in the States before Russian wealth. Now they're falling out of every nook and cranny.
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Old 12-13-2013, 11:23 AM
 
Location: NY
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I am a Bills fan (die hard) and season ticket holder.

So that said, I would choose an organization that has a track record for being run well and winning. That would certainly rule out Buffalo and Cleveland, and I think it leaves Cincinnati a little questionable too.

Seattle and Philly seem to be more consistently good over the past 10 or so years.

Although you can stick behind any team, I can tell you from experience it is far more fun to follow a team that is good more than they are bad. Buffalo? Cleveland? It is more torture than fun.
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