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Let your fan flag fly
April 24, 2014 - Steve Murch
When it comes to fandom, nothing is a science. Fans in general are passionate and fickle at the same time, so figuring them out is more than just numbers.
One day you're a die-hard fan of the local team, then next you are rooting for someone — anyone — else because you've had it with those no good bums you used to root for because they've (fill in the blank — broken your heart, signed a bad person/player, have a horrible owner, all the above, none of the above, etc.).
The thing is, you usually come back around to the team you always root for because it's in your blood, and you were born to be a fan of that team. Last year Fox Sports Detroit had a great Tigers ad that featured Max Scherzer where he said kids always ask him about having two different colored eyes. He said he told them because it's just like them being Tigers fans, you're born that way.
The New York Times has a fun interactive map that measures fan's devotion to a team. It's unscientific, but it's interesting to look at nonetheless. The Times took the teams that fans posted to their Facebook page and broke it down county-by-county. The top three teams and their respective percentages are listed.
I'm not on Facebook, but there's no doubt who my favorite team is. I'll tell anyone, I don't need Facebook to let them know.
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