On the first day of the NFL draft, I logged on to nfl.com so that I could watch any behind the scenes footage that they might have.
Once logged in, they had a map of the country with a STAR where each team in the NFL was physically located. If you hovered over the star, it would show you how many fans for each team was logged in at the time. It was 7:30 PM EST, and I expected that the fans from the most passionate football cities would dwarf the Lions by comparison. Surely we would see a huge contingent from these football towns like the packers, vikings, cowboys, jets, chiefs, eagles, giants, and redskins right? But as Lee Corso says, "Not so fast"!
Though I did not write down the specific numbers for each team, I was astounded and excited that the Detroit Lions had the 2nd most fans signed in to NFL.com with 41,000 fans. Well, I thought, maybe that was because some of the other fans would log in when it was closer for their team to pick. But that turned out not to be the case.
The Rams picking 1st had only around 7,000 fans, Tampa around 20,000, and the Redskins picking 4th only had around 7,000. The #1 fanbase that night was the Dolphins with 48,000 logged in. The jets peaked at around 27,000, while none of the packers, vikings, cowboys, or giants exceeded 10,000. The west coast teams (seattle, oakland, san francisco, and san diego all had around 20,000 at peaks as well.
So after the Dolphins and Lions with over 40,000, no other team had over 30,000 fans logged in. Before I saw this, I thought that the Packers, Chiefs, Jets, Cowboys, and Eagles had the most passionate football fans in the country. BUT now we know the truth....The Lions have the 2nd most passionate fan base in the country, even after our decade + long slump. It's gonna be scary around here once we produce a winner!!