Clemson, UNC, Bulls were all big when I was in school. Yankees should be higher.
Teams With the Most Bandwagon Fans
I live in Ohio and Buckeye fans didn't really exist in Northeast Ohio until Tressel won that national title. Now they all bow down to everything that is buckeye. And many Steeler fans were once Browns fans. I find myself having the same dilemma after Sunday's lastest embarassing failure.
The Red Sox have to be higher. I admit I'm a bandwagon Yankees fan however it is a wagon I won't be getting off for a long time.
USC to that list.
How'd you miss USC?
South Carolina really hasn't done much since Spurrier got there.
The amount of buckeye fans in SE michigan is ridiculous. I would say the ratio of michigan to osu fans is about 6:4 plus there was a lot of cavs "fans" last year that were once pistons fans.
3/2 wasn't good enough?
i should have simplified!
That might be true . . . if you were talking about UM and MSU. But OSU? No way.
actually there are way more ohio state fans around where i live than msu. in fact, i only know maybe 5 msu fans and the rest are michigan or osu.
Well, I don't know where you live, but that's definitely not true of SE Michigan as a whole.
Apparently you don't understand how small sample sized can be extrapolated, therefore: the people I know = All of SE Michigan.
Where the hell do you live? Adrian?
I live in Phila. and nothing is more annoying than Cowgirl fans. Probably because most of them are really just Eagles haters.
The Yankee's have to be #1 as the biggest bandwagon team. My job takes me all over the country. I see Yankees hats everywhere I go.
What bandwagon are these supposed Notre Dame fans jumping on? They have done diddly since Holtz. If anything it is hard rooting for a team in perpetual return to glory.
or any real reason to root for ND other than past glory is huge. This year, pre-season hype had them coming out of the woodwork, one was even giving me shizzle as an M fan b/c Holtz had picked ND to go to the BCS. He wondered aloud what kind of bowl, if any, Michigan would get to this year.
I have known this guy for over a year and was never aware he was an ND fan until the last month or so.
If they win the rest of their games this year and are hyped as big time for next year, you watch it fill out (in much the same way michigan's is now with all the fair-weather fans climbing back on board).
The ND bandwagon is indeed missing a few wheels and the steering leaves something to be desired, but it is a bandwagon nonetheless.
Every kid I grew up with who went to catholic school felt compelled to root for ND. Maybe the nuns rapped their knuckles if they didn't. I dunno. Drove me nuts though.
My wife went to a caholic school, and had to learn the ND fight song. She still starts to cheer along whenever she hears it, until she realizes what she's doing, then she's like "Damnit, I have to stop doing that!"
I went to Gabriel Richard (Wyandotte, not Ann Arbor) for high school, and there was a notable Notre Dame presence. The principal and a good chunk of the staff were fans, but a lot of it was the families as well. The Catholic roots run deep.
That's not really bandwagon, though... Brainwashing seems more accurate.
Meh, went to Divine Child 1998-2002. I knew ZERO Notre Dame fans there. Hell, I had a kid named Charles Woodson in my graduating class. He was a big Michigan fan. Imagine that.
Don't forget Miami. The fans are supposed to be awful.
I'm from Miami, went to Michigan undergrad, and go to Miami law school now. Miami fans are bandwagon fans in general, but it's especially true for the Hurricanes. The majority of fans are just people who live in Miami not students, which rather unique for a school with a big football program. So when they aren't good most people just stop supporting the team. It's really sad. I went to the Ga Tech game and the stadium was half full, at best. But, if they beat Va Tech this weekend, the Oklahoma game will be a packed house. That's just how it is in Miami.
Isn't Landshark Stadium, home of margaritas, paradise livin', and wealthy Michigan business school donors, several miles from Miami's campus? As far as I understand, that is a big part of students not always showing up. If you're talking about their fans, generally, then I don't know what that's about
but the last ten years its definitely died down somewhat with them.
I should of added Gary Bettman to this list! But he's not a team just an asshole
I must say that I hate a bandwagoner, I am a UM fan. I have been one really since '04 but have not missed a game since '06. (although I have had to catch them on TV most of the time) I supported them when they went 7-5 in '05 and I did the same when they went 11-2 the year after. I proudly tried to grin and bear it when I traveled over 1,000 miles to watch them lose to Appy and then nearly cried as Oregon came in and embarrassed us. I had to listen to all of my buddies and their "quack quack" heckling. I traveled the same distance to watch them lose to Utah last year and watched with disgusting levels of anguish as I hoped that this week would be the game where they came around the corner and everything started to click. Only to find out that it was not it 9 times last year. I suffered through a season in which I had no reason to call myself a fan. I still never missed a game and even the ones that I had to DVR and watch later (when I already knew the score) I still watched. I am a true blue UM fan and to be perfectly honest with you all of these bandwagon fans need to sit down and shut the hell up. I think anybody who endured last year and remained a fan is a fan and everyone else can just give some money to this site and kindly go away. Not trying to sound like a hater here but it is how I feel.
I'm not trying to make too much fun at your expense but . . .6 years. Thats it?
On a bandwagon fan thread no less?
I'm not making fun of the tv games either, caus thats how I've always had to watch 99% of the games but . . . 6 years? including this one?
I appreciate the "foreverbluemaize" handle as much as anybody but "Sir, I've met Bob Ufer, and you're no Bob Ufer".
Oh well, I guess I'm just envious because unless they start cloning body parts, I've got more games behind me than in front.
In all fairness, he stuck by his team through 2005 and 2008 even though he has never known a win over OSU.
you're right, I'll give any (relatively) new fan credit for those two items.
I've forgotten the last time a topic let people tell everyone their ages, and wonder at the recent season-starting influx of posters, and how many are still students?
I'll say it: Michigan
I think Michigan would probably take the crown for fair-weather fans, but not really bandwagon fans. At least that's what I have seen.
How does that jibe with the fact that we are leading the nation in attendance a year after going 3-9?
Fairweather is a better word, I agree.
Just because I think we have a lot of fair-weather fans does not mean that we cannot have enough true blue fans to fill a stadium. I would say that the number of people who actually make it to a game is very small compared to the number of people who cheer for Michigan, even in a down season.
The only concrete measure of fan support we have is attendance at the stadium. By that measure, our fan support is outstanding. It is silly to argue that the school that leads the country in attendance has the most fairweather fans. You have no way of proving this.
We have no way of proving which teams have the most bandwagon fans either. I was just pointing out that there were a lot of "fans" that wouldn't even watch the games and whatnot last year.
And just because we have 100k-200k dedicated fans in SE MI does not mean that there aren't another 500k fairweather fans in the area. That's not even looking at any fans outside of a drivable distance.
I was just pointing out that there were a lot of "fans" that wouldn't even watch the games and whatnot last year.
Given that we averaged about the same attendance last year as this year, I call this statement into question. I'd love for you to come up with some kind of evidence to back this up, but I highly doubt you can. The only quantifiable measure of fan support is attendance, and that certainly doesn't back up your claim.
It defies all logic to claim that a school that has led the nation in attendance 33 of the last 34 years would have the most fairweather fans of any school in the country. Most other schools have experience wild swings in attendance during that time. How are we somehow more "fairweather" than every single one of them?
Michigan also went to a bowl game in 33 of 34 years. There is little reason for attendance to swing when the team wins every year, unless fans get bored of success. Just saying
Michigan also has a massive alumni base, a huge dedicated fanbase, and season tickets that are viewed as a status symbol. None of those things changes the fact that 5 out of 10 people you see in Michigan hats couldn't name a member of the D-line
Michigan also has a massive alumni base, a huge dedicated fanbase, and season tickets that are viewed as a status symbol. None of those things changes the fact that 5 out of 10 people you see in Michigan hats couldn't name a member of the D-line
I don't know why you are trying to pick a fight with me. All I was trying to do was point out that he was most likely classifying the fans he was referring to under the wrong category. He even agreed with me.
You are right. I can't prove any of it. I also can't prove that I think the New York Yankees have the most bandwagon fans. GQ can't prove that Brown is the douchiest college. Maxim can't prove that a school is the best party school in any given year.
Give it a rest already.
The only time I remember us having bandwagon fans was during the Fab 5.
The Red Sox have to be higher.
Is definitely on that list....
I guarantee you once we get to the inevitable Rich Rodriguez Era of Michigan dominance, we will replace Ohio State on that list....
You can't help to love our program...We've got wings on our helmets!!!!
I grew up in Canada (Toronto) and moved to SE Michigan when I was 12........yet I still recognized and liked the Maize and Blue, mostly due to the helmets. I was psyched when we moved so I wouldn't have to be a bandwagon fan.
I think it's a good thing though - - One of the top programs in the Country.
I would say Miami and FSU are up there as well when they are winning...a resurgence by both those schools will put them up there.
Also, UNC and Duke are definitely on that list (for bball)
Gotta add the patriots to that list. After Brady won that first SB the wagon filled up fast
I have to admit that I am somewhat of a Patriots bandwagon fan, but it is more that I am a fan that will cheer on any team that stars a Michigan player. As soon as Brady retires, I will probably jump on the bandwagon for whichever team is starting Tate or Denard.
I also pull for Michigan players in the NFL. It was great to see Super Mario carve up the Cowboys last night. I cant fault you for that!
ever since Tom Brady became QB. Plus, this year Pierre Woods and Prescott Burgess on Defense with Crable on injured reserve.
Brady was a mid-season pickup on my fantasy football team and helped me win the league. I rooted for them in the Super Bowl a couple years later against Carolina, but not afterwards. I was rooting for Philly a few years later...
I was kind of conflicted when they played the Giants. On the one hand, it would put an end to those annual 1972 Dolphins stories, and I had Brady and Moss on my fantasy team that year (I lost in the finals, Brady and Moss cooled off at the end of the year). On the other, I was pretty sick of the Patriots.
Seriously, how many douche bag wanna-be tough guys sport a NYY cap to try and look cool, If you are not a Yankee fan, or from NY, please don't wear a Yankee cap.
at an AL playoff game with a NY Yankee cap on?
At a game in which the Yankees were playing Cleveland !
The University of Southern California
You could also say Team Canada hockey in the olympics. Nobody in the United States roots for USA Hockey anymore it's all Canada fans cause people like Brodeur, Crosby and Thorton play for them. Talk about being a traitor...
But in mine its:
1a. New York Yankees
1b. Notre Dame
2. LA Lakers
3. Duke (basketball only)
4. Dallas Cowboys
5. anybody else
FWIW, the only Steeler fans I know are people who grew up in Pittsburgh and now live in Texas or on the West Coast.
OSU post 2002= #1
Ever since LeBron arrived, they've quadrupled their fanbase.
So I guess then we can expect a large increase in Nets fans next year!
maple leaf fans jumped on the bandwagon of every team that played the wings in the regular season and in the playoffs.
I went to the Wings vs Jackets game on April 3rd this past year and during the game Tressel was at Nationwide Arena and the speakers started playing "We Don't Give a Damn For The Whole State of Michigan." It was awesome to see Detroit kick the shit out of Columbus that night, 4-0.
I know that's true but I really don't get it.
As a Michigan native and Wings fan from birth, I was raised to dislike but respect the other Original Six teams (even the Rangers, though that's hard to do). If I weren't a Wings fan I'd probably have grown up a Leafs fan.
I don't get why they hate the Wings. It could have something to do with the fact that they haven't won a cup since 1964, while the Wings have 4 in the past 12 seasons.
"Oh you guys to the Stanley Cup every year!" WTF We have only been in 5 finals series in the past 11 years! How is that every year?! Yeah we make the playoffs every year because we have an unbelievable scouting team, recrutiting program and overall best organization in the NHL. People need to really grow up and recognize us.
of a jealousy thing than anything. i grew up in windsor so half of my friends are leafs fans. i don't have a issue with it, but when the playoffs role around its a different story. they are like the ND fans of hockey. they feel like that they should just be in the playoffs every year no matter what.
Especially when you get into the Original 6 discussion. Maple Leafs fans and also Montreal fans think they deserve to make the playoffs every year because they are "canada's teams." WTH They have sucked in the last ten years.
1994. New York Rangers
1997. Detroit Red Wings
1998. Detroit Red Wings
2002. Detroit Red Wings
2005. no season
2008. Detroit Red Wings
Proof that Detroit right now is the only team that is making the Orig 6 look good. They really should be praising us
fans aren't as bad as leaf fans for the simple fact that they won a cup in the last 20 years. and they have more then enough cups to fall back on. at least montreal is trying to get better unlike the leafs. the leafs traded away so much talent to get older players in there that it has ruined them.
and the other thing that pisses me off about the leafs is that we will never get to play them in playoffs again unless its the finals, so all of their fans love to hold onto 1993 series win.
the entire sport of golf? If Tiger Woods isn't contending on a Sunday, the ratings are in the $hitter. Everyone loves Tiger, but few people really love the PGA tour. No one is lining up to watch Angel Cabrera and Ben Curtis tee it up on Sunday afternoon at the John Deere Classic.
Good one, golf is totally bandwagoned-out.
its easily the Miami Hurricanes.
How did I only see the Lakers in here twice? Most of the lower deck is filled with full-of-themselves celebrities who show up, wait til someone lets them know they've been on camera, and then leave. Because being seen at a Lakers game is a thing.
i did some research and in the 2001 season, usc was getting as little as 45,000 fans a game! if that isn't bandwagon, i don't know what is!
USC. And im basing this on the fact that I dont remember any USC fans back in the 90s.
who attended 797 consecutive USC games, home and away, during 73 seasons, 1925-1998. He died of cardiac arrest in the Rose Bowl parking lot during the 1998 USC-UCLA game. Two more years and he'd have seen the arrival of Pete Carroll.
You aren't kidding one bit. My first year at USC also happened to be Pete's first year coaching. This is a very fair assessment. The Coliseum was 75% full at best for every home game except UCLA that year.
To respond to numero 3, as a Hawks fan:
As the Wings are one of the most successful, if not the most successful, teams in the NHL, the fans have the right to be very confident in their team. However, as is true in every sport, presuming dominance in the playoffs is a very dangerous road to take. As a Hawks fan in Ann Arbor this last playoffs season, it was a little on the annoying side to hear Wings fan dismiss the Hawks from the very start, rather than providing solid analysis as to why we would be beaten. It was always how, not why. Or, in this many games, not because of the play of so and so. And that wears on your nerves after a while.
Now granted, the Wings went on to win, looking really quite strong near the end. But you'll have to excuse Hawks fans that weren't exactly, shall we say, upset, when that very same "HA! There is no way we lose to the Pens" attitude came back and bit them right in the ass.
I can create an entire blog alone on how that series played out.
In college football, Ohio State leads in this category....
I live in South Bay LA...and I went out for my run last night and saw that some typical OSU douchebag put a Script Ohio in big lights on the balcony of his apartment, which I go running by down by the beach....
This is USC territory too... I wanted to throw a gallon of gas on those lights and hope that it went up in flames...lol
Uh, I really don't think that counts as a bandwagon fan. Perhaps you're confusing bandwagon with obnoxious. Bandwagon would be if OSU won their game against USC.
For the record, I'd say USC and Miami are the top of the list for college football.
Down here in DC everybody is a Pittsburgh fan. After the Penguins beat my Caps and Wings, half of my school became Penguins fans. The same thing happened after both of the Steeler's Super Bowl wins too
at least as far as New England goes, it is the Texas Longhorns
Whoever is playing Michigan.
Kind of like those hard up Penn State fans who were gathered around the TV while Michigan was losing to Appy State. Poor Penn State, having to live vicariously through a small college somewhere in...somewhere.
UM beating those bastards that year has to rank as one of the All Time "comeuppance" wins in the history of sport.
This all makes me dream of the day that the Lions will win a Super Bowl and all the years of s@*% will be worth
I must agree mostly with those of you that have said USC and Lakers.
Growing up I never remembered ever hearing about an SC fan, then all of the sudden they start winning and basically all of Southern California is a SC fan. In fact growing up I had more UCLA fans than SC fans.
Same goes for the Lakers when they got Kobe. I guess you can add Angels and Ducks to that list as well. I went to an Angel game before they won the world series 6th row up on the 3rd base side cost about $25. I'm willing to bet the ticket price has at least tripled since then. I hate baseball so I don't really care.
I went to law school at SC and know lots of great Trojan fans (people who were in those 45,000 crowds when Hackett was in charge), but they definitely take the cake in the bandwagon fan department. I can't even stand to watch an SC game in public here in Southern California (unless I'm at the game with friends) because so many dirtbags with zero football knowledge who have no affiliation with the actual school treat the Trojans like the NFL team in LA. Combine that with the equally dumb folks on the anti-SC bandwagon (you know the type who doesn't really have a team but loves to hate on any successful school/team if/when they lose or even play a close game).
I've heard from tons of Miami alums that nobody really gives a shit about the team unless they are playing FSU (and the attendance numbers reflect that).
Have to stick up for the Lakers though. They may have lots of bandwagon fans in other parts of the country (and those people are annoying as all hell, just like the non-New Yorker Yankee fans), but they and the Dodgers always get big crowds even when they aren't doing so well and the celebrities become harder to find (the Lakers have just been consistently good for about 30 years). Angels/Ducks fans in Orange County are a thousand times worse than any LA fans.
It is true about the Lakers always having big crowds, but how many stupid flags, license plate frames and stickers have you seen pop up out of nowhere ever since they got Kobe and started winning championships.
I have no idea about the Dodger fans, but I would rather watch a game at Edison than Chavez Ravine. It has nothing to do with the fans (other than the stabbing that took place in the parking lot with the mexican gangbangers scared me a bit) but, the whole experience of actually getting to your seat is pretty terrible at Chavez Ravine.
Man U and Barca as far as soccer goes...
most kids at my school in the past couple years like Florida, texas, or USC. I will have friends over and we play NCAA and they always pick one of those teams and its just like common, seriously? and they are like "oh, I was born in texas or I have family in texas" but yet they cant name two players on the team...WV was one also for a year or two and kids act like they actually like these teams but when u confront them about how they are a fan, they just say I like this player or I like this coach..Florida I would say is the biggest bandwagoner out of them all though...I walk through school and see about three kids everyday with florida gator shirts on but yet we live in michigan...comon, lets be honest with ourselves.
The Pistons are the worst. I sat there in my teal jersey, night after night through the mid-90's in an almost empty Palace. They win a title and suddenly there are 2 million Pistons fans? You don't get to take a decade off. Before the mid-80's, nobody had given a shit about them for 30 years.
teal jersey agrees with you.
Used to be able to get buy one get one tickets back in the dog days, then when the pistons started to win, the sellout streak started, became impossible to get tix. Hell it was even impossible to get a seat to watch a playoff game at b-dubs.
Michael Curry's "coaching" caused a lot of fans to abandon the band wagon.
SOOO many bandwagoneers. Back in the early 90's and before the sweater arrival, the only fans I ever noticed were relitives(by marriage), or elementary school freinds. Their parents were fans, so they passed on their shitty beliefs. Growing up near the Ohio boarder, there were always more Michigan fans. Now I see obnoxious, drunk, buckeye turds everywhere. All across the country. My test is very simple for the bandwagoneers; Who was the coach and who was their SORRY qb before the sweaturd. I'm nice enough to give them a hint as well.
Texas - it seemed like everyone was on the bandwagon when VY was there.
The Big 3 of Florida Schools - back in the 90's when FSU was on top of the world, there were a ton of Noles fans, then it siwtched to Miami in the early 2000's now it seems like the Gators and Tebow are the bandwagon darlings.
Rams had a big bandwagon back in the greatest show on turf days.
How are the Rays not on your list? I didn't even know they had fans until last year.
I live in Baton Rouge, definitely LSU. Way too many fans who have absolutely no ties to the University who jump on board when they are doing well. There's very little support for the university's academics because all people care about is football.
I know you are all rolling downhill here but aren't you being a bit naive? Should we have packed the palace when the stones were winning 30 games?
It doesn't make sense - so sure it is annoying for a USC or Florida when a bunch of tools are rooting for them for no reason in East Lansing. But lets not get confused that if the Lions were to get good then fans are "bandwagon" if they come back. Its just hard to root for a brutal franchise...
You'd have a point if anyone gave a shit about the Pistons before Issiah showed up. They were popular for ~10 years when they won and then ignored for another decade.
I had not yet been born when Isiah showed up so... I guess I was a fan from the beginning (and I'm not even that young)
and K-State used to suck. Suck to the point of being the worst program in Division 1. Snyder gets there and starts winning and the "catbackers" came out of the woodwork. It was crazy.