You thought the Green Bay Packers were the most popular team in America, didn’t you? They are not. At least, not according to Facebook data.
That would be the Dallas Cowboys, who despite years of losing and generally being a three-ring circus run by buffoons are still beloved around the country.
How can this be!?
You see, you forgot to factor in people who speak broken English, have face tattoos, wear wife beaters seven days of the week and carry switchblades.
Did I just describe every Cowboys fan you know?
Anyway, what’s more surprising is the Packers actually finished as the fourth most liked team. Yes, the data was actually put together by surveying the number of Facebook likes for each team. Still, it’s a lot of data.
By pretending to be an advertiser, I was able to extract some data from Facebook’s over 155 million users within the United States. All data is of July 2012.
There you go. More people like the Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots more than the Packers.
Those people obviously have terrible taste. They also probably know nothing about football.
Sorry, we’re stereotyping today. But in a funny way!
Should this be surprising? Not particularly. The Packers do play in by far the smallest NFL market, after all. Also, areas not known as football strongholds, like Arizona and Los Angeles, have a lot people and a lot of Cowboys fans.
This is a map showing the most popular NFL team in each county in the U.S. The Cowboys own a bunch of states you could flush down the toilet, parts of Arizona, Nevada and Southern California.
The Packers own Wisconsin, the U.P. and… Alaska. And it kind of looks like Wisconsin is taking a dump on Iowa.
So, let’s all do better.
This is not scientific AT ALL. One of the basic tenets of any freshman class on statistics or psychology is that polls with self-selecting respondents are NOT scientific. Why, because the polls only select those who are outspoken enough to respond to a poll. The casebook example concerns a poll in the 70s from Cosmopolitan magazine “showing” that more married women cheat on their husbands than do not. It was a self seleecting poll. The problem is that happily married women are content, and do not feel obliged to speak out in a poll.
That’s one problem right there. The other problem is that the poll only concerns facebook users, and those who bother to like certain pages. It may simply refect that Packers fans (particularly outside of Wisconsin) are less likely to be preoccupied with all the stupid bullshit that facebook has to “offer.”
Another problem with this poll, at least from a real quick glance, is that it seems to be an electoral college of sorts. So there could be many more states (I would wager all of the states) have a sizeable contingent of Packers fans, but not enough to be a majority in that one area, whereas teams like the Patriots may have a majority in New England (but hated everywhere else).
The Packers are not a regional fanbase. I myself hail from Seattle, now live in NYC, and had never stepped foot in Wisconsin, until I made that Holy Pilgrimate to Lambeau on the Boxing Day game against the Giants in 2010, unknowingly bearing witness to a glorious march on Dallas to recapture the Lombardi! We are all over, and do not need that cursed brain child from Aspie Asburg to know that we are one of the most popular teams, if not the most popular team not just in the US, but around the globe. There are packer fans in Germany, Great Britain. One dude even moved from Australia–clear across on the other side of the planet–to live in Wisconin. Why, because he loves the Pack. WE ARE LEGION!
Based on that map, Jacksonville has some work to do.
Once again the Pack beats the Bears, and will probably soon overtake New England. This is serious shit people. Let’s get to work.
how many Americans own the Cowboys? – one. same for the Patriots, a few more for the Steelers. How many Americans own the Packers.? a COUPLE HUNDRED THOUSAND? yea…….we’re America’s team baby. Screw the dispticks and their scientifical facebook data. we’re not just America’s team, we’re the WORLD’s TEAM!! There a Packers fans all over the freakin planet!. thank you very much……………………
Anyone notice the typo in the chart? According to that, the Dolphins are as popular as the Cowgirls and the Patriots combined.
Well this is all crap. What true football fan plays around on facebook for crissakes……..Get real. This is only indicitive of what the gay community likes. Not real football fans. Get real……..
This seems about right. The Pack has taken a hit the way TT disrespected Favre – Rogers is no Favre. And in the end, so what if the Cowboys are #1?
Any social media site…..That users ask other users to “like me” Cant be taken seriously. Green Bay Packers are, and always will be “Americas Team”
This is the first post-vag NFL poll that I have seen. Given the relentlessly accelerating castration of football, I can understand that the results of this survey are but a reflection of pulling the testosteroneal plug on a sport that used to be played, and enjoyed, by men.
So, to that end, does anybody really give a fuck what some gender challenged manchild dwelling on a social media website thinks?
I myself don’t even have a facebook account, how many other older people don’t play that game.
Open your eyes, it’s time to realize Packers are everything worldwide, so grab a pillow ‘n watch your team get eaten up by the colors green & yellow.
Based on your chart Miami is number one.