I really hate the way a very large percentage of NFL fans act.
All you see on NFL forums is grown men making childish insults to one another because they may slightly disagree with their opinion.
It seems that if you don't think that their team is the single greatest thing to ever exist, you must be a complete idiot and "hater" who knows nothing about football.
Also, I don't get the way you see people say stuff like What do you know? You're a Bills/Raiders/Jags/Browns fan".
Why is it that American Football fans seem to assume that you have to support a successful team to be a real fan? Over here it's almost the complete opposite. People here take pride in their local teams, and fans of worse teams are often thought of as being bigger fans because they are more loyal to their teams, sticking with them through thick and thin.
If anything, fans of teams like Man Utd often get mocked over here. They are rarely from Manchester (most people in Manchester support Man City), often living in the South, and instead of giving support to their poorer, less successful local team (who usually do loads of work in their community) they'd prefer to give their money (through merchandise sales, not tickets) to ultra rich, soulless clubs they only ever watch on TV.
I take great pride in my local "soccer" team, that I have supported through the worst of times, and I get so much more pleasure in seeing them in their relative success they have achieved in the last 5 years than I ever would if I just switched to whoever the best team may be right now.
I really enjoy speaking with NFL fans who are realists. I like having honest debates with people who are willing to see both sides of the argument, rather than people who blindly argue that their team is guaranteed to sweep their division on their way to a Superbowl win, yet as soon as their team has a losing season, they switch their allegiance to whoever the new bandwagon team is.
This is why a London NFL Franchise just won't work. British fans are very loyal to their teams, and although American Football is becoming more popular here (as seen by the popularity of the International Series over here), NFL fans already have their team, and won't want to drop their team just because a new one has come along. The games would be attended fairly well for the first couple of years (although selling out Wembley 8 times a year is highly unlikely), I don't think the majority of the crowd would be fans of the home team. It's still a niche sport here, and fans come either because they have been fans of their NFL teams for a number of years, or just for the novelty. Even our second most popular sport (Rugby) doesn't sell out games very often. Also, I'm not too sure that everyone outside London would support a London team - would possibly have to be called the "British" Somethings.
Anyway, went off on a bit of a tangent there, but it is nice to see intelligent opposition fans who are willing to analyze the game and come up with a true, balanced opinion on it rather than the typical ridiculous blind optimism.
I wish more fans were like them.
Edited by Jalxsu, 06 September 2013 - 12:51 PM.