I'm going to throw the challenge flag on this story that showed up in the USA Today, ranking the Minnesota Vikings fans 18th most loyal. Just 'being' a Vikings fan makes you 'loyal.' We're certainly not hanging around for all the glory and championships.

The research team crunched a bunch of numbers, and here are their results:

  1. Dallas Cowboys
  2. New England Patriots
  3. New York Jets
  4. New Orleans Saints
  5. New York Giants
  6. Indianapolis Colts
  7. Chicago Bears
  8. Baltimore Ravens
  9. Pittsburgh Steelers
  10. Tennessee Titans
  11. San Diego Chargers
  12. Denver Broncos
  13. Washington Redskins
  14. Green Bay Packers
  15. Carolina Panthers
  16. Houston Texans
  17. Philadelphia Eagles
  18. Minnesota Vikings
  19. Cincinnati Bengals
  20. Cleveland Browns
  21. Kansas City Chiefs
  22. St. Louis Rams
  23. Seattle Seahawks
  24. Buffalo Bills
  25. Miami Dolphins
  26. San Francisco 49ers
  27. Jacksonville Jaguars
  28. Detroit Lions
  29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  30. Arizona Cardinals
  31. Atlanta Falcons
  32. Oakland Raiders

In addition with the Vikings being way too low on the list, how can Panther fans be ahead of Eagles fans? Or Chargers fans ahead of Packers fans?

Two students in Emory University’s Sports Marketing Analytics program in Atlanta used tickets sold, win/loss record, area population, median income, etc. to see which teams’ fans show up no matter what.

Come here boys, I have some questions for you.