Very few rivalries in any sport are bigger than the Bears and Packers, so when a poll came out deciding which NFL team has the best fans -- you know we had to be up there.
"Best" is a wacky word, though. A quick trip back to grade school will remind you that the English language has a few adjectives whose comparative and superlative forms are out of the ordinary. Good goes to better, better goes to best, and best is -- well, best. "Best" is the best version of good. It's wild isn't it?
Emory University wondered which of the 32 teams could in fact snag the title. So they dug deep and put the Dallas Cowboys on top. The New England Patriots, New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets rounded out the Top 5.
Because best is more subjective than factual, they clarify: what we are really trying to get at is what team has the most avid, engaged, passionate and supportive fans.
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The twist, they say, is that they are doing it in a very controlled and statistically careful fashion -- also known as math.
The data heavy research comprised 15 years worth of numbers on attendance, ticket prices, revenues, market populations and won-loss records. You can check out Emory's entire methodology here.
Math has never been more useful because guess who landed at No. 6? Yep, the Chicago Bears. But that's not the punch-line.
The Green Bay Packers are hanging out at No. 7.
In fact, the Bears not only finished ahead of the Packers, but they beat out the entire NFC North. (Vikings landed at No. 18 and the Lions dropped down to No. 25.)
So while the Bears may not be the "best," at least their fans can say they're better than the Packers.