Carolina Panthers fans ignored (again) in FanSided Fandom 250
Carolina Panthers fans and players get no love from the FanSided Fandom 250 this year.
For a third consecutive year Carolina Panthers fans failed to break into the FanSided Fandom 250 rankings. A monumental undertaking, the folks at FanSided decided a few years ago that fans existed for nearly everything – television shows, celebrities, athletes and of course, sports teams. They then went about the talk of determining what subject possessed the overall best fan base by examining a variety of different factors.
Unfortunately, none of those analytics pointed toward any representation from the Panthers, either as a franchise or for any individual player. Once quarterback Cam Newton was left off the initial rankings three seasons ago, after introducing “dab” to the world – a celebration still used today by individuals in a variety of different arenas – sports, entertainment and business, it’s going to be hard for anyone on the roster to break onto the list.
The Panthers have only been around for 23 seasons but for anyone who grew up around the Carolinas, they are the definition of a hometown team. Two states joining forces in support behind a franchise that has enjoyed an enormous amount of success in such a relatively short time frame. Carolina has won the NFC South division five times, been in the playoffs on seven occasions and won the NFC twice, despite not bringing home the Lombardi Trophy.
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The number one overall fan base from 2018 is the Cleveland Browns, who lead the entire rankings yet have only six divisional titles and 14 trips to the playoffs, with no Super Bowl appearances after playing 72 seasons.
Alas, the rankings aren’t about success but fandom and it must take a special group of individuals to put up with those type of performances every season. Panthers fans shouldn’t be too discouraged, only 19 NFL teams made the cut and New Orleans was the only NFC South representative.
In terms of players, Tom Brady (63), J.J. Watt (64) and former quarterback Colin Kaepernick (124) were the only ones ranked.
View the full rankings of the FanSided Fandom 250 here and see if you agree or disagree.