National Football League fans are a notoriously diehard band of sports enthusiasts. Game day is not something they simply show up to, it’s an intricate ritual replete with festive costuming and vibrantly decorated faces. Fans endure sub-zero temperatures to support their favorite team. They come ready to participate in a raucous day of extreme cheers and jeers. And, of course, they bring fan signs.
Game day signs represent a rich tradition of NFL fan base gallantry. Fans who have something to say, whether it’s to a player or a coach, can make that statement with little more than a Sharpie and a scrap of cardboard. Sometimes such boisterous signs are so bold they garner national media attention attracting a viral appeal. Take a look at theses meme-worthy images.
“We are horrible.” It’s kind of true. People don’t even show up to their games. The Redskins play at D.C.’s FedEx Field to tens of thousands of vacant seats. The team holds at least one top spot: the NFL record-low for turnout. The problem? They lose more games than they win. Fans have nothing left to do but hold signs of acceptance as they process their grief.
It gets worse. 247Wallstreet ranked the Washington Redskins franchise No. 5 on their list of the 10 most hated companies. First of all, they call themselves the Redskins, a racial slur. Secondly, cheerleaders have some sexual abuse complaints. And lastly, two players have faced criminal charges.
Roger Goodell’s Big Top
When Roger Goodell showed up at the New England Patriots home opener at Gillette Stadium, a sea of ridicule greeted him. Turquoise signs made of towels mocking his image wove across the stadium. An eruption of boos echoed. The NFL commissioner is one unpopular clown. At least, that is, all across the New England area. The bar towels were distributed by Barstool Sports as part of their #OperationClownFace event to protest Goodell’s 4-game suspension of Pats quarterback Tom Brady.
It's not the commissioner’s first unpopular ruling. He’s been making unpopular decisions since he became the NFL commissioner. He’s ruled over several scandals. “Spygate,” “Bountygate,” and “Deflategate” have all become a thing under his tenure. He’s known as a hypocrite who shills for the corporate elite while penalizing players excessively.
Lingering Super Bowl LI Misery
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank says he’s over it. The legendary Super Bowl defeat at the hands of the Patriots who clobbered his team in overtime after a 25-point comeback is all in the past, he says. Moving on. He expects a Super Bowl contest in the not-so-distant future. On the other hand, the demoralizing loss is still afflicting traumatized fans. Players seem demoralized too.
Post-Super Bowl LI update: The Falcons scraped out a playoff run after a 10-6 season, defeating the Los Angeles Rams in the Wild Card round. Next up, however, the Falcons were sidelined from the playoffs by losing to the Eagles who, incidentally, went on to win the championship ring. This guy is trying to build up the courage to face the source of Falcons fanbase misery. Meanwhile, he’ll take the New England Patriots farm team—and then they’ll get revenge. Soon.
The Eagles’ Royal Secret is Out
Prince Harry suits up every week during football season as Eagles quarterback, Carson Wentz. Alternatively, Carson Wentz just married Meghan Markle disguised as Prince of England. They are the same person. This fan, proudly hoisting his sign, is convinced.
Evidence? One popular meme-response goes something like, “Have you ever seen Carson Wentz and Prince Harry in the same room?” Their resemblance is striking. Final analysis? The two handsome strawberry blondes are long lost twins separated at birth.
The Black Sheep of the NFL
The New England Patriots are winners, but league-wise, there’s not much love going around for the franchise. The Patriots are accused of lying, cheating and winning too much. To top it off, Pats' quarterback Tom Brady got wrapped up in the “Deflategate” scandal after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell disciplined the QB for using an underinflated game ball. Brady fought the 4-game suspension all the way to the Supreme Court, but then dropped his appeal.
Rivaling fans may never drop their animosity. Some Indianapolis Colts fans hung this demoralizing sign where targeted players could not miss it—right over the Patriots’ exit tunnel. Pictured, security is ready to get involved. The sign was confiscated, and the players’ dignity duly reinstated.
It Could Be Worse
The Jets have at least one supporter. “Game of Thrones” author R.R. Martin is a lifelong fan. But this is how he describes it, “Life for a Jets fan is an unending torment.” Say no more, right?
The New Jersey-based team hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2010. Twenty years is a long time. For the past few years, the New York Jets have been one of the league’s worst teams. Check out their record for those years: 5-11, 5-11 and 4-12. Dismal. Maybe next season.
A Lions Fan’s Pride
This fan is proud that his team is first in losing. His friend doesn’t look so sure. The Detroit Lions achieved a 0-16 season way back in 2008. That puts the Browns in second. Not until 2017, would the Cleveland Browns match the abysmal 0-16 shut-out record. To make things worse for the Browns, the Lions may be roaring their way back toward a respectable standing. Led by quarterback Matthew Stafford, hope in the franchise is back. As for the Browns, not so much.
The Lions made it to the playoffs in 2014 and 2016, but the team has never made it to the Super Bowl. It’s been so long since the team clinched an NFL championship that the contest was not yet known as the “Super Bowl.” But the Lions have won four championships, the most recent one in 1957. That trophy holds value, it’s an antique!
Embittered Browns Fan Trolls His Own Team
One more update: 0-16. No. It’s not the score of the game. It’s the Cleveland Browns season. Just one other NFL team has finished a season with zero wins, making the Browns second only to the Detroit Lions. They couldn’t even win a losing record!
This fan, showing up to the Factory of Sadness game after game, only to be crushed by another loss, is doing his best. Making light of the situation by ripping his team is not only acceptable--it’s totally understandable. He’s not the only “disgruntled” fan. Look what happened when Browns inside linebacker Christian Kirksey got a hold of a fan sign that same winter. All he wanted was a win, too. The team is sad as well.
Leader of the Pack
“We’re going to the Super Bowl!” Scratch that. She’ll take the consolation prize. This Green Bay Packers fan wins the trophy for staying on the sunny side. Her favorite player making it to the Pro Bowl is awesome. Orlando in the middle of winter is paradise. Albeit, until 2015, the All-Star game was held at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii. No contest. Orlando’s a downgrade.
The point is, only wide receiver Davante Adams (No. 12) and quarterback Aaron Rodgers (No. 17) got to compete at the 2017 NFL Pro Bowl in sunny Florida.
“Stupid is as Stupid Does”
Did he just call himself stupid? If there’s one thing Packers fans are known for, besides their predilection for being called “cheeseheads,” it is their loyalty. Despite being located in one of the nation’s harshest winter climates, the Green Bay Packers have sold out every single game since 1960.
We all know the Raiders fan base is hardcore too. However, in NFL circles, they tend to be relegated to the criminally inclined with a reputation for being one can short of a six-pack. For this guy, taking a dig at a fan base that includes his brother is apparently worth it. Shirtless. He wasn’t attending the coldest game ever played with temps diving to negative sixteen degrees, but with average winter temperatures hovering just above freezing, this Packers fan straddles that fine line between brave and stupid.
These Philadelphia Eagles fans showed up to add another “BOO” to the crowd by holding a sign that keeps on “BOOing” long after they’ve been silenced. There are not enough “BOOs” to go around for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Fans take every chance they get to express their dissatisfaction with his tenure. The truth is, he gets booed at the NFL draft each year. In 2016, Goodell made an appearance at the fourth round of the draft. When he was pelted by loud “BOOs,” he responded. The unpopular commissioner told them to “bring it.”
Using internationally recognized hand-signals, he indicated he’s unfazed by dissenters’ attacks. He has a way of exacerbating hostilities. Goodell is a suit paid by NFL owners. He has become the embodiment of every fault of the NFL. He’s the reason it’s the No Fun League.
The Patriots vs. The Falcons
The rivalry between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints is a contentious one. This Saints' fan decided to remind the Falcons of that fateful Super Bowl fail by using this popular Patriots meme. Patriots fans are notorious gloaters. When the Pats faced the Falcons at Super Bowl LI, they were losing 3-28 in the third quarter, the score immortalized by this fan sign.
The momentous turnaround prompted media outlets to call it the best Super Bowl game of all time. When Lady Gaga took the stage at halftime for the highly anticipated performance, the Falcons seemed set to win. The Patriots came back, tied it up, and went into the first Super Bowl overtime in history with the Falcons. An overtime touchdown sealed the Falcons' fate as the only team who has lost a post-season game after holding a 17-point lead in the third quarter. Final score: 34-28.
Pray No More, the Second Coming Has Arrived
Jesus Christ has returned to Earth for the sole reason of relaying this important message from God: “Run the ball.” The Pittsburgh Steelers, in mortal fear of His eternal wrath, heeded God’s message by running plenty of yards. The Steelers crushed the St. Louis Rams 27-0 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the Eve of Christmas in the Lord’s year, 2011.
Behold this fan sign! It is divine. Very few handmade signs boast of beautifully legible printing without major spelling gaffs. Miraculous.
When the New England Patriots faced the Seattle Seahawks for the first time after they met at the Super Bowl, enthusiasm was uncontainable. The rematch was wildly anticipated all season. Finally seeing the teams battle it out on the field again brought back some memories. These fans played on “Member Berries” from South Park to celebrate a very joyful remembrance with this set of immaculately-executed fan signs. (Is that a Barstool Sports logo?) The matchup also presented the opportunity to rub Seahawks noses (or beaks, as it were) in that ill-fated turnaround.
Here’s what happened, in case, as like for some of us, the Super Bowl party became more interesting than the game: At the very end of Super Bowl XLIX, the Seahawks literally threw the game away. The momentous play happened when, at the one-yard line, Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler (pictured above on the right) snagged an interception at the goal line, setting his team up for a touchdown. The Seahawks, ready to win the Super Bowl at that one-yard line, tragically lost the game instead. Do you “’Member?”
Rebuilding . . . Please Pardon the Dust
1964 was a stupendous year for the Cleveland Browns. It was in that year they clinched the NFL championship. Since then, however, faces have remained as forlorn as this fan. In all these years, not once has the team made it to the Super Bowl. Since 1990, the team has only advanced to the playoffs twice. In 2017, they achieved the rare distinction of becoming only the second team in NFL history not to win a single game all season. The Browns home stadium is known as the Factory of Sadness, dubbed by exacerbated fan, Mike Polk, via YouTube rant.
But is it time to turn that frown upside down? Over the past several years, the Browns have been rebuilding in earnest. With new general manager John Dorsey and a slew of formidable players, the funny signs depicting the Browns as the butt of all great NFL jokes may fade to mere relics of past memes.
A Nod to Kelvin Benjamin’s Voracious Appetite
The fat-shaming began when Kelvin Benjamin returned to the Carolina Panthers after a torn ACL injury. He sustained the injury practicing for the 2015 season. It took him off the roster. Upon returning for the 2016 season, the slow and fat jokes came rolling in. But he had an astounding first year. He received 1,000 yards and was the Panthers’ top receiver. His size was an asset. At 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, he had the berth to run that ball through any defensive line. And then his size became the butt of NFL fans’ jokes with signs like this one. Now he’s a free agent.
The creator of this fan sign is saying Panthers quarterback, Cam Newton, is getting a bump in pass receptions with Benjamin off the roster. Just a glance at the sloppy scrawl makes it no stretch to imagine that this guy’s first sign was much better. (Go ahead, you can call it fan sign shaming.)
The Biggest Loser Glitch
Hilarious, right? Is she dissing the Kansas City Chiefs about being overweight as well as being losers? That makes the biggest losers, the winners, when it comes to pounds on that particular reality TV show. This fan sign is a clever way to honor the longstanding rivalry between the Broncos and the Chiefs. However, the Chiefs are no losers. They’ve been serving up contentious battles against their adversary for years.
The feud took root way back in 1960. It’s become one of the NFL’s most celebrated rivalries with legendary quarterbacks John Elway of the Broncos squaring off against Joe Montana of the Chiefs. Today, whenever the two teams are scheduled to meet, fans rival as fiercely as the players on the field. It’s part of the fun of being a fan.
Bills Fans Have Something to Smile About
When the Buffalo Bills host the Patriots, the time is ripe for “deflategate” jokes. Since winning, in all likelihood, is off the table for the Bills, they opt to frolic in roasting Tom Brady instead. Besides jibing him for under inflating footballs to make them easier to throw and catch, the Bills fans enjoy reaming him for being a cheater. There’s a cute “Cheaties” instead of Wheaties cereal meme they think he should sponsor. Whatever the reasons, the Bills fan base is wild about teasing Tom Brady.
Back in 2012, way before Brady got caught altering the air content of pigskins, he insulted the entirety of upstate New York. During a nationally broadcast Super Bowl press conference, the star quarterback took a dig at the lodging options near Buffalo. He had this to say: “I don’t know if any of you guys have ever been to the hotels in Buffalo, but they’re not the nicest places in the world.” Local tourism officials responded immediately.
The No Fun League
Two days after Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson held up this sign following his touchdown against San Francisco, the NFL fined the Cincinnati Bengals receiver $10,000. In the past, he has been fined for performing traditional end zone touchdown dances, although his were unique. He was fined so many times he lost track of the total. Undeterred, he told ESPN, “It’s fun, it’s part of the game. They can’t take that away from us.” He thinks touchdown celebrations are an important part of the fan experience. The league says it’s self-aggrandizing.
Today, Johnson-Ochocinco’s touchdown dances are legendary. His quest was to put the Fun back in the NFL. To this end, he had Roger Goodell on speed dial. Pleading with the commissioner to loosen end zone celebration restrictions, rules were finally relaxed over a decade after Ochocinco’s first performance. It seems a refund is in order.
Goodell vs. Brady
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell can do no good. The unpopular NFL bureaucrat has a penchant for suspending the league’s favorite players, and that’s exactly what he did to beloved Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady. So, when Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey was reported stolen, blaming Goodell was a no-brainer.
Fans shown here at New England Patriots Super Bowl victory parade in Boston ripped the commissioner a new one, in sign after sign. But this one took the prize. First, the commissioner stole four game days from Brady, depriving Patriots fans of their favorite quarterback for allegedly overinflating a pigskin. Next, when the five-time championship quarterback overcame the setback and won the Lombardi trophy anyway, his jersey disappears from his locker. Goodell must have stolen that too. Logic.
Prime Time Dig
She got the house, the car, and the (eternally sold-out) Packers season tickets. Here’s her chance for just one more jab at the lying, cheating ex who has undoubtedly blocked all her calls, texts and social media accounts by now.
Ha! Revenge is a dish best served cold. She gets the last word—dishing it out live, broadcast nationwide. Who’s the loser now? How’s that cozy couch-side view? Sure, he may have found someone better. But he’ll have to wait 30 years to procure another set of Green Bay Packers season tickets. Sorry. Lambeau Field sold out in 1960. No extra charge for sub-zero temps.
Anonymous Dig at Eagles Fans
Philadelphia Eagles fans probably deserved this one. Comparing a football franchise to the U.S. Postal Service is a true insult. The agency has been called slow, overburdened with bureaucracy, and laced with a regressive tendency to “go postal.” The meme-worthy reply: “Well played, Patriots fans.”
Patriot fans scored a genuine win with this one. The Patriots and Eagles fan base rivalry goes way back, but the Super Bowl LII matchup stirred it up even more. All told, the East coast rivals have a lot in common when it comes to exuberant expressions of team spirit.
She Likes Super Bowl Champs - He Likes the Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys won more regular-season games than any other franchise. You’ll have to go back to the days of the moon landing to see evidence of that monumental winning streak. The team also procured two Super Bowl championships during that era. In both 1971 and 1977, the Cowboys clinched the world championship title. By the ’80s, those glorious days gradually began slipping away into oblivion. However, the ’90s brought new wind to the team’s sails, and they proceeded to overcome the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVII.
The following year the two teams matched up once more, and the Cowboys, again, took the Bills. In 1995, the Cowboys won Super Bowl XXX by crushing the Pittsburgh Steelers for their fifth, and final, Super Bowl championship. This Cowboys fan claims to like the Super Bowl, as if the game is somehow related to his team this century. The fact is, it’s been over twenty years since the Cowboys have played in a Super Bowl game. If he likes the Super Bowl, maybe he should like what she likes.
Dedicated or Dumb?
During the 1970s, the San Diego Chargers and the Miami Dolphins rose to become serious contenders. That’s when their rivalry first ignited. It was on display at an AFC Orange Bowl playoff game in January 1982. The clash between the two high-scoring teams unleashed a fireworks performance, and San Diego’s win made it one of the best NFL football games ever played. The Dolphins, for their part, won the Super Bowl three consecutive years: 1971, 1972 and 1973. Glory days.
Today, they’ve passed them by. The Chargers are falling through the cracks to oblivion on the streets of L.A. while the Dolphins haven’t seen the Super Bowl since 1984. These two fans are making the best of it. Huge score with getting players to sign their banners!
Yet Another Sign of the Self-Deprecating Browns Fan Base
“We Want Bama” translated: They want top-ranked college team Alabama Crimson Tide to face off against the worst team in the NFL, i.e., The Browns. Low blow. But how tempting is it to watch that matchup?
This fan just wants a chance to see his team win. At least he’s still cheerful after another loss that brought the Browns to 0-11 for the season. For the franchise, “We Want Bama” is yet another humiliating homemade sign gaining entrance into the meme-dom of Cleveland Browns fan signs. Can’t blame fans, they’re just trying to make the best.
‘Why? It Makes No Sense!’
These Seattle Seahawk fans can’t understand why the 1995 expansion team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, picked up a punter over the option of rostering their quarterback, Russell Wilson, in the 2012 NFL draft. When the 2013 season kicked off, guess which team was in dire need of a quarterback? Guess which team was the laughing stock of the league? Hint: It starts with a “J.”
And, who’s in charge of this game? Who’s throwing passes over Jaguars' heads for four touchdowns? Exactly. Russell Wilson, the quarterback they could have had. The Jaguars deserved this jab!
Last Browns Meme!
This image offers an explicit visual for describing the Cleveland Browns’ black hole effect on NFL quarterbacks. It all started in 1999 when the Browns used their No. 1 draft pick to acquire Kentucky Wildcats star quarterback, Tim Couch. Unfortunately for the Browns, his college success did not translate well to the NFL.
The team’s quest to find a quarterback resulted in this black hole of athletic talent, as the list trails on beyond this one, down to the mannequin’s ankles. The fan who assembled this self-loathing expression of team spirit facetiously placed the quarterback jersey specifically on a female mannequin. The fact is not missed by the Cleveland Browns' disgruntled fan base.
Philadelphia Eagles Fan Dishes a Double Dig
Philadelphia Eagles fans have a reputation. Sports Illustrated says it is for being the most hated fan base in the NFL. In this fan sign, Jay Cutler, former Chicago Bears quarterback, is the target of the dis, but Tony Romo, the longtime Dallas Cowboys quarterback, is dragged in for the final blow with an emasculating comparison. For Eagles fans, these quarterbacks were a scoring threat that needed to be addressed.
By now, both Cutler and Romo have moved on from quarterbacking from team huddles to broadcasting color commentary from the media booth. Doing play-by-play turns out to be more profitable than an NFL contract, but perhaps signs like the one pictured above had some influence in directing these two pro football stars’ career moves? All in good fun.
Is Tom Brady the League’s Least Popular Player?
According to this Philadelphia Eagles fan, being homeless is preferable to being associated with Tom Brady. Low blow! Unable to get a seat at the stadium, she decided to troll Brady from the sidewalk.
Winning six Super Bowls, competing in nine championships, and out-winning every NFL quarterback in Super Bowl history should make Brady the best quarterback in the NFL, period. Yet the 14-time Pro Bowler, who is also the winningest regular-season quarterback, ever, receives nothing but grief by every fan outside of New England. Is this a case of jealousy?
A Discouraging Sign
The Seattle Seahawks are a great team from a gorgeously lush corner of the United States, but apparently, it’s filling up. This fan is using his 15 minutes of fame to warn any potential transplants to the Northwest area of its climatic downfalls. He’s not exaggerating, downfalls happen all the time in the Pacific Northwest. Grey skies and continuous rain have been blamed for increased rates of depression in the area. It’s no joke.
On the other hand, the Seahawks have brought Seattleites some rays of happiness with a Super Bowl championship in 2013 and by advancing to the playoffs every year after, excluding 2017. On a sad note, however, the Seahawks were stripped of their championship title when the Patriots defeated them at Super Bowl XLIX. But what a season!
It’s a Sign
This just in: God played for the Miami Dolphins. It’s perfectly clear. Jesus, Himself, is giving us a sign. Or else, we’ve got a heretic dressed as the son of God in our midst. But he’s got a point. Linebacker Cam Wake was like God for the Dolphins.
In one season, he trounced opponents with 53 tackles while instilling the fear of the Almighty in the heart of every AFC quarterback with 98 career sacks. But now that Wake signed with the Tennessee Titans, has God thus forsaken His son?
Card Board Sign
Here’s another neat and tidy fan sign. It’s fantastic! Look at the care that went into the lettering. Observe the sharply contrasting colors. Marvel at the neatly drawn CBS logo. This is one of the best we’ve seen, hands down. The ironic message is so clever it’s almost impossible to mention that “cardboard” is a compound word.
But the sign did its job. Mission accomplished. It caught the eye of a CBS cameraman. Yet another gratis advertisement for the NFL broadcasting company. And, hey, creating Cardboard Box Signs with network acronyms is a traditional pastime of bored fans. Go Broncos.
Fire Coach Fox
This clever sign attracted lots of network cameras. Chicago’s WGN9 TV featured the fan’s plea in a story they ran about the Chicago Bears and their unpopular coach. The Bears fan base took to the Mozilla Firefox web browser logo to get their message across. It became a rallying cry to get rid of coach John Fox.
The fans won! After three seasons, Fox was ousted with a 14-34 record. In a prepared statement he said, “Thank you to all the players, coaches, the city of Chicago and Bears fans everywhere, your passion for the game and this team is unmatched in the NFL.” Fox is currently a former NFL coach, due, in part, to the passion of Chicagoans.
Endless Humiliation for the Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers owner, Dean Spanos, has racked up very few fans since he announced the team’s move to Los Angeles. On the other hand, he’s acquired quite a following from displeased San Diego Chargers fans. They will troll him every chance they get.
“Thanks, Dean.” Sarcasm alert! This fan is reminding people that Spanos is responsible for sending two future Hall of Famers, quarterback Philip Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates, to finish off their careers on a soccer field. At this point, the passing and receiving duo may never get the chance to be inducted. What could be more disrespectful?
Spoiler Alert: They Left
The San Diego Chargers fan base ranked as one of the NFL’s most loyal, so it was a sad day, indeed, when their team left for Los Angeles in 2017. After ten years, the team could not negotiate a local stadium contract. The newly minted Los Angeles Chargers undoubtedly miss the diehard support of those dedicated fans. To this end, a PR effort launched by owner Dean Spanos pleaded with the jilted fan base to support their “Southern California” franchise. But, after 53 years of cheering for their local team, heartbroken fans are calling it quits.
With local San Diego tattoo removal shops receiving an influx of bolt removal requests, and with tattoo parlors offering designs to disguise and alter bolt tatts, the fan base is clearly not taking the L.A. transition well.
Not Even Santa Claus Can Deliver a Bills Win
The Buffalo Bills have never won a Super Bowl. The team spent 18 years of the 21st century in a playoff drought effectively drying up any chance for a championship run. Yet the Bills have a fan base that is one of the most vibrant in the league. This despite the fact that Buffalo, New York is the most Northern (and most frigid) football town stateside.
So, in this winter wonderland, it makes sense that Santa might just come through due, at the very least, to proximity. He must see this plea first! And Buffalo Bills fans are so good all year! But, as we all know, sometimes Santa doesn’t come through for us.
So Right it Can’t Be Wrong
This young Minnesota Vikings fan better hope his Packers fans parents are all the way in Green Bay when they catch this image, that went viral during the Sunday matchup between the Vikings and the 49ers. The boy, proudly sporting a Kyle Rudolph jersey, will have to enlist the burly tight end to come to his defense if his parents happen to see how they were so brutally trolled by their kid.
On the other hand, this boy may already have all the backup he needs. Doesn’t that sign look suspiciously well-crafted? We may have a case of a higher power involved here. Do you think the work of Vikings' fans grandparents may be at hand here? Or, perhaps some aunts and uncles are in on the prank? The Vikings are a great team. They have made significant showings at the playoffs on a consistent basis. Can’t blame this proud fan for his pick.
An Attention Grabber
This sign scored all kinds of media coverage tempting the football fan analysts over at 'SI' to speculate that the misspelling was an intentional ploy by a media-savvy fan. He would probably confirm their evaluation. B-O-U-G-T. These things happen. But back to the kid’s point: If it wasn’t for that fateful field goal miss, he would be watching his beloved Minnesota Vikings in the NFL championship playoffs (possibly) crushing the Arizona Cardinals.
Instead, he’s stuck in the middle of a pack of Cheeseheads and Cardinals fans watching the Cards take on Green Bay instead of his team. Playoff tickets are tough to come by. Betting his team would make it to this division round was a good plan. At least he has a chill sense of humor about it all.
This 47-year-old Chargers fan has been a season ticket holder since he was 17 years old. No one can say just how betrayed he felt after Dean Spanos relocated the team to L.A. But, clearly, he feels ripped off. Here’s his beef: Two season ticket passes for $2,600 a year, a couple of beers and hotdogs for $48, and the final dig, a “silver spoon owner” screws over the entire San Diego fan base. “Priceless.”
Spanos’ decision may increase his investment in the franchise by a billion dollars. Forbes estimates the Spanos family assets are worth $2.4 billion, and the L.A. move may boost revenue by tens of millions of dollars each year. This fan almost lost his sign when San Diego law enforcement responded to a complaint, but the officers allowed the long-time fan to keep his sign and continue to air his grievances.