2006-09-06

Loyalty, where is it Tampa Bay?

Bizjournals.com has released an interesting study which ranks the Bucs 23rd in terms of fan loyalty. If I can find a hole in the study they seem to give a lot of weight to cold weather teams. The only warm weather team which even cracks the top ten is Dallas. After all, is it really the Bucs fault that the citizens of Tampa Bay can go to Clearwater Beach, Busch Gardens or Mons Venus instead of the game?

And a big thanks to Tommy at Sticks of Fire for the heads up.

5 comments:

John F. said...

Lemme get this straight...

Tampa Bay ans continued to attend -- maybe in small numbers but still ATTEN -- games during 13 straight double-digit losing seasons, they approved a new stadium on a wing-and-a-prayer taxation proposal from new owners who threatened to move the team...

There there loyalty is questioned?

Dallas is an old-time football team that has been around for ages and this entire study seems to be written from old-time journalists int he northeast who can't fathom the concept of loyalty in the state that is home to Disney World.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

I'm buying Bucs gear in a hostile environment (D.C.) I feel pretty loyal.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

Also, those assholes never sat through a one o'clock game in Tampa Stadium in September. People would get heat stroke watching the Bucs lose to Detroit.

If that isn't loyalty, I don't know what is.

Ski said...

i hear ya on being behind enemy lines sarah, skins fans are a thick-headed and thin-skinned crowd.

john's right, there's a strong northeastern (liberal?) bias to this study and it almost works against the Bucs that they play in a warm weather stadium.

John F. said...

You can't call anything with sports reporting or sports traditionalists "Liberal" ski. I mean, no matter what sport -- baseball, football, hockey or basketball -- there are certain people who won't see past the long time franchises of a sport.

And most of them -- if not all of them -- get special treatment because they are or were in the northeast or rust belt (or have relocated from there)