3. New England Patriots
I know what you’re thinking. “Wait, the Patriots didn’t even make the playoffs!”
Exactly. That’s my point.
Never in my life have I seen a fanbase try so hard to take credit for a win that they have absolutely zero involvement in. Ever since the Buccaneers won the NFC Championship Game, Patriot Nation had been rumbling in excitement for their beloved Tom Brady to play in the Super Bowl. That excitement crescendoed into a tsunami of celebration once Brady took a knee to end the game.
That’s not how this works. You have a team. You cheer for that team. You celebrate when that team, and that team only, wins. Just because he used to play for, then abandoned, your favorite team, doesn’t mean that the Patriots fanbase gets to take any pride in this victory. Unfortunately for them, they’re acting like it. Patriots fans have been spoiled for two decades with the best team on the planet. Now, they seem to have forgotten what to do when your team doesn’t make the playoffs.
This level of denial isn’t frustrating, it’s just sad to watch. Be better, Patriots fans.
2. Kansas City Chiefs
It’s always interesting to watch a fanbase see their team collapse like this. The Chiefs fanbase response was so varied, it’s hard to get a grasp on what the consensus feeling is right now.
Obviously, not a single Chiefs fan is happy right now, but I’ve seen some in each stage of grief since the Bucs’ first touchdown.
Better luck next year Chiefs fans!
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
There’s no better feeling as a fan than winning a championship. No criticizing your team, no worrying about next week, no feelings of regret… just pure joy. The Bucs fanbase had the luck of being able to live through that this year.
I didn’t see much bragging or cockiness. I didn’t even see many fans thinking about next season. Everyone is still living in the moment, and enjoying the bliss of being Super Bowl Champions.
When you win a championship like this, the fanbase has to be on top. Congrats, Buccaneers fans. Take it all in. You deserve it.