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GQ ranks Sox fans among worst in America

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  March 17, 2011 11:46 AM

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GQ Magazine's Matt Winer -is that "Winner" or "Whiner?" - presents us with the latest roundup of "THE WORST SPORTS FANS IN AMERICA," a list in which Winer dubs Red Sox fans the second-worst baseball fans in the country, and No. 6 overall. Way to go, fellas.

Here's what Winer has to say about Sox fans: "Winning the 2004 World Series was the worst thing to ever happen to Red Sox fans. Having been beaten into a state of lovable-loserdom by generations of championship futility, they now seem intent on living out some sort of horsehided cycle of domestic violence, inflicting upon us everything that for eighty-six years was inflicted upon them. It is a display of epic hypocrisy. All their whining about the Yankees' salary-driven Evil Empire? They now gloat while drubbing opponents with what is routinely the second-highest-paid roster in baseball. All that self-satisfaction about being a bunch of scruffy underdogs? They blindly maintained it while winning the 2007 World Series with a payroll almost $90 million higher than Colorado's. All these continuing claims to be an elite group of die-hard supporters? They have the biggest legion of bandwagon fans in the country, pushing past the Pinstripes as baseball's top-drawing road team in 2005, 2007, and 2008. These days, Red Sox fans are indistinguishable from Yankees fans - just with more grating accents."

Hey, that's...no, wait. That's sort of right. We'd better hope they don't hear about this overseas or there may be a perception problem. Now, let us continue to laugh at Tampa. 

Meanwhile, Montreal Canadiens fans land at No. 11, a kind ranking that likely has to do with the fact that they miraculously nursed Max Pacioretty back to health in record time with the power of their protests and love. Usted es todos los héroes.


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Eric Wilbur is a Boston.com sports columnist who is still in awe of what Dana Kiecker pulled off that one time in Toronto. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and three children. Comments and suggestions for the best Buffalo wing spots are encouraged.

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