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Just who are Patriots fans, Giants fans?

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  January 30, 2012 03:22 PM

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If you're a fan of either the Patriots or Giants, odds are you have some opinions about fans of the other team. It's likely that some of your assumptions are totally uncalled for. Some of them might be true. Heck, we at Boston.com are even guilty of filling your heads with cheap shots at the other side.

The folks at Wisdom have developed an app for Facebook that gives you a better idea about exactly what kind of people root for the Giants and Patriots. In a nutshell, the app gathers data from Facebook users who opt in. Out of some 5 million users who have opted in, some 37,000 have liked the Patriots' official Facebook page, while 25,000 have liked the Giants's page.

There's a cool chart below showing some of the favorites listed by Giants and Patriots fans. That a portion of Giants fans listed "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" as their favorite book is a joke that doesn't have to be made. The choice of alcohol (Hennessy vs. Naragansett) is telling as well.

The Wisdom folks were also kind enough to walk me through their tool, which basically mines the data of its users and allows you to categorize it. For example, both Giants and Patriots fans list Family Guy as their favorite television show. Martell's Tiki Bar on the Jersey Shore is the most popular bar of Giants fans, while DJ Pauly D is most popular in the "art" category (ahead of the Museum of Modern Art).

Patriots fans, according to the data, are partial to the piano bar Howl at the Moon, and they get major credit for identifying the greatness of Sullivan's hot dog stand on Castle Island. Their most popular books are Harry Potter, followed by the Bible.

Statisticians out there will point out that the numbers might not represent all Patriots or Giants fans, and they're right. The sample size here is limited in comparison to how many actual Patriots and Giants fans are out there, and the data being measured here is for fans on Facebook who opt in and who like their team's official Facebook page. There's also the fact that some restaurants and bars and bands and movies are better at advertising themselves and are therefore more likely to be "liked" themselves on Facebook. But assuming more fans sign up every day -- and they are -- it's a cool way to break down the data. Check it out if you have time and are looking for more ammunition to use against that annoying Patriots/Giants fan in your life.

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