(USA TODAY) -- Tell a football fan that your city supports its team better than theirs and
you may quickly learn the alternative meaning of "pancake." But short of
counting the people who turn up for the Super Bowl victory parade, is there
really a way to determine which place has the most dedicated fan base?
Foursquare, the smartphone app that lets
users "check in" at restaurants, attractions and other venues, took a
number-crunching approach to an emotional topic to come up with this list of the
USA's ten most football fanatic cities:
1. Green Bay (Packers)
2. Charlotte (Panthers)
3. Jacksonville (Jaguars)
4. Houston (Texans)
5. Seattle (Seahawks)
6. New Orleans (Saints)
7. Indianapolis (Colts)
8. Tampa (Buccaneers)
9. Buffalo (Bills)
10. Boston (Patriots)
The rankings cover check-ins at football stadiums and sports bars on game
days during the 2012 football season. The inclusion of the sports bars is key --
bigger stadiums would logically yield more check-ins, but there are millions of
rabid fans who may never attend a game but still like to join their fellow
supporters to cheer on their team.
So on any given Sunday, the percentage of Wisconsinites who are either
attending or watching a Packers game in a public venue makes them the USA's most
dedicated supporters (going shirtless in sub-zero weather and wearing
cheese-shaped foam hats in public are other strong indicators).
Charlotte and Jacksonville are other cities where you're likely to find a
serious football focus if you're visiting on an autumn Sunday, according to
Curiously, many of the league's biggest cities don't appear in the rankings.
This could be attributable to the diversity of entertainment options in those
places (I was in New York last Super Bowl Sunday and short of the Empire State
Building being lit up with Giants colors, you may never have known their team
was fighting for a championship that night).
Ben Abramson, USA TODAY