Indianapolis Colts have second-most loyal fan base, study shows


Despite the ups and downs, ups and downs over the years, we Colts fans love our team. Even if they sometimes Often make us want to pull our hair out and get us on social media to express our frustrations, going so far as to exclaim that we are done with them and that we will never watch another game again. A statement that still rings hollow, as we know full well we’ll be back in front of TV the following week to try to cheer them on to another win, or curse them again for making a silly game. We’re loyal to a foul, and it turns out that when it comes to other NFL teams, that loyalty is some of the best in the league.

I often say that being a Colts fan can be worse than being a fan of an always bad team like the Jaguars, Jets or Lions. With these teams, I guess the fans come into a season with low expectations. I also suspect that these teams, and others like them, have lost a number of fans over the years because of their consistently terrible play. While longtime Colts fans have also suffered many, many terrible seasons after the team moved from Baltimore to Indy in 1984, the arrival of Peyton Manning, Edgerrin James, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne and a host of others ushered in a new era of Colts Football. Whoever really won – a lot. Year after year, from around 1999 to 2010, the team was seen as a Super Bowl contender. They had one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, built a strong supporting cast around him (offensively, anyway), and made annual playoff appearances. They would post 12, 13 and 14 regular season winning seasons and enter the playoffs looking unstoppable. That is until they were stopped by a team that, on paper, shouldn’t have stopped them in the first round of the playoffs. Or worse yet, they would travel to the AFC Championship game, a win of a Super Bowl appearance, only to be stopped by someone like the% @ & * ^ New England Patriots.

After Manning left in 2012, the team recruited Andrew Luck, who many analysts said was the best quarterback prospect since Manning. Without missing much time, the team made it to the playoffs in Luck’s first three seasons, closing in on one game of another Super Bowl appearance every year and giving fans hope that others Lombardi trophies were on their way. Of course, that never happened as Luck decided to retire right before the start of the 2019 season.

What I mean is because the squad have been so good for so long, and the expectations of the squad and the fans were high, the fact that they were getting so close to a place in the Super. Bowl and would miss or be fired from the playoffs early when they shouldn’t have been, is more heartbreaking than being a fan of a team that always sucks.

However, here we are, you and I, following the squad through the offseason, getting excited about the players they draft or the free agents they sign, donning our team gear on Sundays (or Thursdays). or Mondays, or even sometimes Saturdays late in the day). season), sitting in front of the TV and thinking “this is the year”. Are we stupid? Are we gluttons for punishment? Do we appreciate the disappointment? No, no and no. We do it because we are faithful. At some point, whether it was before Manning, after Manning, or somewhere in between, we tied our cars to that team and made a commitment to ride with them through thick and thin. And, by the numbers, we’re one of the best in the league. recently looked at ESPN’s home game attendance for each NFL team over a 10-year period (2010-2019). After calculating the numbers, the results show that the Colts’ fan base (you and me) is the second most loyal in the entire league during this period with an average attendance percentage of 102.2%. What’s the only team with a more loyal fan base? The Dallas Cowboys at 103.2%.

How can a stadium have more than 100% capacity? According to Bookies, the number is “allocated to additional fans in hospitality or standing sections only”.

So while our team doesn’t always make us proud of the way they play, it wasn’t enough to scare us away. Personally, I don’t see them doing anything that would make me rethink my fandom. The ups and downs, the ups and downs are all part of the experience. And I’ll be there for all of it.

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