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    1. Steelers
    Consecutive sellouts: 299
    Season-ticket waiting list: More than six years
    No team is as woven into the fabric of a city. The organization's stability has a lot to do with it, as generations of Steelers fans relate to the tradition of ownership (Rooneys), smashmouth football, quality head coaches (league-low three since 1969) and success (five Super Bowl titles). The season-ticket waiting list is extremely long and the consecutive sellout streak of 299 games, including playoffs, is unbelievable.
    -- James Walker


    2. Packers
    Consecutive sellouts: 269
    Season-ticket waiting list: 78,000
    Want to talk about support? The Packers have been sold out since 1960. Win or lose, fans fill Lambeau Field. The Packers are a huge part of the community fabric, perhaps more so than any other NFL town. Passion is second to none. Of course, that passion has been directly challenged following the team's ugly divorce with quarterback Brett Favre. Many fans are upset, and some have taken it out on replacement Aaron Rodgers. But if they are true to form, the vast majority of Packers fans will remain supportive of the team.
    -- Kevin Seifert


    3. Browns
    Consecutive sellouts: 72
    Season-ticket waiting list: Undisclosed
    Browns fans are some of the most dedicated in the NFL. Cleveland is a football-crazed town year-round, and its loyalty has been tested like no other city. Cleveland lost its team to Baltimore following the 1995 season, and the "new" Browns have taken nearly a decade to get it together. Yet the fans remain rabid and hopeful every year, sometimes to a fault. Cleveland fans travel well and the "Browns Backers" are one of the NFL's largest and well-organized fan groups. About the only thing lacking is the stadium atmosphere, which has yet to reach the level of the old Municipal Stadium.
    -- James Walker


    4. Eagles
    Consecutive sellouts: 71
    Season-ticket waiting list: 70,000
    No other team dictates a city's mood like the Eagles. It's a loyal group of fans, but don't confuse it with blind loyalty. When the Eagles play poorly, they face the wrath of the fans. That rattles some guys, but players such as Jeremiah Trotter and Brian Dawkins have thrived on that tough love. Fans of opposing teams should tread lightly in the Linc.
    -- Matt Mosley


    5. Chiefs
    Consecutive sellouts: 141
    Season-ticket waiting list: none
    Kansas City is often referred to as the Green Bay of the AFC when it comes to fans. KC has a small-town feel, and the fans completely buy into the Chiefs. Arrowhead Stadium is a sea of red and the party begins early. There's nothing like arriving at a Chiefs game and smelling miles of smoking BBQ hours before game time.
    -- Bill Williamson


    6. Redskins
    Consecutive sellouts: 319
    Season-ticket waiting list: 200,000
    Redskins fans aren't as volatile as Eagles fans -- especially in swanky FedEx Field. It is, however, a very astute crowd that stays loyal through tough times. It's hard to tell who hates the Cowboys more between the Redskins and Eagles, although I'd lean toward the Eagles. The Redskins built a stadium at least 45 minutes from civilization -- yet fans never missed a beat. Owner Dan Snyder has plowed through coaches at an alarming rate, but the fan base has a remarkable amount of patience that has been passed down from generation to generation. Outside of Steelers and Packers fans, the Redskins travel better than anyone. And though politically incorrect, the feathers and face paint still reign.
    -- Matt Mosley


    7. Broncos
    Consecutive sellouts: 293
    Season-ticket waiting list: 27,600
    This is traditionally one of the stronger fan bases in the NFL. The magic of old Mile High may be gone, but Broncos fans brave varying degrees of football weather to cheer the Broncos season after season. If you are a no-show for a game in Denver, you'll endure plenty of shame from the orange-clad residents of Broncos Country.
    -- Bill Williamson


    8. Patriots
    Consecutive sellouts: 149
    Season-ticket waiting list: 50,000
    There's no way to argue with a fan base that has sold out Gillette Stadium since it opened -- pushing the Patriots' streak to 149 games, including playoffs -- and is willing to join a waiting list 50,000 deep to get a crack at season tickets someday. On-field dominance will do that. It will be interesting to see how the addition of Patriot Place -- a commercial development that offers shopping, restaurants, a movie theater and a medical center -- will affect the game-day dynamic. Do you throw Italian sausages on the grill or grab a teriyaki burger at Red Robin? One sounds more festive than the other.
    -- Tim Graham


    9. Raiders
    Consecutive sellouts: 4
    Season-ticket waiting list: none
    The Raiders may have the most fun group of NFL fans in the league. The Raider Nation travels like a college contingent, and game day in Oakland is an all-day Halloween party, whether it's October or Christmas Eve. The Raider Nation prides itself in bullying the opposition.
    -- Bill Williamson


    10. Giants
    Consecutive sellouts: 249
    Season-ticket waiting list: 130,000
    It's sort of a drag sharing a stadium with another team, but Giants fans are more loyal than Jets fans. And speaking from experience, Giants fans will tailgate in any weather. I prefer Lot C because that's where you find the short-rib experts.
    -- Matt Mosley


    11. Bills
    Consecutive sellouts: 8
    Season-ticket waiting list: none
    Don't blame Bills fans for the team's financial angst. The front office hasn't fielded a playoff team since 1999, but fans have purchased the third-highest number of season tickets in franchise history and the most since Buffalo's fourth straight Super Bowl season. In the Ralph Wilson Stadium parking lot, you'll find some of the best tailgating anywhere. A convoy of RVs pulls in days before the game and the masses party all weekend. Some locals will show up just for the pregame festivities even if they're not going to the game.
    -- Tim Graham


    12. Cowboys
    Consecutive sellouts: 145
    Season-ticket waiting list: Not applicable due to new stadium
    Cowboys fans aren't nearly as rabid as Eagles and Steelers fans, but the Cowboys have more of a worldwide audience. If you stay in the team hotel, you'll see something pretty remarkable. No matter where the Cowboys show up (even Appleton, Wis.), there are at least 30 fans waiting for them in the lobby. Texas Stadium is iconic because of the hole in the roof, but now it's simply a dump. This isn't a fan base that feels a great deal of hatred for certain teams or players. In fact, I think Texas Stadium is one of the safest places in the league to wear an opposing jersey. The most hated player from an opposing team is now lining up at wide receiver for the Cowboys.
    -- Matt Mosley


    13. Bears
    Consecutive sellouts: 202
    Season-ticket waiting list: 4,000
    The Bears inspire high emotion among Chicagoans, who like to think of themselves as part of a blue-collar city. Life is thrilling when the Bears are winning, but things can get nasty when they're not. Best of luck to Kyle Orton this season. But win or lose, you can expect Bears fans to fill Soldiers Field's parking decks before the game and the stands during it -- regardless of wind, rain, sleet or snow. The stadium's location on Lake Michigan can make for some interesting weather conditions, but Bears fans don't let that affect them.
    -- Kevin Seifert


    14. Jets
    Consecutive sellouts: 249
    Season-ticket waiting list: 9,000
    The Jets' sellout streak and season-ticket waiting list are impressive considering their fans have endured three years with six or fewer victories since 2003. Jets fans are rabid and quite ribald. The NFL this month issued a fan code of conduct partly in response to the goings-on at Gate D at the Meadowlands, where unruly fans harassed women during games.
    -- Tim Graham


    15. Saints
    Consecutive sellouts: 16
    Season-ticket waiting list: Five figures, according to Saints
    Bourbon Street is close by and that means the tailgate parties start Saturday afternoon. The party atmosphere fuels the Superdome. When the Saints are playing well, this can be one of the league's loudest venues. Before Hurricane Katrina, there were rumblings the Saints could be a candidate for a move. But the team became a rallying point for the entire Gulf Coast in the aftermath of the storm and the fan base is now stronger than ever.
    -- Pat Yasinskas


    16. Colts
    Consecutive sellouts: 56
    Season-ticket waiting list: 17,000
    The Colts had a tremendous advantage in the way the RCA Dome held sound. We'll need some time to see if the extra square footage of Lucas Oil Stadium dissipates some of the noise, which is likely. The fan base has been great while the Colts have been an elite team in the AFC and won a Super Bowl. But insiders in Indianapolis wonder how things will be when the team ultimately hits a dip.
    -- Paul Kuharsky


    17. Ravens
    Consecutive sellouts: 96
    Season-ticket waiting list: 3,000
    Ravens fans are a mixture. There are some traditional, longtime football fans who rooted for the old Baltimore Colts and really understand the history of the game, and there are the new-age fans who just adopted football full time when the Ravens came to town. The loyalty factor is pretty good. But with the Redskins to the south and Eagles to the north, the Ravens geographically have a much smaller, boxed-in fan base than most NFL teams. A Super Bowl win in 2000 helped, but the organization still hasn't built up as much loyalty as its AFC North brethren.
    -- James Walker


    18. Titans
    Consecutive sellouts: 72
    Season-ticket waiting list: 28,000
    Titans fans have lived off reputation for some time. When their building opened in 1999 as Adelphia Coliseum, it was incredibly loud and could throw an unfamiliar visitor off. It's been quite some time, however, since the volume was a real factor. Fans were also spoiled by early success -- the team went to the Super Bowl in its first season as the Titans and had the best record in the following regular season. In SEC country, the tailgating is hard-core. But there are empty seats at LP Field when things aren't going well and ticket holders in the club sections generally spend too much time inside.
    -- Paul Kuharsky


    19. Vikings
    Consecutive sellouts: 104
    Season-ticket waiting list: None
    The Metrodome has spoiled a generation of Minnesota football fans who don't realize how good they have it. Try sitting outside for three hours in -10 wind chill when you're not used to it. There is also an undeniable fair-weather factor among Vikings fans, and the team needed corporate help to sell out its games last season for the first time in a decade.
    -- Kevin Seifert


    20. Seahawks
    Consecutive sellouts: 44
    Season-ticket waiting list: 14,000
    No team in the league has a louder stadium, inside or out. It's always been that way. Seattle fans rocked the Kingdome so hard that opposing quarterbacks routinely backed out from under center to ask the referee to intervene. The place only got louder. They rocked Qwest Field hard enough to induce the Giants into 11 false-start penalties -- in one game. Management has succeeded in selling the 12th Man concept. The waiting list for season tickets goes thousands deep. On the downside, a city ordinance prevents fans from tailgating at the stadium, a major deduction that kept the Seahawks from moving up the list.
    -- Mike Sando


    21. Bucs
    Consecutive sellouts: 80
    Season-ticket waiting list: Undisclosed
    This fan base survived some lean early years and Raymond James Stadium has brought a big-time atmosphere to town. The parking lots are one huge tailgate party. Teams from the North sometimes catch a break because of transplanted fans.
    -- Pat Yasinskas


    22. Chargers
    Consecutive sellouts: 30
    Season-ticket waiting list: Undisclosed
    Chargers fans haven't quite caught up to the team they follow, but they are trying. Chargers fans have become very vocal, and sellouts have become a trend just north of the border. Perhaps these fans suffer from the reputation of being laid-back SoCal fans. After all, there are plenty of other things to do besides going to a football game … no matter how good that team may be.
    -- Bill Williamson


    23. Texans
    Consecutive sellouts: 60
    Season-ticket waiting list: 3,500
    In 2006, when local hero Vince Young returned as a member of the division rival Titans, fans couldn't have greeted him more warmly. When he won the game with a TD run in overtime, most of Reliant Stadium cheered him. Texans fans are desperate for a winner and appreciate first-class ownership. They score well in loyalty (though as Young proved, a good share of it is to the University of Texas.) Though they can be whiny on a Monday morning, they've had a reasonable amount to whine about.
    -- Paul Kuharsky


    24. 49ers
    Consecutive sellouts: 259
    Season-ticket waiting list: Undisclosed
    San Francisco fans must be dedicated to sell out 259 consecutive games at one of the league's worst stadiums. The impressive sellout streak has nearly ended more than a couple of times during lean years, but fans keep coming back. The team's glory years in the 1980s helped, solidifying a fan base well beyond the Bay Area. The parking lots at Candlestick Park produce some memorable fare. The team has had trouble securing public funding for a new stadium, always a tough sell in California, even as fans keep turning out for games.
    -- Mike Sando


    25. Panthers
    Consecutive sellouts: 41
    Season-ticket waiting list: None
    There's a bit of a wine-and-cheese atmosphere at Panthers games, but there is a strong core of diehard fans who bring energy to Bank of America Stadium. Charlotte lives and dies with the Panthers because there aren't a lot of other options in the sports world.
    -- Pat Yasinskas


    26. Bengals
    Consecutive sellouts: 36
    Season-ticket waiting list: Undisclosed
    Bengals fans are disenchanted with their team. Cincinnati has just one winning season in the past 17 years, and during that span the city has grown accustomed to having a sub-par football team. Cincinnati historically is a baseball town, not a football town, and there is no natural pigskin rival to root against. If anything, Bengals fans spew most of their venom on their own. They're upset at star receiver Chad Johnson for his antics and wanting to get out of town. They turned on Carson Palmer recently for supporting USC -- his alma mater -- over Ohio State. A majority of fans turned long ago on the Bengals' front office led by owner Mike Brown. Granted, Cincinnati does draw well and has more loyal followers today than during the lean Dave Shula/Dick LeBeau/Bruce Coslet years. But Bengals fans remain very skeptical of their franchise.
    -- James Walker


    27. Jaguars
    Consecutive sellouts: 0
    Season-ticket waiting list: None
    Even with tarps covering seats to cut Jacksonville Municipal Stadium down to a more reasonable capacity, the building doesn't fill consistently enough. Three of the NFL's 10 blacked-out games last year were in Jacksonville. The team says it had the option of corporate bailouts to prevent those, but didn't accept them on principle. The city was spoiled some by the team's early success, but this piece of SEC country has not developed the hardcore loyalty to its NFL team that you find in Nashville.
    -- Paul Kuharsky


    28. Dolphins
    Consecutive sellouts: 77
    Season-ticket waiting list: None
    The Dolphins might have the most alluring fans in the league. You won't see any sweatshirts or parkas around Miami Dolphins Stadium. Chances are pretty decent there will be bikinis and midriffs showing off tanned bodies. Problem is, the fans are supposed to enjoy watching what's on the field, not each other. A six-season playoff drought has led to rows of empty orange seats. The visiting crowd has been louder at times.
    -- Tim Graham


    29. Rams
    Consecutive sellouts: 2
    Season-ticket waiting list: None
    St. Louis is a baseball town, and the Rams' roots in the city go back only to 1995. The Edward Jones Dome gets plenty loud when the Rams are on their game, but the enthusiasm has dropped off in recent seasons. With the team's future in question following the death of owner Georgia Frontiere, fans can't be sure if the franchise will stay in St. Louis for the long haul. Two consecutive sellouts aren't much to brag about.
    -- Mike Sando


    30. Falcons
    Consecutive sellouts: 0
    Season-ticket waiting list: None
    The Georgia Dome has the potential to be loud, but it seldom has been. The Falcons have struggled through much of their existence. The Braves and the University of Georgia are the favorites in this town, and the Falcons only draw attention when they're good.
    -- Pat Yasinskas


    31. Lions
    Consecutive sellouts: 49
    Season-ticket waiting list: 0
    Visit Ford Field in midseason and you feel like you should keep your voice down. That's how quiet it is. Of course, given the Lions' long history of disappointment, it says a lot about the loyalty of those who do come to the games.
    -- Kevin Seifert


    32. Cardinals
    Consecutive sellouts: 20
    Season-ticket waiting list: 2,500
    The team's new stadium has helped draw sellout crowds, but the franchise faces challenges. Too many football fans in the region had already latched onto other NFL teams, notably the Cowboys, by the time Bill Bidwill brought the Cardinals to the desert in the 1980s. Mismanagement and losing seasons kept fans away. The franchise is on an upswing and the fans are responding, but the Cardinals must win to turn skeptics into full-fledged believers.
    -- Mike Sando
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  • #2
    Ain't nobody gonna touch MY steelers in this topic. Proof in the pudding.
    Go steelers. 14 - 3
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    • #3
      I loves me some Cowboys football! But I am not stupid. We have an eclectic appeal to a wide variety of fans. But we don't have fans with that rabid, "bare-painted-chest-in-Green Bay in January - Da Bears! - Pittsburg terrible towel waving give em h*** before, during and in the parking lot" loyalty. Would that we did!
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      • #4
        Originally posted by natejpg View Post
        Ain't nobody gonna touch MY steelers in this topic. Proof in the pudding.
        Go steelers. 14 - 3
        Huh? You have your team losing their first playoff game?!?!?!?

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        • #5
          The season ticket waiting list in Green Bay is a lot more than six years long! People routinely pass down their spot on the list to their kids so their kids can maybe get some tickets in the future.

          You want to drive backwards down the road? Do it during the Packer game, because no one is out there. It's my wife's favorite time to shop, because the stores are empty. I don't mind it, since many stores around here either have the game on TV inside the store or on the PA.

          They might love the Steelers in PA, but the Green Bay Packers are the heart and soul of this state.

          All this stuff with Brett leaving and Aaron taking over - that'll pass, as it always has.
          For every one hundred men you send us,
          Ten should not even be here.
          Eighty are nothing but targets.
          Nine of them are real fighters;
          We are lucky to have them, they the battle make.
          Ah, but the one. One of them is a warrior.
          And he will bring the others back.

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          • #6
            Dallas Cowboys RULE!!!...I loved them since the early 90's, when I first started to learn about football...The San Francisco 49's, Green Bay Packers rivery were the best...The Cowboys are known world wide, when football season starts the New York Yankees take a back seat to the Dallas Cowboys...Once this Cowboys team starts clicking on all cylinders there is no stopping them...As far as dynasty, the Cowboys one was better then the *Pats*...
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            • #7
              Dang Southflaguy! You just got into the Cowboys in the early 90's!? You must be a very young man! lol I was born in 1960, the same year as Tex and Tom and the Merchesons gave birth to the Cowboys. I guess that's why I am a die hard fan of my Cowboys. If they ever die off (move) I probably will, too.

              All I got ta say is... Y'all get ya popcorn ready!

              ROMO... T. O. ... LET'S GO!!!!!!!
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              • #8
                I guess it really is a Steeler's Nation!

                Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we might as well dance.

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                • #9
                  Dang Southflaguy! You just got into the Cowboys in the early 90's!? You must be a very young man! lol I was born in 1960, the same year as Tex and Tom and the Merchesons gave birth to the Cowboys. I guess that's why I am a die hard fan of my Cowboys. If they ever die off (move) I probably will, too.

                  All I got ta say is... Y'all get ya popcorn ready!

                  Yeah in the early 90's I was in elementry school...

                  I've always loved the Cowboys, they almost always selsct players from Florida (UM, FLORIDA, FSU, ect), that's why they're so good...Miami, *sigh*, all they ever invested in was Dan Marino, thats why they're struggling now...I' ve always said, if I were to move out of Florida (doubt it will ever happen, but you never know) it would be Texas...

                  Watch the game Saturday night UM (University of Miami) vs. Florida, I'm sure they'll be some future Cowboys playing...Can't wait....
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by GrayPatriot View Post
                    Huh? You have your team losing their first playoff game?!?!?!?
                    sorry my season record was un-clear for you to understand. I meant 14 wins 3 losses regular season. Too bad your aligined with the GAYTRIOTS. You know it's kinda like survivor where people get voted off just by who the team up with?
                    Last edited by natejpg; 09-03-2008, 12:27 PM.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by natejpg View Post
                      sorry my season record was un-clear for you to understand. I meant 14 wins 3 losses regular season. Too bad your aligined with the GAYTRIOTS. You know it's kinda like survivor where people get voted off just by who the team up with?
                      Ouch, hate to break it to you but the regular season is 17 weeks with 1 bye week Maybe you are thinking of the CFL or something

                      It is ok, being a steeler fan I didn't expect you to know much about the NFL. It is cool, no harm done... Patriot Nation forgives your ignorance

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by GrayPatriot View Post
                        Ouch, hate to break it to you but the regular season is 17 weeks with 1 bye week Maybe you are thinking of the CFL or something

                        It is ok, being a steeler fan I didn't expect you to know much about the NFL. It is cool, no harm done... Patriot Nation forgives your ignorance
                        The Patriots lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, leaving the 1972 Dolphins as the only undefeated champion in NFL history. The Patriots ended the season at 18-1, becoming only one of three teams to go 18-1 along with the 1984 San Francisco 49ers and the 1985 Chicago Bears, both of whom won their respective Super Bowls.
                        Source wikipedia.org
                        I will give you that they are a good team, but in my 17-3 pick I included postseason. Considering the divisional, AFC championship and then the big show in Tampa Florida. It's alright that the patriot nation doesn't fully understand football. With all the sports teams (IE Bo Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Conn Sun, Bruins, Revolution, and the Boston Cannons) in new england who can keep all those rules straight. You do have to admit that the majority of the patriot nation fans currently are bandwagoners after last season though. And i dont blame you being bitter being the only team of three to go 18-1 and lose the super bowl. The bears and the 49ers didn't even bomb out that bad. Maybe you should go to your local Pub and order your self a couple Sam Adams to drown your sorrow.
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                        • #13
                          Browns at #3!

                          I was once told of a game in Cleveland where the Steelers were visiting. There was one Pitt fan in a section, basically alone in a sea of brown and orange. He went to get a drink and tripped over a stair on the way down. He fell and hit his head, falling unconscious. What did the Browns fans do? Laughed and poured beer on him. A security guard saw him after a few minutes.

                          Not good, but proves they're crazy.

                          I went to a Browns game in Cinci a year or two ago as a 5'2", 105 lb. kid. I had a Braylon Edwards jersey on. Some other Browns fan, a huge guy at about 6'3" and 275ish saw my jersey, came over and punched me as hard as he could in the chest while screaming in my face "YEAH, BROWNIES!!!!"

                          We lost that game...

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Southflaguy View Post
                            Dallas Cowboys RULE!!!...I loved them since the early 90's, when I first started to learn about football...The San Francisco 49's, Green Bay Packers rivery were the best...The Cowboys are known world wide, when football season starts the New York Yankees take a back seat to the Dallas Cowboys...Once this Cowboys team starts clicking on all cylinders there is no stopping them...As far as dynasty, the Cowboys one was better then the *Pats*...
                            I knew there was something I liked about you Southflaguy!

                            The fan problem here is...... The common-er is priced out of the game. The new stadium is even worse. The person that would paint themselves silver and blue can't afford to go to the game. Unfortunately, Cowboy games have become a place for the rich to be seen. Unless I can get into a game this year, I am afraid I have seen my last live Cowboys game. That said the Cowboys have more fans worldwide than any other sports team.

                            PS. I have been a fan since I was a little kid in the Roger era.
                            Last edited by Thisguy1996; 09-04-2008, 12:21 AM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by natejpg View Post
                              Ain't nobody gonna touch MY steelers in this topic. Proof in the pudding.
                              Go steelers. 14 - 3
                              Originally posted by natejpg View Post
                              sorry my season record was un-clear for you to understand. I meant 14 wins 3 losses regular season. Too bad your aligined with the GAYTRIOTS. You know it's kinda like survivor where people get voted off just by who the team up with?

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