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GQ names Phillies fans “The Worst Sports Fans in America”

Mar 17, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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It’s actually a tie between Phillies and Eagles fans as the worst — the subheading to their ranking being “the meanest fans in America” — but I imagine there’s substantial overlap.  GQ:

All told, Philadelphia stadiums house the most monstrous collection of humanity outside of the federal penal system. “Some of these people would boo the crack in the Liberty Bell,” baseball legend Pete Rose once said. More likely, these savages would have thrown the battery that cracked it.

And yes, there is a reference to booing Santa Claus and the Michael Irvin thing and the intentional barfer and all of the stuff you’ve heard before.

But before you get worked up, Phillies fans, understand that this is a giant troll.  The editors at GQ have no strong feelings about this list in general or the fans in Philadelphia in particular.  They sat down and said “what will piss people off and get them clicking,” and they came up with this. The fact that it’s in slide show form is the giveaway. They just want to crank you up and get you sending the link around.

As for that link: I am obligated by the laws of blogging to provide it — here it is — but if you don’t find these sorts of things amusing or if you take offense at it, I don’t recommend that you click it, because that’s what they’re going for.

  1. joshuavkidd - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    snooze…. 100% agree with the text above. Done for nothing more than feedback and Phillies fan are sure to provide you with that.

    • Matthew Flint - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:18 AM

      No, at least I won’t. This lazy journalism has been done to death and I’m sick of even reading it. The fact that the Santa incident happened in the 60’s and I was born in 81 and have heard about it my entire life as a fan pisses me off enough. But there will be another post in a few months that has the same old shit in it.

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:34 AM

        HAHAHA!!! Months? Your prediction is cute.

    • bigharold - Mar 17, 2011 at 2:44 PM

      The Citi Field faithful is demanding a recount!

  2. BC - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Depends on how you define “worst”. Most vile, yeah probably Philly. Most snobbish? Probably either the Dallas Cowboys or Duke University. Most drunk? Chicago – all sports (except MLS, if they have a team). Most obnoxious? Tie – Boston Bruins and Washington Redskins.
    (I figure this ought to stir this thread up – heh heh)

    • yankeesfanlen - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:15 AM

      Leave Redskins alone!

      • BC - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:34 AM

        I’m a Giants fan. Sue me. 😉

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 17, 2011 at 1:02 PM

        BC, you’ll be hearing from my attorney. IdahoMariner? You can branch out from the prosecution to handle this, right? (McCalcaterra is on my list right now.) I’d like to retain your services to sue BC for being a NY Dwarves fan.

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:31 AM

      MLS team is the Chicago Fire.

      • BC - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM

        Well, I suppose you have to be drunk to tolerate an MLS game, so I’d probably include the Fire.

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:56 AM

        As opposed to international soccer, yes the MLS is lacking a bit, but I still like watching the game, no matter what. It’s my (very close) second favorite spectator sport.

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 17, 2011 at 1:46 PM

        Wow…five thumbs down for knowing the Chicago MLS team? Nice.

  3. yankeesfanlen - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Let’s see….evidently we get the best Phightins’ crowd around here, no riff-raff from Jonny or Ut……ooooooh Florentino. As Meat Loaf used to say…..

    • Old Gator - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:40 AM

      Yeah, Fiorentino is a pretty typical Feelies fan. Prod him just a wee bit, it’s like stepping on a rattlesnake. A rattlesnake that’s having trouble shedding, even. Now that’s cranky. And since I own one, I’m an expert on the subject.

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 17, 2011 at 12:01 PM

      Mmmm…meat loaf…

      Actually, today, it’s more like mmmm…lamb stew…or shepherd’s pie (back off Heyward!!!!)

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Mar 17, 2011 at 1:24 PM

        AHAHAHAHHA…you sir, are making a turn for the better.

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 17, 2011 at 1:52 PM

        I said before that I have no problem with entree pies—chicken pot (, chicken pot, chicken pot) pie, shepherd’s pie, cheese(attach beef name here) pie—with my Yuengling, etc. Just cake for dessert with my Bailey’s.

  4. lardin - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Kritsten Lee, pay attention.

  5. seanmk - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    bleacher report slideshow fashion

  6. redheadedbastard - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Phillies Phans will always be obnoxious (they claim its due to their “passion”), Pat’s is 10 times better than Geno’s, and the Eagles will never win the Super Bowl, ever.

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:37 AM

      1.) Nice generalization, stepchild.
      2.) They both suck—Jim’s is better (though Jonny 5 would disagree, if he is in fact reading this post).
      3.) Meh—it’s possible, but I think/hope they will. Won’t happen under Reid the Timid.

      • redheadedbastard - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:44 AM

        I call it as i see it. Just about every Eagles fan i know sincerely hates Reid and you are right it wont happen under his regime. i need to try Jim’s never heard of it before today. Also, I’m not a step child and contrary to popular belief, I DO have a soul. Well actually I lied, I dont have a soul.

      • Matthew Flint - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:59 AM

        Steve’s Prince of Steaks in the NE. No arguments

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 17, 2011 at 12:12 PM

        Never had Steve’s, but I also don’t live anywhere near the Northeast.

      • kellyb9 - Mar 17, 2011 at 12:18 PM

        I’ve never been motivated enough to wait in line for 45 minutes for a cheesesteak so I’ve never had Jim’s… Steve’s is very good.

      • b7p19 - Mar 17, 2011 at 12:43 PM


        If thats true than “just about every” Eagles fan you know is an idiot.

        I guess you long for Rich Kotite and Ray Rhodes.

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 17, 2011 at 12:59 PM

        It’s nice to know that—as of my posting this—two people vote down the fact that I’ve never had a Steve’s cheesesteak, what with my living nowhere near its location.

        And kellyb9, you do things when you’re a smidge inebriated on South Street that you may or may not always do. Although it does give you a bit of time to sober up a little, so there’s that.

        b7p19, Rhodes and Kotite were certainly down years, and Reid is light years better than both of them combined, and he will probably (hopefully?) get them back to the Big Game (bogus trademark bullsh!t)—preferably at the new Dwarves stadium (take that, BC 😛 ). That said, I don’t think they’ll win it under him. He’s too effing conservative with a lead and too effing dependent on passing.

      • BC - Mar 17, 2011 at 1:47 PM

        Fleming’s Steakhouse – accept no substitutes. The one in Boston is especially good.

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 17, 2011 at 1:59 PM

        That place doesn’t have cheesesteaks, BC. And I’m a mite closer to Northeast Philly than I am to Boston, anyway.

      • BC - Mar 17, 2011 at 2:54 PM

        No, but Fleming’s has steak steaks! Great ones! That and a heck of a wine cellar….

    • florida76 - Mar 17, 2011 at 12:32 PM

      It’s amazing to think the Phillies have been around since about 1884, yet have only won as many world titles as the Florida Marlins. It took them nearly a century just to win their first world title, and the Phillies went 30 years with one winning season back in the day.

      • xmatt0926x - Mar 17, 2011 at 1:26 PM

        Hey look, it’s that one Marlins fan the world has been looking for.

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 17, 2011 at 1:44 PM

        I think I saw him in the stands watching Doc mow ’em down during his perfecto last year.

  7. Utley's Hair - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Wow…and on St. Patrick’s Day no less. Meh.

    • cur68 - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM

      Oh? Is there some sort of significance to March 17th and Philly then?

      • Old Gator - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:37 AM

        A calendrically sanctioned excuse to get drunk and barf on children cannot be taken too lightly.

      • cur68 - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:39 AM

        Oooooh…that’s not true, is it? C’mon Ut; say it ain’t so?

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:46 AM

        Just an American—for the most part, anyway—excuse for lightweights to pretend to be Micks and get blitzed, ’cause, ya know, all the Irish do is drink, imbibe, consume mass quantities of ay-dult beverages, get drunk and fall over. Oh, and they drive afterwards.

      • cur68 - Mar 17, 2011 at 1:03 PM

        B-b-but the children? Puking on the children? Not really, is it? I mean my in laws are from Belfast. They would NEVER do anything like that. I’m sure this was just some isolated event that may or may not have some germ of truth and happened a long time ago and is being hung on to in order to unfairly mischaracterize a group solely for the cheap laughs and the chance to hate on them because of the actions of one unfortunate incident which may or may not have involved an actual child; it could have been a person of low stature and it may or may not have been puke, it could have been a wet sneeze. Right?

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 17, 2011 at 1:28 PM

        Gator’s reference to the kiddie puker was a drunk jagoff (yes, singular…as in EVER) last year at a Phightins game that puked on a 9(?)-year-old girl (kid of a local cop, no less), and whose a$$ was subsequently beaten senseless (well, more so than he obviously was to begin with) and arrested. But all of a sudden and to outsiders looking for a reason, that one singular incident has now become something that every Philly fan does every hour or so to every kid they ever see. And it has nothing to do with the Old Sod.

        So, yes, you’re right.

      • heyblueyoustink - Mar 17, 2011 at 1:39 PM

        I hate being late on things…….awful bunch of hostility in this thread……I would retort try and retort the article, but it’s a tired argument really…..besides, we all know the ultimate douchebag fan equation goes Duke, Yankees, Cowboys, Lakers (surprising how often they fall together too) …….or question Gator’s Metamucil content for the day…..

      • cur68 - Mar 17, 2011 at 1:44 PM

        Huh! Poor kid. Round here (Calgary) the local NHL club, The Phlegms, are making a serious bid for the playoffs. Since I come from the rival City, Edmonton, I can’t stand this, especially as my boys, the Oilers, are in a “rebuilding” phase (they suck so hard it a amazing they don’t invert). The best thing about playoff hockey in Calgary though is that they celebrate by getting naked in the streets. Which is better than playoffs in Edmonton because they celebrate by having a race riot. As such I know the quiet shame of being associated with louts without in fact having anything to do with loutishness on a personal level.

  8. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    This is so true in every way. All Phillies fans smell like poo as well. Cake lovers.

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:39 AM

      Suck my poo, pie boy.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Mar 17, 2011 at 1:25 PM

      Only 12 thumbs downs? Pu$$ies. Bring da ruckus.

  9. spudchukar - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Sorry Craig, but I take serious, your defamation of our nation’s inmate population. Never have the incarcerated been so unjustly vilified.

  10. kellyb9 - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    That’s debatable, any fans willing to resort to physical violence in support of their team are probably the best fans in sports. But in all seriousness, the same things that happen in Philly happen in other cities, they just make national news for some reason when they happen in Philly.

  11. The Baseball Gods - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    I love how you try and play it off as some ploy for getting people pissed off and hitting their site, but haven’t you done the same exact thing by reposting it Craig? If you think it is just a farce to get clicks, then aren’t you playing that same game? It’s a pretty lame maneuver in my opinion.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Mar 17, 2011 at 1:06 PM

      Go back and read what I said. Yes, that’s what they’re trying to do. And I told people who don’t find such things amusing or who don’t otherwise approve to not click it. And I wouldn’t not make my own slide shows on this site because I don’t find them to have a ton of editorial value.

      But that doesn’t mean I’m issuing a fatwah. Sometimes these things are amusing. The world will not end nor will evil be vindicated by clicking through. If you’re against it, I gave a fair warning. But I’m not going to issue my own, or respect anyone else’s boycott in such matters.

  12. delawarephilliesfan - Mar 17, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Hallmark of a lazy journalist (not you Craig, the GQ guys) whip out the Santa story when trashing Philadelphia. My unscientific poll long ago concluded that 87.3764% of journalists using that story line don’t even know what transpired. Just Google it – there was supposed to be an ornate X-Mas pageant at half time. Instead the Eagles brass grabbed a 20 year old kid from the stands in a Santa Suit and had him wonder around the field……without any instructions or purpose. Fans know when they have been rooked, and they let the Eagles know it.

  13. aronmantoo - Mar 17, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    I lived in Lower Bucks county for 30 years, Philly fans the worst? Oh the stories I could tell. That is stating the obvious

  14. haleyistheman00 - Mar 17, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Eagles fans are hands down the worst fans in any sport. But I disagree with saying the Phillies fans are equal to the Eagles fans. Thats two totally different atmospheres.

  15. luckywi - Mar 17, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    I vote for the Packer fans who moon the opposing teams bus. That’s classy.

  16. mharenza - Mar 17, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    The notion that Philly fans are the worst just perpetuates a stereotype that is largely false. Characterizing the fans as crass or savage because of the actions of a few is patently wrong and a hallmark of poor journalism. Are all Brewer fans drunken criminals because that father and son jumped out of the stands to pummel the 1st base coach? No, of course not. It was just the action of a minority. Quick story….the first MLB game I ever attended was a White Sox-Tiger game, while I was visiting my brother. It was the game with 2 bench clearing brawls. I was front row, first base side. The patrons started throwing beer, food, whatever. Unfortunately, a majority of it landed on me. I turned and asked them to start. Apparently insulted, several fat, drunken men wanted to fight. Do I think all Chicago fans are violent, fat, drunken slobs? No, only a few. The same applies to Philadelphia fans. I overwhelmingly just get tired of hearing people disparage the city in which I live over misinformed ignorance.

    • paperlions - Mar 17, 2011 at 4:13 PM

      You crack me up. It wasn’t Brewer fans that beat up a 1st base coach, it was White Sox fans. Citizens of the same city that showered you with beer and threats of violence. Perhaps, Chicago fans are just a bunch of fat, drunken slobs after all.

      • mharenza - Mar 17, 2011 at 8:39 PM

        You are absolutely right. Sorry to all the Brewer fans. Don’t know why I thought it happened in Milwaukee. Crazy. Point is everybody has drunken slob fools. It just seems people rag on Philly constantly. It gets old.

  17. Chris Fiorentino - Mar 17, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Typical. Lazy. Journalism. If you can actually call GQ “journalism”. Cerrano still owes me a cheesesteak for the Heyward bet, yet he refuses to give the credit where it is due. Come on Pedro…I said your boy would be hurt by March 17th and he’s been hurt 3 times. Show some respect.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Mar 17, 2011 at 1:28 PM

      He’s not hurt, he’s just playing mind games with you. It’s like Tom Brady being listed as ‘questionable’ for his entire career. Get used to it, just like you’ll get used to Heyward smashing balls of your superstar staff.

  18. drunkenhooliganism - Mar 17, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    As a drunken hooligan from Philly, I’d like to say that this makes me very proud.

    Or that it’s just lazy journalism from someone that has never been to a Phillies’ AND and Eagles game. Because to equate the fans at CBP to the fans at Lincoln Financial Field is to equate the drunk guy in a bar to Hannibal Lecter.

  19. Jonny 5 - Mar 17, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    since I only know how philly and some Jersey fans are, I have to say anyone who says phillies fans are worse than eagles fans are full of sh!t. I’ve ne ver seen anything at phillies games that I’d consider “bad”. I bring my son to see the phillies pretty often.Every eagles game I see things that make me glad I left my son home. they just picked philly because it was easy. BUMS! I just did that from my phone. Cool….

    • kellyb9 - Mar 17, 2011 at 1:28 PM

      I’ve long been convinced that the people who go to Eagles games are not the same people that go to Phillies games. I have nothing to prove this except anecdotal evidence.

  20. apbaguy - Mar 17, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Of course GQ is just going for clicks. Rolling Stone does the same thing with its “100 Best Guitar Players” list, having John Mayer rated better than (fill in the blank). Same outraged reaction from everyone who knows their guy is better, just knows it. Still it gets clicks and if you stay long enough to read Matt Taibbi or Peter Travers, the List article has done its work.

    For me, nothing says obnoxious, fat, drunk and violent like Oakland Raiders fans. It’s like that South African movie, District 9, in the stands there. You’ve got your alien life forms, hostile, oppressed, ready to explode. Between them and you is a thin line of security that you can’t trust, who are in many ways worse than the aliens. Add to that a whiff of Al Davis conspiracy and madness…It makes for a spicy stew of crazy blood lust that Philly, for all its passion and reputation, could only match if they suddenly transferred the entire inmate populations of Atlanta and Petersburg penitentiaries and combined them with the re-animated troops of the XIII Roman Legion in the home grandstand, and said “Boys, you’ve got 3 hours. Do what you want. We’ll just watch.” Until that happens, the Raiders fans “win” this debate.

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 17, 2011 at 2:07 PM

      What a bunch of hooligans.

  21. dmccarrie - Mar 17, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Since when does anyone who likes sports care about what GQ thinks about anything?

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 17, 2011 at 4:14 PM

      I liked what they were saying with Jennifer Aniston’s outfit….

  22. fdnymedic03 - Mar 17, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Been to a few game’s between the Giants and eagles.and by far the eagles fans are the worst I’ve seen..bunch of drunk pot belly men and women,with no love of the game..I guess there a product of the city of Philly.

  23. schmedley69 - Mar 17, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    I’m a Phillies/Eagles fan, but I was born and raised in Baltimore (my Dad is from Philly and I adopted the Philly teams because of him). I have been to close to two hundred Phillies games over the years, and I can probably count the number of “boorish fan” incidents on one hand. I don’t consider booing boorish. It’s a legitimate form of expression, IMO. The few incidents that I do recall seeing were instigated by totally obnoxious Mets fans. I have been to about 12 Eagles games over the years, and have seen a couple of incidents that made me cringe, but I’ve also seen similar incidents at Ravens and Redskins game. The Philly fans aren’t much different than any other North Eastern fan-base, IMO.

  24. micker716 - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Live in San Diego. Used to dread Raiders or Dodgers fans coming to town. Worst fans ever. Went to a Padres-Phillies games last year. Yeah, Phillies fans are bad. It’s not a stereotype. I mean seriously, obnoxious douchebags. Go Mets, Braves or anybody else.

  25. auldworld - Mar 18, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Funny enough that happened to me too last year. I’ve been to a lot of games over the years, but these Phils fans were so bad that we got up and moved because my elderly parents were so offended and upset.

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