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Reactions: Most Die-Hard Fans

Philadelphia, Chicago fans say they need some love too

Posted: Friday October 29, 2004 1:07PM; Updated: Friday October 29, 2004 1:07PM
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On the heels of Red Sox fans finally getting a World Series win, SI.com put together its list of the country's most Die-Hard Fans. Here were some of the responses:

Holy crap do I even have to state what we've been going through?
 -- Matt, Philadelphia

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Are you joking? How could you not put the Philadelphia Eagles fans on this list? We have been to the brink three times in the last three years, and still have been left at the Super Bowl alter. Never won a Super Bowl. Ever. And yet the fans in Philadelphia love football more than Boston fans love baseball. We start talking about football in the summer and don't stop until March, and that's only if there is a good college basketball team to distract us. This is a pain and suffering that cannot be left off any list.
 -- Danielle, Philadelphia

Boston Bruins fans have suffered the most. Well, maybe not, but us Bostonians need something to complain about.
 -- Mike Dee, Boston

Yankees fans. Burdened with high expectations (and demands), every loss is excruciating. The prospect of losing is so hurtful, and the reality is crushing.
 -- William Curry, Boston

What about the White Sox, why is it the media forgets about us? we have a curse too. The curse of Shoeless Joe. We have been waiting for 87 years and possibly more. We haven't been to the series since 1959. Please show us some love.
 -- Peters, Chicago

I've never seen the Cubs in the World Series, my father has never seen the Cubs in the World Series and my grandfather never saw the Cubs win the World Series. Enough said.
 -- Craig Amick, Oklahoma City, Okla.

As a long suffering Red Sox fan, I vote for passing the title of long suffering to Chicago Cubs fans.
 -- Sharon, North Attleboro, Mass.

The Chicago Cubs fans cheered for Boston last night, then we cried like babies. How many more times will we watch all year and wait for the collapse? Boston could relate but now it is just us. No pity for Cardinal fans. They can kiss my [bleep].
 -- Steve Vonachen, Peoria, Ill.

I don't understand how the Chicago White Sox have been left all these lists of fans suffering. We haven't won the Series since 1917. If my math is correct, that's on year more than the Red Sox. We hurt too.
 -- Aaron, Chicago

New Orleans Saints. one playoff victory in 38 years. It took 21 seasons for first winning record, and, this is where fans wearing paper bags over their heads originated.
 -- William Burns, Laplace, La.

Seattle's: Seahawks: never in Super Bowl, only one shot at conference title. Mariners: never in World Series. Sonics: one championship. That's one total championship in three sports!
 -- Lawrence E. Lewis, Raleigh, N.C.

I've heard it argued that Bills fans haven't suffered since we made it to four straight Super Bowls. Name me another franchise with worse moments than ...
 3) The Music City Forward Lateral, er, Miracle
 2) Nor-wide
 1) Who used to be our greatest sports hero? O.J.
 -- Mark, Morristown, N.J.

Longhorns fans because a lot of them are hit with a double whammy. If you grow in east, south or central Texas and attend school at Texas, there is good chance you are a Houston Astros fan also. Longhorn/Astro fans suffer from April to December every year for the past 35 years.
 -- Stanley, Austin, Texas

I don't know if we should be at the top of the list, but Cincinnati fans certainly deserve to at least be on the list! With quite possibly the worst franchise in pro-sports history (the Bengals) and a team that brings in the best player in the game only to lose him season after season to injuries (the Reds) Cincinnati fans know pain like T.O. knows trash-talk!
 -- Chris, Springfield, Ohio

The Detroit Lions haven't won the NFL championship since the '50s, have never been to the Super Bowl and have been to the NFC championship game only once. They've only won one playoff game, more than a decade ago against the Cowboys, then were slaughtered in Washington.
 -- Matt, Fayetteville, N.C.

The Minnesota Vikings have never won a championship. Been in the Super Bowl four times, no trophy. Have always found a way to beat themselves in any important game. Keep getting fans' hopes up only to dash them even lower every year. Help!
 -- Mary Larson, Fargo, N.D.

The San Francisco Giants fans have suffered the most. Game 6 collapse against the Angels in 2002 and no world championships since they moved to San Francisco.
 -- Greg, San Jose, Calif.

What should be the No. 1 choice is obvious just from looking at your top five. You list all three major Cleveland teams, and yet somehow they only rank fourth. Cleveland has never even been to a Super Bowl or NBA finals. The Drive, The Fumble, The Shot, being two outs away in '97 from winning the World Series ... need I go on?
 -- Jason, Cleveland

Chicago White Sox
 Haven't won a championship since ...: 1917
 Came close in ... : 1919 (World Series "loss" to Reds); 1959 (World Series loss to Dodgers); 1983 (ALCS to Orioles); 1993 (ALCS to Blue Jays); 1994 (1st place in AL West at the strike).
 Hopes for near future: Long-time runners up in the AL Central consistently seem to have the talent to get into the playoffs; hope is another thing. Eighty-seven years without a title is bad, having to listen to the whining of Cubs fans is worse.
 -- Steve, Chicago

Haven't won a championship since 1967? '65? '64? '69? C'mon! How about never? The Houston Astros have been within one run of the World Series twice in their 43-year history, but their fans have never whined like Cubs and Red Sox fans!
 -- Chuck, Baton Rouge, La.

Every fan of every team in a non-BCS Conference. They have no hope on the horizon of winning a national championship, even if they are the best team any given year. Not only that, but they have no hope of competing for recruits, coaches, facilities or recognition. If there are loyal fans with a zero percent chance next year, they are the ones suffering.
 -- Jamin Burton, Anchorage, Alaska

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have only been in one bowl game ever and lost, and that was in the 1970s.
 -- Todd Stawicki, Bridgewater, N.J.

As a Kansas City Chiefs fan, I think we are a group of die hard fans. Three times the Chiefs have went 13-3 only to lose a home divisional playoff game. The Chiefs haven't won a Super Bowl since Super Bowl IV. While it doesn't compare with Cubs fans, I think we deserve to at least make your list.
 -- Nathan Harrell, Metropolis, Ill.

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