Congratulations. You're one of the toughest sports fans in the world. If there was an marathon amongst sports fans, you would probably be one of the lead runners in the first wave to cross the finish line. There are few things in this world tougher than the Cincinnati Bengals fan.
The Business Journals recently ranked NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL teams in order of how hard they are to root for and of course, the Cincinnati Bengals found themselves in the top-10, coming in at the sixth hardest team to be a fan of.
The rankings were determined in two ways. First, each team's record was traced back over the past 10 years -- strike one for the Bengals -- and second, each team was scored based off when their latest championship winning season was (strike two), the last championship game they appeared in (strike three) and when their most recent playoff appearances were (strike three and a half). The higher a team scored, the harder a team was to support. The Bengals scored a 7.011. The hardest team to be a fan of, the Washington Nationals, scored a 9.686.
According to the rankings, the two easiest teams to be fans of are the Los Angeles Lakers (No. 122) and the New England Patriots (No. 121). And just so you get an idea of where the Bengals stand compared to the rest of the AFC North, the Steelers rank at No. 119 with a score of -10.882, the Ravens come in at No. 81 with a score of -1.431 and the Cleveland Browns actually rank one ahead of the Bengals at No. 5 with a score of 7.216.
So, while the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens may wipe the field with our team in 2011, at least we know that we're collectively tougher than almost every group of sports fans throughout the biggest leagues in America. That means something, right?