Fan Confidence Polls: A Comparison... and a Poll.

MHR often gets accused of being excessively positive. True or not, it does give rise to the question of just how positive we are about our team compared to all the other blogs and their respective teams. Is MHR really so drunk on the Kool-Aid it makes actual Kool-Aid addicts embarrassed (I expect nothing less from Mac users)? Are we more down on our team than we think? Or is being positive (or negative) a natural thing amongst the SB Nation community?

In the words of a TV presenter I'm not quite sure actually exists (more likely than you think), let's find out!

The method I use to deduce fans' confidence in their teams is a neat feature SB Nation implemented recently, called the - curiously enough - Fan Confidence Poll. They're located on the top-left corner of the front page. Now, unfortunately, these polls only exist as part of the regional websites SB Nation started putting up, so not all of the 32 blogs get to have their say. Hopefully, SB Nation can get around to them. If not, and if there is actually some merit to this sort of post (I'm not sure it's anything more than a novelty), I may just poll those sites and get the, erm, data myself.

For the uninitiated, 100 is most confident, 0 is least confident.

Arizona Cardinals - 84
Atlanta Falcons - 82
Chicago Bears - 77
Cleveland Browns - 73
Dallas Cowboys - 82
Denver Broncos - 80
Detroit Lions - 79
Houston Texans - 79
Kansas City Chiefs - 84
Minnesota Vikings - 84
New England Patriots - 79
New Jersey Giants - 76
New Jersey Jets - 80
Oakland Raiders - 80
Philadelphia Eagles - 76
Pittsburgh Steelers - 74
San Francisco 49ers  - 80
Seattle Seahawks - 63
St. Louis Rams - 78
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- 65
Washington Redskins - 75

Teams not polled: Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Titans.

Of the blogs polled, the most confident were the Cardinals, Chiefs, and Vikings fans, with the least confident (and by far if it wasn't for those meddling Bucs fans) being the Seahawks fans. Taken out of context, individual ratings may seem a bit high, but next all the other ones, anything in the mid-70 to mid-80 range would seem about right. MHR, then, would be right around the middle in terms of confidence.

The real question, I guess, would be whether the confidence is actually justified. Should Chiefs fans really be the most confident fans in SB Nation (Football)? Are the Seahawks headed for a 1st overall pick? Did LeBron James really make an appalling TV show centered on some decision or something or other, or was that, too, all in my head? Who really framed Roger Rabbit?

I don't know. It would be a value judgement to say who's drunk on Kool-Aid and who's tying the noose too soon, and I'd rather not inject that here. But you know what? You can! Here's a poll to annoy that guy that gets annoyed by polls because I'm a poll guy that likes to think about polls and make polls and answer polls and this is a post about polls so I figure polls polls polls polls polls polls polls polls polls. Polls. Where was I? Oh, yeah. Pools... I mean, polls.

This is a Fan-Created Comment on The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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