If you like the Patriots, Raiders or Steelers, you’re unstable

Sarah Hofmann Contributor
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Everyone knows that cheering for football teams can get out of hand pretty quickly. Fist fights and property destruction are par for the course at most sporting events, and the Philadelphia Eagles’ Lincoln Financial Field even has holding cells built into the stadium.

However, according to a recent study conducted by Cornell University, some teams’ fans are crazier than others. Specifically, fans of the New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers tend to be much more unstable than their fellow pigskin devotees, reports Fox Sports.

Cornell determined fan stability by tracking the swing of emotions displayed by fans on Twitter during games. Fans of these three teams showed overwhelmingly positive emotions after wins, and scarily negative emotions after losses.

Raiders fans were the most unstable, with a 47 percent difference in their positive and negative tweets in relation to wins and losses. Steelers fans came in right under them with a 46.5 percent disparity.

On the other side of the spectrum, the most stable of all fan bases was the Cowboys fan base, showing only a 4.8 percent difference in positive and negative tweets regardless of wins or losses.

Fans of the Eagles, Colts, Texans and Falcons also topped the most even-keeled about wins and losses. One could label that as either unshakable pessimism or optimism, but at least they are consistent.



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