Sorry Cleveland Browns. I have bad news for you. It is not as bad as Joe Thomas or Brady Quinn getting into a car wreck, but a new study does hit below the belt. It says Cleveland is a lame tailgate city. Rubbing salt in the wounds, Baltimore is number one, in state rival and Sunday's opponent Cincinnati is number 5, and Pittsburgh (who made the Browns look like "that team up north") is ranked ahead of the lowly Browns. The Browns fared in the bottom 2/3's of the NFL ranked at 22nd.
DIRECTV and Professional Tailgaters came up with the study. They took in to account "overall tailgating environment, fan enthusiasm, and sales of tailgating accessories like in car live TV mobile programming (who would've guessed that a poll conducted by DirectTV would have that as a measuring stick on the ratings). The ratings by "professional" tailgaters Joe Cahn, Andrew Kulyk and Peter Farrell also took in to account NFL stadium; an evaluation of stadium parking lot sizes, fees, accessibility, operating hours and tailgating programs/facilities.
Now I won't argue that the Cleveland Browns stink, but c'mon we have some of the best fans in the NFL. What other city would sell out the stadium to watch someone like Charlie Frye behind center? I demand a recount!
Here are the rankings in full:
1. Baltimore 17. Nashville,Tenn.
2. Denver 18. New York (tied)
3. Houston 18. Pittsburgh (tied)
4. San Diego 18. Boston (tied)
5. Cincinnati 21. San Francisco
6. Miami 22. Cleveland
7. Tampa, Fla. 23. Charlotte, N.C.
8. Kansas City 24. Los Angeles
9. Buffalo, N.Y. 25. Minneapolis
10. Philadelphia (tied) 26. Dallas
10. Phoenix (tied) 27. Chicago
12. Washington, D.C. 28. Atlanta
13. Green Bay, Wisc. 29. New Orleans
14. Jacksonville, Fla. 30. St. Louis
15. Oakland, Calif. 31. Detroit
16. Indianapolis 32. Seattle