PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – We’ve always known Philadelphia sports fans were passionate and loyal. We found out in a study that they’re so loyal, they tend to shame-eat after a loss. Now we’ve found out that they might even believe that what they eat or what they wear may have an affect on the team.
According to a survey of over 10,000 NFL fans, by KRC Research and Anheuser-Busche, Eagles fans are the fifth most superstitious in the NFL. Ravens fans were listed as the most superstitious, followed by the Cardinals, Saints, Raiders and Eagles. Vikings fans were listed as the least superstitious.
According to the survery, 53% of Eagles fans watch games in the same location every week, and 31% of of fans believe that their superstitions affect the Eagle’s play. 44% of female fans wear the same article of clothing for every game.
According to the study, the rankings were determined this way:
More than 50 questions were asked and, out of that, an “NFL Fan Superstition Index” formed. The index calculates the superstition level of each NFL fan base by each fan’s game-day habits – everything from wearing dirty jerseys, chanting and kissing team trinkets to superstition consistency and true belief levels – and aggregates those into a score from 0 to 100. In addition to ranking the teams, the survey also gathered open-ended responses from fans about their individual superstitious activities.
Even though Eagles fans were said to be superstitious, they don’t believe they are. Over 70% of Eagles fans polled believe that other fans are more superstitious than Eagles fans.
The results of the study can be found here.