Our good friend and former newyorkjets.com blogger Steve Overmyer has developed an app for fans of the NFL and all its teams. You can check it out at season-pass-football on itunes. And here’s Steve to tell you a little about how it all came about:
My quest to find the most knowledgeable football fans has led me to this realization. The Jets fans actually have the most football smarts. The stats prove it!
The story starts way back in August when I was arguing with my cousin in Indiana about which fans know the most football. His contention was that the Colts fans keep up with more teams because they used to play in the AFC East and now the AFC South (along with their proximity to the Bears and their rivalries). I felt that with so many teams in the Northeast along with the biggest TV markets, New York would be my pick. I mean, we argue about sports all the time and use historical references to back it up.
How do we settle this argument? I was surprised to find out there WASN’T an “app for that.” So my friends and I decided to make one.
We had to start by creating a database of football trivia questions. But the questions had to be fun, unique and engaging. We got a team of friends to help research and write more than 800 questions ranging from NFL History to Stats to Memorable Plays to Films About Football.
The first 100 were easy, because they were off the top of my head. Let me tell ya, I have a lot more respect for those who write questions for a living. The questions have to be worded so that there can be only one possible answer. And they have to be relevant!
I could take you through the amazing process of creating an app and explain how our team at Square One worked together in the most collaborative way, but that’s for another time. Let’s just pretend we’re on one of those cooking shows, and the pre-made cake was magically baked in 10 seconds. With app fully completed and in hand, we had tailgaters from all over the nation play Season Pass.
What we found was that while fans in each city knew their team very well, fans in New York had the best overall knowledge of the league. Most of the Indianapolis fans remembered that Peyton Manning shared an MVP with Steve McNair but couldn’t tell you who took back the fumble in the ’78 Miracle in the Meadowlands. Jets fans not only knew all four of their team’s 2000 first-round draft picks but also knew who was the son of “Huggy Bear.”
I had a feeling the Jets fans would step up to the challenge, but the numbers were staggering. After Sunday’s tally was complete, here are the rankings based on fan points:
1. New York Jets fans — 230,254
2. New York Giants fans — 84,165
3. Houston fans —- 55,680
4. Indianapolis fans — 40,585
5. Chicago fans — 33,297
As the number of people playing the app has increased dramatically, the numbers are bound to change. For now though, the Jets fans are at the top of the heap. So leave your comments and tell us why you think Jets fans know so much more about the NFL at itunes.apple.com/us/app/season-pass-football.
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