As a testament to how bad the AFC is this year, the Steelers are still eligible for the post-season at 5-8, which means that the outcome of tonight’s game will either prolong my misery for two weeks or be the swift blade of the guillotine hitting the collective necks of millions of Stillers fans, providing sweet relief from the last few months of torture.
This should come as no surprise to anyone who has been on social media during a Steelers meltdown (#FireEveryone), but new data has finally proven what we’ve long suspected: Steelers fans take losses harder than any other NFL fan base. Emory University professors Michael Lewis and Manish Tripathi collected millions of Twitter messages during the 2012 NFL season and analyzed the text for positive or negative emotions in the days following a game.
Guess which team topped the list for the league’s most negative fans?
After a loss, Steelers fans were positive about the team in a whopping 33 percent of tweets. The closest competition came from the perpetually miserable fans of the Detroit Lions, who tweeted positively about the team 37 percent of the time.
So, umm, Go Steelers!