Kick us while we're down, why don't you. NBCPhiladelphia has an article about a study from Avvo.com, a site that rates doctors and lawyers (so why football fans?), that says Philly is the most depressed football city.
The criteria? [NBC Philladelphia]
The Avvo folks considered various factors including labor stats, psychiatrists per capita, commute, adults with hypertension, yearly sunshine, heavy drinking and behavioral risk factors.
Why us? Why not us.
“Americans are extremely passionate and loyal to their favorite football teams, but when they’re beloved team loses, fails in the biggest of games or just plain underachieves, it’s not uncommon for them to be depressed or melancholy,” said Mark Britton, founder and CEO of Avvo. “That said, it’s not surprising that Philadelphia and Atlanta top the list because their respective teams, while strong of late, have never been able to bring home a Super Bowl, and thus every season has ended in bitter disappointment.”
My thoughts on why we are always first, or last, in these surveys? There a few cities out there-besides New York, where I would guess most of these surveys originate- that have the sort of loyal fan base, media landscape, and blogosphere necessary to give attention to these pointless studies.
They pick on us? A bunch of attention to them. They pick on #2 Atlanta? Nobody cares.
Well played, survey folks. Well played.