POLL: Here are the three commercials NFL fans voted the “most annoying” during opening weekend

You don’t owwwwwn me” took the top spot on the podium last year, voted by fans as by far the most annoying commercial played throughout the NFL season. Congratulations Toyota!

We wanted to get a feel for what fans thought of the opening weekend advertisements thus far. And while it will probably take a few weeks to really let the hate soak in, there are some pretty clear front runners after the opening weekend’s games were played.

We took a a straw poll of 317 NFL fans who said they watched at least two games this weekend, and the three commercials below emerged as standouts when it came to making a quick run to the fridge, or changing the channel, or plugging their ears in protest.

3) Hyundai “Sweet Caroline”

Perhaps it’s the song that’s probably best reserved for only the drunkest of karaoke, maybe the inaccuracies of anyone enjoying driving in traffic, or of course just how many times this commercial aired during the weekend’s games, Hyundai’s ‘Sweet Caroline’ definitely struck a negative chord with respondents.

2) Ford with Dennis Leary Voice-overs

These Ford commercials have been a staple floating around the top of “most annoying commercial” lists for a while, but we have yet to see them take home a gold. Maybe next year they’ll get the crown, and Dennis Leary can talk about it in one of the commercials!

Example given:ALRIGHT, let’s say you’re just hanging around watching football but you’re getting thirsty. LISTEN CHUMP, sit back down and don’t even THINK about going to the kitchen. HERE’S something that will WET. YOUR. WHISTLE. This advertisement series has been voted the most annoying commercial for FIVE YEARS RUNNING. We’re taking home the crown, TA-DA, The hardest working ad team for the hardest working trucks.”

1) Verizon with Thomas Middleditch and Odell Beckham Jr.

Opening NFL weekend at the SportFacts office is an exciting time of year, and 90% of our focus is on actual football. But when we all saw this Verizon ad featuring Thomas Middleditch and Odell Beckham Jr. circulating on Thursday Night Football’s opening game ad nauseam, and then somehow even more during the opening weekend, we all stopped and said, “Yep, that’s going to be the winner” of our most annoying commercial poll. Lo and behold, here we are.

As fans of ‘Silicon Valley’ it’s hard to see one of our favorite comedian actors ranking on the top of this list, but NFL fans have spoken, and thus far in the season, this commercial takes the title. Hopefully Mr. Middleditch is getting paid well for this one. Don’t get us wrong, we’d shamelessly do the same in a heartbeat and probably for way less money, so there’s that.

Now the question is, will a challenger enter the ring in the coming weeks? Toyota, will you be back to defend your crown? Perhaps one of the beer companies can step up. Draft Kings and Fan Duel it’s been a while… Stay tuned…

POLL: Here is what NFL fans think each team’s record in their division will be for the 2017-18 season

Preseason is over, and the final rosters have been set. With that in mind, there have been a whole stream of prediction articles coming out, but we wanted to hear what each team’s fans were thinking. Over the past week, we took a poll of 1,277 NFL fans to get a feel for how everyone thinks the NFL standings will look at the end of the 2017-18 season for their respective divisions. Read more

Here are the top three things every NFL team’s fans are currently worried about the most

The start of the NFL season is days away, and we couldn’t be more excited. But of course we’re also a little nervous. The beginning of the season offers hope, with that shade of doubt over the “what ifs.”

In order to get sentiment on what each team’s fan base is most afraid of for the upcoming season, we spent the last four weeks during the preseason scraping for data surrounding hundreds of fan blogs, tens of thousands of social media posts, various press power rankings, as well as surveying NFL fans. Below you will find our analysis on what each team’s fans are most worried about for the upcoming 2017-18 NFL season as well as whether or not fan expectations for the team are low, medium or high.

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May 2017 MLB Fan Optimism Scores for Each Team – Mariners Fall, Diamondbacks Jump

The beginning of the MLB season always brings a lot of false hope that quickly fades to cynicism, but also plenty of hopelessness that can quickly turn into pleasant surprises. Things are often very rocky in the first few months of rankings, with balance restoring itself later. That of course makes these the most entertaining rankings as things change so drastically early in the season.

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REPORT: 2017 MLB Fan Optimism Scores

Baseball is only a few months away, just in time for the winter to turn to spring, meaning it’s time to start getting excited about spring training news heating up alongside the weather.

In order to determine just how excited every fan base is for the 2017 MLB season, we put together a SportFacts Optimism Score for each team.

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Women, Older Fans Oppose NFL Touchdown Celebrations

The NFL has been cracking down on excessive touchdown celebrations this year, flagging players for unsportsmanlike conduct, fining participating players, and assessing a 15 yard penalty.

In the 2013 NFL season, referees penalized teams 54 times for unsportsmanlike conduct. In the 2016 season, through week 12, there have already been 54 penalties assessed, this increase is mostly due to touchdown celebrations earlier in the season.

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