If you follow college football at all, you no doubt noticed SI.com's recent nationwide poll of fans, which ascertained all sorts of information about which teams fans hate the most, how often they go to games, how much time they spend tailgating, and which team has the rudest fans.
It was this last one which struck me, especially when I saw that my alma mater ranked as the rudest among Pac-10 fans (in defense of Oregon fans ... sorry, there's no defense. I don't know what the hell happened to Eugene after I left a decade or so ago. My only guess is that they were so crappy for so long that the fans have 80 years worth of trash talking to get rid of).
Anyhow, it naturally made me curious: Who would win a similar poll of NBA fans? Honestly, I've only been to a half-dozen NBA arenas, so I can't begin to offer any expert opinions on the matter. Offhandedly, I'd nominate Blazer fans, but I think they're only rude to Sonic fans, and they're not even rude to us any more because they just feel like we're kind of pathetic.
Ouch, that kind of sucks.
Laker fans are only rude when they're winning, which is often, of course, but when the team is mediocre they're pleasant enough. Warrior fans, from my experience, are too busy worrying about their own problems to give anybody else any grief (well, anyone not wearing a Kobe jersey, anyways). Clipper fans? Well, I could insert the obligatory Lenoesque joke, but it's really not necessary. I know Kareem said Phoenix was the only arena he felt unsafe in during his career, and I'm sure the Bulls' roster during the late 80s/early 90s would have no trouble nominating Detroit.
Hard to say, though, right?
So, despite never having been there, and with nothing other than just a completely unsubstantiated feeling to support me, I think I'll nominate the Boston Garden (or whatever they call it now) as the worst place to be if your wearing an opposing jersey.
But, as I said before, I'm no expert. See below for a poll with your opportunity to nominate the city of your choice. Feel free to express why in the comments.