Measuring Fan Hate by Likes
Useless but fun, it gets a great reaction from fans, and I do it for the first 14 teams that lose a series. To the Cup winners go congratulations, and to the losers a tip of the hat.
I thought it'd be fun to look at how many people "like" or have commented on a series loss as a barometer of the hatred for each team. This is about as unscientific as it gets, although I'll add a qualifier: the date & hour of each post, as timing often factors into the magnitude of reaction.
Facebook is where I first started this site's social activity, and that page has the largest following, so it only makes sense there would be the most reaction there. Lots of "yays" and lots of "fffffuuuuuu".
|Team||Likes||Comments||Date & Time|
|Philadelphia Flyers||904||174||May 8, 10:06 pm|
|Nashville Predators||433||78||May 8, 12:39 am|
|St. Louis Blues||590||70||May 6, 5:43 pm|
|Florida Panthers||282||71||Apr 27, 12:16 am|
|Ottawa Senators||479||68||Apr 26, 9:33 pm|
|Boston Bruins||882||152||Apr 25, 10:29 pm|
|Chicago Blackhawks||517||101||Apr 23, 11:36 pm|
|Vancouver Canucks||1116||230||Apr 22, 10:59 pm|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||1136||128||Apr 22, 2:55 pm|
|San Jose Sharks||482||108||Apr 21, 10:10 pm|
|Detroit Red Wings||791||104||Apr 20, 10:39 pm|
The numbers aren't surprising. The most popular teams - and those that have been good for years - have the most haters, just as they possess some of the most vocal fan bases.
Perhaps next time I can throw in something from Pinterest, to make it even less exacting.