NFL fans often take to the internet to complain about their teams, and Washington Redskins fans in particular have had a lot to complain about in recent years. But winning just seven games in two seasons has riled up Washington fans to the point at which apparently grammar rules no longer matter.
The Wall Street Journal solicited data from proofreading service Grammarly on the spelling, grammar and punctuation habits of all 32 NFL fan bases. Grammarly examined reader comments from the news section of each NFL team's website, and the Wall Street Journal ranked the teams based on the number of mistakes per 100 words.
Bad news, Redskins fans: You came in last place, again. (Or first place, depending on how you look at it. So, congrats?)
Washington fans averaged 16.5 mistakes per 100 words, more than any other fan base. Saints fans averaged 12.4 mistakes, good for the second-highest total.
Lions fans dispel the idea that a losing tradition on the field translates to grammatical errors, as Detroit supporters averaged just 4.2 mistakes per 100 words, best in the NFL.
Despite winning the Super Bowl, Patriots fans averaged 11.6 mistakes (fourth-highest in the league), though nonsensical internet rants about Deflategate probably contributed to the Pats' spelling and grammar woes.
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- Stanley Kay