Having a name for a fan base isn't exactly new. Grateful Dead fans have been called Deadheads since at least 1971, when the name was featured on the sleeve of the band's second live album. I previously wrote about other fan names as well, including Fanilows (Barry Manilow), Little Monsters (Lady Gaga), Directioners (One Direction), Beliebers (Justin Bieber), and Juggalo/Juggalettes (Insane Clown Posse).
These days, however, it's almost unusual not to have a name for your fan base. Everyone from Katy Perry to Josh Groban have names for their fans. Here are 15 popular fan base names you should know.
No team went through as many changes as the Miami Marlins did this past offseason, and their fans have taken notice. Changes included getting a new name (the Florida Marlins became the Miami Marlins), hiring outspoken manager Ozzie Guillen, moving into a brand-new 37,000-seat stadium (that features an over-the-top structure in center field, see left) and signing prized free agents Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle.
If those moves alone didn't add to excitement among baseball fans, the team has become a sleeper pick to win the National League East Division and possibly the World Series. The team's first test will be the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals on opening night, April 4. The game has created a buzz around the city and has caused Miami Marlins tickets for this game to have a higher average on TicketNetwork.com than any other opening day game this week.
After years of speculation and finger-crossing by millions of teen girls (who are probably in their mid-20's now), the popular boy band *NSync has recently announced that they will embark on a 41-date tour that will take them across North America in 2012. The We're Too Old Tour will be in support of a surprise digital album, "Is This Really Happening?", which will be available later today, April 1.
"This could be the biggest tour ever," concert insider April Sciocchi said of the band's first tour since their PopOdyssey Tour in 2002. "*NSync is still bigger than any other band out there right now and fans have been waiting for them to return!"
The group was formed in 1995 but didn't hit it big until a few years later when they catapulted to the top of the musical charts with hits like "I Want You Back," "Tearin' Up My Heart" and "I Drive Myself Crazy." The group will be releasing its newest single "You Wish" later this month.
It has been announced that they will open the tour at Springfield Stadium, home of baseball's Springfield Isotopes, on June 31.
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Week 1 of the 2011 NFL season is now in the books and this past week's games started to give hints on which teams’ fans will be in for a good year and which ones, well, won't.
Last week, the Ravens vs. Steelers game in Baltimore ranked as the top game of the week, but the Steelers decided not to show up ready and got whooped 35-7 with seven turnovers. The best game of the week was probably the Thursday night match-up between the Saints and Packers. The two teams combined for 76 points with the Packers winning 42-34 after stopping the Saints’ Mark Ingram at the goal line with no time remaining.
This week's slate of games has its fair share of great match-ups as well as some duds (Broncos vs. Bengals, I'm looking at you). Here are this week's rankings:
1. New England Patriots vs. San Diego Chargers
Average Ticket Price: $232.05
The Chargers visit Gillette Stadium this Sunday for the Patriots home opener in what should be the best game of the week. Tom Brady threw for 517 passing yards last week, which is the 5th most ever, and included a 99 ½ yard completion to Wes Welker, but the Chargers defense may prove a little more difficult. They gave up only 39 yards passing to the Vikings in Week 1.
The NFL is back! After a prolonged lockout, everyone seems to be even more hyped to this season than for seasons past and that includes me.
Every week for the entire 2011 NFL season, I will be ranking every game on that week's schedule based on their sales on the TicketNetwork Exchange. Unlike other "Power Rankings" that you see across the internet that rank the teams based on their performance, these rankings will be based on ticket sales and the average price fans have paid to see the game.* That means the demand among FANS will be the deciding factor, not "experts" telling you which is the best.
Check back every Thursday for the latest TN Team Blog "NFL Game Power Rankings". Here is this week's rankings:
1. Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
Average Ticket Price: $270.54
Every season, these two AFC North rivals battle twice and every game seems to be a great one. This fact is not lost on fans in Baltimore, who have paid nearly 20% more than #2 game on our list. Those Ravens fans also hope for a better outcome than the teams last game in which the Steelers beat the Ravens 31-24 in last season's AFC Divisional Playoffs.