The NFL viewership is lower than it has been in years. Perfect time for hipsters to start watching. So who should they root for?
5. Washington Redskins
Hipsters love to buck the trend. So naturally—with so many Americans calling for a name-change in the state capital—90’s era Starter jackets with the Redskins logo are a hot item in thrift stores.
4. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks make this list for two reasons:
1.They are a scrappy, under-appreciated team with nothing to lose.
2. They are geographically the closest NFL team to Portland.
3. Oakland Raiders
This team is perfect for the heavily tattoo’d, gaged ear, “IDGAF” type of hipster. The Raiders and their fans don’t seem to care about much of anything besides their team. They’re passionate and not “mainstream hipster.” You can find white Raiders fans in the least gentrified parts of cities.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
“Where is Jacksonville?” “Is this even a team?” Exactly. The third most popular franchise in Florida is the one of the most appropriate for hipsters to root for. Everything about them is obscure. The colors black and teal, the fact that they haven’t been to the playoffs in 10 years, and their consistent spot in the bottom 5 of attendance rankings. They are utterly forgettable. The only thing that stops them from being #1 is they hail from the least hipster state in the U.S.
1. Cleveland Browns
The sad sack of the NFL, most Cleveland Browns fans seem to exist just to be the punchlines of jokes. Who better to root for than the team no one thinks twice about? So contrarian. Grab yourself a lukewarm IPA (because that’s how it was meant to be enjoyed) and jump on the Browns bandwagon now for your chance at the ultimate hipster payoff: “I liked them BEFORE they were good.”
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