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Are Chargers fans the NFL's hungriest fan base

When a team is good, the expectation levels for it are through the roof. What is worse, expecting the team
you are a fan of to suck, and expect nothing, or think their great and expect too much?
I know its seems like a stupid question , but I've walked away from Qualcomm too many times seeing die hard fans shocked
and angry about a loss. Yet the casual observer fans walk away not too disturbed.

In a perfect world, all 32 NFL teams would have had their place in the sun by now, but it seems like the Chargers always get edged out some way of their perfect season.
If they were a horrible team, there would be no expectations , and they wouldn't take or cause much expectation and eventual disappointment to their fan base.

As a fan of the Chargers , I can honestly say that they have the perfect blend of players , history, expectations and enthusiastic fans
to make you believe that " This could be their year".
When it is not , year after year after year, the fan base grows bitter. There is a sense of urgency to finally win the big game, and a hunger develops.
The hunger used to develop amongst the team, but that has far subsided with the majority of players just chasing the dollar, and the ridiculous salaries to play a recreational game definitely soften the blow.

Sadly , the Fans are left holding the bag for loyalty and hunger for the team.

So as far as hungriest fan bases left in the NFL, I thought for sure the Chargers fans were definitely most due for a Lombardi trophy.
And then I chatted with a friend who happens to be an Eagles fan.
The chargers had been to the Super bowl and got beat, The Eagles did that twice. The chargers had 17 playoff years since 1970 (first year of NFL merger ) , The Eagles had 19. Then I started naming hall of famers the Chargers stranded without a ring, and he named the same for the Eagles. Then he informed me that the Eagles had been playing since the 1930's.

So I decided to do some research, and found 14 Teams have yet to win a Super bowl, 4 haven't even played in one.
So I made a list of the teams and compared such things as :
How long has the team been established, obviously the expansion teams of 1995 dont have the expectations that the Browns or Lions should have had by now.
I also added in the number of years the team made the playoffs in the Super bowl era ( since the merger AFL-NFL)
I recorded each teams losses in the Superbowl
Also, the number of Hall of famers the team had while playing in the Super bowl era.
I then ranked each of them in the order to the preceding criteria, to establish which could be named hungriest based on talent, opportunity and expectations, and I found that the Chargers weren't as bad off as I thought.


So here is my list and research and rank of the Hungriest ( Fan base) for a Super bowl victory


NFL Team- Minnesota Vikings
Year established- 1960
Trips to the Super bowl- 4
Playoff appearances (since 1970)- 20
Number of Hall of famers stranded without a ring- 15
chances in current division- Very Low
First Super bowl victory prediction -2025
Overall hunger level- 10+
Rank in Hungriest teams without a ring- 1


NFL Team- Buffalo Bills
Year established- 1973
Trips to the Super bowl- 4
Playoff appearances (since 1970)- 17
Number of Hall of famers stranded without a ring- 6
Chances in current division- Moderate Low
First Super bowl victory (prediction) 2021
Overall hunger level- 9.8
Rank in Hungriest teams without a ring- 2
After the 4th straight Super bowl loss (Bills was determined to be the abbreviation for "Boy I Love Losing SuperBowls)

NFL Team- Philadelphia Eagles
Year established- 1933
Trips to the Super bowl- 2
Playoff appearances (since 1970)- 19
Number of Hall of famers stranded without a ring- 4
Chances in current division- Fair
First Super bowl victory (prediction) 2019
Overall hunger level- 9.5
Rank in Hungriest teams without a ring- 3


NFL Team- Detroit Lions
Year established- 1929
Trips to the Super bowl- ZERO
Playoff appearances (since 1970)- 10
Number of Hall of famers stranded without a ring- 4
Chances in current division- Low/ moderate
First Super bowl victory (prediction) 2017
Overall hunger level- 9
Rank in Hungriest teams without a ring- 4

NFL Team- Cleveland Browns
Year established- 1944
Trips to the Super bowl- Zero
Playoff appearances (since 1970)- 11
Number of Hall of famers stranded without a ring- 4
Chances in current division- Incredibly low
First Super bowl victory (prediction) 2031
Overall hunger level- 9
Rank in Hungriest teams without a ring- 5

NFL Team- San Diego Chargers
Year established- 1960
Trips to the Super bowl- 1
Playoff appearances (since 1970)- 17
Number of Hall of famers stranded without a ring- 9
Overall hunger level- 9
Chances in current division- High
First Super bowl victory (prediction) 2013 ( a bit of optimism here)
Rank in Hungriest teams without a ring- 6


NFL Team- Atlanta Falcons
Year established- 1965
Trips to the Super bowl-1
Playoff appearances (since 1970)- 11
Number of Hall of famers stranded without a ring- 4
Overall hunger level- 8.5
Chances in current division- Fair/ Good
First Super bowl victory (prediction) 2022
Rank in Hungriest teams without a ring- 7


NFL Team- Tennessee Titans
Year established- 1960 as Houston Oilers
Trips to the Super bowl-1
Playoff appearances (since 1970)- 16
Number of Hall of famers stranded without a ring- 9
Overall hunger level- 8
Chances in current division- Fair/ Good
First Super bowl victory (prediction) 2029
Rank in Hungriest teams without a ring- 8


NFL Team- Cincinnati Bengals
Year established- 1966
Trips to the Super bowl-2
Playoff appearances (since 1970)- 9
Number of Hall of famers stranded without a ring- 2
Overall hunger level- 7.5
Chances in current division- Horrible
First Super bowl victory (prediction) 2035
Rank in Hungriest teams without a ring- 9



NFL Team- Arizona Cardinals
Year established- 1898 ( first pro team organized) Joined NFL in 1921 with Packers
Trips to the Super bowl- 1
Playoff appearances (since 1970)- 3
Number of Hall of famers stranded without a ring- 5
Overall hunger level- 7
Chances in current division- Low
First Super bowl victory (prediction) 2030
Rank in Hungriest teams without a ring- 10


NFL Team- Seattle Seahawks
Year established- 1976
Trips to the Super bowl- 1
Playoff appearances (since 1970)- 11
Number of Hall of famers stranded without a ring- 7
Overall hunger level- 7
Chances in current division- Low
First Super bowl victory (prediction) 2037
Rank in Hungriest teams without a ring- 11


NFL Team- Houston Texans
Year established- 2002
Trips to the Super bowl- 0
Playoff appearances (since 1970)- 1
Number of Hall of famers stranded without a ring- 0
Overall hunger level-6.5
Chances in current division- Very Good
First Super bowl victory (prediction) 2015
Rank in Hungriest teams without a ring- 12

NFL Team- Jacksonville Jaguars
Year established- 1995
Trips to the Super bowl- 0
Playoff appearances (since 1970)- 6
Number of Hall of famers stranded without a ring- 0
Overall hunger level- 6
Chances in current division- Fair
First Super bowl victory (prediction) 2023
Rank in Hungriest teams without a ring- 13

NFL Team- Carolina Panthers
Year established- 1995
Trips to the Super bowl- 1
Playoff appearances (since 1970)- 4
Number of Hall of famers stranded without a ring- 1
Overall hunger level- 5
Chances in current division- Low
First Super bowl victory (prediction) 2018
Rank in Hungriest teams without a ring- 14

So who knows ? Maybe this is the Chargers year!

This FanPost was written by a member of the Bolts From The Blue community and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Bolts From The Blue editors or SB Nation.

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