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Cubs Fans Word Association

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As this NSFW video of a hammered Freddy Garcia cursing the Cubs exemplifies quite well, Cubs fans and White Sox fans don't exactly love each other to death. And as our good friend Tim sitting over in Aisle 424 reminds us, it's really better for everyone in Cubdom to direct their hatred outward than at each other. 

All this animosity got me to thinking (I do that twice a year, so I'm glad to get the first one out of the way early) about the image of Cubs fans. As a group, we tend to get annoyed when people call Cub fans stupid. But really, if you were engaged in a rapid-fire word association exercise and the phrase you were given was "Cubs fans," wouldn't stupid be one of your first reactions? It's not the very first one that comes to mind; I'll tell you that later. But it does make me wonder: what word do you associate with the fans of other teams?

I suggest we have a little fun with this. I won't do it for every team because, frankly, most MLB teams don't evoke any kind of response from me. Tampa Bay Rays fans haven't left much of an impression on me. The Nationals fan base is rather underrepresented in my emotional memory banks. I'm numb to Seattle, no matter how deeply certain beat writers still care about their latest roster additions.

For the sake of posterity, it's important to be honest about your reactions. I'm trying not to think very long or in advance at all about this. I've come up with a list of teams of some importance to the Cubs or the MLB scene in general, and I'm just going to type the first word I think of when I hear their fans mentioned. And I'll ask you to do the same. Here goes nothing . . .

Cubs
hopeless

White Sox
lame

Yankees
spoiled

Red Sox
over

Cardinals
jerks

Dodgers
late

Marlins
bipolar

Diamondbacks
traitors

Braves
choppers

Mets
fools

Astros
dumb

Brewers
clogged

Reds
Dustied

Indians
sympathy

Pirates
thanks

Alright, let me hear ya, a one, a two, a three. Explanations aren't necessary, but they're more than welcome. If I left out any teams about which you feel deeply, be sure to add them in there.

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--MGb said:

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Do we only get one word? If so:
Yankess - Fuckem
Rays - Annoying
Pirates - Knowledgeable
Royals - Who?

AndCounting said:

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Your Yankees term is priceless, especially as one word. And if ChicagoNow posts this comment three times, so help me, I'll scream.

berselius said:

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I would go with

Marlins - empty
red sox - arrogant
yankees - loud
brewers - inferiority complex
cardinals - overrated
dbacks - pool

AndCounting said:

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How did I forget about that damn pool?

--MGb said:

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Red Sox
Posers

Braves
ChopOff

Doc said:

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Cubs
terrific

White Sox
combative

Yankees
stuck-up

Red Sox
seriously

Cardinals
morans

Dodgers
clueless

Marlins
pawns

Diamondbacks
old

Braves
vacant

Mets
mean

Astros
astroids

Brewers
fat

Reds
Marge

Indians
dirty

Pirates
overmatched

--MGb said:

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Brewers = Fat ROTFLMAO!

emrgncyp said:

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I love it when a chumpy scrub fan calls someone else's fans "morans". Too funny, when someone can't spell an insult meaning "stupid" correctly. Oh, irony...

JulieDiCaro said:

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it's not irony. there's a famous photo of a Cards fan holding up a sign that says "Get a Brain, Morans."

That's why Cubs fans use that word.

plamorte said:

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Im scraping the one word policy and just going with whatever pops into my head

Angels- "In the Outfield"
Rangers- "Walker, Texas"
Orioles- "Billy Ripken's FUCK FACE on the baseball bat 1989 Fleer baseball card"
Renegades- "@MOgulnick"

Dmband said:

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Cubs
work

White Sox
inferiority complex


Yankees
championships


Red Sox
East Coast


Cardinals
Fuck you


Dodgers
hollywood


Marlins
bad stadium


Diamondbacks
cousin (he works for them)


Braves
playoffs


Mets
terrible


Astros
hatred


Brewers
fat


Reds
sorry


Indians
bad


Pirates
the worst

Dmband said:

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I didnt really follow the rules, but that is LITERALLY what popped into my head when I read the teams.

AndCounting said:

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That's the best rule to follow. The single-word restriction made it too hard for me.

Heysue said:

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Hmmm....

Cubs
cursed

Cardinals
EVIL

White Sox
mullet

Brewers
donut (because of Prince Fielder)

Royals
suck

Padres
UPS (unis look like UPS drivers)

D'backs
Gracie

Marlins
fish

Yankees
payroll

Red Sox
meh

Braves
tomahawk (should be banned)

AndCounting said:

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Mullet. That's a winner.

Dmband said:

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Here's what Ive learned from this entertaining exercise. I really have an unhealthy amount of anger towards the Cardinals.

flyball said:

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and people don't really like the Red Sox

Doc said:

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The problem with the Red Sox is that they have yet to realize that they have won 2 world series this decade. They still look for the pity because they are in the same division as the Yankees. I once liked Red Sox fans. They can just fuck off now.

flyball said:

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I'm sick of the pity, "the Cubs will win one day, we did"

ps Red Sox fans, you didn't do anything, the team did

AndCounting said:

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That reminds me of a pet peeve of mine: any sentence that says something to the effect of, "The Cubs will never win until Cubs fans . . . "

There's nothing Cubs fans can really do to make the team better. Not going to games, not buying tickets, not booing, demanding a better product . . . it doesn't work like that.

berselius said:

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I've never liked Red Sox fans. Winning just made them even more insufferable

Dmband said:

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and it seems like just yesterday when they were our AL brethern.

AndCounting said:

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That winning the World Series twice thing really changed them. They forgot where they came from.

Dmband said:

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thats brethren. DAMMIT

HackWilson09 said:

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Cubs - insane
Cardinals - yahoos
Reds - disappointed
Brewers - stuck
Astros - I have nothing to say about them
Pirates - sad
Braves - also ran
Mets - classless
Phillies - most improved
Marlins - who cares
Nationals - even fewer care
Dodgers - not really fans at all
Giants - tainted
DBacks - undeserving
Rockies - weak
Padres - gay
Yankees - too easy
Red Sox - obnoxious
Rays - unaware of the reality of what just happened
Orioles - screwed
Blue Jays - Canadian
White Sox - pathetic
Tigers - respectable
Cleveland - snakebit
Twins - loud
Royals - done
A's - stymied
Mariners - wired
Rangers - brainless
Angels - white

JulieDiCaro said:

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I tried this, and for every team i either said "jerks" or "stupid."

I'm having a bad, non-creative day.

plamorte said:

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Yea this post really threw a Sandy Koufax curve ball into my day...after I thought of my Orioles one, I was on eBay looking to see how much that card cost...anywhere from a nickel to $45 if you're in the market..

AndCounting said:

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Video of that would have been priceless. Reminiscent of this:
http://video.aol.ca/video-detail/snl-job-interview/1020807243/?icid=VIDURVENT07
Also NSFW and no longer anywhere close to PC, but still hilarious

JB said:

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I have to add
Mariners - Drunk

Doc said:

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I had to remove my first comment from my site today. ugh. I didn't think I'd have to resort to doing something like that so soon.

itsjenjen said:

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White Sox: Black Sox
Cardinals: Plucked
Yankees: Overpaid
Brewers: Laverne and Shirley
Mets: Rude fans
Braves: Turner/Fonda
Astros: Fake grass
Rangers: Bonnie and Clyde
Dodgers: No hablo ingles
Angels: They wish
Giants: They also wish
Mariners: Hardly seaworthy
Nationals: Barely local
Tigers: Sex addiction
Blue Jays: Just got screwed
Cubs: It's all been said

Edelweiss said:

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That old saying about a watched pot never boiling holds true for sports franchises. The more we insult and nag them, the less likely they are to please us. The problem with Cubs fans is that they think the Cubs are losers unless they win the World Series, which seems to be random, except for the Yankees. Just having a winning team for three years does not keep them from being losers in the eyes of some fans. Maybe they should stop being so negative, and watch the season unfold. Spoiled kids are never happy with what they have. If the Cubs WERE to win the World
Series, all they would say is , "WELL, IT'S ABOUT TIME", and they would still not enjoy it.

gravedigger said:

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cubs - chicago
white sox - chicago
yankees - new york
metsw - new york
angels - la
dodgers - la
marlins - florida
pirates - pittsburgh

gravedigger said:

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i think i missed the point

AndCounting said:

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Oh, no...you GET it.

FrankS said:

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Meanwhile, Al has come out in favor of off topic posting.

http://www.bleedcubbieblue.com/2010/2/5/1297007/ot-on-topic-or-off

Doc said:

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"I think some of these OT posts are fine, since most days in the winter, there isn’t any baseball to discuss. This will diminish or disappear during the season."

HEHEHEHE!!!

JulieDiCaro said:

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I guess we missed the memo on them disappearing during the season.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I've been looking all morning, and I can't find a single piece of news to post. Sorry, guys.

Max Power said:

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Testing comment

plamorte said:

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is this thing on?

JulieDiCaro said:

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ha--i was at verizon and making sure that i could post from each one.

AndCounting said:

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At long last the new post is up, unless I broke the Interspace.

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