Sports blog site The Greenfield Post declared Adelaide’s fans the dumbest of any in the league, after surveying supporters of all 18 teams.
The experiment purported to have “analysed comments from every AFL club’s fans on (social media and chat sites) BigFooty, Facebook and Reddit, to discover which supporter base had the best use of grammar”.
“Using (grammar-checking app) Grammarly, we trawled through 10,000 words for each team to ensure a consistent and accurate analysis,” the site explains.
While irreverent, the research will nonetheless provide welcome fodder for 14th-ranked Port Adelaide supporters to take local bragging rights, while denting the chardonnay-sipping stereotype of many a Crows fan.
To add salt to the wound, the survey determined that the smartest fans in the AFL would be cheering on Adelaide evacuee Patrick Dangerfield next year, with Geelong boasting the most grammar-savvy supporters.
Cats proponents were deemed to only make 1.6 grammatical errors per 100 words, a far cry from their Adelaide equivalents, who made 4.71. That implies almost one out of every 20 words to pass a Crows supporter’s lips is likely to be wrong, a statistic to which AFL umpires will surely gladly attest.
The tongue-in-cheek research prompted plenty of social media scuttlebutt, with one Adelaide-based Cats fan tweeting: “This is the least surprising thing I’ve read in some time.”
Other Adelaide aficionados chose to see the funny side, with one ironically protesting: “I want to see there data. They could of made mistakes.”
The Greenfield Post describes itself as a “new and authentic voice in sport for the fans and by the fans”.
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