Back in April we shared a study done by the folks over at Grammarly which supposedly determined which NFL fanbases were the smartest and which were the dumbest based on spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. Lions fans scored the best and well, sorry Redskins fans, you lost again.
Now Grammarly is back with a study of baseball fanbases for an article published by the Wall Street Journal.
In April, we recruited automated-proofreading company Grammarly to evaluate NFL fan bases on their grammar, spelling and punctuation. The findings rocked the NFL: At the bottom of the list were the Redskins. Grammarly used the same methodology for MLB teams. It reviewed 150 reader comments from the news section of each team website—10,592 total words, on average, per team. Mets fans had the most errors, making 13.9 mistakes per 100 words. It’s quite fitting considering the team’s unofficial slogans in past World Series years—“Ya Gotta Believe” (1973) and “Baseball Like It Oughta Be” (1986)—were littered with typographical errors.
The second-most mistake-prone fan base belonged to the Mets’ NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies. These results should come as no surprise to anyone who has sat in the upper deck of a late-night Mets-Phillies game. Typically, by the seventh inning of these games, the rival fan groups have forgone the English language to grunt and throw peanuts at each other.
Are you shocked by this? Or were your suspicions confirmed?
However, as the article points out, the five teams with the best grammar and spelling (the Indians, Padres, White Sox, Mariners and Cubs) have won a grand total of four World Series over the past 100 years. So, yeah, a lot of good all that education is doing for those fans when it comes to the scoreboard.