Study shows Sixers fans are the most stressed of all 30 NBA fan bases because of course we are
A new study from BetUS Sportsbook & Casino measured the stress levels of NBA fans, and the results… really shouldn’t shock Sixers fans at all.
As you can see in the above tweet, Sixers fans ranked number one overall in fan stress levels during games. Now, you all know how I feel about studies, especially ones that involve math. This one is a bit more tricky to hate on because, well, it’s almost entirely correct. Almost.
I have no doubt in my mind Sixers fans are the most stressed fans in the NBA. We’ve had an often-injured MVP candidate that falls to the floor ten times a game, a 6’10 point guard that plays like he’s 5’6, and a head coach that hates his job more than I hate him. And that’s just from 2020-21.
The amount of times the Sixers have tried to give a heart attack in the fourth quarter in the last three seasons has got to be in the hundreds. Just sitting here writing this has my blood pressure through the roof.
I have a distinct memory of Ben Simmons clanking two free throws in a row against the Hawks (Which time is uncertain). What I do know is I went to take a sip of my beer and found I had crushed the can in my grip. The sheer anger alone caused me to go too way too far and commit alcohol abuse.
That’s the kind of anxiety-inducing basketball this team has played since 2016, and it shows no sign of stopping. So in terms of leading the league in near-aneurysms, BetUS definitely has us Sixers fans in the right place. However, I managed to find one issue in their data.
BetUS’s findings read: “Our data shows the Philadelphia 76ers are calculated as the biggest stress-heads, with 29% of their fans feeling a little uneasy about their games.”
29%…? That’s it? It is genuinely 75% of fans, if not higher!
I’ll have to chalk this error up to advanced analytics and fancy-schmancy metrics underestimating Philly fans once again.
Sixers fans are known sickos
Now, there are plenty of reasons why these numbers could be artificially lowered. Of course, the best explanation on my list is that Sixers fans are absolutely delusional. We really are a diseased bunch.
That is not the fault of BetUS, but it does impact their numbers. The perceived “positive” or “relaxed” language analyzed on social media is either a) deathly sarcastic or b) the product of an insane person.
I genuinely laughed after our Game 1 loss to the Hawks, saying, “Hah! They almost folded. These bozos got their one win now it’s Sixers in five.”
Are those the words a mentally stable man? No, not in the slightest. And it was not just me. Thousands, if not millions, of Sixers fans, were saying the same thing.
That kind of deluded statement, multiplied by 1,000 at the least, can seriously mess with their calculations. Combine those crazies with the weirdo Sixers fans that still tweet about players from The Process during a PLAYOFF SERIES, and the algorithm will think everything is hunky-dory.
Sure, we still top the list of the most stressed-out fan base. And I applaud BetUS for being able to distill that into the numbers. That said, I just don’t buy it’s only 29% of us. And neither do 99% of Sixers fans.
Please help up. We are sick, sick puppies.
Come on… do it
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Mandatory Credit: The Undefeated