You tell me: Which SEC football fans are the most obnoxious?

I did this a couple of years ago and everybody pretty much hated it. Meaning: Time to try it again!

On Thursday I’ll reveal my ranking, from 1 through 12, of the SEC’s most obnoxious football fans. Today I ask for your help. I’m not promising I’m going to change my mind to dovetail with your opinion(s), but I do promise to take the results of this poll into the sincerest form of consideration.

My question to you: Which fan base would you consider the SEC’s most objectionable? Two years I ago I plumped for Florida, which is always a popular (or, in this case, an unpopular) choice in these and other parts. I’m halfway thinking this time there should be a new No. 1, and it’s probably not the one you’re expecting. But before you hear from me, I’d like to hear from you.

And, just as a teaser, I present in full the 2008 Bradley table of obnoxiousness. (Myself not included.) Here’s how I saw it back then. On Thursday I’ll let you know what has and hasn’t changed.

From 2008: The Bradley rankings

12. Mississippi State: The only time State fans get really upset is when you make fun of their rustic town. I know this from experience. But you know what? If I’d have been a Starkvillian and read what I wrote back in 2005, I’d have gotten ticked, too.

11. Kentucky: No, not because I’m an alum. Because, contrary to popular belief, the world’s worst basketball fans actually care about football. Unlike in hoops, though, they’re not ready to fire their coach after a loss. Good thing, since the football ‘Cats lose a lot.

10. Vanderbilt: The best thing about Vandy is its academics. The worst thing about Vandy fans is their insistence in hitting you over the head with those academics. If the Commodores don’t care about winning, why are in they in this cutthroat league?

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9. Ole Miss: There really aren’t that many Rebel fans, but half of that number feels the burning need to emulate William Faulkner – he was from Oxford and spent a year at the university – and write long and difficult books about Ole Miss football.

8. LSU: Winning fans tend to be the most overstated, but somehow Tiger backers manage to stay relatively polite even when they’re bragging about all their national championships. Maybe it’s because they know, win or lose, they’ll always have the best food.

7. Tennessee: Being a Kentuckian by birth and a Georgian for 24 years, I’m supposed to be disposed to hate UT fans. Sorry, but I never have. Don’t mind all the orange. Don’t mind hearing “Rocky Top” a thousand times. Don’t know why I don’t, but there it is.

6. South Carolina: Sisyphus would be a Gamecock. These fans keep showing up, sure that this will finally be be their year. When this year turns out no different from all others, they simply shrug and show up the next year. Kind of sad, but also kind of admirable.

5. Arkansas: It was over the top for Hog fans to file Freedom of Information requests to gain access to Houston Nutt’s cell phone records, but it was over the top in an amusing way. One word of warning: Don’t try that stuff with Bobby Petrino. He’ll just up and leave.

4. Alabama: Tide fans used to be the best at being boorish, but now they’re just irrelevant. They don’t have any reason to strut anymore, so they have to make do with whining about how Tennessee cheats twice as much as Bama but never gets penalized for it.

3. Georgia: Too many grown-up Bulldog fans continue to believe that a game cannot be properly enjoyed without consuming mass quantities of alcohol. A tip: Just because you’re going to watch college football doesn’t give you license to act like you’re still in college.

2. Auburn: Taking their lead from the preening Tommy Tuberville, Auburn people won’t shut up about how they’ve come to dominate Alabama. This is precisely the thing that used to frost these same folks when they were being dominated. They have become what they beheld.

1. Florida: Gator fans didn’t become obnoxious when Steve Spurrier started beating everybody. They were obnoxious when their team couldn’t win the SEC to save its life. And for all Floridians still irked by Georgia’s celebration, here are two words to Google: Gator Flop.

630 comments Add your comment

Dingle Berry Pie

August 24th, 2010
2:36 pm

It’s the Mullet sporting, jort wearing, no teeth at all, wal mart shoes wearing people from Gainesville!

RockyFlop

August 24th, 2010
2:37 pm

By far, Tennessee has the most obnoxious fans that have ever darkened the door of Sanford Stadium.

The Dude

August 24th, 2010
2:37 pm

It’s hard to pick one in particular. I think part of the problem is the percentage of SEC fans who not only didn’t attend the institution they’re passionate about, but never experienced any form of higher eduction. Thus, they missed out on important step in maturation.

Dawg4life

August 24th, 2010
2:38 pm

Arkansas fans are the worst.

poopdawg

August 24th, 2010
2:40 pm

I would have to say its Mark Bradley.

Chris

August 24th, 2010
2:40 pm

By far UGA fans. They are also the most delusional. Every year they will win not only the sec but a national champ. They are like democrats who think they are entitled to their claim.

dap01

August 24th, 2010
2:40 pm

Alabama invented football. Now they are focusing on electricity, cable tv and personal hygene.

George Stein

August 24th, 2010
2:41 pm

Funny how quickly things change re: number 4.

Herschel Talker

August 24th, 2010
2:42 pm

MB:

The answer to this question is so obvious, it isn’t even worth answering.

HT

MaJo

August 24th, 2010
2:43 pm

Auburn fans more obnoxious that Alabama fans? Really? Have you ever spent any time in the state of Alabama?

Lanne Kiffin

August 24th, 2010
2:43 pm

It’s Tennessee. They talk smack with no knowledge of the game,even when they should be a bit humble. Right now they are hootin like the second coming of Peyton. That along with the whole hillbilly goat love thing and they get it hands down.

Dawg House

August 24th, 2010
2:43 pm

How many Alabama fans does it take to change a lightbulb?

100. 1 to change it, and 99 to tell you how good the old one was.

GeoffDawg

August 24th, 2010
2:44 pm

That red head with the mullett better get out of the sun.

Resign or Resign?

August 24th, 2010
2:45 pm

Can we please discuss “Mullholland Drive”?

Dawg House

August 24th, 2010
2:45 pm

The Dude…..

you getting mad about people being passionate about a team in which they did not ever attend school, is like you saying we are not allowed to cheer for the Braves or Falcons because we never were employed by them.

Don’t get mad because you went to a school with a team that is completely un-marketable, likely in the ACC

Lanne Kiffin

August 24th, 2010
2:45 pm

In addition. Your top 4 I would say are the least obnoxious. Don’t confuse winning with being obnoxious. Sometimes there IS a reason to Holla…….GO DAWGS!

Glenn Beck

August 24th, 2010
2:45 pm

I’ll go ahead for later. Ga. Tech……Have you seen those wienies in the yellow curly wigs, painted yellow bodies, pom poms, pimples and not a coed for a mile LOL………

Truthful

August 24th, 2010
2:46 pm

Truth be told. We can all remember things we have said after a tough football game that we wouldnt want repeated in church.

With that said, florida fans are the all time National Champions in this poll.

Joey

August 24th, 2010
2:47 pm

UF fans, cause UF has ruled the NCAA for 376 years, and will for the next 600 years.

Resign or Resign?

August 24th, 2010
2:47 pm

The real Glen Beck loves GT!

George Stein

August 24th, 2010
2:47 pm

Dawg House – I thought the punch line to that joke was one to put it in and 99 to tell you how the Bear would have done it better. May be I’m wrong though.

Tuck Fech

August 24th, 2010
2:47 pm

GEORGIA TECH FANS!!!!

They have one good season a decade, then dedicate the next 2 years to telling everybody that your school is nothing but a bunch of rejects who didnt get into Tech, and that their new coach who runs a high school playbook is a new “sheriff in town”. Complete disgrace to what Southern College Football is all about.

ManUp...

August 24th, 2010
2:48 pm

Cowbells = Dixieland Vuvuzela

State fans ring those godforsaken things right in your face til your ears bleed if you try to celebrate your victory.

Scott "Phillip" Wallace

August 24th, 2010
2:48 pm

Bradley – “but now they’re just irrelevant”

Who the hell won the national championship last year ?

If Alabama is irrelevant, then your an award winning sports writer.

Douche

Resign or Resign?

August 24th, 2010
2:48 pm

What, Joey; you just write off the ’70s & ’80s?

smart like a Fox

August 24th, 2010
2:48 pm

its UGA hands down !!!

George Stein

August 24th, 2010
2:48 pm

That’s mature Glenn Beck. Now go back to telling people who make $35,000 that they should not have a car that costs more than their annual income. Thanks.

Joey

August 24th, 2010
2:49 pm

I think nerds are gonna skew the results . . .

Resign or Resign?

August 24th, 2010
2:49 pm

Scott;

He was repeating a column he wrote 2 years ago, man!

Lanne Kiffin

August 24th, 2010
2:49 pm

Also the photo says “reigning champs”….not the last time I checked so no…..they cannot repeat.

ManUp...

August 24th, 2010
2:50 pm

Hey Tuck, how Southern is a school who uses the Battle Hymn of the Republic as its fight song? You know Confedrate Officers were the first men in charge of Tech, and the tune of Dixie is hidden in Up With the White and Gold. Obnoxious they may be, but Tech is still Southern now and forever!

Chi Town

August 24th, 2010
2:51 pm

My vote is for the Mutts of Athens. Nothing worse than a bunch of redneck Jawja fans dressed in black yelling bout how this is the year and how many bars they have in that dump they call downtown.

TOOLE

August 24th, 2010
2:52 pm

Herein South GA these Gator fans are just a bunch of ex-Miami, FSU and UGA fans that are riding the bandwagon. The Bama fans think we all have forgotten the days of Mike DuBose, Dennis Franchione, and Mike Shula. LSU fans are still riding the 2 National Championships. Both won with Nick Saban’s talent. Tennessee is paying for going with a coach that stabbed Jonny majors in the back and one that is an arrogant sphinchter. Good luck Derek Dooley! Auburn fans never appreciate what they have until it is gone. And always feel they have been given the short end of the stick. South Carolina is happy to win 7 or 8 games a year. Arkansas, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Miss St, and Vanderbilt all are trying to remember when their last glory days were. I am a UGA fan as you can tell.

MattyB

August 24th, 2010
2:52 pm

If we have to keep it in the SEC, I’ll give my vote to UGAH. They really are obnoxious and fair-weather. But maybe you should open it up to D1 at large, in which case my vote would absolutely, positively go to Florida State. BTW, hilarious picture!

Glory Glory

August 24th, 2010
2:52 pm

University of Florida Football: A Tradition since 1992

Yo yo yo

August 24th, 2010
2:52 pm

The pathetic fleabags of Athens are number 1.

Drunken, tattoo sporting, chain smoking, tattoo sporting, trash talking, delusional a-holes.

How many times has a UGA fan: blamed the refs for a loss or told you wait ’til next year.

zeee Nachos aka the "Living Legend"

August 24th, 2010
2:54 pm

TOOLE – what a perfect name for you.

Glory Glory

August 24th, 2010
2:54 pm

The Georgia Tech fans are too busy obsessing over all things UGA that they forget to buy tickets to their Thursday Night games

Joey

August 24th, 2010
2:54 pm

Yo yo yo, about as many times as Tech has complained about 5 downs, or Chan Gailey, or a certain dropped pass in November!

Applingshire Dawg

August 24th, 2010
2:55 pm

Sorry, guys, I know this seems odd but I have to go with UGA fans. I have friends from every other SEC school and we are consensus number one in this respect. Alabama is a close second now that the Tide is worth a crap. Also I so disagree with the UF ranking; they are far down the ladder here. However, they do have the absolutely worst-dressed sidewalk fans in the Southeast. Morbidly obese UT fans doing Great Pumpkin impersonations would be 2nd on the SEC Sidewalk Fan Hall of Shame.

Chi Town

August 24th, 2010
2:55 pm

Looks to me that the puppies are going to win this. First big thing they have won since 1980.

Just shows what everyone thinks of those rednecks from Winder.

Yo yo yo

August 24th, 2010
2:56 pm

Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee baby!

Tech Sucks

August 24th, 2010
2:56 pm

Florida and it’s not even close. You are going to have a bunch of votes for UGA just because of all the Nerd Tech Fans who frequent these AJC blogs.

They are so tired of getting beat by us every single year in almost every sport this is the only way they can pay us back.

Mark Bradley's Wife

August 24th, 2010
2:57 pm

Mark,

How does it feel to have once been a real journalist, writting articles of substance, and now just writing articles that you know will attract trolls and create bitter trashtalk?

When you get home your bag will be in the front yard, and I will be taking your keys to the Geo Metro. I’ll leave one boarding pass to Gwinnett County Transit in the mailbox. Please do not come in. You will be interupting Jeff Schultz and I.

We. Are. Done.

Lindsey

August 24th, 2010
2:59 pm

Gaytor Fans are the WORST!! Can’t wait to beat them this year! GO DAWGS!!

Scott "Phillip" Wallace

August 24th, 2010
3:01 pm

I vote Mark Bradley the most OBNOXIOUS journalist in AJC history.

EVEN WORSE THAN TERRANCE “BLACK PANTHER” MOORE.

Now that’s one thing all SEC fans can agree on.

Selah

joe

August 24th, 2010
3:02 pm

Here in Atlanta, UGA fans are most obnoxious cause every year they lay claim to SEC and National championships, only to end up in Shreveport. Love the gator jort/mullet photo…the natural light box is priceless…

Conyers Falcons/Braves Fan

August 24th, 2010
3:03 pm

UGA Fans..no others are close. UGA fans tout Athens as being the center of the universe, where football was invented, the promised land or the land of milk and honey.

BigBoy

August 24th, 2010
3:04 pm

Alabama by far. Research their supposed 13 National Championships and you will find out half of them are self appointed.

The Dude

August 24th, 2010
3:04 pm

Dawg House,
Who’s mad? The blogger asked for an opinion. I gave one. Surely I’m not the only person on the planet who can give an opinion without emotion. It does, however, appear you lack that skill. I prefer my fan base to actually be able to find the school on a map.