FanSided’s Fandom 250 snubbed the Brooklyn Nets

the player Caris Levert of the team Brooklyn Nets is seen in action during the match of NBA between of Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets on December 09, 2017 in México City, Mexico (Photo by Carlos Tischler/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
the player Caris Levert of the team Brooklyn Nets is seen in action during the match of NBA between of Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets on December 09, 2017 in México City, Mexico (Photo by Carlos Tischler/NurPhoto via Getty Images) /
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FanSided released its list of the top 250 fandoms across sports, entertainment and pretty much everything. Guess who did not make to that list? That’s right, the Brooklyn Nets.

Ever since I started writing about the Brooklyn Nets, people have been sending me their condolences. “I feel so bad that you have to cover a bad team,” or “Really Brooklyn? That’s the beat they stuck you with?”

But never have I felt bad about covering them. Most of it is because the Brooklyn Nets have the most hopeful and loyal fans throughout the NBA. They stuck by the team as it self-destructed. They believed in a team that did not stand a chance at NBA glory. Heck, they defended it, saying it was all for a better future.

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These are fans that any NBA organization would want. Forget about the NBA for a second, these are fans that anybody in any fandom would want. Yet, I get an email this morning saying that the Nets did not make the cut for FanSided’s Fandom 250. How can it be that one of the most loyal fan groups in any sport or profession was so blatantly ignored?

Maybe we do not participate enough as fans. After all, fans voted and FanSided heard. Everybody could do with a little more voter participation.

Maybe fans have not been attending games as frequently as they should. The Nets are 26th in average fan attendance for home games and 28th in total attendance for home games. And when you look at the average total attendance, the Nets are 29th, good for second to last.

While the outside world may look at them with pity, Nets fans deserve a lot better. They are the definition of faith. When Jeremy Lin declared that the Nets were a playoff team, many believed it even after he succumbed to injury. Whenever someone detracts from a player, Nets fans are always the loudest voices on Twitter defending them.

Be proud of yourselves, Nets fans. You might not have cracked the Fandom 250 this year, but this is a fanbase to be proud of.