The fat-shaming began when Kelvin Benjamin returned to the Carolina Panthers after a torn ACL injury. He sustained the injury practicing for the 2015 season. It took him off the roster. Upon returning for the 2016 season, the slow and fat jokes came rolling in. But he had an astounding first year. He received 1,000 yards and was the Panthers’ top receiver. His size was an asset. At 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, he had the berth to run that ball through any defensive line. And then his size became the butt of NFL fans’ jokes with signs like this one. Now he’s a free agent.
The creator of this fan sign is saying Panthers quarterback, Cam Newton, is getting a bump in pass receptions with Benjamin off the roster. Just a glance at the sloppy scrawl makes it no stretch to imagine that this guy’s first sign was much better. (Go ahead, you can call it fan sign shaming.)
When the New England Patriots faced the Seattle Seahawks for the first time after they met at the Super Bowl, enthusiasm was uncontainable. The rematch was wildly anticipated all season. Finally seeing the teams battle it out on the field again brought back some memories. These fans played on “Member Berries” from South Park to celebrate a very joyful remembrance with this set of immaculately-executed fan signs. (Is that a Barstool Sports logo?) The matchup also presented the opportunity to rub Seahawks noses (or beaks, as it were) in that ill-fated turnaround.
Here’s what happened, in case, as like for some of us, the Super Bowl party became more interesting than the game: At the very end of Super Bowl XLIX, the Seahawks literally threw the game away. The momentous play happened when, at the one-yard line, Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler (pictured above on the right) snagged an interception at the goal line, setting his team up for a touchdown. The Seahawks, ready to win the Super Bowl at that one-yard line, tragically lost the game instead. Do you “’Member?”
Rebuilding . . . Please Pardon the Dust
1964 was a stupendous year for the Cleveland Browns. It was in that year they clinched the NFL championship. Since then, however, faces have remained as forlorn as this fan. In all these years, not once has the team made it to the Super Bowl. Since 1990, the team has only advanced to the playoffs twice. In 2017, they achieved the rare distinction of becoming only the second team in NFL history not to win a single game all season. The Browns home stadium is known as the Factory of Sadness, dubbed by exacerbated fan, Mike Polk, via YouTube rant.
But is it time to turn that frown upside down? Over the past several years, the Browns have been rebuilding in earnest. With new general manager John Dorsey and a slew of formidable players, the funny signs depicting the Browns as the butt of all great NFL jokes may fade to mere relics of past memes.
The Biggest Loser Glitch
Hilarious, right? Is she dissing the Kansas City Chiefs about being overweight as well as being losers? That makes the biggest losers, the winners, when it comes to pounds on that particular reality TV show. This fan sign is a clever way to honor the longstanding rivalry between the Broncos and the Chiefs. However, the Chiefs are no losers. They’ve been serving up contentious battles against their adversary for years.
The feud took root way back in 1960. It’s become one of the NFL’s most celebrated rivalries with legendary quarterbacks John Elway of the Broncos squaring off against Joe Montana of the Chiefs. Today, whenever the two teams are scheduled to meet, fans rival as fiercely as the players on the field. It’s part of the fun of being a fan.
Bills Fans Have Something to Smile About
When the Buffalo Bills host the Patriots, the time is ripe for “deflategate” jokes. Since winning, in all likelihood, is off the table for the Bills, they opt to frolic in roasting Tom Brady instead. Besides jibing him for under inflating footballs to make them easier to throw and catch, the Bills fans enjoy reaming him for being a cheater. There’s a cute “Cheaties” instead of Wheaties cereal meme they think he should sponsor. Whatever the reasons, the Bills fan base is wild about teasing Tom Brady.
Back in 2012, way before Brady got caught altering the air content of pigskins, he insulted the entirety of upstate New York. During a nationally broadcast Super Bowl press conference, the star quarterback took a dig at the lodging options near Buffalo. He had this to say: “I don’t know if any of you guys have ever been to the hotels in Buffalo, but they’re not the nicest places in the world.” Local tourism officials responded immediately.