April 15th, 2014 09:55 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Alabama, Auburn, LSU, SEC
Happy Tax Day, everyone. From one coast to the other millions of Americans are making out checks to the government and dropping them in the mail today. We know of no one who’s actually happy about that, of course.
In honor of this day of “giving,” we at MrSEC.com wanted to determine which SEC programs’ fans have been “taxed” the most. What do we mean by that? Losing is taxing on a fanbase. It wears a person down as their favorite school suffers defeat after defeat. So we’ve endeavored to determine which fans in the SEC have been dealing with defeats and losses most often.
As we normally do we’ll look only at the two revenue sports (which happen to be the two sports we cover around here). Also, we’ll limit our time frame to two seasons since Missouri and Texas A&M have now completed two football and two men’s basketball seasons as SEC members.
Below you’ll find the number of losses piled up by each program. There are four categories: Overall Football Losses, Overall Basketball Losses, SEC Football Losses and SEC Basketball Losses. If you’re wondering why conference losses would be, in effect, counted twice each, it’s because losses to one’s neighbors are typically more painful.
Most Losses Since 2012
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In terms of walking away from a stadium or arena in defeat, no SEC fanbase has had to that more than the folks down in Starkville over the last two years. Bulldog backers have endured 90 losses (double-counting the SEC losses) since 2012. The onus is on Dan Mullen and Rick Ray — especially Ray — to start recording a few more victories in the seasons ahead.
Surprisingly, Auburn fans wound up in second place on the list. If not for the remarkable turnaround captained by Gus Malzahn last football season, Tiger fans might’ve ended up atop our “most taxed” list. AU has lost 50 games overall and another 36 when the in-conference losses are added in again.
On the other end of the spectrum, fans of Ole Miss, Georgia, LSU, Missouri and Alabama have yet to experience the heartache of even 60 losses. And Florida — with only 31 losses — has the “least taxed” fanbase in the SEC. Gator fans have only had to deal with 21 losses over the last two years; ten more losses are added to their tally when their SEC losses are counted twice.
As you’ve probably figured out, the numbers are skewed in the direction of basketball. More games played, more potential losses. So be it. This is simply a fun — depending on where your school ranks on the list — exercise to see which fans have a right to be the grumpiest in the Southeastern Conference. That honor goes to MSU with Auburn, South Carolina, Arkansas and Kentucky falling next in line. Bulldog fans are the most taxed in the SEC. But here’s guessing they needed no chart to tell them so.
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