The sports media world is currently roiled in talks of Super Bowl 46, but that hasn’t stopped Fantabbers from rating confidence in their other favorite sports teams. The NBA and NHL Team Standings have been very active with indexes rising and falling based off wins, losses, injuries and more! Here’s a summary of some of the most negative data coming out of FanTab on this winter evening.
1. Celts Win But See Confidence Fall
It would be putting it lightly to say that the Boston Celtics have taken the figurative back seat in New England sports. The team has struggled mightily this year, and fans would much rather cheer on the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins or the Super Bowl contending New England Patriots. But the fact is, they’re still playing basketball in the Garden and they’re even winning some of their games. Last night they blew out the Toronto Raptors 100-64, but fans reminded the Celts that a simple win was not going to impress them on the FanTab NBA Standings. Fans actually dropped confidence in the Celtics two points to a 68 today, reflecting the negative connotations surrounding the team at the moment. The pessimistic rating could be connected to the wrist injury that has held guard Rajon Rondo out of action for the last couple weeks. Rondo represents the young talented core on an otherwise old team, and missing him is likely frustrating Celtics faithful. The drop is also likely indicative of the Celtics lacking future in 2012. Fans have seemingly come to terms with the fact that the Celts just won’t be able to compete this year. What’s worse? There’s no sign that it’s going to get any better in years to come. The Celts are old, and young stars like Dwight Howard or Chris Paul have no interest in playing in a town like Boston. The Celts front office is going to have to do serious work over the next few years to develop a team capable of winning like the Celtics have over the last several years.
2. Habs Fans Vent Frustration
Fans of the Montreal Canadiens used FanTab to express their disappointment in the Habs this season on Thursday. Following an ugly loss to a mediocre Buffalo Sabres squad, Habs fans took to FanTab and dropped confidence all the way down into the 30s. Losing to a bad team stings, but it’s that much worse when the team is also a regional and divisional rival like the Sabres. Fans are also likely disappointed in the Canadiens because they had developed some promising momentum going into the All-Star break. The Habs had won two of three and dropped a whopping seven goals on the Red Wings going into the five day break, but Tuesday’s performance suggests that the team has more struggles in front of them. The Canadiens are currently well out of the playoff hunt, sitting in second to last place in the Eastern Conference. Montreal fans and players are probably getting ready to write off 2012 as a complete bust, and that doesn’t bode well for the team as they still have almost half the hockey season to play.
3. Magics Fans Down on Struggling Squad
The Orlando Magic have been in a serious funk over the last few weeks and fans on FanTab aren’t cutting the team any breaks. Today, confidence in the team dropped 9% to a 38 despite the fact that the team still sits four games above .500 on the year. But the way the Magic have been playing of late, they likely won’t be above that telling mark for much longer. Going into a win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night, the Magic had lost four straight games and were playing uninspiring basketball. Why are Magic fans dropping confidence following wins you ask? First off, beating the Wizards at home is about as unimpressive a win as you can get in the NBA. The Wiz just fired head coach Flip Saunders and are currently 1-9 on the road. Secondly, the Magic’s key player, Dwight Howard, really hasn’t showed up this season as he anticipates new beginnings with a new team next season. Howard has appeared unmotivated in his final season with the Magic and without their big man playing hard, it’s difficult for the Magic to notch wins. The team’s entire offense revolves around Howard’s presence inside, and if he isn’t giving it his all, then the entire team suffers. Fans also might be dropping confidence in anticipation of Howard’s exit. Magic faithful are likely aware that when the center moves for greener pastures in the off-season, it could be a long time before they come along another player that good.
FanTabbers, we like it when you rate negatively. It means that you aren’t giving your favorite team the benefit of the doubt. They’re playing poorly and you’re letting them know. Every team needs a harsh critic. Keep it up with the ratings, positive or negative, because we want your confidence level on FanTab!