Study: Miami Sports Fans Aren't Great With Spelling and Grammar

Study: Miami Sports Fans Aren't Great With Spelling and Grammar
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Earlier this year, we found out that Miami Dolphins fans have the third-worst spelling and grammar skills in the NFL. Well, it turns out that fans of Miami's other professional teams aren't exactly aspiring English professors either. The revelation comes from Grammarly, a souped-up spell-check web app. To determine the rankings, the folks at Grammarly chose 150 comments of 50 words or more from each team's official news site and found the average number of mistakes per 100 words. 

The site has analyzed and ranked teams in MLB, the NBA, and the NFL and decided to squash them together for a sort of citywide megaranking. 

Of the 42 cities that have at least one team in one of the pro leagues, Miami ranks 31st (or the 12th worst). Miamians are the sixth-worst grammarians out of cities that had teams in all three leagues. 

Dolphins fans are mostly to blame. They made an average of 11.9 mistakes per 100 words, the third-worst in the NFL, though NFL fans on average made more mistakes than fans in the other two leagues. NBA fans made significantly fewer mistakes. 

So it's no surprise that Miami Heat fans made only 5.51 mistakes per 100 words. However, compared to the rest of the NBA, Heat fans came in 22nd out of the league's 30 teams. 

Marlins fans made seven mistakes per 100 words. They ranked 16th out of MLB teams. 

Overall, Miami sports fans made 8.14 mistakes per 100 words. 

Memphis, which has only an NBA team, had the best spelling and grammar of any sports city. Of cities with teams in every league, Cleveland, somewhat surprisingly, came out on top. 

Miami fans, however, can take pride in the fact that, on average, we're better with our English than fans in New York and Boston. NY sports fans made an average of 8.27 mistakes per 100 words. Fans of both their baseball teams — the Yankees and the Mets — had some of the worst English in all of sports. 

Boston ranked even lower, with an average of 8.60 mistakes per 100 words. So much for being America's intellectual cradle. 


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