I imagine the biggest issue the west coaster "whiners" have is the blackouts on home games actually and lack of press because the games simply don't have any medium through which to watch the games... The west coast is essentially the MLB of pro football... Jax is the only east coast teams that has their games blacked out and that was because it was always in an ill fated location...
Yes i read your comment differently, appologies. I thought the Colts were considered a Midwestern team... Same with St.Louis...
Regardless. USC doesn't apply to anything as it is a college football team. College football is simply a farming system. Attention was paid to the Colts not because of an east coast bias (again i don't think they can be considered east coast) but because of a record breaking performance and possibly winning all of their regular season games. I didn't list the Colts because I don't consider them part of the equation. Socio-economically USC applies exactly to the "east coast bias" that was mentioned. The east coast has greater concentrations of disposable income then anything west. USC is within reach of HUGE amounts of disposable income. But tickets are also affordable and the students themselves are affluent and in for big futures... No one wants a pro-football team (specifically the populace) because of the way it would affect their city, traffic, violence, incidents of drunk driving etc...
I am sure anyone from boston would disagree that the Sox were all that mattered. The pats have had high ticket sales and media coverage even when the blew for years and years.
The reason is actually socio-economic, as well as sociological. The 9ers have had good coverage and such when successful because of the disposable income available to their fan base. When they started playing poorly the sales dropped. Because San Francisco is largely an arts focused area. Dissapointment in football would easily turn the residents back to other areas of interest and dissuade people travelling to the stadium from going. Do you really see that happening in New England.
Distance is a huge factor as well. The island theory about Seattle is a sound one. Seattle too is a more art focused population as a generality (music and culture rule the day, but there is a greater class mix then in San Fransico as well as a greater interest mix)
San Diego with LT, great play by Brees, the best TE in the NFL... still poor ticket sales. Still blah media coverage.
Oakland during their recent super bowl run, with Jerry Rice and Porter, and Brown... Not much media, meh tix...
Denver had a solid fan base with a personality like Elway who was almost untouchable by controversy. Davis too, but when was the last time the media was kind to them. Did jake the snake choke, he sure did. But the fact that so many felt the pats would win, three year champs or not... Revenue, ticket sales, whats good for money... Bronco's win meh, Pats win its big money.
Pats made awful moves this offseason. Hurt their team. Yet I still see more worry about how Alexander is going to perform without Hutch, and New England spots above Seattle on the power rankings.... Seahawks had a great offseason... explain that? because of the dynasty? dynasty fell apart against denver last year. now its homerism. and a larger base of fans money and media coverage.
Rams again aren't an east coast team but... the story there was the rise of warner more than anything else. Thats one of those underdog stories that the media eats up.
New England isn't really known for scoring oodles of points. New England at the height of their power was just boring to watch, it was a chess game playing them most of the time? Brady is mr. consistant more than mr. flash... Last year was his closest to superstar in terms of flash and really showing how he could take the reigns and win games by himself.
Indy as it gets better should easily out produce Seattle in ticket sales. Again Seattle has a great arts tilt to its population, in addition it has other sports to draw that disposable income. Indiana has basketball. Very little culture. Smaller amounts of disposable income, so the ticket sales should increase for the colts in defference to their basketball sales and that will be that.
I have no idea how you can say the Giants didn't get huge amounts of coverage, even when warner was under center. Even when the Giants were crap for years they were media draws. Any new york team will always have more media coverage then most.
Bush was the human highlight reel who went to an unexpected team that has all new shiny parts after being devestated by a hurricane. And aren't the Saints and east coast team
The media goes where the money is. Tear jerker or underdog stories will increase the pull for small amounts of time. But the truth is east coast teams get more respect and alot of undeserved respect than other teams. Hell I think I heard more about the Ravens then seattle last year, and this year... why? Sociology my friend. It isn't whining. The hardcore fans have legitimate beef.
It isn't that they never get attention, but rarely is it in any kind of realistic balance based upon performance. Talk about Seattle who's games get blacked out so you lose viewers who don't know or care about the team? Or a tri-state area team that always sells tix where people know every player. One gets alot of channels flipped the other holds the interest of the people. Wonder why the draft was in Rock center?