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Most Valuable Sports Teams Quiz

Name the world's most valuable sports franchises, according to Forbes.
As of July 2018
Last updated: September 13, 2018
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Team
4.80
Dallas Cowboys
4.12
Manchester United
4.09
Real Madrid
4.07
FC Barcelona
4.00
New York Yankees
3.70
New England Patriots
3.60
New York Knicks
3.30
New York Giants
3.30
Los Angeles Lakers
3.10
Golden State Warriors
3.10
Washington Redskins
3.06
FC Bayern Munich
3.05
San Francisco 49ers
3.00
Los Angeles Dodgers
3.00
Los Angeles Rams
2.90
Chicago Cubs
2.85
San Francisco Giants
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Team
2.85
Chicago Bears
2.80
Boston Red Sox
2.80
Houston Texans
2.75
New York Jets
2.65
Philadelphia Eagles
2.60
Chicago Bulls
2.60
Denver Broncos
2.58
Miami Dolphins
2.55
Green Bay Packers
2.50
Boston Celtics
2.50
Baltimore Ravens
2.48
Atlanta Falcons
2.47
Manchester City
2.45
Pittsburgh Steelers
2.43
Seattle Seahawks
2.40
Minnesota Vikings
2.38
Oakland Raiders
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Team
2.38
Indianapolis Colts
2.30
Brooklyn Nets
2.30
Carolina Panthers
2.28
Los Angeles Chargers
2.24
Arsenal FC
2.20
Houston Rockets
2.15
Los Angeles Clippers
2.15
Arizona Cardinals
2.10
New York Mets
2.10
Kansas City Chiefs
2.08
Jacksonville Jaguars
2.06
Chelsea FC
2.05
Tennessee Titans
2.00
New Orleans Saints
1.98
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1.95
Cleveland Browns
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level 71
Aug 6, 2013
couldnt remember how to spell mclaren
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level 56
Aug 22, 2015
McLaren isn't in the list
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level 71
Aug 22, 2015
they were in 2013
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level 67
Aug 6, 2013
Haven't done this quiz for ages - enjoyed the updated version.
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level 67
Aug 7, 2013
So what're the Rams and Jaguars doing?
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level 73
Aug 7, 2013
Duh...Losing...
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level 67
Aug 7, 2013
Yeah, but the Browns are on there. So are the Bills. And Oakland. I mean, it's gotta be more than that.
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level 43
Aug 14, 2013
Both the Rams and Jaguars are relatively new teams in their markets. The Bills, Raiders, and Browns have all been in their respective cities for decades,and have no trouble selling out their home games. The Rams and Jaguars both have to have really good teams to have any hope of selling out home games on a consistent basis. Even the Lions, as horrendous as they have been in the Super Bowl era, consistently fill their stadium. That makes a difference in franchise valuation.
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level 44
Sep 24, 2014
The fact that they have both been discussed as moving from there current home bases also hurts them from a business aspect and this quiz is not based on winning and losing directly, but mostly on their value in terms of assests and marketability.
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level 49
Jan 20, 2015
you guys realize that they are talking about the brand and not what the team does .. in other words there are lots of raiders browns bills etc fans around.. they are worth more than say the rams or jags.
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level 78
Jul 31, 2016
Have to think that with the Rams moving to LA, they will jump onto the list.
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level 78
Nov 12, 2018
Guess I nailed that one.
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level 75
Aug 7, 2013
Not a sports fan at all but enjoyed this quiz for some reason.
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level 75
Jul 15, 2016
and.. wow. I think after the point adjustment, I've got 5/5 on this. Might be the first sports quiz I could ever claim that achievement for, not including the small handful I authored myself.
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level 54
Aug 9, 2013
Shocked to see Browns on this list. They always have a losing record.
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level 75
Oct 21, 2013
My dad is from Ohio and has been a loyal Browns fan, through good and bad, even though the last couple decades he hasn't really been near as much into pro football as he used to be. First he migrated to college football when my sister went to Florida State, and then he got into baseball again when Washington got their franchise back. But I guess if he had to pick a pro football team he would still go with the Browns. even though they suck.
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level 70
Aug 22, 2015
The Browns have an unbelievable following. You can go to most towns/cities across the states and the almost always have a bar for Browns Backers. Weird, I know. I lived in Manhattan Beach, CA and they had one.
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level 47
Jul 21, 2018
Even though the real Browns are in Baltimore. And win a Super Bowl from time to time.
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level 71
Nov 12, 2018
They didn't transfer the team history to Baltimore, so no. The Browns kept their franchise history and records in Cleveland.
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level 49
Jan 10, 2014
Even as a huge hockey fan, I was shocked to see an NHL team made the list...especially one that hasn't won a cup in nearly 50 years! Says a lot about those die-hard Maple Leaf fans.
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level 77
May 5, 2014
A huge market is what makes their valuation so high. I guessed Canadiens, but when it wasn't on there, I figured no NHL team made it. I forgot about the Leafs (easy to do, right?)
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level 72
Aug 14, 2016
and now, the Leafs are no longer on the list, as they should not be!
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level 49
Jan 20, 2015
ironically I guessed the Redwings and Canadiens lol
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level 58
Mar 17, 2014
I disagree with having Ferrari and McLaren on this. Those aren't sports teams. They're automakers that sponsor people who drive cars in circles. At the least have a note at the top that says "includes racing", or something. As for the other answers, I knew I'd miss some soccer teams (I don't know enough to know which teams are the most valuable), and I missed the Dodgers, Bulls, and Phillies. I'm surprised the Rangers and the Canadiens weren't on here. I thought the Rangers were in the 800 million range.
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level 71
Sep 22, 2014
They're definitely sports and definitely teams, so they fit the definition. BTW Grand Prix drivers don't just go around in circles; that's NASCAR and it's a sport too (prerequisites being reflexes, timing, coordination, endurance etc)
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level 38
Apr 19, 2016
if the IOC doesn't recognize nascar as a sport then i don't think it should be classed as a sport, this being said, i love watching nascar and have nothing but respect for the drivers because it does take an insane amount of talent to drive like they do.
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level 71
Jun 20, 2016
The IOC does not govern international sport. It just organises and runs the Olympics.
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level 47
Jul 21, 2018
When entire families dominate a sport, I doubt the participants' athleticism.
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level 63
Jul 22, 2018
Curiously enough, the IOC does recognise automobile racing as a sport now. (I only learned this because I wasn't sure whether they recognised American football as a sport. they do.)
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level 58
Mar 17, 2014
Ok, I'm not sure when this was done, but you say "updated for 2013", well as of Nov 25 2013, the New York Rangers were valued at 850 million. http://www.forbes.com/nhl-valuations/
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level 44
Sep 24, 2014
The Buffalo Bills just sold for $1.1 billion and Forbes actually valued them at $935 mil right around the time of the sale. Would be cool to see what else has changed...
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level 68
Dec 7, 2014
I like this, but do people really classify driving as a sport? What athletic skill does that require?
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level 75
Mar 12, 2015
Endurance, reflexes, extremely high levels of motor (as in body movement) skill perfected over years of practice... not to mention in some races the driver's being a few pounds overweight could cost them a race so they have to be as fit and weight conscious as Olympic wrestlers. These guys aren't going out for a Sunday drive with the cruise control on. Why don't *you* try driving an extremely temperamental precision-tuned 1,000 horsepower machine at 180 mph for 500 miles without stopping?
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level 38
May 6, 2018
True. Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR driver) bikes like 75 miles (not joking) on an average race weekend and then jumps in the car.
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level 75
Mar 12, 2015
The vehicle is just a tool. Like a baseball bat. Diminishing the skill of the person using that tool would sort of be like saying, "why did people think Babe Ruth was so great? It was the bat that made all those balls fly out of the park. He was just holding it and swinging it forward." This is very much the same as trying to say professional drivers don't need any skill because all they're doing is sitting in a car and turning left. Go for a ride with one of those guys around a track sometime, see what they can do up close and how effortlessly they can do it... or, try what I said above and see how incredibly hard and grueling it is. You'll get a new appreciation.
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level 67
May 6, 2018
Much as I admire the drivers of these fast vehicles I think the main factor in being the best is the car itself. Almost any of the top 20 drivers would win if they had the same cars as the leaders. It would only be a true sport if all the drivers had the same vehicle. Most races the pole position (great advantage) and the lap times are only differing by 0.25 of a second and the best cars give this advantage.
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level 75
May 6, 2018
Maybe so but then you could argue that minor differences in equipment (even the friction coefficient of a swimmer's Speedos) can be the difference between victory and failure. And even if you are 100% correct and what determines the winner in auto racing is the machine and not the driver, it's still true that every one of the drivers on the track is amazing at what they do and I think they qualify as athletes.
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level 73
Jul 21, 2018
While it's true in any sport that it's important to use the most effective equipment, in almost all other sports all competitors have the opportunity to choose what they consider to be the most effective equipment. In tennis, if one manufacturer had a clearly better racquet than all the others, everyone would start using that racquet and tournaments would still be about who plays the best. IMO F1, although (or perhaps because) the competitors are all amazing drivers, is not primarily a test of who's the best driver, any more than a horse race is primarily a test of who's the best jockey.
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level 75
Sep 3, 2018
eh... I might be ignorant here but I feel like F1 drivers have a LOT more control over the outcome of a race than a jockey. In some places they have replaced the jockeys with robots. They are little more than ballast. The jockey's chief role is to be as tiny and underweight as possible, and then hang on. I think. Maybe there's more to it than that.
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level 78
Jan 27, 2015
Would not take New York Knickerbockers, the proper name. That should be fixed.
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level 70
Aug 22, 2015
nonono
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level 50
Oct 4, 2017
Why would you want to waste time typing Knickerbockers instead of just Knicks?
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level 75
May 27, 2015
I feel like an idiot! I did not think of F1 at all.
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level 64
Aug 22, 2015
I don't even know why I bothered taking this quiz.
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level 67
Aug 22, 2015
So basically name all the teams in the NFL, MLB, NBA and a few of the big names in the NHL and you'll be most of the way there.
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level 71
Aug 22, 2015
there is only 1 nhl team on the list
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level 50
Jul 8, 2017
Not anymore.
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level 50
Jul 17, 2017
27 NFL teams, 8 NBA teams, 7 MLB teams, 0 NHL teams as of the 2016 rankings.
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level 71
Aug 22, 2015
i got ferrari, but missed red sox..lol
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level 75
Aug 22, 2015
I'm American and I got Manchester United and City. Woo hoo! Two soccer/football teams committed to memory and so many more to go. But I'm trying, world.
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level 75
Jul 15, 2016
The only soccer teams that show up on this list are really big internationally famous ones with large followings outside of their respective countries. I don't watch football at all and I got all of them on the first go except for Munich, I think.
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level 75
Nov 10, 2018
You just rained on my parade, Kal, but I'm still happy that I added another one to my list - Real Madrid. I keep trying.
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level 11
Aug 23, 2015
Not much time to guess everything. Please give 2 more hints: 1. Sport discipline 2. Team country.
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level 70
Aug 24, 2015
I'm really surprised the Spurs aren't on this list, considering how successful they've been recently.
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level 71
Sep 14, 2015
success in terms of championships don't mean much...hell...look at the knicks...they are up there and can't even sell out most of the late season home games
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level 82
Oct 5, 2015
Curiosity, which Spurs were you referring to? San Antonio or Tottenham?
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level 77
Mar 9, 2017
Almost certainly San Antonio (with a username of punkybrewster). NBA Spurs have won 5 championships since they drafted Tim Duncan, now retired but they are still winning.
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level 25
Feb 20, 2016
what is ferrari? sports team? preeeeetty sure thats a car lol
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level 75
Jul 15, 2016
Racing
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level 69
Jul 5, 2016
Once I ran out of Premier League clubs and had entered Real, Barcelona and Bayern, I just started typing in random words that sounded like the kinda things Americans would name a sports team. This proved a surprisingly fruitful technique.
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level 53
Jul 21, 2018
This, just started guessing the few I'd heard in TV shows too, Yankees, Red Socks, Mets etc
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level 50
Jul 17, 2017
27 NFL teams, 8 NBA teams, 7 MLB teams, 5 Premier League teams, 2 La Liga teams and 1 Bundesliga team.
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level 67
Jul 20, 2017
So, eight proper sports teams and load of teams that play dull ass American "sports" then!? ;-)
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level 50
Jul 21, 2017
Now it's 28 NFL, 8 MLB, 7 NBA, 4 Premier League, 2 La Liga, 1 Bundesliga. And I'd like to see you hit a 90+ mph fastball over 400 feet.
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level 67
Jul 25, 2018
I don't even understand what the last line of your comment means, I assume that's a Baseball thing!? It's not much different to hitting a cricket ball and also has no relevance to the level of interest I have in the sport.
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level 61
Jul 19, 2017
I'm very surprised (like, the most surprised I've ever been by a Jetpunk quiz) that Cleveland Cavaliers isn't on the list. I'm not american and I don't watch the NBA, but haven't they been in about 4 finals since year 2010?
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level 82
Jul 19, 2017
I tried Cavs, then Cavaliers full expecting them to be on the list. But looking them up, they have a value of 1.2B and the bottom of the list is 1.75B. But in 2010 they were only worth 250 million - their value is climbing quickly now that they are making it to the finals.
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level 50
Jul 21, 2017
3 straight finals (2015-2017), winning in 2016.
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level 50
Aug 1, 2017
And the value of all NBA teams has skyrocketed. NBA was giving teams away in the early 2010s.
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level 75
Jul 20, 2017
Not enough time to come up with 50 answers. I could barely type in that many names if I had the answers on a list!
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level 71
Jul 20, 2017
i got 47 of the 50 in the time given...had 1 minute left to come up with the remaining 3 and couldn't come up with manchester city, brooklyn nets and anaheim angels
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level 50
Jul 21, 2017
50/50 with 3:31 remaining
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level 71
Jul 20, 2017
The Cleveland Browns are just as valuable as Chelsea Football Club. I'm from Ohio and that's absolutely ridiculous.
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level 50
Jul 21, 2017
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level 50
Jul 21, 2017
Name all of the NFL teams, all of the MLB and NBA teams in Boston, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago and the most popular soccer (football) teams in the world and you'll get almost all of them.
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level 50
Jul 25, 2017
Amazed that Kansas City Chiefs are more valuable than Chelsea.
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level 59
Jul 21, 2018
I'm so dubious of anything that sites Forbes as source. I can't wrap my head around the "fact" that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are more valuable than global soccer teams like PSG or Juventus.
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level 71
Jul 21, 2018
It's simply a function of the NFL being so valuable as a league. (Though clearly not enough to guarantee contracts or actually do serious research on CTE.) Cost has nothing to do with overall quality off a team.
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level ∞
Jul 22, 2018
I kind of agree with @martay. It's hard to see how the L.A. Rams can be worth $3 billion with the tiny fan base they currently have. But then again, sports teams are worth as much as someone is willing to pay. The value of a sports team is less a reflection of the underlying economics and more about the desire of billionaires to own a sports team.
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level 67
Jul 25, 2018
Yeah, another who is surprised by some of the teams on the list. I'm not convinced that 'all' those American sports teams are worth more than the vast majority of the big European football sides (thos enot on the list), but I guess it depends how you choose to measure it. I'm also very surpirsed to see Arsenal on the list ahead of Liverpool. I would have thought the latter had a much bigger global fan base. Maybe the value aspect includes stadium capacity and thus ability to earn income from match receipts.
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level 67
Jul 25, 2018
Ohh and as a Brit, I need way more time for this quiz. My knowledge of US sports teams is probably only slightly better than the average American sportfan's knowledge of European football teams. The answers come to me, but slowly.
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level 58
Nov 10, 2018
Well the Rams were great last season and are currently great again. They play in a huge market, and will have partial ownership rights to a brand new stadium that is currently being built in a planned community. Plus the ownership stake comes with a percentage of shared profits from the world's most profitable sports league, so...the fact that the Rams don't have a ton of fans *right now* (although knowing people from LA, the number of fans is doubling daily with the Rams' winning record) doesn't factor into the math too much.
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level 49
Sep 3, 2018
As an Australian who doesn't watch NFL, this was a nightmare. I got all of them except the NFL ones, in which I only got a few
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level 49
Nov 10, 2018
the fact that you have to type a slur for this quiz is disgusting
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level 58
Nov 10, 2018
It really is, but that's not the quiz's fault. Hopefully the fan base will come to its senses, and soon.
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level 59
Nov 11, 2018
no slurs involved except to whiners.
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level 75
Nov 11, 2018
You mean the packers?
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level 55
Nov 12, 2018
I agree. Everytime I hear the word 'Packers' I shudder.
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level 52
Nov 12, 2018
Not sure how I missed Barcelona -- I guessed Forca Barcelona, Forca Barca, Barcelona FC... Every possible combo but the right one. Or I was spelling something wrong. Frustrating either way!
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level 38
Feb 26, 2019
It's FC Barcelona - Futbol Club Barcelona. Dunno what you mean by Forca.
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level 51
Feb 5, 2019
Only 2 NFL teams aren't on the list