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Report: Majority of NFL Fans Rooting for Justin Timberlake in Super Bowl

Justin Timberlake and a graph that shows him winning a majority of support among NFL fans.
Pew's results do not include respondents who immediately threw the questionnaire into the fireplace.

MINNEAPOLIS – According to a joint study by the Pew Research Center and Sports Illustrated, a majority of Americans who consider themselves NFL fans will be rooting for halftime performer Justin Timberlake in Super Bowl LII.

“At first we were surprised by the findings,” said Pew VP of Research Claudia Deane. “But when we took a quick poll around the office, well, it seems the hatred for both of these franchises is overhwlemingly palpable, and Justin Timberlake is a beloved pop icon.”

In the peer-reviewed survey of 1,000 American football fans, the most common response to the question “What team are you rooting for in the Super Bowl?” was a write-in of Justin Timberlake, beating the second place answer of “Not the Patriots” by well over 20 percent.

In years past, the actual football teams have been the subject of the most excitement. But this year, when faced with Tom Brady's stupid beautiful face and the Eagles' roving bands of barbaric fans, it seems that Timberlake has drawn the most support.

Timberlake’s proud, manly, and woodsy aesthetic holds great appeal for a wide variety of football fans. “Some fans are torn over which team to root for,” said Sports Illustrated writer Peter King. "But I say, 'Cry me a river'! Go JT!" exclaimed King, sporting a Timberlake-emblazoned t-shirt.

“I get it. I hate both of these fan bases," said Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. "But Justin Timberlake is my hero, so now I have a reason to go to this game!"

When reached for comment, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was too busy plastering Timberlake posters all over the team's lockeroom. 


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