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FACT: The Chicago Bears have the best fans in the NFC North

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Earlier this week Chicago Bears' fans received a kick in the gut when ESPN revealed their "Future Power Rankings" with the Bears ranked in the bottom half of the league at 21st, behind all three of their fellow NFC North franchises. The ESPN NFL Insider "Experts," and I use that term loosely, just can't see the vision that Chicago general manager Ryan Pace or head coach John Fox has for this team.

Then again, we're talking about ESPN and some silly, subjective, made-up projections, so that rubbish doesn't really mean a thing.

But then yesterday we brought you some better news -- Backed up by actual Math! -- of the Chicago Bears' franchise towering over the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions in the Forbes annual list of the 50 most valuable sports franchises in the world.

And now today we have another bit of good news -- This time backed up by Science! -- that the Chicago Bears have better fans than do the Packers, Vikings or Lions.

Over at ScholarBlogs (that sounds fancy), Dr. Michael Lewis, who has a PhD in Marketing from Northwestern, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a Masters in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois (so you know he's pretty much a genius), has scientifically proven with a very elaborate formula where the best fans in the National Football League reside.

Bears' fans are the Kings of the NFC North.

The Bears come in at 7th overall, ahead of the Packers at 11, the Lions at 21 and the Vikings at 22.

Sorry NFC North, you can't argue with science.