The NFL made fun of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Their fans aren’t laughing.


San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) scores a 12-yard touchdown while being pursued by Jacksonville Jaguars free safety Josh Evans (26) during a game last year. (Matt Dunham/AP)

There may not be many of them, but Jacksonville Jaguars fans let their presence be known when the NFL cracked a silly joke about permanently moving the Duval County, Fla., franchise overseas to London. The one-liner came at the end of a Week 10 summary when the schedules were announced this week. It read:

“The International Series concludes with a matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the Jacksonville Jaguars. This will be the first of three London trips for the Jags through the 2016 season. The London Jaguars does have an excellent ring to it.”

SBnation.com has a screenshot of the entire original message, which the NFL has since edited, probably because of the fact that it was just bad comedy. But maybe, maybe it had something to do with that handful of #DTWD  (Duval Till We Die) fans, who took to the ether to air their grievances.

Some were stoic:

Some were more threatening. And perhaps rightfully so. Jaguar fans endured their fair share of criticism, misinformation and just plain hatery earlier this week when SportsNation poked fun the Jaguars with an updated NFL schedule.

Fans didn’t take it so kindly:

And then there was this guy, who is, well, maybe just passionate: Even Jacksonville’s mascot jumped in the fray:

But amid the scrum, at least regarding the SportsNation jab, there was one reasonable voice:

TL;DR: DO NOT MESS WITH JAGUARS FANS ONLINE.

(H/T: SBnation)

This post was updated Friday morning.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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