Best Local Cult - 2002
The Oakland Raider Nation
It's well past cliché to liken Oakland Raiders games to "a Marilyn Manson concert on Halloween," but the reason people keep doing it is because, well, it's true. Raiders fans are the Bay Area's largest-enrollment cult. They paint their faces, pour beers on opposing fans, and don spikes and T-shirts featuring grown men doing unspeakable things to Broncos. And those are just the women. While there have been reports of the Raider Nation going soft, we wouldn't recommend wearing opposing colors unless you're willing to be pelted with the Network Associates Coliseum's meager food offerings.