I think you're right Micheal. Sports writers see us as the demographic that is at the same time the easiest butt of jokes and also the least amount of readers that will be alienated by our team being mocked.
However, look what happened to the Hawks and the Hornets in the span of this season. Early on, their attendance was horrific and no one gave them any credit. Then they made the playoffs, attendance skyrockets and they gain respect.
We're definitely headed in the right direction.