By DARRYL MAXIE / firstname.lastname@example.org
Until now, you couldn’t get me to believe that Idaho was a bigger football hotbed than Texas. Or that Florida wouldn’t make the top 10.
But then, as it is doing in many facets of American life in the 21st century, Facebook changed everything. Now according to this map — or at least what it said at 7:30 on Tuesday evening — that’s exactly the case.
Certainly, this takes the phrase “highly unscientific” to new levels. According to the Facebook Lexicon, Oklahoma is where football is discussed — or at least posted about on Facebook — the most. Whoever put the list together went through great pains to make it appear as scientific as possible — stating that football showed up in 0.162%” of the posts. Alabama came in second, followed by Hawaii, South Carolina and finally our own beloved Peach State at No. 5.
Of course, by the time you read this, it may have changed again. The numbers were supposed to reflect posts between May 17 and May 24, but when Life.com posted a photo gallery reflecting findings from the same source, Alabama was ahead of Oklahoma. And South Carolina wasn’t even listed.
Georgia held a slim lead over West Virginia, with Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Idaho filling out the top 10. Yes, that Idaho. Perhaps they cede potato-capital-of-the-world status to Maine during football season to concentrate on inflating their numbers.
Texas and Iowa were tied, on the outside looking in. Anecdotal evidence suggests high school football alone — Facebook didn’t differentiate between high school, college, pro or otherwise — should put Texas somewhere in the top 10. Last I checked, “Friday Night Lights” wasn’t set in Boise.
Apparently, the worst place for a football fan is Vermont. The subject showed up in only 0.056% of the posts. However dubious the rest of the list may be, that finding might be dead on.