Sorry, Florida, but Idaho’s got you beat

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

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.

19 comments Add your comment

Paddy

May 26th, 2009
8:09 pm

This has to be unscientific. You have Idaho and Hawaii but no mention of Ohio. The most rabid high school fans in the country. Oh well, it was a fun read anyhow.

Preston

May 26th, 2009
8:12 pm

Florida must not have many internet savvy people. I lived in Sanford, FL for a while and it was pretty much a redneck area. It makes sense, really.

Urban Warfare

May 26th, 2009
8:37 pm

You say patatoe and I sat potatoe…

NRBQ

May 26th, 2009
11:17 pm

Check your decimals, Darryl.

Sure you mean 162 thousandths of one percent?

Villa Rica DAWG

May 27th, 2009
7:28 am

Maybe football fans down south typically think that Facebook is for sissies, so they don’t have a Facebook membership…

KingfishStevens

May 27th, 2009
7:51 am

At least they can spell dog.

Gov Crist

May 27th, 2009
8:27 am

Actually, Floridians have more interests in their lives than people from Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas or Idaho. Great beaches, great seafood, golf courses all over the State, and on and on and on.

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May 27th, 2009
8:35 am

People who use Facebook are probably the same people who cares what drivel Ashton Kutcher has to say on Twitter. (hint: idiots)

SEC = Boooooring

May 27th, 2009
8:41 am

Sorry, but this article is talking about states, not sports teams, right?! Then why in the world would its ignorant author put “Sorry Gators” as if UF is the only significant university OR football program in that state. I smell an SEC bias…SEC=Sloppily Educated Citizens. FSU and Miami are also very, very storied programs, not to mention outstanding universities — AND they belong to a conference that is superior in every way to the SEC, with the lone exception being football. The ACC clearly and irrefutably dominates SEC in baseball, basketball, academics (by a BIG margin) and arguably – hot chicks. The ACC’s worst academic schools would be top tier in the SEC. Who do you have…Vanderbilt is good, and maybe UGA and UF (and their heads are a little inflated, too). The football gap is closing you moronic rednecks, leaving the SEC to be a one horse show, and you know, no body cares about watching a horse show when you can see Cirque du Soliel next door for the same price of admission. Oh yeah, and get a decent education, too. Go ahead – lets hear the bellyaching on this one!

kingfish is a dork

May 27th, 2009
9:02 am

Enter your comments here

Voice of Reason

May 27th, 2009
9:37 am

It looks like someone got turned down by an SEC school. Let it go man. Let it go. Irrefutably dominates in baseball and basketball? Get over yourself.

Ramblinwreck1378

May 27th, 2009
10:01 am

While the ACC does dominate in basketball, baseball, and academics… Not hot chicks. I promise you, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, and Georgia have more hot girls than the entire ACC. Trust me.

Berto

May 27th, 2009
11:54 am

Right Crist, People that live in states other than Florida have absolutely nothing to do, ever. What would we all do without Florida to save us from our boredom?

Sanford Drive

May 27th, 2009
12:18 pm

Berto,

Haven’t you seen the wonders of Panama City? Nothing is better than seeing hammered 19 year olds, visting chincy beach shops, and enjoying the ghetto by the sea. Florida is tops.

Muhstafa

May 27th, 2009
6:01 pm

You infidels will soon learn that the mighty Barack is going to tax Florida out of existence. Generally speaking, the showing of skin in that state is against the kuran and allah will take names. If you don’t beleive that you can leave my convenience store immediatly!

Preston

May 27th, 2009
8:05 pm

Gov Crist impostor, I have lived in New Smyrna Beach, FL and Atlanta and I’ve travelled extensively across the southeast and I can assure you that you’re wrong.

Dawgtime

May 28th, 2009
6:37 pm

Florida also has one of the highest high school dropout rates in the country (Google: High school dropout factories). I have traveled all over the south and found that every area has good people and idiots. It has little to do where you live. The ACC is better at baseball? Which ACC team last one the national title? UGA vs Fresno State last year. neither is from the ACC. The ACC is the choke conference. Check out the results of the bowl games.

SEC = Boooooring

May 29th, 2009
8:26 pm

Please let me remind you that UGA also lost that world series last year. Talking about a choke, were you? Oh yes, choke, much like that funeral you dressed for last year against Alabama, you goon! The ACC had an all-time NCAA record number of teams in bowl games last year; and last year’s SEC’s record vs the ACC, in your “forte sport,” was 6-4. To clarify, that’s SIX W’s for the ACC, sir. Also, current basketball champs – ACC. Highest all-time College World Series baseball appearances for a conference – ACC. The last time ACC was in the College World Series? That would be In 2007 when UNC went to the CWS consecutively. Last time the ACC “one” (sic – hello SEC grad.) the championship was Miami in 2001. LSU has been to the CWS 13 times – pretty good. This is the most of any SEC school. UGA? Only 6. Miami has been 23 times, FSU – 19, Clemson – 11, shall I go on? Also, didn’t Vanderbilt loose to, gasp, Duke last year? And your Ole Miss crew to, Wake Forest? Of course, who is counting. Just know that still waters run deep – the facts lie in the stats. SEC is good, don’t get me wrong. But the statistical, documented facts show the ACC is well-rounded while the SEC, again, is a one-trick pony. Giddy Up, y’all! Or, in language you might understand…”The south will rise again!!!!!!!!” “Hold my beer,” “Where’s my truck!?” “You got a purty mouth!”

SEC=Boooooring

May 30th, 2009
11:53 pm

Update….UGA lost to FSU today, 8-2. Further support for my assertion that the SEC is known for being narrow and choke prone. I hear no takers for this convo. You boys must be “skeered.” :)