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(Slate)   What if each state could only have one sport? Some choices are obvious, some are clever, and Ohio's is sad   (slate.com) divider line 126
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2013-10-08 11:05:27 AM  
Missouri should get that one where a hillbilly sticks his arm in a catfish's mouth and tries to yank the fish out of the water before it can gnaw off his arm.
 
2013-10-08 11:14:00 AM  
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Watch out for Ohio's state sport, man.
 
2013-10-08 12:54:06 PM  

rumpelstiltskin: Missouri should get that one where a hillbilly sticks his arm in a catfish's mouth and tries to yank the fish out of the water before it can gnaw off his arm.


That's called noodling. Baseball is much more fitting. Did you see yesterday's game? Awesome.
 
2013-10-08 12:55:43 PM  

show me: rumpelstiltskin: Missouri should get that one where a hillbilly sticks his arm in a catfish's mouth and tries to yank the fish out of the water before it can gnaw off his arm.

That's called noodling. Baseball is much more fitting. Did you see yesterday's game? Awesome.


Oh, wait, you're from KC. Nevermind.
 
2013-10-08 01:04:28 PM  
New York should probably have Lacrosse seeing as it started here.
 
2013-10-08 01:15:05 PM  

toraque: [www.squidmobile.com image 148x192]
Watch out for Ohio's state sport, man.


I see this is taken care of. Carry on, man.
 
2013-10-08 01:44:04 PM  

show me: show me: rumpelstiltskin: Missouri should get that one where a hillbilly sticks his arm in a catfish's mouth and tries to yank the fish out of the water before it can gnaw off his arm.

That's called noodling. Baseball is much more fitting. Did you see yesterday's game? Awesome.

Oh, wait, you're from KC. Nevermind.


We don't often have baseball in these parts.
 
2013-10-08 01:46:47 PM  
Florida's should snipe hunting.
 
2013-10-08 01:59:28 PM  
Cornhole.  AKA horseshoes for 8-year-olds.

/subby
 
2013-10-08 02:01:36 PM  
As a life-long resident of the great state of West Virginia, I can honestly say I don't know one person that has ever been rock climbing - save for the plastic setups at carnivals.

I'd have to say fishing is a state-wide pastime.  Or beer.  Probably beer.
 
2013-10-08 02:02:39 PM  

NashMcNash: As a life-long resident of the great state of West Virginia, I can honestly say I don't know one person that has ever been rock climbing - save for the plastic setups at carnivals.

I'd have to say fishing is a state-wide pastime.  Or beer.  Probably beer.


And I think I've only ever heard of one person I know going to Jai Alai.  I assumed it was much bigger in South Florida.
 
2013-10-08 02:04:27 PM  
...damn them but every hs did have field hockey
 
2013-10-08 02:05:08 PM  

rumpelstiltskin: We don't often have baseball in these parts.


Hey, the Royals looked pretty good this year. They almost made the playoffs. The Chiefs are kicking ass right now too.
 
2013-10-08 02:06:19 PM  
Delaware - Pumpkin Chunking

Awesome.
 
2013-10-08 02:08:19 PM  

namegoeshere: New York should probably have Lacrosse seeing as it started here.


Not to mention baseball.
 
2013-10-08 02:08:27 PM  
Montana - Cow Tipping
 
2013-10-08 02:08:46 PM  
Bass fishing for Louisiana? GTFO.  They are a saltwater fishing state
 
2013-10-08 02:08:54 PM  
Dammit article, auto racing is not a f&*#ing sport!
 
2013-10-08 02:08:56 PM  

NashMcNash: As a life-long resident of the great state of West Virginia, I can honestly say I don't know one person that has ever been rock climbing - save for the plastic setups at carnivals.

I'd have to say fishing is a state-wide pastime.  Or beer.  Probably beer.


Climbing down into a coal mine is a kind of climbing.
 
2013-10-08 02:13:32 PM  
Ohio's should be football.  NFL founded and Pro Football HOF in Canton, anyone?
 
2013-10-08 02:18:02 PM  

buckeyebrain: Ohio's should be football.  NFL founded and Pro Football HOF in Canton, anyone?


Sorry. It's ours know. Go stick it up your cornhole.
 
2013-10-08 02:19:14 PM  

buckeyebrain: Ohio's should be football.  NFL founded and Pro Football HOF in Canton, anyone?


I think for it to be a state sport, you have to have shown some distinction in it, too.

Otherwise, basketball would be the state sport of Massachusetts.

// something is either funny or a semi-tribute when MA's state sport is "marathon"
// I know that it's the oldest marathon in the US, but really?
 
2013-10-08 02:19:31 PM  
That was actually an interesting infographic/interactive thing on Slate...

/disagree with some choices, but there will never be a 50-item list on the Internet that I completely agree with, so whatever.
 
2013-10-08 02:20:09 PM  
Well that was a lousy article
 
2013-10-08 02:22:49 PM  

Dr Dreidel: buckeyebrain: Ohio's should be football.  NFL founded and Pro Football HOF in Canton, anyone?

I think for it to be a state sport, you have to have shown some distinction in it, too.


The Cleveland Browns' 4 NFL championships isn't distinction?

/I know, I know, if it ain't a Super Bowl, it doesn't count...
 
2013-10-08 02:25:32 PM  
New Jersey's state sport is road rage.
 
2013-10-08 02:26:37 PM  
Let me guess Maryland is LAX.
I am not even going to check because I know it is.
 
2013-10-08 02:27:13 PM  

Diogenes: And I think I've only ever heard of one person I know going to Jai Alai. I assumed it was much bigger in South Florida.


I went to the Jai Alai up in Seminole County once.  But that was part of a kind of "guys day" involving drunken go-cart riding and Circus Circus.  We stopped by the Jai Alai to play the ponies for a bit.  There was Jai Alai going on, which we looked at for about ten seconds before saying "Huh, so that's Jai Alai" and going to grab more beer.  Other than that, the only Jai Alai I've seen was on Miami Vice.

/link won't load, did they give FL Jai Alai?  CFB rules.  That is all.
 
2013-10-08 02:28:26 PM  
So nobody ended up with Pro Basketball?
 
2013-10-08 02:29:12 PM  

CipollinaFan: Let me guess Maryland is LAX.
I am not even going to check because I know it is.


Nope, crab cakes and football
 
2013-10-08 02:30:39 PM  
AFAIK, Art Rooney paid his players when everyone expected them to play for free.  So, doesn't Pro Football have it's beginnings in Pennsylvania?
 
2013-10-08 02:32:50 PM  

Dr. Kefarkian: AFAIK, Art Rooney paid his players when everyone expected them to play for free.  So, doesn't Pro Football have it's beginnings in Pennsylvania?


Ok, it wasn't the Rooneys, but here is a somewhat confusing answer:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110820080925AAstyPj
 
2013-10-08 02:33:10 PM  

ten foiled hats: Diogenes: And I think I've only ever heard of one person I know going to Jai Alai. I assumed it was much bigger in South Florida.

I went to the Jai Alai up in Seminole County once.  But that was part of a kind of "guys day" involving drunken go-cart riding and Circus Circus.  We stopped by the Jai Alai to play the ponies for a bit.  There was Jai Alai going on, which we looked at for about ten seconds before saying "Huh, so that's Jai Alai" and going to grab more beer.  Other than that, the only Jai Alai I've seen was on Miami Vice.

/link won't load, did they give FL Jai Alai?  CFB rules.  That is all.


They did.
 
2013-10-08 02:33:47 PM  
Ugh that map gave me the queasies. Too much going on, the pictures are overlapping, & the information relating to each state isn't always immediately clear.

BRB have to go make the most nauseating graph on the web. BBL
 
2013-10-08 02:34:29 PM  

IlGreven: Dr Dreidel: buckeyebrain: Ohio's should be football.  NFL founded and Pro Football HOF in Canton, anyone?

I think for it to be a state sport, you have to have shown some distinction in it, too.

The Cleveland Browns' 4 NFL championships isn't distinction?

/I know, I know, if it ain't a Super Bowl, it doesn't count...


You have to have shown distinction sometime recently - say, in the era of color TV. Hard to be distinct when nobody remembers it...

// the Browns won their last ring in 1964, pre-merger; before Medicare and our voyage to the moon
// when Barry Goldwater ran for president
// Goldwater, who died 15 years ago
 
2013-10-08 02:37:25 PM  
Jai Alai: A dying sport in a state for dying.
 
2013-10-08 02:38:10 PM  
It's cheating to break up pro, college, and high school sports.
 
2013-10-08 02:48:43 PM  
At least they got Alabama's right.
 
2013-10-08 02:49:02 PM  
Utah: "church basketball"
Minnesota: "high school ice hockey"
North Dakota: "college ice hockey"

If we're going to slice it like that, why not just have 50 gradations of "football" and be done with it?

Pee-wee football; Pop Warner football; pickup football; sandlot football; rec league football; touch football; flag football; indoor football; X box football; football with cheese; football for women; football with football on top; double-secret football...
 
2013-10-08 02:49:29 PM  
As a person who, until recently, lived in Ohio, I can guarantee that cornhole should be the winner.  Everyone I know has a set of boards, or two, or three.  I even had to call the cops once at 3:30 a.m. because I couldn't sleep.  The idiots across the street were playing under the streetlight.  "Thunk, thunk, thunk, thunk, thunk, thunk, DUDE!!"

It is, however, a fun game. Similar to darts you never have to relinquish your beer.
 
2013-10-08 02:50:40 PM  

namegoeshere: New York should probably have Lacrosse seeing as it started here.


Sure, but it's the Maryland state sport, though jousting would've been more fun.
 
2013-10-08 02:52:48 PM  
I dunno, subby. You ever try and watch Womens College Basketball?
 
2013-10-08 02:54:14 PM  

INeedAName: Sure, but it's the Maryland state sport, though jousting would've been more fun.


Only if its real 'stab you in the face' jousting and not the '3 rings' garbage they play now.  Thanks alot Roger Goodell.
 
2013-10-08 02:55:03 PM  

Krymson Tyde: At least they got Alabama's right.


At least they didn't give the 'Football Factory' states, Texas and Florida pro football.  Those teams went a combined 0-4-Bye this last weekend.
 
2013-10-08 02:57:58 PM  

balki1867: INeedAName: Sure, but it's the Maryland state sport, though jousting would've been more fun.

Only if its real 'stab you in the face' jousting and not the '3 rings' garbage they play now.  Thanks alot Roger Goodell.


No, that change happened under Bud Selig. The jousters wanted instant replay reviews of the stabs, and Selig refused so instead he got rid of the stabs altogether. However, each team does get one review and a 30sec tv time out. I'd cite it, but I don't think anyone has updated the wiki lately.
 
2013-10-08 02:59:59 PM  

IlGreven: Dr Dreidel: buckeyebrain: Ohio's should be football.  NFL founded and Pro Football HOF in Canton, anyone?

I think for it to be a state sport, you have to have shown some distinction in it, too.

The Cleveland Browns' 4 NFL championships isn't distinction?

/I know, I know, if it ain't a Super Bowl, it doesn't count...


Compared to (for example) the following states:
WI - 13 (4 SB, 9 older)
IL - 12 (1 SB, 11 older)
CA - 9 (8 SB, 1 older)
NY - 9 (5 SB, 4 older)

...no, the 9 combined championships won by Ohio teams (4 Browns, 3 Bulldogs, 1 Rams, 1 Akron Pros) don't really count as "distinction".
 
2013-10-08 03:00:32 PM  

DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: Krymson Tyde: At least they got Alabama's right.

At least they didn't give the 'Football Factory' states, Texas and Florida pro football.  Those teams went a combined 0-4-Bye this last weekend.


They could have given Florida college, though.  All seven teams won on Saturday.

/even FIU and USF
/BOOOOO, fsu
 
2013-10-08 03:02:15 PM  
Idaho's sport rocks, whitewater kayaking

/suck it haters
 
2013-10-08 03:04:42 PM  
That leaves us with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/16-inch_softball" target="_blank">16-inch softball, a pastime unique to Chicago

Gahhhh grrraassshhblblblblb.   Chicago =/= all of Illinois.  I have never heard of this game before.
 
2013-10-08 03:05:09 PM  
Hockey for MInnesota , fine debatable but fine.

Gymnastics for OKlahoma? Fail.   i think of college football when i think OKlahoma.


I got a feeling the writer is an alumni of Texas U
 
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