Remember when the New York Times broke news other than Georgians are Bulldog fans?
You know the drill: The Times mines Facebook for data on which sport teams users “like” and uses it to generalize team allegiances in each zip code (what about people who don’t “like” Facebook?). Then they mash it all together in a fancy, zoom-able, color-coded map that is supposed to draw up districts of fandom.
The Gray Lady did it with baseball, and presumed that the entire South wore Braves caps; then they did it for basketball, and guessed that barely anyone in Atlanta cared about the Hawks (actually, they may be right on that one). Now they’ve tackled college football, and colored Georgia a solid UGA red.
The Dawgs don’t prevail in any zip code outside the state’s borders. But they defend almost every zone in-state, save for a few along the southwest border with Florida who lean toward Florida St. (fair-weather fans wethinks) and a couple in the northwest who roll with the Crimson Tide (is their weather ever really foul?) Sorry Tech fans—the Yellow Jackets barely crack the top three in only a few Georgia zip codes. Maybe that’s because Tech grads do other, more lucrative things with computers than Facebook.
In other UGA-related non-news, Uga was ranked top mascot in college sports—again.