If you have premium access at ESPN, you can see Bruce Feldman’s Blog entry for May 31st that ranks the Top 10 “Football States” by clicking here.
Feldman (includes commentary on each state and) ranks the Top 10 “Football States” as follows:
I remember ESPN radio having a conversation based on this exact topic on a Saturday near the end of last season. The conversation was based on an ESPN poll that provided 4 or 5 choices of states — none of which included ALABAMA.
Listeners all over the country called the show throughout the day perplexed about the omission of Alabama. Even fans that lived in states like Florida and Texas would call to criticize the absence of Alabama. Allow me to echo the sentiments of the world from last year on this one — how could you forget Alabama? (again)
Evidently, I wasn’t the only person in America who felts this way and chose to respond to Feldman’s “mailbag” last week:
This week’s list drew, or maybe I should say incited, the biggest response of any list I’ve done in the 14-month history of the blog. I got e-mails from people talking about which states I whiffed on, about how I could have Indiana in the top 10 (that one was a voicemail from a college coaching buddy, who has worked in more than a half-dozen states.)
I even got an e-mail from an esteemed columnist of 45 years of whom I have always been a fan, but never met, talking about how the “365/52/12/7/24 spice” of the Alabama-Auburn rivalry alone should merit a top-10 placing. And that writer is based in Florida, not Alabama. My defense (re: excuse, um, explanation) is that I wanted to factor in all football in the state and the NFL, as I had mentioned pretty clearly was relevant. This list was not just about which teams have the most passionate fans. Maybe that’s a list for another day.