This week, I took my trusty United States outline map and made something to suit my interests.
Map 7, below, shows how many Super Bowls have been played in each state (as of 2014). Surprisingly, only ten states have hosted the big game despite the fact that 23 states have at least one NFL franchise. The owners of the 32 NFL teams choose host sites a few years in advance and usually target warm climates, new stadiums (indoor stadiums are preferred if not in a warm climate), and cultural hubs. The Rose Bowl hosted in 1993 and since then, no other non-NFL stadium has had. Despite this, at least half of the pro teams have never hosted because the NFL has favored returning to Southern California, New Orleans, and Florida. The NFL recently picked Minnesota to host Super Bowl LII in 2018 because of the new stadium the Vikings are building, the same reason San Francisco, Indianapolis, and Houston have been selected recently.
You may be surprised, as I was, that no Super Bowls have been played in Pennsylvania, Missouri, or New York. Pennsylvania and Missouri have two NFL teams apiece but only one professional indoor stadium. New York has three teams (in name anyway) but two of them technically play in New Jersey now. I would personally support the Super Bowl rotating on a 32-city schedule. I know the weather sucks most places in late January and early February but the game of football is played inside and outside, rain, snow or shine. It is only fair that all NFL teams get to host but so far a majority of them haven’t. Denver did host a Super Bowl in the Tom Clancy book, “The Sum of All Fears”. Baltimore was the host in the movie version but neither city has hosted the big game in real life. Thanks for having the Minnesota Vikings playing in that fake Super Bowl, Mr. Clancy, even if the stadium did blow up. Cincinnati, Cleveland, Buffalo, and Boston might not be the best places to host an outdoor football game during Winter but I still think they deserve the chance! The NFL asks a lot of host cities, as was recently discovered by the Minneapolis Star Tribune ( http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/262253921.html ). In a 153 page document given to cities bidding for the game they asked for free police protection, free parking, free high-end hotel accommodations, unrestricted use of golf courses and bowling alleys and a lot more. Private donors in Minnesota raised at least 30 million dollars to pay for these demands. Hell, maybe some cities don’t want to jump through all the extra hoops the NFL demands of them in order to host.
Map 8 shows how many National Parks are located in each state. It does not fully represent the parks systems of each state because I did not include State Parks or National/State Nature Preserves, Forests, or Wildlife Refuges. There are 58 National Parks in the United States and they are spread out fairly well but with a large concentration in the West. Some states are simply too small to have one (Rhode Island and Connecticut) while others have no features necessary to be set aside as a National Park (Indiana and Nebraska). It is interesting that Idaho has zero considering the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Similarly, the parts of Vermont that I’ve seen make me think the whole state would make an excellent National Park.
Have an extra Map-related offering on the house from one of my favorite bands, Maroon 5: