You see, this is what I was getting at with the whole creepy Graph Searches thing. For the gratuitous run-up to the Super Bowl—I saw Dan Marino playing football on a daytime talk show yesterday on the TV in the basement of Faunce—Deadspin has created a very cool fandom map for the NFL. The first image shows fans’ allegiances during the regular season, but later images offer something even more interesting. With the help of Facebook, they were able to create maps of fans’ preferences before each round of this year’s playoffs. The results? Looks like the Ravens are a bit regionally challenged. The last, and maybe coolest feature? You can see what team the friends of fans of a certain team are most likely to support. It shocks me that so many people are likely to be friends of Cowboys fans.
Ratty Vs. V-Dub, 12/6
Ratty: Beef Tacos, Mexican Style Rice, Chicken Fajitas, Curried Lentil Pancakes, Brownies
V-Dub: Grits Soufflé, Cauliflower Au Gratin, Black Bean and Corn Stew, Brownies
Advantage: Ratty. We aren't sure what a grits soufflé is, but it doesn't matter. Taco Tuesday takes the W easy.
Ratty: Au Gratin Potatoes, Calypso Roasted Pork Loins, Three Bean Lasagna, Pumpkin Pie
V-Dub: Thai Basil Pork Stir Fry, Rotisserie Style Chicken, Creamy Rosemary Polenta, Pumpkin Pie
Advantage: Tie. Everything except the pumpkin pie is irrelevant, and you can get that at either eatery. Thanksgiving never ends.