Yesterday, the folks of
Mugatu Movoto Real Estate released their rankings of the best cities in the SEC to be a sports fan.
- University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
- Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
- Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
- University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
- Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
- University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
- University of Georgia, Athens, GA
- University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
- University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
- Auburn University, Auburn, AL
- University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
- University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
- University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
- Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Kentucky barely edged out Nashville at the bottom of the list. Woah, woah, woah. We’ll get to Nashville landing in 14th but dropping both Starkville (2nd…what?) and Columbia, MO in front of Lexington, that’s just an outrage. So how does such a list happen? Here’s the criteria
- Sports bar per capita
- Sports radio stations per capita
- Total conference titles (football, basketball, baseball)
- Total national championships (football, basketball, baseball)
- Total number of students vs. a city’s population
- Wins over rival (football)
- Wins over rival (basketball)
- Average fan attendance vs. arena capacity (football)
- Average fan attendance vs. arena capacity (basketball)
And how the teams ranked:
So how’d Kentucky stack up in those categories?
Kentucky’s scene may not be the grove but Saturday’s in Lexington are pretty hard to beat. Especially when Keeneland is in session and you can complete the double feature. Considering the shape of Commonwealth, a terrible product on the field, and Cap banning music you can also see where tailgating could take a hit. There are much bigger issues than tailgating with this list.
Kentucky’s rival was Louisville for this ranking:
Wins over rival (football): 14th
Wins over rival (basketball): 14th
14th!? We beat the Cards 4 out of 5 times including one in the final four and end up dead last? The only logical explanation for this is the author looked at just one year of data. Very good in depth research there.
Average fan attendance vs. arena capacity (football) : 14th
Average fan attendance vs. arena capacity (basketball): 1th
Any list where Starkville is ranked second best city in the SEC is clearly flawed. Thoughts?