White Sox Township

May 8, 2015

The New York Times published a map of the United States, highlighting in great detail where baseball loyalty lies.

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Here you can see the great nations:  RedSoxNation, YankeeNation, Giants Nation, RangersNation, BravesNation, TigerNation, and CardinalNation.  CubNation is there … not quite as geographically large as some Northsiders would suspect.

Alas, where is WhiteSoxTownship?

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Ah ... there it is!

If we zoom in even further, we can see that Cook county is not as overwhelming Cub as you would think (40%-38%).

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The map is pretty neat, it goes down to zip codes, and that got me thinking:  Where is the soul of White Sox fandom?  Where do Sox fans outnumber the Cub more than any other place?  It turns out there is a place where 59% of folks are White Sox fans … the most White Soxy zip code in the world:

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It turns out the heart of White Sox fandom is none other than Alsip, IL.

So I have that going for me.


Thank you John Oliver!

May 4, 2015

For those of you who don’t have HBO, you may not be familiar with the relatively new Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.  It is another in the list of shows like Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report that put a comedic spin on the news while doing a better than average job of actually reporting the news.

Recently, Oliver did a piece on standardized testing.  To be clear, I am always very cautious about one source providing a slant or providing the data.  However, if you are interested in what appears to be a generally factual piece about standardized testing … and some good humor at the same time … here is a decent explanation of the clusterfuck that is modern educational law.  It also demonstrates why most teachers may respect President Obama for what eh has accomplished as our first African-American president, but generally see him as a betrayer, and he will be not missed when he leaves office.  Some language definitely NSFW.

For the record:  the introductory videos made by some schools trying to get their kids enthusiastic for the tests, IMO, are about the lowest I have ever felt about American education.  The faculty that came up with those ideas need to get run out of town on a rail … hopefully one still part of an active railroad system.