Going Deep: South Dakota vs. North Dakota 1


The wagers that Matthew and Nate make can be backed up with some in-depth analysis to figure out which person has a better chance at being correct (note: This always isn’t the case). There’s a multitude of stats that you can dive in to if you want to determine the likelihood that someone is going to hit a certain number of homeruns or a steal a certain amount of bases. But what about the wagers that you can’t use xFIPs, BABIPs, GB%s, etc on? You’ve got to pull out the facts, compare them and make an informed decision. That’s exactly what I’m going to do with the “Which State is better: South Dakota vs. North Dakota?” wager.

If you have other pros/cons that I missed, leave them in the comments and I’ll add them to the list.

North Dakota
Pros Cons
  • Low unemployment
  • Currently experiencing an oil boom
  • Has a border with two Canadian provinces
  • It’s the geographic center of the North American continent
  • North Dakota holds a 60-29-5 advantage over South Dakota in college football dating back (DING) to 1903 (credit: Bill Crum)
  • Famous North Dakotans:
    Josh Duhamel
    Darin Erstad
    Travis Hafner
    Louis L’Amour
    Roger Maris
    Phil Jackson
    Lawrence Welk
    Wiz Khalifa
  • Matthew doesn’t know what province
  • Has a lack of skilled jobs for college graduates
  • Considered the least visited state
  • Mount Rushmore is not in North Dakota
  • Winters are very cold
  • People don’t know anything about it
  • People ask you about woodchippers and love your funny accent
  • The movie Fargo predominantly takes place in Minnesota

South Dakota
Pros Cons
  • State capital, Pierre, is easily remembered by Matthew
  • Deadwood
  • There’s a region called “The Badlands”
  • Black Hills gold
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Sturgis motorcycle rally
  • Famous South Dakotans:
    Brock Lesnar
    Adam Vinatieri
    Cheryl Ladd
    January Jones
    Sparky Anderson
    Bob Barker
    Tom Brokaw
  • State capital, Pierre, is pronounced like ‘pier’ and no one outside of South Dakotans pronounce it that way
  • Part of Tornado Alley
  • Wounded Knee
  • Rated as a worse State than North Dakota (according to Gawker)

Which State is better?

  • South Dakota (52%, 178 Votes)
  • North Dakota (48%, 164 Votes)
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