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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  • Bill Crum

    North Dakota holds a 60-29-5 advantage over South Dakota in college football dating back (DING) to 1903. Perhaps someone with more free time can figure all of the UND, NDSU vs. SDSU and USD tilts (DING). My gut feeling (having some I-AA/FCS knowledge) is that the North dominates the South.