26 September 2010
Week 3 -- these picks are taking a lot of time
Tennesee at NY Giants -- Giants. The Giants play in New Jersey, home of Newark. However, New Jersey is the diner capital of the world.
Pittsburgh at Tampa -- Tampa. Florida has a state butterfly, a zebra longwing. Pittsburgh was very close. Pennsylvania has a state dog, the Great Dane.
Cinncinati at Carolina -- Cinncinati. Cinncinati had the first ambulance service (1865).
Cleveland at Baltimore -- Baltimore. No contest. John Waters. (Before movies at the Uptown he used to come on the screen. He'd tell everyone that smoking is not allowed, while alluringly enjoying a cigarette.)
Dallas at Houston -- Houston. A suprisingly easy choice. Houston is the home of the Johnson Space Center, location of NASA's Mission Control Center. And Dallas has the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders. [eye roll]
San Francisco at Kansas City -- Kansas City. The Missouri state reptile is the three-toed box turtle.
Detroit at Minnesota -- Minnesota. I'm a bit suprised at this pick. But the facts speak for themselves. Detroit is the most stressful city in the U.S. Minnesota has more miles of paved trails than any other state.
Buffalo at New England -- New England. I wasn't inspired by either of these but eventually chose New England, home of the world's smallest suspension bridge.
Atlanta at New Orleans -- New Orleans. On a Sunday morning I saw a palm reader on Jackson Square, right outside the cathedral.
Washington at St. Louis -- Washington. The team has a player named Clinton Portis.
Philadelphia at Jacksonville -- Jacksonville. This must be the week of going against type. I chose another Florida team due to the fact that Jacksonville is the 15th least stressful city in the U.S. Pittsburgh is the 12th most stressful.
Oakland at Arizona -- Arizona. The state is home to these cities: Bagdad, Boneyard, Surprise, Why and Tuba City.
San Diego at Seattle -- Seattle. Our book club pick for this month, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, takes place in Seattle. The book is quite good.
Indianapolis at Denver -- Indianapolis. Indiana was the first state to include free public schools in its constitution. Also, tomato juice was first served as a beverage at French Lick Springs Hotel (1917).
New York Jets at Miami (MIA) -- Miami. It's the biggest melting pot in the U.S. Also, hanging over from last week, I love the idea of a competition between football players and art hounds (MIA is short for Miami and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts).
Green Bay at Chicago -- Green Bay. Middleton, also in Wisconsin, is home to the National Mustard Museum.