Thursday, March 10, 2011

March Madness: North Regional, Round 2

March Madness: Round Two of the North Regional Division of the U.S. States and Territories Flag Tournament!!!
The Bracket

The Rules: For each of the pairs of flags pitted against each other, indicate your favorite.  Explication, derision, and/or analysis will not affect the scoring, but is nevertheless encouraged.  Each winner will advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

North Regional Voting Deadline: 9 p.m. PDT, Sunday, March 13.
South Regional Voting Deadline: 9 p.m. PST, Sat., March 12.
East Regional Voting Deadline: 9 p.m. PST, Friday, March 11.

Wyoming vs. Michigan 


Iowa vs. Missouri



Indiana vs. Nebraska



Montana vs. Ohio



Make your votes in the comments.


Morgan said...

My first vote is definitely for WYOMING. Recognizable shape? Distinct, flaggy colors? That beats Michigan's busy seal-on-blue. The only thing that Michigan has on Wyoming is that moose are cooler than buffalo.

IOWA has a very good flag. I especially like how the ribbon looks at a distance. Missouri has a good flag (this is a rare time where I like the seal, and think it is used artistically) but Iowa beats it hands down.

This was a difficult one. Nebraska is another very good seal state. Maybe states in the west learned their lesson from states back east about what does and doesn't make a good flag, because the mistakes of their older kin aren't as pervasive here. However, INDIANA's flag is very distinctive and interesting, so that gets my vote.

I voted for South Dakota in the SD-MT competition, and then had it beating Ohio too in my bracket. However, there was little love for South Dakota, and I don't really like the Montana flag, so my vote must go to OHIO.

Christine M. said...

1. WY
2. IA
3. IN
4. O-H! I-O! (even if our governor and legislature suck)

Captain Lhurgoyf said...

1) Tough. Wyoming is more recognisable, but I prefer the look of Michigan. I'll go with Wyoming.
2) Iowa. Less complicated seal = good.
3) Indiana
4) Ohio

Elaine said...

Wyoming--land of the bigger animal

Missouri because I like the stripes that way

Indiana, though it's a close call. In the end, I was won over by the Giant Sparkler.

Ohio, hands down. Spent 9+ (Cinti) and 14+ (Chagrin Falls/Solon) years there, making it by far the longest amount of time I've spent in any state, including the one where I was born. That alone wouldn't make me vote for Ohio (I can't believe they threw out that hard-working Ted Strickland) but that flag kinda grew on me.

gS49 said...

1. Wyoming
2. Missouri
3. Indiana
4. Ohio

Dug said...

Here we go...

(Can't have a tournament w/o a Bud commercial thrown in)

Wyoming - love the buff, hate the seal

La Republique Iowanaiase

Indiana - it's the place for me

Ohio - I'm not a big fan of their flag but points for shape creativity. I can see it winning a couple more rounds if pitted against the right opponents but I'm not sure it could take a matchup with the Hoosiers.

margaret said...

Wyoming - just awesome
Montana - represent! Besides there's nothing more elemental than oro y plata

lamanyana said...

Wyoming -
Buffalo! Buffalo! I even sort-of like the seal being there, though I could see how some folks might think it's a it fussy. I'm sorry to see Michigan go though, because I won't have as much reason to say TUEBOR!

Iowa -
I just can't tell what's going on with Missouri (Does that knight's helmet have bat wings?)

Indiana -
Though Nebraska is one of my favorites of the seal-on-a-blue-backgrounds.

Montana -
I guess. Ohio just doesn't do it for me.

Ben said...

1. Wyoming over Michigan. If Wyoming left off the seal, they could go all the way in this tournament.

2. Iowa over Missouri. This is really a toss-up.

3. Indiana over Nebraska.

4. Ohio over Montana.

I wonder how much influence the different images you choose to portray the flags each week has on the outcome of these votes.

Palmedic said...


mrs.5000 said...

You know, I have to go with Wyoming, though I find the border uninspired and the superimposition of the state seal on the bison vaguely disturbing. No animal in either of these two flags seems especially well-served by its depiction.

The Iowa flag just seems oddly belligerent, and I don't think of that as Iowa's strong suit. Whereas Missouri continues to have a fine pair of bears. Which are individually positioned in more or less credible poses: prepared to spring into action, yet preferring diplomacy, and willing to overlook a certain amount of folderol. So Missouri, yes.

Indiana, which is simple with elegant touches. And doesn't have a state seal proclaiming "Before equality, the law."

And just now, I realize that since childhood I have always thought of Ohio amongst the other state flags as something like the scissortailed flycatcher amongst the pictures of other birds. It is certainly the shape rather than the color of the plumage which makes it stand out. But that odd spot-on circle doesn't hurt either. Poor Montana, which looks like something cobbled together by the tourist board circa 1965, doesn't stand a chance.

Aviatrix said...

Can we get a new copy of the Wyoming flag? Someone got a coffee ring on this one. Oh, wait, that's supposed to be there. The crest proclaims equal rights for men both with and without hats, so long as they are armed. I like the rampant ungulates better than the standing one, but the armed eagle dilutes the power of the elk & moose, so I'm going with Wyoming.

Missouri isn't nearly far enough south to have a supine crescent moon, and it suffers badly from "too many stars" syndrome. I can't quite read the text on Iowa, but it looks like it says "Our liberties we prize and our Fridays we will party on," plus I've always preferred vertical stripes on my tricolours. Iowa.

In the seal-on-blue stakes, we have a torch surrounded by stars up against a blacksmith, tree, wheat, church, lake, paddlewheeler, mountains, motto, date, title, dots and a train. The Nebraska flag committee clearly had a lot of partisan interests and a weak chairman. Is the tourism motto "Nebraska: Not Just Wheatfields!"? (Mrs. 5000, I too read the state motto the way you do, but I didn't give that much weight this round because I was distracted by the choo-choo train). Fascinating as Nebraska's entry is to discuss, it's too busy for a flag and I have to give my vote to Indiana.

Ohio's flag looks like something that flies over a used car lot to attract the attention of potential buyers, and to frighten off the birds. It's the bastard offspring of Arkansas and Puerto Rico, and it shrunk funny in the wash, but at least they didn't write their name on it. Sorry Montana. You're funny and colourful and can't draw a plough. It's Ohio.

Elizabeth said...

1. My loyalty remains with the cryptic stylings of the Michigan flag, though I'm glad to see the USDA stamp of approval on Wyoming's beast, as I love a good bison burger.

2. Oh, bears glaring at each other, definitely. Let's make this two-for-two in the "animals standing on their hind legs facing each other making a busy flag even busier" category and go for Missouri here.

3. No contest. INDIANA! GO IRISH!

4. Ohio's flag has a lot of personality. I think Ohio and Texas and what's that other flag with the sort of C-shaped graphic in that same spot? would all get along at a party. Ohio over Montana, but by a narrow margin.

Rebel said...

have i not voted yet?

1. Wyoming - dude... it's got a bison!
2. Oh, I was hoping for an eagle w/banner face-off, but oh well. Missouri's has two bears on it... that's pretty studly. Missouri!
3 Ooohh... I can't actually tell what's going on with Nebraska, other than it's just a seal. But I don't like Indiana's pyrotechnics, plus it looks like they stole Lady Liberty's torch. Nebraska for this one.
4.Montana... for some reason I really prefer the pictoral flags to some of the abstract ones.

Nichim said...

Wyoming - branded buffalo with borders! This really does say Wyoming to me.
Iowa (although Missouri has a wonderful seal, with bears petting a coat of arms (that also has a bear on it) wearing a helmet) - something about this flag seems very Iowan - I think it's the font of the state name.
Indiana - I really like this one
Ohio (for cheek)