Thursday, March 17, 2011

March Madness: South and East Semifinals

March Madness: South and East Semifinals!!!

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.

South and East Semifinals Voting Deadline: 9 p.m. PDT, Saturday, March 19.


Maryland vs. Massachusetts



District of Columbia vs. Rhode Island

District of Columbia

Rhode Island


South Carolina vs. Tennessee

South Carolina


Texas vs. Puerto Rico


Puerto Rico

Make your votes in the comments.


Christine M. said...

1. MD
2. DC
3. SC
4. PR

Captain Lhurgoyf said...

1) Maryland
2) Washington, D.C.
3) Tennessee
4) Tough choice, but Puerto Rico.

gS49 said...


District of Columbia


Puerto Rico

Dug said...

South Carolina
Puerto Rico

Morgan said...

I prefer MASSACHUSETTS, but honestly it's quite close and I wouldn't be disappointed either way.

Another close one. I have to go with RHODE ISLAND, but I couldn't tell you why.

SOUTH CAROLINA has a far superior flag. Recognizable and more aesthetically pleasing than its competitor.

Two flags that I wouldn't have chosen to get to this level. PUERTO RICO is the better flag.

Elizabeth said...

Oh, no contest here - Maryland takes its eye-watering flag and beats the boring Massachusetts Native-American-with-severed-arm over the head.

Difficult in terms of atttractiveness, but again I'll go with DC over RI, to eliminate the potential rival to Indiana. On the other hand, DC might beat Indiana, so perhaps I should vote for RI? No, I'll go with the District of Columbia here.

I like them both, but I like South Carolina better.

After flipping back and forth between the two flag views (weird browser) I'll go with Puerto Rico as having just that extra bit of necessary style and panache.

Aviatrix said...

MA - Indian beats the little square, and the little square beats hideous MD.
DC - better, cleaner arrangement of stars
TN - The googly-eye solar eclipse thing is lame.
PR - red framing striped and triangle : Considering my own flag does it, it's odd how much I dislike white at the edge of a flag.

Terse, cause I'm on an iPod

Elaine said...

MD...the severed arm is finally starting to bother me

DC...just better!


PR...close, but PR has the edge with use of diagonal element.

cecil said...

MD* so flowery
DC is just different
SC it's got a palmetto
PR has a triangle

Rebel said...

1. massachusett's disembodied arm! Let's see how far this thing will go!

2. two very corporatey flags.... gah, Rhode Island

3. South Carolina hands down. It's just so pretty. Although it does evoke more of a middle east feel.

4.Boring vs. Boring.... Puerto Rico.

lamanyana said...


mrs.5000 said...

Well, Maryland. This one isn't really a contest.

This one IS a contest. DC unobjectionably flaggy--bold, yet somehow verging on bland at the same time. What does it mean? RI hanging its hope on its sleeve--it's a bit cartoonish, but it's grown on me, and I like that the slightly fattened stars round out the circle so nicely. It's square, so I suppose RI would be a little smaller than other state flags in they were all hung together, which I think is funny. Oh crimey, I'm voting for RI, which I suspect is the underdog here.

Well, I like the ghosty moonlit palm, but I don't love it. I'm giving Tennessee a slight edge in this one.

So this is a little like two women showing up to the Academy Awards in more or less the same dress. I want to prefer Puerto Rico, but I think the utter simplicity of Texas works just a little better.

Nichim said...

abstain (it's too late anyway, right? I just can't decide)
Puerto Rico