Well! I was certainly relieved when I saw that that Fair and Balanced seeding process of this March Madness tournament had placed Israel and Canada in separate brackets. Obviously, everybody has their personal favorites -- and let me give a shout-out here to the Kazakh sun-and-eagle, yo! But when you look at flag designs that most people admire (and, perhaps importantly, that they can articulate a reason for admiring), there are almost two categories: Canada and Israel, and all of the other ones.
Was I right? Let's count the votes!
- Israel 14, Japan 6.
- Canada 14, Albania 5.
For the curious, I would have voted with the winners in both.
Which brings us to
Israel v. Canada
Including the play-in round, we've gone through the best 43 flags in the world according to the 5000/Parsons combined scores. But what about the worst? It turns out that there are two flags tied for the worst score, both having received a "D" from each crabby critic. Which is the worst flag of all? Let's decide it once and for all right here, right now.
Belize v. Fiji
Votes go in the comments, or however you like getting them to me. As always on this interactive online entertainment, purely anonymous votes are not counted. Specific votes that are explicitly based on extravexillogical factors are cheerfully tossed out as well. In the Belize v. Fiji action, you'll probably want to clarify whether you are saying that one is BETTER or WORSE than the other.
Next Week: On the last Flag Friday -- unless! some brave soul takes up the eternal quest on their own, to follow the brave trail forged by Parsons and 5000, and contributes a third voice to the important business of critiquing the flags of the world! But as I was saying, next week we will be able to establish with all due confidence the BEST flag in the world, the WORST flag in the world, and the BEST statement to the effect that "the so-called worst ones are just as good as the so-called best ones," or "I'd choose (Belize/Fiji) over (Canada/Israel) any day," or "there were a lot of bad calls in that game," etc. It'll be quite a week!