The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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October 10, 2013

The United Sports of America: What should your state's official sport be?

(Continued)

South Carolina

Official state sport(s): none

Our choice: golf

Also considered: none

Golf Digest ranks South Carolina as the country's No. 2 golf state (behind only Hawaii) based on "top public courses per capita." The Myrtle Beach area alone has more than 100 courses, which seems like a massive waste of space. Then again, I don't play golf. Please feel free to play through.

South Dakota

Official state sport(s): rodeo

Our choice: rodeo

Also considered: none

South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming have all chosen rodeo as an official sport. Which state deserves to lasso the rodeo crown? I have no idea. What I do know is that there are absolutely no other options for South Dakota. So congratulations, people of Sioux Falls and Pierre — you are the winners by default. Yee-haw!

Tennessee

Official state sport(s): none

Our choice: women's college basketball

Also considered: none

On the court, Connecticut leads its all-time series with the Tennessee Lady Volunteers 13-9. In the stands, though, the Vols are a dominant force. In 2013, Tennessee averaged 11,390 fans per game, beating out Iowa State, Louisville, Baylor, and Notre Dame for the NCAA women's basketball crowd-size championship. UConn, which won yet another NCAA title in 2013, came in sixth. And this isn't an aberration. Tennessee has had better fan support than UConn every year since 2004, and that's despite the fact that the Huskies have typically put better teams on the floor. Connecticut women's hoops fans are complacent. Tennessee fans are loyal.

Texas

Official state sport(s): rodeo and football

Our choice: high school football

Also considered: rodeo, six-man football

Let's be real: The home of Friday Night Lights was never getting rodeo.

Utah

Official state sport(s): none

Our choice: church basketball

Also considered: mountain biking

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