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.


  1. WY - A GREAT flag; would be even better without the seal. (The deer seem like they're about to do unspeakable things to the shield in the Michigan flag.)
    MO - Bears beat English script every time.
    IN - A real dark horse in this region (and I demand to know where the hills that Nebraska lays claim to in its seal really are, across the border in Colorado, perhaps?)
    OH - The stealth 'O' really takes it up another level, making it no contest over the 16-bit graphic on Montana's flag.)

  2. MI - I would vote for the buffalo, if it hadn't been branded by the state seal
    IA - tough call
    IN - again, torch and stars beats out a state seal every day
    OH - The Obama Flag wins!

  3. WY - I guess, though I don't like it that much.
    IA - Close...
    IN - "Dark horse", yea it's a good one. (also, navigatornate, there are surprisingly large and scenic hills/mountains in central/western Nebraska--though not much along I-80)

  4. Wyoming, I disagree with its status as a 1st seed, but this isn't the strongest region. I'll just have to wait for Indiana or Ohio to knock the bison out of the contest.

    Missouri, this is a "hold your nose and pick" contest, so I'll go with the one that looks like the flag of Paraguay, rather than the one that looks like the flag of France.

    Indiana, I'm hoping this flag will be the surprise hit of the region.

    Ohio, though I'm not a huge fan. The "stealth O" is cool, but it looks too much like 4th of July bunting for my taste.

  5. WY
    IA (though I'm not keen about either in this matchup)

  6. WY, but the Michigan is probably the best of a bad lot of blue/seals

    Iowa: Better tricolor and leasser of two busy seals.

    Indiana, but I don't really get the march of dimes torch.

    Ohio: Probably the winner of this bracket!

  7. Wyoming vs. Michigan
    Wyoming is this close to having a good flag. Still, it beats any seal-on-blue-background flag it goes up against.

    Iowa vs. Missouri
    These are two very mediocre competitors. Let's see... Iowa, because although it contains the state name, plus other writing, it at least omits the complexity of a seal. Plus, the knight's helmet on Missouri's flag looks like it has a huge strand of green barbed wire running through it.

    Indiana vs. Nebraska
    In the 2001 NAVA state and provinces flag competition, Nebraska came in as second worst, behind the abominable 2003 Georgia flag. Since that flag has since been changed, Nebraska no qualifies for worst flag. Indiana wins, no questions asked.

    Montana vs. Ohio
    The Montana flag is actually quite attractive in that picture for some reason, and, as Jack Expo pointed out, the Ohio flag doesn't have much unique state symbolism beyond the whole 'X number of stars represents this' thing. Still, I could never bring myself to vote for Montana. I'll add another vote to what looks like Ohio's unanimous victory.