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College World Series Champs, 1980-2019. “Since 1950, The College World Series (CWS) has been held in Omaha. This year’s CWS was cancelled due to the coronavirus concerns. Mapping the Champions from the past 40 years indicates, the further south a team is located, the greater their chances of winning the series.  LSU leads the list

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College Softball Rankings Map, 2016-2020 “Normally college softball would dominate ESPN coverage this time of year. Most teams had played between 25 and 30 games by the time the 2020 season was cancelled due to the pandemic.  This proportional symbol map displays the college softball teams that have amassed the highest rankings over the past

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“UFC or Ultimate Fighting Championship is a mixed-martial-arts competition that was one of the first professional sports to be held since the Covid-19 shutdown.  On May 9th UFC 249 took place in Jacksonville, FL.  Professional sports were considered ‘essential services’ in Florida. This map displays the U.S. fighters by hometown, that are ranked among the top

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“This week’s map is a proportional symbol map displaying the most current NCAA Div. I Collegiate Baseball Rankings (March 15, 2020). Most teams had played from 15-20 games by the time the shutdown was announced.  Florida, UCLA, Mississippi, Louisville, and Vanderbilt led the way.  Twenty-one of the twenty-five teams are located in the Deep South. 

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Beach volleyball is the 90th and newest NCAA sport. The fifth national championship was going to be played the first weekend in May, in Gulf Shores, AL.  The per capita production of Division I beach volleyball players is greatest in the Southwest and West with Hawaii leading followed by California, Arizona and Texas. There are 64

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“The NFL Draft concluded this past weekend after picking 255 players over 7 rounds, representing 35 states and one country.  This per capita map displays The ‘Pigskin Cult’ or Deep South producing the greatest number of elite football players.  Two conferences, The SEC (25%) and Big Ten (19%), accounted for 44% of the players drafted. 

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“Track & Field News compiles an All-Time Top Ten High School Performance List. Some top performances date back as far as Boys HS All–Time Track Performances, 2020. There were 333 unique individuals or relay teams representing 32 different events. This week’s per capita map indicates the highest states tend to lie in the western half

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Women’s College Bowling Map, 2020 The per capita production of women collegiate bowlers by hometown is a good example of a regional sport.  In this case, it’s the northeast that dominates. There are 87 NCAA Bowling programs and 745 bowlers.  The National Championship (which includes Div. I, II & III teams) was scheduled to be

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Men’s College Ice Hockey Map, 2020 “Another winter sport (college ice hockey) was scheduled to have their Frozen Four this weekend.  But, due to coronavirus concerns it was cancelled. There are 60 Div. I hockey programs resulting in 1,602 players.  66% are from the U.S., 27% from Canada, 7% from Europe and less than 1%

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