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  • Wisconsin v. Illinois

       January 25, 2005

    Tonight, our alma mater, Wisconsin, puts its 38-game home winning streak on the line against the number one ranked Illinois Fighting Illini. This is one of the season's top games and you can watch it on ESPN tonight at 9 (8 central).

    This morning, the Wisconsin State Journal engaged in a little pre-game trash talk by publishing a comparison between the two states in categories such as "ease of pronounciation", "sausage of choice" and "proximity to Indiana". Unfortunately, the article isn't available on But, never fear, we at Dummocrats are more than happy to take up the torch and give you our comparison of the Land of Lincoln & ahem, God's Country.

    What We Say
    State Song "On Wisconsin" is one of the most recognizable marches by one of America's great composers. I had to actually look up whether Illinois even had a state song.
    Shopping Illinois has Michigan Avenue, Ikea, Crate & Barrel and Sephora. Wisconsin has the House of Wisconsin Cheese
    Food Chicago-style deep dish pizza is great, but is it any better than a good Wisconsin Friday night fish fry? No way.
    Beverages While Illinois has considered naming an official state beverage, Wisconsin is busy making hundreds of fabulous beers.
    Nicknames Wisconsinites are affectionately known as "Cheeseheads". Illinois residents are not-so-fondly known as FIBS.
    Iconic Football Coach Yeah, Da Bears did well under Mike Ditka, but there's a reason the Super Bowl trophy is named after Vince Lombardi.
    Voting In Illinois, you get to vote in elections even after you die. In Wisconsin, you get to vote in elections even if you're really from Illinois.
    Scenic Beauty Wisconsin has Door County, the Dells, Devil's Lake, and the coastlines of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. Illinois has, uh, I guess the Chicago skyline is pretty, right?
    Comedians While Madison proudly spawned Chris Farley, it doesn't match Illinois' native sons like Bill Murray & John Belushi.
    Bloggers 2/3 of the Dummocrats staff hails from Wisconsin. 'Nuff said ;-)

    So there you have it. Anyway you slice it, Wisconsin comes out on top. Hopefully Sharif, Zach, Alando, Mike Wilkinson and the boys can do us proud tonight.

    Update: Just to clarify, even though Illinois won the basketball game, the state, like the Bears, still sucks ;-)

    (Oh, don't worry Illinois, we kid because we love)

    Posted by at January 25, 2005 11:17 AM

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    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: james at January 25, 2005 12:20 PM

    to be fair, illinois does have george halas.

    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: kris at January 25, 2005 02:09 PM

    Who said anything about being fair? FIB. ;-)

    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: John Tant at January 26, 2005 07:57 AM


    Eff Illinois.




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