The Wisconsin Badgers kept their claws on Paul Bunyan's Axe for more than a decade by beating the Gophers in football 11 straight times.
Painful, yes, and it may help explain this: The New York Times determined Dinkytown and its surrounding neighborhoods actually have more Badgers fans than Gophers fans by mapping Facebook likes by zip code.
The final tally in the 55414 zip code (Dinkytown, Marcy Holmes, Prospect Park, and Como neighborhoods) totaled 18 percent of likes for the Badgers, 16 percent for the Gophers, and 5 percent for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Statewide, the numbers don't get any better. Most of Minnesota's border with Wisconsin is solidly pro-Bucky, and a swath northwest of St. Cloud is randomly full of bandwagon Oregon Ducks fans.
We reached out to the University of Minnesota Athletic Department for comment yesterday afternoon and will let you know if they ever get back to us.
Now, counting Facebook likes is obviously an imperfect method of measuring anything. The New York Times acknowledges this when it explored the accuracy of its methods after doing the same thing for baseball fandom.
But it's possible there simply aren't a lot of Gophers football fans left after decades of mediocrity. It's also possible Gophers football fans just aren't that into Facebook.
If you want to help change the tide, here's Gopher Football's Facebook page.
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