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High school basketball vs. IndyCar: What is the sport of Indiana?

If Hoosiers were to choose a state sport, what would it be?

Posted on Oct. 9, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Oct. 9, 2013 at 4:45 p.m.

If Indiana had to choose a state sport, many would agree there would be a tight race between high school basketball and IndyCar racing.

With Indiana being home to Damon Bailey, large high school gymnasiums and one of most highly praised sports films of all time (“Hoosiers”), Slate determined high school basketball is the appropriate choice.

The online magazine asked the question, “If every state in the union had to choose an official sport, what would they pick?”

In order to assign a sport for each state, certain rules were applied:

Ÿ No two states can have the same sport.

Ÿ Sports can be atomized.

Ÿ A sport can be anything that is plausibly a sport.

Ÿ Official state sports will be honored if possible.

To find out what states prefer cornhole, deer hunting, squash and pumpkin chunking, check out Slate’s map.

Do you think Slate got our state sport right? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments.




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 Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Drew Smyly throws to the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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