King James is king of the American sports world when it comes to Google searches.
A cool map posted by the “Best Tickets” blog used Google search volume data to produce a map of all 50 U.S. states that shows which athlete is most popular in each state. [tweet https://twitter.com/USATODAYsports/status/458602399218040832 align=’center’]
Miami Heat forward LeBron James was the unanimous winner, emerging as the most-searched athlete in 24 states. James took nearly the entire southeast region of the United States with the exception of Tennessee, which showed some love to former Tennessee Volunteers quarterback and current Denver Broncos star Peyton Manning.
The results in New England were mostly unsurprising, as New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was the most-searched athlete in all but two states in the Northeast.
One anomaly was Vermont, where Tiger Woods beat out the popular Pats quarterback. That result could be contributed to Woods’ current girlfriend, Olympic ski racer Lindsey Vonn, who currently resides in the Green Mountain State. The other — Connecticut — is under the rule of King James.
Among the other notable results were quarterback Johnny Manziel winning Texas, boxer Floyd Mayweather taking home Nevada and Hawaii showing its support for native son Mant’i Teo.
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