Google rolled out a new web site recently called Google Trends. You can enter a search term and get statistics on how often it has been entered and the location in the world where the most searches come from. I decided to try the search term "reds."
As you might expect, the most searches for "Reds" originate from the Cincinnati area, followed somewhat closely by the Dayton area. The rest of the Top 10 list is interesting, though.
1. Cincinnati United States
2. Dayton United States
3. Lexington United States
4. Louisville United States
5. Columbus United States
6. Edmonton Canada
7. Indianapolis United States
8. Brisbane Australia
9. Cleveland United States
10. Tampa United States
I think the Brisbane Australia entry on that list can be explained away by searches for an Australian soccer team that sometimes shows up when I search for "Reds" links. But it's harder to figure why Edmonton, Alberta Canada shows up at #6. The NHL Edmonton Oilers uniform colors are blue, black and red, mostly black or blue. The CFL Edmonton Eskimos uniform colors are Green and Yellow. Must be something less obvious.
Anyone have a theory or explanation?
The amount of interest from the Tampa area was interesting, too.
The news graphs show some interesting peaks and valleys in the searches for "Reds." April 5, 2004 was the busiest day for that search in the last 2-1/2 years. The Dave Miley firing created the greatest volume of news stories during that period, but not much of a bump in searches.
Anyway, there's plenty to look at on that page if you want a peek into the psyche of Reds fans on the Internet.