Irish to travel 5,322 miles in 2017 football season

As the annual Blue-Gold spring football game approaches, Notre Dame football fans look ahead to the fall’s schedule.

The Irish will play seven games at home in Notre Dame Stadium in order to fully utilize the completion of the Campus Crossroads project.

The remaining games are on the road. The closest game to South Bend is just 155 miles and will be against Michigan State at Spartan Stadium on September 23. The furthest contest will be the season finale played 2,244 miles away in Stanford Stadium.

Total mileage will be approximately 10,644 miles round trip on the season.

For those fans interested in attending all of the Irish’s games in 2017, the Google EarthPro tour below can help visualize just how much travel will be involved.

By Joe DiSipio via Google EarthPro

How Far?

From Notre Dame Stadium to Opponents’

BC: 886 miles

MSU: 155 miles

UNC: 708 miles

Miami: 1329 miles

Stanford: 2,244 miles



Hittin’ Hoosiers: Where Indiana’s MLB players were born


April 2 marked Opening Day of the 2017 MLB season.  Of the 750 players on active rosters, 25 come from Indiana while three more were recently cut.

The Google Map shows the birth places of the 28 active MLB players who were born in Indiana.

Indianapolis can claim the most (5) active MLB players of cities in Indiana while Evansville is second with three.

Of the MLB’s 30 teams, 19 currently have Hoosiers on the roster. There are three free agents still trying to play in The Show.

The Washington Nationals, Tampa Bay Rays, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland As, Minnesota Twins, LA Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds each employ two players from Indiana.



Map created by Joe DiSipio. Source data: Baseball Almanac

CDC Report: America’s 10 Cities Dealing with a Drinking Problem

Men’s Health magazine took data from a Centers for Disease Control study on alcohol use to rank U.S. cities by their “drunkenness.” Using an unscientific method, the magazine gave cities rankings based on liver disease, DUI arrests, etc.

Using that data, this StoryMap shows the locations of the top ten “drunkest” cities in America in a clean and interactive way.

Top Ten Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia

Cheesesteaks (or Philly’s as they are referred to outside the region) are a staple of Philadelphia cuisine. The map below shows the location of the top 10 places to grab a cheesesteak in the city according to Visit Philly. Click on each to find addresses and check out media featuring the “samwich.”

Along with the locations, directions on how to take a driving tour of this top ten can be found on the map.

Map by Joe DiSipio

These are just ten restaurants who claim to have the best version of the famous sandwich.  You can vote for any of these, and many more options, to become the top cheesesteak in the city at Philly Magazine’s website.

Looking back on Hoosier joblessness under Obama

A visual compilation of monthly reports of the unemployment rates in the state of Indiana under the Obama administration illustrates the lingering recovery from the 2008 financial crisis.



Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics produced this visualization, which is of interest to Hoosiers.

It captures the sharp increase of joblessness as the Great Recession hit hard in 2009. But it also shows that despite political rhetoric, Indiana may have reached a level of recovery under President Obama.

Much of the 2016 presidential campaign rhetoric centered on the economy, specifically on the creation of jobs in the industrial Midwest.

Jobs were an issue of particular interest to voters in Indiana.

At the height of the Great Recession, unemployment levels reached a high of 10.9% in June of 2009.


Compared to the BLS’ national averages, the Hoosier state started at a lower level but once the effects of the crisis set in, it averaged an unemployment rate of almost a full percentage point higher than that of the country as a whole.

Voters didn’t forget that feeling of desperation between 2009 and 2014. The “America First” candidate Donald Trump was able to capitalize on that lingering feeling while the data shows that Indiana unemployment levels actually fell to below 2009 rates by the end of former President Obama’s term.

Now-president Donald Trump predicated much of his candidacy on bring back jobs. He seemed to follow through on that with his controversial Carrier deal during the transition in November 2016.

In four or eight years time, another graph will be able to pass judgment on President Trump’s effect on Hoosier unemployment rates.

Weekend Wrap-up: What were people watching Sunday night

By Joe DiSipio

Sunday passed without a single meaningful NFL football game to be watched for the first week since the summer.

Fans were left with the often ridiculed, often ignored Pro Bowl. Entertainment seekers had a choice: fake football or awards celebrating those who pretend for a living.

Despite it’s relatively nonexistent competition, the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards could not stack up.


Hoosiers’ searches for the Pro Bowl dominated those related to the awards’ show.

Searches related to the football all star game were about four times more popular than SAG searches at the peak of each’s search interest score.

Even before either event started, the Pro Bowl was slightly more popular.


After the end of the game and as the final award was handed out, the SAG Awards show took it’s only search lead. Viral moments such as Winona Ryder’s facial expressions may have contributed to this short-lived take over for the Hollywood stars.

Football soon ruled again.

The NFL has struggled all year with alleged dwindling interest due to quality of the games and wider knowledge about the risks of the game.

Sunday was no different as the Pro Bowl scored just a 5.0 overnight rating for viewership, down significantly from past years.

Fewer people tuned in, yet millions of loyal fans still chose to watch a meaningless game rather than follow along one of TV and film’s biggest award ceremonies.

Football still reigns as America’s choice entertainment option, or least choice Google search.