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ESPN changes Valdosta from 'Winnersville' to 'Titletown'

(Credit: Watchdog)

Let me get this straight:

Green Bay for many years has called itself "Titletown."

Valdosta for many years has called itself "Winnersville."

But according to the Valdosta Daily Times, this afternoon ESPN will declare Valdosta to be "Titletown," capping a month-long series/promotion.

So does this mean all those businesses in Green Bay with "Titletown" in their names now have to change their signs to "Winnersville?"

To quote Vince Lombardi: "What the ---- is going on out there?"

(UPDATE: I love this comment from a reader of AOL Fanhouse's version of this story:

"I have a wild idea...let's set up a contest to decide which sports media outlet should receive the title of 'World Wide Leader.' Maybe we can start by polling the residents of Green Bay to see what they think of re appropriating established nicknames.")

Click below for the ESPN news release on this. Green Bay finished third, as it turns out.Fans have voted Valdosta, Ga. “TitleTown USA,” the winner of ESPN SportsCenter’s interactive, mulltimedia search for the town, city or municipality that shares a unique affinity with its title-winning professional, college or amateur sports teams and athletes. Valdosta received 29.2% of the votes by fans submitted through a combination of online and text message voting.

Voting to determine the winning community from among the 20 finalists began Wednesday, July 23 at 6 p.m. ET and ended Sunday, July 27 at noon. The winner and the other five top vote getters were scheduled to be unveiled today on the 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship news and information program.

Some Valdosta, Ga. “TItleTown USA” Facts

· The Valdosta Wildcats hold the record for most wins in high school football with 838 and have won 23 Georgia State Championships and six National Championships.

· Lowndes High School has won three of the last four state championships and five total.

· Valdosta State University won Division II National Championships in football in 2004 and 2007.

The top six “TitleTown USA” communities (in terms of percent of the fan vote):

Valdosta, Ga.: 29.2%

Parkersburg, W.Va.: 24.4%

Green Bay, Wisc.: 11.2%

Massillon, Ohio: 6.7%

Boston, Mass.: 5.8%

Gainesville, Fla.: 5.2%

The other finalists included (in no particular order): Lawrence, Kan.; Pittsburgh; Knoxville, Tenn.; Chapel Hill, N.C.; Los Angeles; Palo Alto, Calif.; Louisville, Ky.; Chicago; New York; Detroit; San Francisco; Williamsport, Pa.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Columbus, Ohio.

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