Joe Blundo posted on his Columbus Dispatch blog a handy guide to determine the self-esteem of Columbusites (and Buckeye-lovin' transplants like myself, too):
As anyone who spends more than five minutes in Columbus quickly realizes, the city is intensely devoted to the Ohio State football team. Weddings and funerals are scheduled around Buckeye home games. And don’t try to sneak something in: People in Columbus memorize the football schedule for three years in advance.
The self-esteem of Columbus is directly tied to the won loss record of the Ohio State football team. Use this handy guide to determine the civic self-esteem during any given season:
11-0: Colossus of the Midwest
10-1: Titan of Ohio
9-2: Gem of the Scioto
8-3: Hub of the Seven-County Metropolitan Area
7-4: Regional Warehousing Center
6-5: The Next Indianapolis
5-6: Gateway to Dayton
4-7: Good Place to Stop for Gas
3-8: Worth a Side Trip
2-9: Obscure Crossroads Southwest of Cleveland
1-10: Dusty Third World Village
0-11: Superfund Site
For those not keeping up with the Buckeyes, currently we're a so-so Regional Warehousing Center. But we're also a Red State, so it all evens out.