CLEVELAND, Ohio – Oregon and Ohio State will face off on Monday night in the national championship game to settle (to some extent) which state rules in terms of sports supremacy.

That debate will be settled on the field. But it’s also nice to look at how the two states measure up against each other in other areas. Looking at entertainment, it appears Ohio has the edge. Though, it’s likely the results would be a bit different if this was done over at

Here’s how they stack up:


Oregon’s film history traces all the way back to the early 20th Century, as it was a popular destination to shoot westerns like “Rooster Cogburn” and “Paint Your Wagon.” In terms of mainstream films, you have movies like “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” “The Shining,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “The Goonies,” “Stand By Me” “Point Break,” and “The Ring” that were filmed in Oregon. Ohio’s impressive run has been more recent with award-winning movies like “Traffic,” “The Deer Hunter” and “The Shawshank Redemption” all shot in the state. Then there’s the huge box office numbers of movies like “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Marvel’s The Avengers” and “Spider-Man 3.” And, of course, there’s arguably the greatest Christmas film of all time with “A Christmas Story.”

Verdict: Push. Oregon has the quantity and the history. Ohio has the big box office and the masterpiece that is “The Shawshank Redemption.”


This is tough, given how great Ohio’s food is. Of course, Cleveland has its own celebrity chef in Michael Symon. Yet, Oregon is no slouch either. It’s the birthplace of iconic food champion James Beard, for which the annual James Beard awards are named. Earlier this year, men’s lifestyle website ranked every state based on food and drink, taking into account the dining scenes, iconic food items, wineries and more. Ohio ranked 28th, which seems a bit off. Still, Oregon placed sixth.

Verdict: It pains me to say Oregon.


The list of shows set or filmed in Ohio includes “The Drew Carey Show,” “Third Rock from the Sun,” “Ed,” “Glee” and “Hot in Cleveland.” The biggest show of Oregon is “Portlandia.” Aside from that, there isn’t much to write home about.

Verdict: Ohio rules the small screen.


There’s no denying Oregon’s music heritage. It’s the birthplace of acts like The Kingsmen, Everclear, Esperanza Spalding and more. Oregon was also a crucial stopping point for artists like Courtney Love, Elliott Smith and Stephen Malkmus. All that said, there’s really no comparison when it comes to Ohio. Cleveland alone tops the entire state of Oregon in terms of major acts. Statewide, there are artists like Nine Inch Nails, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Chrissie Hynde, Marilyn Manson, The O’Jays The Isley Brothers, Devo, The Black Keys and many more.

Verdict: It’s Ohio by a mile, and then some.


Oregon is big in the arts with a list of famous Oregonians which includes the late River Phoenix, Ty Burrell, film director Gus Van Sant, author Chuck Palahniuk, Carrie Brownstein and “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening. But Ohio is full of household names like Halle Berry, Paul Newman, Clark Gable, Dean Martin, Ted Turner, Toni Morrison and Steven Spielberg.

Verdict: Ohio has the big names.

Final Results: Ohio 3, Oregon 1, one tie. Go Buckeyes!

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