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The Poll South Carolinians weigh in on sports*

Sept. 08, 2003
Sept. 08, 2003

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Sept. 8, 2003

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The Poll South Carolinians weigh in on sports*

Compiled by Bill Syken

Favorite major league baseball team:

This is an article from the Sept. 8, 2003 issue

Atlanta Braves........42%
New York Yankees...10%
No favorite................18%

Favorite NFL team:

Carolina Panthers....18%
Washington Redskins...9%

Favorite NBA team:

Los Angeles Lakers...11%
Boston Celtics...........7%
No favorite..............49%

Favorite NHL team:

Carolina Hurricanes...8%
Detroit Red Wings....5%
No favorite...............64%

Favorite pro team:

Atlanta Braves........23%
Carolina Panthers.....8%
Los Angeles Lakers...6%

State's biggest sports rivalry:

S.C.-Clemson..........89%

State's biggest rival:

Georgia....................32%
North Carolina........25%
Florida......................15%
Tennessee.................5%

Greatest athlete who ever lived in or played for a team in your state:

George Rogers.........21%
Refrigerator Perry....10%
Shoeless Joe Jackson...8%

Favorite announcer:

John Madden...........18%
Skip Caray.................6%
Darrell Waltrip...........6%

More a fan of college or pro sports?

Pro...........................37%
College.....................35%
Equal........................28%

Favorite sports to watch on TV[1]:

Football....................73%
Baseball...................46%
Basketball...............40%
Summer Olympics...37%
Auto racing..............36%

ENEMY OF THE STATE

Bobby Bowden...............16%
Steve Spurrier................9%
Lou Holtz........................7%

The Florida State football coach owns the Palmetto State, with a
9-1 record against South Carolina and a 13-2 mark against
Clemson. The respondents' most hated opponents? Georgia (25%),
Clemson (18%) and Florida State (10%).

* Harris Interactive poll, conducted online, of 406 South
Carolina residents who identified themselves as sports fans.
Margin of error +/-4.9%. [1]Multiple responses allowed.

WHO & WHERE

1 Stephen Davis
The Panthers' running back, who was born in Spartanburg, played
in two Pro Bowls while he was with the Redskins and led the NFC
in rushing in 1999.

2 Betsy Rawls
The Spartanburg native is an LPGA Hall of Famer; she ranks fifth
alltime in wins (55) and major championships (8).

3 Tim Montgomery
The Gaffney native set the world 100-meter record of 9.78 seconds
last year. He is the boyfriend of sprint champion Marion Jones.

4 Jermaine O'Neal
The 6'11" Pacer went directly from Eau Claire High in Columbia to
the NBA in 1996.

5 Duce Staley
The Eagles' running back, from Columbia, has had three 1,000-yard
rushing seasons. He played college ball at South Carolina.

6 Pokey Reese
The Pirates' second baseman (real first name: Calvin) is from
Columbia. A dazzling fielder, he has won two Gold Gloves.

7 Reggie Sanders
The outfielder from Florence has played for six major league
teams and is now with Pittsburgh.

HOT SPOT
8 Myrtle Beach
The golf Mecca, which has more than 120 courses, is also SI's
Sportstown, for having South Carolina's best community sports
programs. Myrtle Beach's Pine Lakes Country Club was the site of
a historic 1954 Time Inc. meeting at which it was announced that
SI would begin publishing later that year.

9 Courtney Brown
The Browns' defensive end was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2000
NFL draft, out of Penn State. He played at Macedonia High in
Alvin with his cousin, former Georgia Tech quarterback Joe
Hamilton.

10 Robert Porcher
The Lions' alltime sack leader, with 91, played college ball at
South Carolina State. He didn't play football at Cainhoy High in
Wando until his senior year.

11 Dexter Coakley
The Mount Pleasant native is a two-time Pro Bowl linebacker for
the Cowboys.

12 Beth Daniel
The Charleston native won the U.S. Women's Amateur twice while at
Furman (1975 and '77); she has 33 LPGA tour victories.

13 John McKissick
The country's alltime winningest high school football coach, at
Summerville High, he should earn his 500th victory this season.

14 Preston Wilson
The Rockies' All-Star centerfielder, from Bamberg, was named
state high school player of the year in 1992.

GREATEST MOMENT

They were undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the nation, but the 1981
Clemson Tigers still came into the Orange Bowl 4 1/2-point
underdogs to Nebraska. With a stifling defense led by noseguard
William Perry and safety Terry Kinard, however, Clemson ruled the
field, limiting the Cornhuskers to three-and-out on eight of
their 12 possessions. The Tigers won 22-15 and gave the state its
only national football championship.

NUMBERS

2
South Carolinians who faced each other in the 1986 World Series:
the Red Sox' Jim Rice and the Mets' Mookie Wilson.

25
Seconds it takes Clemson football players to run down The Hill, a
103-foot slope at one end of Memorial Stadium; the Tigers have
made this entrance since 1942.

100
Points scored by Furman guard Frank Selvy in a 149-95 win over
cross-state rival Newberry in 1954; during the '53-54 season
Selvy led Division 1 with a 41.7-point average.

105
Winston Cup races won by Spartanburg native David Pearson, the
second most behind Richard Petty's 200.

1786
Year golf was played for the first time in the United States, at
the Harleston Green course in Charleston.

ALLTIME BEST
For South Carolina's top 50 homegrown sports figures, go to SI.com/50

Joe Frazier, Boxer

His three title bouts with Muhammad Ali (including his epic
victory at Madison Square Garden in 1971) rank among the most
memorable in boxing history. Smokin' Joe, from Beaufort, won gold
at the 1964 Olympics and held the heavyweight title from 1970 to
'73.

Shoeless Joe Jackson, Baseball player

The career .356 hitter (third-highest average ever) from Pickens
County was banned for life after the Black Sox scandal, even
though he batted .375 in the 1919 World Series and his
involvement in the game-fixing has been questioned by baseball
historians.

Pete Maravich, Basketball player

The prestidigitational shooter and ball handler from Clemson's
Daniels High holds the NCAA record for career scoring (44.2
points per game, set at LSU) and was a five-time NBA All-Star.
Pistol Pete died in 1988 at 40 of a heart attack suffered during
a pickup game.

Art Shell, Football player

The 6'5", 265-pound Hall of Fame offensive lineman from
Charleston won two Super Bowl rings with the Oakland Raiders,
whom he later coached for six seasons. At Bonds-Wilson High,
Shell was named all-state in football and basketball (in the
latter, as a center).

Doc Blanchard, Football player

The Army fullback from Bishopville, known as Mr. Inside, was the
first junior to win the Heisman, in 1945. Blanchard helped lead
the Cadets to national titles in 1944, '45 and '46. A fighter
pilot during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, he was cited for
bravery.

Kevin Garnett, Basketball player

The high-scoring, shot-blocking 6'11" Timberwolves forward, a
six-time All-Star, is from Mauldin. His 1995 jump from high
school to the pros fueled the trend of players skipping college,
and his six-year, $126 million deal in '97 helped lead to NBA
salary limits.

COLOR CHART Enthuse-o-meter On a scale of 1 to 100, how would you rate your state's enthusiasm for sports, relative to other states'? COLD--81.6--HOT Rank: 4th of first 8 states polledCOLOR PHOTO: ROBERT ROGERS (BOWDEN)COLOR MAP: MAP ILLUSTRATION BY JOE ZEFF COLUMBIACOLOR PHOTO: TIDE WATER GOLF CLUBTWO COLOR PHOTOS: HEINZ KLUETMEIER (TUTTLE, FANS) AFTER PERRY TUTTLE'S THIRD-QUARTER SCORE, THE TIGERS' DEFENSE SEALED THE WIN.COLOR PHOTO: JOHN BIEVER (PERRY)COLOR PHOTO: PHILLIP LEONIAN (FRAZIER)B/W PHOTO: AP (JACKSON)COLOR PHOTO: WALTER IOOSS JR. (MARAVICH)COLOR PHOTO: PETER READ MILLER (SHELL)B/W PHOTO: CORBIS (BLANCHARD)COLOR PHOTO: JOHN W. MCDONOUGH (GARNETT)

SI.com
To view archival stories and photos from the Clemson-South
Carolina rivalry, revisit famous FACES IN THE CROWD or submit
your favorite Palmetto State sports memory, go to
si.com/magazine/features/si50/states/south_carolina.

MEMORABLE QUOTE

"When I was little, I was big."
--AIKEN NATIVE WILLIAM (REFRIGERATOR) PERRY, IN 1981, WHEN HE WAS
A 305-POUND LINEMAN FOR CLEMSON; INDEED, THE FRIDGE WEIGHED 200
POUNDS AT AGE 11.