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The Poll West Virginians weigh in on sports*

Sept. 22, 2003
Sept. 22, 2003

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The Poll West Virginians weigh in on sports*

Compiled by Richard Deitsch

Favorite major league baseball team:

This is an article from the Sept. 22, 2003 issue

Pittsburgh Pirates...20%
Atlanta Braves.........10%
Cincinnati Reds.........9%
No favorite................21%

Favorite NFL team:

Pittsburgh Steelers...29%
Dallas Cowboys........12%
Cleveland Browns.....5%
Green Bay Packers...5%

Favorite NBA team:

Los Angeles Lakers...19%
Chicago Bulls.............9%
Boston Celtics...........7%
Utah Jazz...................7%
No favorite...............43%

Favorite NHL team:

Pittsburgh Penguins...22%
Detroit Red Wings.....5%
No favorite...............53%

Favorite pro team:

Pittsburgh Steelers....25%
Dallas Cowboys.........8%
Atlanta Braves...........4%
Green Bay Packers....4%
Miami Dolphins..........4%

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

Jerry West...............60%
Randy Moss...............6%
Chad Pennington......6%

State's biggest sports rivalry:

W.Va.-Marshall........61%
W.Va.-Pitt...................11%

State's biggest rival:

Pennsylvania...........43%
Virginia......................16%

More a fan of college or pro sports?

Pro............................53%
College.....................28%
Equal.........................19%

Favorite sports to watch on TV**:

Football....................77%
Auto racing..............44%
Winter Olympics......42%
Summer Olympics...39%

* Harris Interactive poll, conducted online, of 403 West
Virginia residents who identified themselves as sports fans.
Margin of error +/-4.9%.
** Multiple responses allowed.

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--80.9--HOT Rank: 5th of first 10 states polled

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favorite West Virginia sports memory, go to
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