The Poll Louisianans weigh in on sports*

December 08, 2003

Favorite major league baseball team:

Atlanta Braves.........18%
Houston Astros.........12%
New York Yankees.......12%

Favorite NFL team:

New Orleans Saints.....54%
Dallas Cowboys.........13%

Favorite NBA team:

New Orleans Hornets....26%
Los Angeles Lakers.....13%
No favorite............32%

Favorite NHL team:

Dallas Stars............5%
Pittsburgh Penguins.....4%
No favorite............68%

Favorite pro team:

New Orleans Saints.....47%
Dallas Cowboys..........8%

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

Pete Maravich..........18%
Archie Manning.........17%
Terry Bradshaw.........17%
Shaquille O'Neal.......12%
Billy Cannon............6%

State's biggest sports rivalry:

LSU-Tulane.............44%
Southern-Grambling......9%

State's biggest rival:

Alabama................22%
Mississippi............20%
Florida................16%
Georgia................14%
Texas..................12%

More a fan of college or pro sports?

Pro....................50%
College................22%
Equal..................27%

Favorite sport to play:

Fishing................20%
Swimming...............15%
Basketball.............14%
Football...............14%
Golf...................13%

ENEMY OF THE STATE

Steve Spurrier.........18%
Tom Benson.............12%
Jerry Jones.............7%
Michael Vick............7%

Spurrier, already voted the Enemy in Tennessee and Alabama,
continues his Southern campaign with a victory in the Pelican
State. Louisianans' most hated opponents: the Atlanta Falcons
(34%), the University of Mississippi (16%) and the University of
Alabama (12%).

*Harris Interactive poll, conducted online, of 410 Louisiana
residents who identified themselves as sports fans. Margin of
error +/-5%.

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 ---- 86.0 -- HOT Rank: 3rd of first 21 states polled COLOR PHOTO: HEINZ KLUETMEIER (SPURRIER)

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