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The Poll South Dakotans weigh in on sports*

Dec. 22, 2003
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The Poll South Dakotans weigh in on sports*

Compiled by Bill Syken

Favorite major league baseball team:

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

Minnesota Twins.....41%
New York Yankees....6%
Atlanta Braves...........5%
No favorite................15%

Favorite NFL team:

Minnesota Vikings...33%
Green Bay Packers...12%
Denver Broncos........9%
Dallas Cowboys.........8%

Favorite NBA team:

Minnesota Timberwolves...........18%
Boston Celtics..........10%
Los Angeles Lakers...9%
No favorite...............37%

Favorite NHL team:

Minnesota Wild........15%
Colorado Avalanche...6%
No favorite...............57%

Favorite pro team:

Minnesota Vikings....21%
Minnesota Twins.....12%

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

Mike Miller...............19%
Adam Vinatieri..........15%
Billy Mills...................9%
Lyle Alzado................5%

State's biggest rival:

North Dakota..........29%
Minnesota................19%

More a fan of college or pro sports?

Pro...........................66%
College.......................11%
Equal........................22%

Favorite sport to play:

Golf...........................19%
Fishing......................17%
Baseball/softball......13%
Hunting.....................12%

Favorite sports to watch on TV+:

Football....................75%
Winter Olympics.....49%
Baseball...................44%
Summer Olympics...43%
Basketball................36%

ENEMY OF THE STATE

Brett Favre.....................15%
Al Davis..........................7%
George Steinbrenner....5%

South Dakota is Minnesota Vikings territory, hence Favre's
selection as No. 1 enemy. (Davis and Steinbrenner? Go figure.)
Respondents' most hated opponents: the Green Bay Packers (21%)
and the North Dakota State Bison (11%).

*Harris Interactive poll, conducted online, of 402 South Dakota
residents who identified themselves as sports fans. Margin of
error +/-5%.

+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----68.2---HOT Rank: 22nd of first 23 states polledCOLOR PHOTO: JONATHAN DANIEL/GETTY IMAGES (FAVRE)