The Poll Minnesotans weigh in on sports*

March 22, 2004

Favorite major league baseball team:

Minnesota Twins....79%
Chicago Cubs............3%

Favorite NFL team:

Minnesota Vikings...75%
Green Bay Packers...10%

Favorite NBA team:

Minnesota T-Wolves...64%

Favorite NHL team:

Minnesota Wild.......74%

Favorite pro team:

Minnesota Vikings...48%
Minnesota Twins.....18%

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

Kirby Puckett...........18%
Fran Tarkenton.........15%
Bronko Nagurski......13%
Harmon Killebrew......7%

State's biggest rivalry:

Vikings-Packers.....66%
U of Minn.-Minn.-Duluth......13%

State's biggest rival:

Wisconsin...............82%

Favorite announcer:

John Madden..........24%
Herb Carneal.........11%
Bert Blyleven.........6%

More a fan of college or pro sports?

Pro...........................70%
College......................19%
Equal.........................11%

Favorite sport to play:

Golf...........................23%
Fishing......................15%
Hiking.......................12%
Baseball/softball.......9%

Favorite sports to watch on TV+:

Football....................85%
Baseball..................46%
Winter Olympics.....45%

ENEMY OF THE STATE

Brett Favre.............48%
George Steinbrenner.....11%
Bud Selig...............10%

He was the Enemy in two other Vikings hotbeds, North and South
Dakota, so Favre's victory here is hardly a surprise.
Minnesotans' most hated opponents are Favre's Packers (80%),
Steinbrenner's New York Yankees (4%) and the University of
Wisconsin (2%).

*Harris Interactive poll, conducted online, of 414 Minnesota
residents who identified themselves as sports fans. Margin of
error +/-5%.

+Multiple responses allowed.

COLOR PHOTO: JONATHAN DANIEL/GETTY IMAGES (FAVRE) COLOR CHART Enthuse-o-meterOn a scale of 1 to 100, how would you rate your state'senthusiasm for sports, relative to other states'? COLD---76.8--HOT Rank: 23rd of first 35 states polled

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