The Poll Vermonters weigh in on sports*

March 29, 2004

Favorite major league baseball team:

Boston Red Sox......46%
New York Yankees..23%

Favorite NFL team:

New England Patriots...38%
New York Giants.......10%

Favorite NBA team:

Boston Celtics.........38%
Los Angeles Lakers...4%
No favorite................41%

Favorite NHL team:

Boston Bruins...........29%
Philadelphia Flyers...8%
New York Rangers.....8%

Favorite pro team:

Boston Red Sox.......23%
New England Patriots...19%

Favorite college team:

Vermont....................23%
Notre Dame...............13%

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

John LeClair............52%
Carlton Fisk...............9%

State's biggest rivalry:

Red Sox-Yankees...56%
High school rivalries...27%
Norwich-Middlebury...8%

State's biggest rival:

New Hampshire.......37%
New York...................19%

More a fan of college or pro sports?

Pro............................76%
College.......................8%

Favorite sport to play:

Baseball/softball......17%
Golf............................14%
Swimming..................11%
Fishing......................10%

Favorite sports to watch on TV[+]:

Football....................62%
Baseball..................60%
Winter Olympics......51%

ENEMY OF THE STATE

George Steinbrenner....50%
Roger Clemens..............13%
Joe Torre.........................4%

As nearly everywhere else in New England, the Red Sox are top
dogs in the Green Mountain State, and anyone connected to the
Yankees is an enemy. Vermonters' most hated foes are the Yanks
(63%) and the universities of Maine (7%) and New Hampshire (7%).

* Harris Interactive poll, conducted online, of 342 Vermont
residents who identified themselves as sports fans. Margin of
error +/-5%.

[+]Multiple responses allowed.

COLOR ILLUSTRATION 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----59.7--HOT Rank: 36th of first 36 states polled COLOR PHOTO: ED REINKE/AP (STEINBRENNER)

To read an SI Flashback story about how Flyers left wing and
Vermont native John LeClair became a hero in his home state or
brush up on more Green Mountain State sports trivia, go to
si.com/magazine/features/si50/states/vermont

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