The Poll Bay Staters weigh in on sports*

April 18, 2004

Favorite major league baseball team:

Boston Red Sox......86%
New York Yankees....6%

Favorite NFL team:

New England Patriots...83%
New York Giants.......5%

Favorite NBA team:

Boston Celtics.........67%
No favorite...............24%

Favorite NHL team:

Boston Bruins.........72%
No favorite..............20%

Favorite pro team:

Boston Red Sox.......44%
New England Patriots...34%
New York Yankees.....4%
Boston Celtics...........4%

Favorite college team:

Boston College........33%
Notre Dame...............10%
UMass........................8%
UConn........................4%

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

Ted Williams............40%
Larry Bird.................17%
Bobby Orr.................10%
Babe Ruth.................8%
Bill Russell.................4%

State's biggest rivalry:

Red Sox-Yankees...73%
BC-BU.......................6%
Harvard-Yale.............4%

State's biggest rival:

New York.................89%
Connecticut...............3%

Favorite announcer:

Jerry Remy..............30%
John Madden...........14%
Curt Gowdy................7%

More a fan of college or pro sports?

Pro............................81%
College.......................6%

ENEMY OF THE STATE

George Steinbrenner....53%
Roger Clemens..............16%
Bill Parcells.....................8%

Chalk up another Enemy win (an SI Poll-leading seventh) for the
New York Yankees' owner. Bay Staters' most hated opponents: the
Yankees (94%), the New York Jets (2%) and the UConn Huskies (1%).

*Harris Interactive poll, conducted online, of 401
Massachusetts residents who identified themselves as sports
fans. Margin of error +/-5%.

COLOR ILLUSTRATION Enthuse-o-meter On a scale of 1 to 100, how would you rate your state'senthusiasm for sports, relative to other states'? COLD---88.3--HOT Rank: 2nd of first 39 states polled COLOR PHOTO: SCOTT MARTIN/AP (STEINBRENNER)

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