The Poll Montanans weigh in on sports*

May 09, 2004

Favorite major league baseball team:

New York Yankees...12%
Seattle Mariners......12%
Atlanta Braves..........6%

Favorite NFL team:

Denver Broncos.......17%
Green Bay Packers..10%
Dallas Cowboys........8%
Minnesota Vikings....7%

Favorite NBA team:

Los Angeles Lakers...20%
No favorite...............34%

Favorite NHL team:

Colorado Avalanche...15%
No favorite..............49%
Favorite pro team:
Denver Broncos........11%
Dallas Cowboys........6%
Oakland Raiders.......5%

State's biggest rival:

Idaho........................34%
Washington..............14%

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

Dave Dickenson.......19%
Jan Stenerud...........18%
Dave McNally............9%
Ryan Leaf..................5%
Micheal Ray Richardson.4%

State's biggest rivalry:

Montana-Montana St..73%

More a fan of college or pro sports?

Pro..........................64%
College......................13%

Favorite sport to play:

Fishing......................21%
Hiking.......................15%
Golf...........................14%
Baseball/softball......10%
Hunting....................10%

Favorite sports to watch on TV[+]:

Football....................78%
Winter Olympics.....54%
Summer Olympics...49%
Baseball...................45%

ENEMY OF THE STATE

Ryan Leaf........................10%
George Steinbrenner.....8%
Al Davis...........................7%
Randy Moss...................7%

Great Falls native Leaf alienated his home state with his
immature behavior during his disastrous NFL career. Respondents'
most hated opponents: Montana State (16%) and the universities of
Idaho (16%) and Montana (9%).

*Harris Interactive poll, conducted online, of 401 Montana
residents who identified themselves as sports fans. Margin of
error +/-5%.
[+]Multiple responses allowed.

COLOR PHOTO: JOHN W. MCDONOUGH (LEAF) 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--73.2--HOT Rank: 33rd of first 42 states polled

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