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The Poll New Mexicans weigh in on sports*

May 24, 2004
May 24, 2004

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The Poll New Mexicans weigh in on sports*

Compiled by Melissa Segura

Favorite major league baseball team:

This is an article from the May 24, 2004 issue Original Layout

Arizona Diamondbacks...............12%
Los Angeles Dodgers................10%
New York Yankees....................9%

Favorite NFL team:

Dallas Cowboys.....................22%
Denver Broncos.....................15%
Green Bay Packers...................8%
San Francisco 49ers.................8%

Favorite NBA team:

Los Angeles Lakers.................17%
Chicago Bulls.......................8%

Favorite NHL team:

Colorado Avalanche.................14%

Favorite pro team:

Dallas Cowboys.....................18%
Denver Broncos.....................12%

Favorite announcer:

John Madden........................28%
Terry Bradshaw......................8%

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

Brian Urlacher.....................49%
Luc Longley.........................7%
Michael Cooper......................6%
Tommy McDonald......................4%

State's biggest rivalry:

New Mexico-New Mexico State........79%

More a fan of college or pro sports?

Pro................................62%
College............................14%

Favorite sport to play:

Billiards..........................17%
Hiking.............................12%
Swimming...........................12%
Baseball/softball..................11%
Fishing............................11%

Favorite sports to watch on TV+:

Football...........................83%
Winter Olympics....................47%
Summer Olympics....................40%
Auto racing........................36%

ENEMY OF THE STATE

Rick Majerus.......................24%
Dave Bliss.........................12%
Bob Knight.........................11%

Majerus's success against New Mexico as the basketball coach at
Utah got him his second Enemy title. (Wyoming also picked him.)
Most hated opponents: BYU (25%), UTEP (17%) and the University of
Utah (14%).

*Harris Interactive poll, conducted online, of 400 New Mexico
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 --- 68.5 -- HOT Rank: 39th of first 44 states polledCOLOR PHOTO: DAVID MERRILL/ICON SMI (MAJERUS)

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