The Poll New Yorkers weigh in on sports*

May 30, 2004

Favorite major league baseball team:

New York Yankees...51%
New York Mets........25%
Boston Red Sox........4%

Favorite NFL team:

New York Giants.....28%
New York Jets..........18%
Buffalo Bills..............17%

Favorite NBA team:

New York Knicks.....34%
New Jersey Nets......9%

Favorite NHL team:

New York Rangers...32%
Buffalo Sabres.........14%
New York Islanders....11%
New Jersey Devils....3%

Favorite pro team:

New York Yankees...32%
New York Mets........16%
Buffalo Bills.............10%
New York Giants........7%
New York Jets...........4%

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

Babe Ruth...............22%
Jim Brown.................8%
Mickey Mantle...........7%
Jim Kelly....................7%

State's biggest rivalry:

Mets-Yankees.........40%
Bills-Jets..................10%
Yankees-Red Sox....10%
Islanders-Rangers....8%

More a fan of college or pro sports?

Pro..........................80%
College.......................8%

Favorite sport to play:

Swimming.................17%
Baseball/softball......15%

Favorite sport to watch on TV[+]:

Football....................76%
Baseball...................71%

ENEMY OF THE STATE

Pedro Martinez.............21%
George Steinbrenner....19%
Bill Parcells...................8%

That'll teach Pedro to mess with Don Zimmer. New Yorkers'
most-hated opponents were Martinez's Boston Red Sox (43%), the
Miami Dolphins (22%), the Dallas Cowboys (4%) and the Atlanta
Braves (4%).

*Harris Interactive poll, conducted online, of 403 New York
residents who identified themselves as sports fans. Margin of
error +/-5%.
[+]Multiple responses allowed.

COLOR ILLUSTRATION Enthuse-o-meterOn a scale of 1 to 100, how would you rate your state'senthusiasm for sports, relative to other states'? COLD---84.6-HOT Rank: Tied for 8th of first 45 states polled COLOR PHOTO: ERIC RISBERG/AP (MARTINEZ)

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