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The Poll Nebraskans weigh in on sports*

June 14, 2004
June 14, 2004

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June 14, 2004

Ronald Reagan 1911-2004

The Poll Nebraskans weigh in on sports*

Compiled by Bill Syken

Favorite major league baseball team:

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Chicago Cubs..........15%
Kansas City Royals..14%
New York Yankees...10%
Atlanta Braves..........7%

Favorite NFL team:

Green Bay Packers..21%
Kansas City Chiefs..16%
Denver Broncos.......12%

Favorite NBA team:

Los Angeles Lakers.13%
Chicago Bulls...........6%

Favorite NHL team:

Colorado Avalanche.14%
Chicago Blackhawks...5%

Favorite pro team:

Green Bay Packers..15%
Kansas City Chiefs...11%
Denver Broncos.......10%

Favorite college:

Nebraska..................81%
Notre Dame...............2%

Sports figure you would most like to dine with:

Michael Jordan.........8%
Tom Osborne.............8%
Brett Favre.................7%

Greatest athlete to live or play in your state:

Johnny Rodgers.....26%
Ahman Green...........15%
Gale Sayers..............10%
Tommie Frazier..........9%

State's biggest rivalry:

Creighton-Nebraska...36%
Oklahoma-Nebraska...19%
Colorado-Nebraska..15%

State's biggest rival:

Oklahoma................40%
Colorado..................27%

More a fan of college or pro sports?

College.....................51%
Pro...........................20%

Favorite sport to play:

Golf..........................20%
Football.....................12%

ENEMY OF THE STATE

Steve Pederson.............26%
Barry Switzer.................18%
Bill Snyder......................14%

Pederson, the Nebraska athletic director, alienated many Big Red
supporters (including Tom Osborne) last year by firing football
coach Frank Solich after a 9-3 season. Nebraskans' most hated
opponents: Colorado (43%), Oklahoma (35%) and Kansas State (8%).

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

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---89.1--HOT Rank: 1st of first 47 states polledCOLOR PHOTO: NATI HARNIK/AP (PEDERSON; PHOTO ALTERED BY SIIMAGING)