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The Poll Californians weigh in on sports*

July 05, 2004
July 05, 2004

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July 5, 2004

Baseball

The Poll Californians weigh in on sports*

Compiled by Bill Syken

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

This is an article from the July 5, 2004 issue Original Layout

Favorite major league baseball team:

San Francisco Giants...46% Los Angeles Dodgers...28%
Oakland Athletics.....16% Anaheim Angels.......18%
Los Angeles Dodgers...9% San Diego Padres.....8%

Favorite NFL team:

San Francisco 49ers...50% San Diego Chargers...11%
Oakland Raiders.......10% San Francisco 49ers...11%
Green Bay Packers....4% Oakland Raiders.......9%
No favorite.................11% No favorite..............20%

Favorite NBA team:

Sacramento Kings...30% Los Angeles Lakers...56%
Los Angeles Lakers...16% Los Angeles Clippers...5%
Golden State Warriors...9% Sacramento Kings....4%
No favorite...............30% No favorite...............22%

Favorite NHL team:

San Jose Sharks.....45% Anaheim Mighty Ducks...22%
Los Angeles Kings.....4% Los Angeles Kings...16%
No favorite................37% No favorite..............44%

Favorite pro team:

San Francisco 49ers...23% Los Angeles Lakers...22%
San Francisco Giants...20% Los Angeles Dodgers...8%
Sacramento Kings.....11% San Francisco 49ers...6%
Oakland Athletics.......7% Anaheim Angels...........6%

Favorite college:

Stanford.....................16% UCLA.......................25%
Cal..............................14% USC..........................24%
Fresno State...............6% Notre Dame...............4%

Sports figure you would most like to have dinner with:

Joe Montana.............15% Shaquille O'Neal........4%
Barry Bonds...............4% Joe Montana.............4%
Michael Jordan..........4% John Wooden............3%
Steve Young...............4% Wayne Gretzky..........3%
John Madden.............4% Tiger Woods...............3%

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

Joe Montana............36% Magic Johnson........12%
Barry Bonds...............12% Kareem Abdul-Jabbar...9%
Willie Mays................10% Joe Montana.............8%
Jerry Rice...................9% Wayne Gretzky..........7%
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar...4% Jackie Robinson.......4%

State's biggest rivalry:

Dodgers-Giants........27% UCLA-USC...............39%
Cal-Stanford.............20% Kings-Lakers............14%
Kings-Lakers.............19% Dodgers-Giants........13%
49ers-Raiders...........18% Chargers-Raiders......9%
UCLA-USC..................7% Angels-Dodgers.........4%

State's biggest rival:

Texas.........................22% New York.................23%
New York...................18% Texas.........................14%
Arizona.......................8% Arizona......................10%

Favorite announcer:

John Madden...........36% Vin Scully................37%
Vin Scully....................8% John Madden..........16%

More a fan of college or pro sports?

Pro............................84% Pro............................73%
College.......................8% College......................12%

Favorite sport to play:

Cycling.......................15% Swimming..................11%
Golf.............................13% Lifting weights.........10%
Hiking........................13% Basketball..................9%
Baseball/softball........11% Hiking..........................9%
Basketball..................11% Running/jogging.......9%
Swimming....................11% Golf............................8%

Favorite sports to watch on TV+:

Football.....................82% Football....................68%
Winter Olympics......60% Basketball................51%
Summer Olympics....55% Summer Olympics...49%
Baseball....................52% Baseball...................49%
Basketball................37% Winter Olympics.....44%
Ice skating.................31% Ice skating...............22%

ENEMY
OF THE STATE

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Al Davis...................................37%
George Steinbrenner............15%
Shaquille O'Neal....................8%

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Al Davis...................................36%
George Steinbrenner............10%
Georgia Frontiere...................6%

Californians agree on whom they hate most: the man who moved his
Raiders from Oakland to L.A. and back, griping all the way.
Northern Californians chose as their most detested opponents the
New York Yankees (19%), the Raiders (13%) and the Dallas Cowboys
(11%). Southern Californians selected the Raiders (25%), the
Yankees (18%) and the Sacramento Kings (7%).

*Harris Interactive online poll, of 812 California residents
(411 from the north, 401 from the south) who identified
themselves as sports fans. Margin of error +/-5%.
+Multiple responses allowed.

COLOR PHOTO: DAVID J. PHILLIP/APCOLOR 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'?NORTHERN CALIFORNIACOLD--78.2--HOTSOUTHERN CALIFORNIACOLD--74.2--HOTRank: would be 29th and 37th, respectively, if each were a state

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