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Two Minute Fun Exercise For Sports Fans

Ok, here is what I want you to do. You need to have a pen and paper for this exercise. Think about the four major sports: Major League Baseball (MLB), National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Hockey League (NHL), and write down the first team that comes to your mind when you think about each league.

Ok time’s up……

Pens down.

Here are my answers:

The interesting thing is, my choices weren’t based all on my favorite teams.

The reason I chose the dreaded Yankees is probably because of all of their great players, championships and history at the stadium.

The Cowboys are America’s team for me and not just because I live in Dallas, maybe it is because of the star at midfield or because I liked Coach Landry.

In the NBA the Celtics are clearly the only choice for me. Based on class, championships, the parquet, announcers and everything about the team.

In the NHL I still would choose the Montreal Canadiens. They had great players and it just seemed that every team measured themselves against the Canadiens for so long.

I wanted to share the opinions of over 20,000 people who answered these questions in an online survey two months ago that we completed. Here is a chart by sport, broken down by gender and age.

MLB (Click here for the Complete List)

Total Male Female
Total 26340 100.0 % 9586 100.0 % 16752 100.0 %
NY Yankees 4306 16.3 % 1579 16.5 % 2727 16.3 %
Atlanta Braves 2401 9.1 % 750 7.8 % 1651 9.9 %
Boston Red Sox 2137 8.1 % 706 7.4 % 1431 8.5 %
Chicago Cubs 1683 6.4 % 612 6.4 % 1071 6.4 %
Detroit Tigers 1300 4.9 % 483 5.0 % 817 4.9 %
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Arizona Diamondbacks 300 1.1 % 92 1.0 % 206 1.2 %
Florida Marlins 231 0.9 % 90 0.9 % 141 0.8 %
Washington Nationals 177 0.7 % 78 0.8 % 99 0.6 %
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 130 0.5 % 38 0.4 % 92 0.5 %
Toronto Blue Jays 58 0.2 % 30 0.3 % 28 0.2 %

NFL (Click here for the Complete List)

Total Male Female
Total 26053 100.0 % 9598 100.0 % 16451 100.0 %
Dallas Cowboys 3267 12.5 % 1045 10.9 % 2220 13.5 %
Pittsburgh Steelers 1747 6.7 % 606 6.3 % 1141 6.9 %
Chicago Bears 1601 6.1 % 655 6.8 % 946 5.8 %
Green Bay Packers 1549 5.9 % 566 5.9 % 983 6.0 %
New England Patriots 1187 4.6 % 484 5.0 % 703 4.3 %
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Baltimore Ravens 325 1.2 % 118 1.2 % 207 1.3 %
Tennessee Titans 292 1.1 % 81 0.8 % 211 1.3 %
Houston Texans 279 1.1 % 102 1.1 % 177 1.1 %
Jacksonville Jaguars 219 0.8 % 68 0.7 % 151 0.9 %
Arizona Cardinals 161 0.6 % 52 0.5 % 107 0.7 %

NBA (Click here for the Complete List)

Total Male Female
Total 22284 100.00% 8483 100.00% 13797 100.00%
LA Lakers 3941 17.70% 1287 15.20% 2654 19.20%
Chicago Bulls 3534 15.90% 1219 14.40% 2315 16.80%
Boston Celtics 1792 8.00% 884 10.40% 908 6.60%
Detroit Pistons 1460 6.60% 559 6.60% 901 6.50%
New York Knicks 1456 6.50% 592 7.00% 864 6.30%
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NO/Okla City Hornets 167 0.70% 42 0.50% 125 0.90%
Charlotte Bobcats 143 0.60% 68 0.80% 75 0.50%
Memphis Grizzlies 80 0.40% 26 0.30% 54 0.40%
LA Clippers 76 0.30% 31 0.40% 45 0.30%
Toronto Raptors 20 0.10% 15 0.20% 5 0.00%

NHL (Click here for the Complete List)

Total Male Female
Total 17725 100.0 % 7347 100.0 % 10376 100.0 %
Detroit Red Wings 2277 12.8 % 941 12.8 % 1336 12.9 %
Boston Bruins 1377 7.8 % 609 8.3 % 768 7.4 %
Chicago Blackhawks 1273 7.2 % 586 8.0 % 687 6.6 %
New York Rangers 1238 7.0 % 562 7.6 % 676 6.5 %
Philadelphia Flyers 1198 6.8 % 466 6.3 % 732 7.1 %
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Florida Panthers 195 1.1 % 81 1.1 % 114 1.1 %
Nashville Predators 165 0.9 % 49 0.7 % 116 1.1 %
Vancouver Canucks 104 0.6 % 58 0.8 % 46 0.4 %
Calgary Flames 53 0.3 % 26 0.4 % 27 0.3 %
Ottawa Senators 26 0.1 % 13 0.2 % 13 0.1 %

It was not a surprise to see that respondents agreed with me on the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys. I was shocked to see the Detroit Red Wings were number one in hockey and was a little surprised that the Boston Celtics were third behind the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls.

  • How did you respond?
  • What were your surprises?

I look forward to your comments.

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