New Yorkers love the Yankees and Derek Jeter

yankees logoA Siena poll out Tuesday reports the Yankees are New York State's favorite sports team. Fifty-six percent of respondents said the Bronx Bombers are their first, second, or third favorite team (30 percent overall said the Yanks are their #1 favorite).

Perhaps not surprising then that Derek Jeter topped the list for "single greatest athlete of all time that played for a New York team or that you associate with sports in New York." Fourteen percent of people named Jeter when asked that question. Babe Ruth was second at 11 percent. No other athlete registered above 5 percent. The two demographic groups with the highest number of people naming Jeter: women and Latinos, both at 17 percent.

A few more bits...

Are you a sports fan? yes: 59 percent (76 percent of men, 43 percent of women) | no: 41 percent

Favorite sport: football (23 percent -- 27 percent upstate), baseball (22 percent), basketball (19 percent). By the way: soccer is more popular in New York than NASCAR.

The Knicks: A similar Siena poll last year reported that the Knicks were basically no one's favorite team. This year? The Knicks ranked #3 among most single most favored teams. All that money for Carmello and Amar'e is paying off.

On MMA: When asked whether they supported or opposed legalizing mixed martial arts in New York State, 41 percent said they were opposed. 39 percent said they supported MMA legalization. And 19 percent said they didn't know enough about it.

Instant replay in baseball: 54 percent support | 31 percent oppose.

NFL labor situation: 58 percent of people said they supported in the players in the ongoing NFL labor negotiations. 21 percent said they side with the owners. And 100 percent said to wake them when/if the season ever starts. (OK, we made up that last bit.)

Comments

Sorry Jeter, I'll take Jackie Robinson any day. Simply no comparison in terms of significance. Lady Gaga may have sold more albums than Miles Davis but it doesn't mean she's a "greater" performer.

Boo/hiss to the headline.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.

Search

Recently on All Over Albany

Stuff to do this weekend

Four-day weeks sometimes feel longer than they should. But however long it took to get here, it's the weekend. Time for some fun. We've put... (more)

Basilica Hudson 2018 season

The schedule is out for the 2018 season of events at Basilica Hudson. The slate again includes music, markets, art and other events at the... (more)

Disc Jam 2018

The (world's only?) disc golf music festival -- Disc Jam -- returns to Stephentown June 7-10. And the lineup -- which includes more than 80... (more)

Registration is now open for the 2018 Freihofer's Run for Women in Albany

This year's Freihofer's Run for Women is June 2 and registration is now open. The entry fee for the 5k is $25 for the first... (more)

"I had to learn how to live again, how to be a new Ken"

The only thing bad about this Steve Barnes interview with longtime local journalist Ken Screven -- about working to regain his health, politics, and reflecting... (more)