Thursday, March 20, 2008

At the Very Least, the Yankees are New York's Team

Based on the comments of Hank Steinbrenner last month, the Yankees may or may rule the universe. What's for certain, based on a Sienna Research Institute survey, is that the Bombers rule New far.

What's also revealed is that a very high percentage of New Yorkers think that Roger Clemens used PED's. Shocking, that.

Thanks to Neil Best:
By better than four-to-one (54-12 percent) New Yorkers believe Roger Clemens used performance enhancing drugs, despite his repeated denials. This helps explain why more New Yorkers (36%) have an unfavorable opinion of the former Yankee pitcher than those (28%) who have a favorable impression of Clemens, according to a new Siena NY Sports Poll released today by the Siena (College) Research Institute (SRI). Nearly two-thirds of New Yorkers would deny induction into a “Hall of Fame” for athletes that used performance enhancing drugs and a majority endorse the investigation of drugs in sports by Congress. The Siena NY Sports Poll also finds that the Yankees are the team with far and away the most New York fans. The Bronx Bombers were selected by 27%, followed by the Mets (12%) and the Superbowl champion Giants (9%).
Beyond that, Derek Jeter is the most popular athlete, New York is a baseball state, and an overwhelming majority think Yankee Stadium should not be torn down.

There's still more, including a stupid notion that New Yorker's would have stripped the Patriots of any championships due to Spygate (which the Giants negated, of course).

What does this prove? Nothing, other than more chest-puffing for those of us in Yankees Universe. I consider the two teams to be about equal, but this is still Yankee-land. Every once in a while, the pendulum will swing slightly (late 60's/early 70's and mid-80's).

I'm ready for some basketball now. The Yankees begin on March 31st against the Blue Jays, and yes, I'll be watching it on TV. At home (though probably via replay that night - I have to work that day).

Speaking of TV, the folks at DirecTV might not love me so much right now, after I went all-don't-hit-me-with-disconnect-fees-crazy on them. But that's for another time.

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