The results are in from our Pledge Your Sports Allegiance poll.
First of all, I want to thank all of the people who responded to this poll. Even the person who used the poll to suggest that organized sports get too much attention and "contributes to American obesity." It shows that people cared enough to take the time to fill out the questionnaire and send it to me.
Secondly, I'd like to say that the results were enlightening, if not a bit contradictory " especially when it came to views about our minor league teams. Read on, and you will see what I mean.
1. What level of sports do you follow most closely?
It shouldn't come as any surprise that the level most people follow closely around here is the major leagues. Perhaps it's because major league sports coverage is everywhere " from daily newspapers to cable sportscasts. You can't escape the latest New York Yankees score, even if you tried.
After the major leagues, area colleges received the next highest vote total, followed by high school sports and then minor league sports. I can't say I'm surprised about those results either, since our local minor league teams haven't done a lot over the last several years to grab the headlines on a regular basis. Still, it would be nice to see people become more passionate about our minor league teams so we don't wind up losing them (more on that later).
2. What was the greatest Capital District sports event of the last 30 years?
Let's jump on the big yellow school bus with the Sackatoga Stables gang, because Funny Cide wins this category. The "gallant gelding" born and raised outside Saratoga Springs claimed more votes than Siena's historic 1989 NCAA Tournament victory over Stanford and the Albany Firebirds winning the 1999 Arena Bowl in front of a sellout crowd at the Times Union Center on national TV. I guess the Kentucky Derby is still the granddaddy of all sporting events.