Among the others who got votes were the Albany River Rats, the University at Albany men's lacrosse team, the 1984-85 NCAA Champion RPI hockey team (Mike Adessa would be proud) and the University at Albany men's basketball team. Sadly, the minor league team that gets the best average attendance in the region, the Tri-City ValleyCats, did not receive a vote. What's up with that, people?
5. If given the choice, what would you spend your sports money on?
This is the one question that I wish I had worded differently, since I think most people would rather go to a major league sporting event than stay at home. Who wouldn't want to travel to one of New York City's great sports venues or go to the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day?
So yes, more people said they'd go to an out-of-town major sporting event than stay at home and see one of our local college or minor league teams. However, the fact that the percentages were as close as they were (60 to 40) suggests that there are more people willing to stay close to home than I first thought. And that could be the best news for our sports scene.
6. What is the focal point of the Capital District sports scene?
I don't know if people were answering truthfully or just picking this because they thought this is what I wanted to see, but the overwhelming majority of votes went to high schools. Either way, it's a sign that our area's high school athletes are at the center of the sports scene, which is nice for them. Not only do they work hard on the field, but they also work hard in the classroom. It's a delicate balance, and one that deserves our admiration when they maintain that balance.