In a poll taken by ESPN, the reality show loving Dallas Cowboys fended off a Spygate-fueled challenge from the New England Patriots to win the title of America’s most hated team.
Only five teams were listed as possible answers, led by the Cowboys (36%), Patriots (34%), Steelers (12%), Giants (9%), and Raiders (9%).
And while the poll is clearly being used as an artificial time-waster during the NFL’s sssslow period, the 870,000 votes cast across 25 topics reveal other interesting glimpses into what football fans think.
Michael Vick, for instance, has roughly three times the fan support of other exiled players Donte’ Stallworth and Plaxico Burress. And fans would still rather have Vick or Stallworth on their team than Terrell Owens. (Perhaps Joanna Krupa voted.)
The answers to two other topics may catch the league office’s attention.
64% of respondents are in favor of an 18-game season. No surprise there.
A whopping 77% of NFL fans said they’d “appreciate” legal gambling on those games in their state. Even less of a surprise there.