And you wondered if this was a women's basketball state? Patriots owner Kraft made the list for pulling out of a deal in '99 to move his team to Hartford. Nutmeggers' most hated opponents: the Tennessee Volunteers (37%), the Yankees (19%) and the Red Sox (13%).
* Harris Interactive poll, conducted online, of 416 Connecticut residents who identified themselves as sports
fans. Margin of error +/-5%.
On a scale of 1 to 100, how would you rate your state's enthusiasm for sports, relative to other states'?
Rank: 17th of first 25 states polled
WHO & WHERE
1 Steve Blass
In '73 the Pirates righty from Canaan inexplicably lost control of his pitches, leading to the term Steve Blass Disease for players who are so afflicted.
2 ESPN Headquarters
Critics scoffed at the idea of a 24-hour sports network when ESPN began broadcasting from Bristol (chosen because it had cheap land available) on Sept. 7,1979. Today the network is a juggernaut, and the city is, among sports nuts at least, famous.
More than 2,000 people work at the 24-acre ESPN complex.
3 International Skating Center of Connecticut
The Simsbury rink has been the training base for Oksana Baiul, Viktor Petrenko, Sasha Cohen and other figure skating stars.
4 Marcus Camby
The Nuggets center from Hartford was the No. 2 pick in the 1996 NBA draft.