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THE POLL
Compiled by Bill Syken
May 10, 2004
Montanans weigh in on sports*
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May 10, 2004

The Poll

Montanans weigh in on sports*

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64-34-5
Montana's record against Montana State in their Brawl of the Wild football rivalry.

GREATEST MOMENT
Let's call it the biggest, if not greatest, moment: People in tiny Shelby were so eager to host a heavyweight title fight that they erected a 40,208-seat stadium for the July 4,1923, bout between champion Jack Dempsey and Tommy Gibbons. Dempsey won a 15-round decision, but backers of the fight lost so much money (fewer than 12,000 tickets were sold) that four area banks had to close.

MEMORABLE QUOTE

"Every time I come to Montana I feel like a prostitute on Saturday night."

—THEN EASTERN WASHINGTON FOOTBALL COACH DICK ZORNES, IN 1986, AFTER GAME OFFICIALS UPHELD A DISPUTED LAST-SECOND TOUCHDOWN TO GIVE MONTANA A 42-37 WIN OVER HIS EAGLES IN MISSOULA

Enthuse-o-meter
73.2
On a scale of 1 to 100, how would you rate your state's enthusiasm for sports, relative to other states'?
Rank: 33rd of first 42 states polled

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