Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Tom Brady more disliked than Ben Roethlisberger in poll
|02.01.11 at 7:57 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY TUESDAY:
NHL: Bruins at Hurricanes, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Celtics at Kings, 10 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ According to a poll commissioned by The Hollywood Reporter, Sunday’s Super Bowl is headed for record ratings, and while Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is the most disliked player in the game, Tom Brady surprisingly ranks higher on the list of most disliked NFL players.
The poll indicates that 78 percent of Americans plan to watch the game, which would be a 5 percent hike from last year, and more are cheering for the Packers (45 percent to 39 percent). As for the league’s most disliked players, Brett Favre is No. 1, Michael Vick No. 2, Brady No. 3 and Roethlisberger No. 4.
♦ Hockey Night in Canada and the NHL Players Association conducted a poll about the least desirable team to play for. The Islanders were the runaway winner with 27 percent. The Oilers were second at 20 percent, followed by the Sabres (8 percent) and Thrashers (7 percent). Tied for fifth were the Maple Leafs and Canadiens, at 5 percent.
♦ The Cavaliers were routed by the Heat on Monday, their 21st consecutive loss. At Fox Sports Florida, Bill Reiter writes that the Cavs have gone from The Decision to The Debacle, and it’s clear that LeBron James made the right choice in getting out of Cleveland.
♦ Los Angeles took another step toward landing an NFL franchise with a deal expected to be announced Tuesday that gives naming rights for a proposed downtown stadium to Farmers Insurance.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 1, 2004, the Patriots beat the Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII behind the efforts of MVP Tom Brady. Which Super Bowl passing record did Brady set in the game?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It didn’t matter for me if the Cavs were going to have a successful season or not. I felt like I was making the right choice for me as an individual and for my career. Like I said, I have nothing bad to say about the players that I left and the team. I wish the organization the best. And I wish the fans, more than anything, the best because we had a lot of great years together.” — LeBron James, after the Heat beat the Cavaliers on Monday night
STAT OF THE DAY: 5-3 — The Nets’ record since trade talks with Carmelo Anthony broke off, including a 115-99 victory over Anthony’s Nuggets on Monday night (New Jersey is 15-34 overall)
‘NET RESULTS: A minor league hockey referee takes a tumble in to the goalpost in an awkward position.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Most completions (32)
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Don Everly turns 74 Tuesday.
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