Marist poll ranks best of year in sports

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  December 27, 2012 02:06 PM

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The Marist College Center for Sports Communication has released the results of its annual best in sports poll for 2012.

Among the findings:


  • Michael Phelps' Olympic medal record was the biggest accomplishment in sports in 2012, with the US women's gymnastics team winning Olympic gold second.

  • The New York Giants' Super Bowl win was the best sports championship, with the San Francisco Giants' World Series championship second.

  • The Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State was the most impactful story of 2012, with Lance Armstrong's doping case second.

  • Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was the player with the biggest impact on his sport, with LeBron James of the Miami Heat second.

  • Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow was the overwhelming choice for most overhyped athlete. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodroiguez was second.

  • Sixty percent of adults nationwide consider themselves sports fans.


The complete results can be found at Marist's web site.

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