Well this is certainly interesting lol. And it supports everything that I've been saying in recent weeks about how loyalty doesn't matter and that he made the right decision. All of this "legacy" crap you dudes are spewing is hot garbage.
Harris Interactive Poll conducts professional polls with market research on a variety of topics. They research politics, entertainment, sports; you name it. These are polls that YOU answer.
So Harris Interactive conducts a poll on the most popular athletes of today. The newest poll was conducted from June 14 - 21 (please remember these dates). There are FOUR names that stick out here. Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, Brett Favre, and LeBron James. Below is where they rank today and the number in parentheses is the previous years ranking.
1. Tiger Woods (1)
1. Kobe Bryant (4)
4. Brett Favre (9)
6. LeBron James (3)
Well, that's certainly interesting wouldn't you say? Tiger Woods, after all of the cheating and the messy divorce remains on top tied with Kobe Bryant, who also had his image tarnished by a rape scandal that turned fairly messy. Both of these guys are on top of their respective sports.
Look at the jump Brett Favre made. Brett jumps FIVE spots after going to a division rival and dragging everyone kicking and screaming thru his own version of "The Decision." We all hate Brett Favre right? We're sick of hearing about this clown, right? Apparently not. Talk about "disloyal." According to many of you, he's the epitome of disloyal. He holds the fans, team, and media hostage with his Hamlet-like decision making skills. But somehow he jumped five spots to #4. How is this possible when we all hate him? Maybe we don't hate Brett Favre like we think we do.
Now, LeBron James fell a few spots to #6. Why? Well, this poll was taken in the middle of June so it can't be because he was "disloyal" and left Cleveland. He was still in Cleveland. This poll was conducted shortly after Cleveland was bounced from the playoffs by Boston.
"But LeBron was going to leave Cleveland so that affected people's opinion of him and THAT is why he dropped."
Nope. Try again. It was largely believed that he was going to stay in Cleveland.
Didn't Kobe quit on the Lakers a couple of times? Remember that game against the Suns where he took one shot in the first half? Threatened to leave Los Angeles before they acquired Gasol? Didn't Kobe do the same thing LeBron did? Only in the end LeBron left and Kobe stayed. But then again we're talking about the city of Los Angeles v. the city of Cleveland.
The point of all of this, if loyalty mattered Brett Favre wouldn't be flying up this list. Winning cures all and people look at you differently. LeBron did the right thing. LeBron was loyal to LeBron and that's what matters in the end.