Friday, January 18, 2008

Popularity Contest: Crosby v. Ovechkin

Two of the biggest and youngest stars of the NHL: 20-year-old, Sidney Crosby, of the Pittsburg Penguins, and 22-year-old, Alexander Ovechkin, of the Washington Capitals have been locked in a horse race regarding who is more popular.

Using a Google Trends analysis of the search volume for each player shows how the two superstars have gone back and forth in terms of the public's interest in them. Crosby was the man in 2005, Ovechkin dominated in 2006, but Crosby came back to lead in 2007.

Note: the big spike for Ovechkin in January 2006 was due to his famous "falling-backward, over-the-head, twisting goal" against Phoenix. And the spike at the end of 2007 for Crosby was due to his play in the January 1st, Winter Classic game.

Wonder if Ovechkin gets his shot at a Winter Classic someday?

who is more popular Sidney Crosby or Alexander Ovechkin?source:
Google Trends

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