'Madden NFL 11,' 'NBA 2K11' favorite teams revealed

Mon, Nov 22
3:51
PM ET

When it comes to NFL and NBA franchise popularity among sports video game players, Al Davis said it best.

"Just win, baby."

A Page 2 survey -- for pretentiousness' sake, call it a study -- comparing the most and least-played teams in "Madden NFL 11" and "NBA 2K11" to their real-life counterparts reveals the following:

• Sports gamers love winners. Of the 20 most-played teams in both games, 15 have winning records in real life.

• Gamers love teams that can help them win even more. While the majority of the most-played teams have top 10 in-game overall squad ratings, none of the least-played teams crack the ratings top 10.

• Real-life loser teams are popular under the following conditions: (a) They sport top 10 in-game ratings, such as Dallas and Minnesota in "Madden NFL 11"; (b) they feature rookie sensation John Wall, like Washington in "NBA 2K11"; (c) they have New York's population behind them (the Knicks). Conclusion? A Knicks team with a top 10 in-game rating featuring Wall might break the Internet.

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