Discover Fan Loyalty Poll: Would You Host A Halloween Villain To Guarantee A College Football Victory?

The Discover Fan Loyalty Poll decided to go with a Halloween-themed survey this week, with trick-or-treaters gearing up for another big night of costumes and candy. This week, college football fans across the country were asked whether or not they would host a notorious Halloween villain at their party if it would guarantee a victory for their favorite team. Proving just how important sports are, especially as it relates to each and every college football game throughout the season, 64 percent of college football fans said that they would indeed host a villain on Halloween to ensure victory for their favorite team. The No. 1 villain on the list? That would be none other than Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter from the famed Silence of the Lambs series. Hannibal spooked his way to the top, racking up 15 percent of the vote.

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At least with hosting Hannibal Lecter, you wouldn’t have to fear that he would eat all of your Halloween candy. Then again, that may be a bad thing, especially in this instance. I would much rather have a villain eat all of my candy then, well, I suppose I don’t really have to go there now, do I?

While Hannibal came in as the top villain fans would opt to host during Halloween, he was not the only one to get some much deserved attention. In the end, Hannibal held a narrow edge over Voldemort, who gained 12 percent, from the Harry Potter series, followed by Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare on Elm Street fame with eight percent. Here is a look at the complete list:

  • 7 percent: Michael Myers from “Halloween
  • 7 percent: Chucky from “Child’s Play
  • 5 percent: Jason from “Friday the 13th
  • 5 percent: Pinhead from “Hellraiser
  • 3 percent: Masked Murderer from “Scream
  • 2 percent: Jigsaw from the “Saw” series

Which of these villains would you most likely select to attend your Halloween party, provided it guaranteed victory for your favorite college football team? Or, would you be one of the 36 percent who would refuse entry from any of these guests and roll the dice in the big game?

Before you answer that question, take a look at some of the other results from the latest Discover Fan Loyalty Poll by checking out the infographic below:

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What would you do if your favorite college football team played on Halloween night? Would you stick around and hand out the candy, or would you pretend that you were not home, dealing with the possible repercussions from angry trick-or-treaters the following morning? As always, feel free to leave a comment below with your answer.

As far as the Halloween villains are concerned, are there any who did not make the list that you would invite over first? Personally, my pick would be the Leprechaun from the Leprechaun movies, featuring Warwick Davis. Scary? Sure. But his limericks always had me in stitches. At least, they did when I was a teenager. I’m guessing I may not find them quite as humorous now as I did back then. Then again, Jennifer Aniston stars in the first movie, so there is always that as well. I may have to go turn on the DVD player tonight. Just not during the game…

With this being Halloween, the latest Discover Fan Loyalty Poll also asked college football fans across the nation if they had a favorite trick play. The fans, just like me, voted the flea flicker as their favorite trick play, followed by the fake punt, fake field goal, Statue of Liberty play and the end around. The Flea flicker gathered 27 percent of the vote to place it first. Perhaps, we will see a flea flicker or two during Halloween weekend. Maybe even on Halloween night!

It’s no trick that fans again chose the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide as the best college football team in the country, at a whopping 45 percent. The No. 2 Oregon Ducks and No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes rounded out the top three.* Alabama and Oregon are both off this weekend, so their opponent will not be playing any tricks against them during Halloween weekend. Ohio State Buckeyes will look to spook the Purdue Boilermakers on the road on Saturday afternoon, while the No. 3 ranked Florida State Seminoles will look to prove that their strong play is no trick against the No. 7 Miami Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Maybe we will see a few fans dressed up in the stands this weekend. What will you be dressing up as this Halloween?

Make sure that you stay tuned to Boston Super Blog for all of the latest polls and results from the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll. We have got you covered throughout the remainder of the 2013 college football season, leading all the way up to the BCS Championship Game! Make sure to Like Discover on Facebook and follow them on Twitter!

The Discover Fan Loyalty Poll is conducted twice a month by Rasmussen Reports, a nationally recognized leader in polling, who gathers sentiment by phone from 1500 college football fans who follow games at least once per week on television, radio, in person or online. The Poll leads up to the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl. Discover’s commitment to college football includes relationships with ESPN and Notre Dame Football on NBC.

*Fans were polled during the week of Oct. 13, 2013.

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Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.