Google Zeitgeist

Sports

Great athletic feats always capture our attention. This year was no different, as we rooted for the home team, watched two new stadiums open in New York, and saw a few great comebacks. We hope you enjoy this look at some of the most popular sports-related search queries of the year. Unless otherwise noted, these queries were most popular in the U.S. in 2009.

Back in the Game

We cheered as a few of our favorites came back to the playing field (or court, ring, or bike, as the case may be).

Stadiums

  1. yankee stadium
  2. cowboys stadium
  3. giants stadium
  4. gillette stadium
  5. lucas oil stadium
  6. reliant stadium
  7. dodger stadium
  8. raymond james stadium
  9. busch stadium
  10. shea stadium

Coaches

  1. coach k (mike krzyzewski - duke university basketball)
  2. mike tomlin (pittsburgh steelers)
  3. josh mcdaniels (denver broncos)
  4. john calipari (university of kentucky basketball)
  5. erik spoelstra (miami heat)
  6. sean miller (university of arizona basketball)
  7. bill belichick (new england patriots)
  8. roy williams (university of north carolina basketball)
  9. phil jackson (los angeles lakers)
  10. tom cable (oakland raiders)

Rivalry

  1. red river rivalry (texas vs. oklahoma)
  2. michigan ohio state rivalry
  3. unc duke rivalry
  4. colts patriots rivalry
  5. vikings packers rivalry
  6. bears packers rivalry
  7. georgia florida rivalry
  8. giants dodgers rivalry
  9. lakers celtics rivalry
  10. steelers browns rivalry

Football

  1. steelers
  2. cowboys
  3. eagles
  4. bears
  5. broncos
  6. vikings
  7. cardinals
  8. dolphins
  9. packers
  10. lions

Baseball

  1. yankees
  2. red sox
  3. phillies
  4. cubs
  5. mets
  6. dodgers
  7. braves
  8. tigers
  9. twins
  10. rockies

Basketball

  1. lakers
  2. celtics
  3. cavaliers
  4. magic
  5. nuggets
  6. bulls
  7. rockets
  8. mavericks
  9. heat
  10. suns

Hockey

  1. red wings
  2. penguins
  3. blackhawks
  4. bruins
  5. capitals
  6. hurricanes
  7. flyers
  8. rangers
  9. ducks
  10. sabers

Soccer (a.k.a. Football)

  1. chelsea
  2. real madrid
  3. barcelona
  4. manchester united
  5. arsenal
  6. corinthians
  7. palmeiras
  8. ac milan
  9. flamengas
  10. chivas

Tennis

  1. roger federer
  2. serena williams
  3. rafael nadal
  4. maria sharapova
  5. anna kournikova
  6. venus williams
  7. andre agassi
  8. kim clijsters
  9. dinara safina
  10. monica seles

Golf

  1. tiger woods
  2. natalie gulbis
  3. phil mickelson
  4. michelle wie
  5. john daly
  6. paula creamer
  7. cheyenne woods
  8. david duval
  9. rory mcilroy
  10. anthony kim