Sampling the early votes

I’ve got some early results on your voting for the beloved and disliked figures in the history of each franchise.

The polls remain open, so send your votes to the mailbag, if you haven’t done so already. We’ll close the voting at 5 p.m. ET Friday and announce the winners next week.

What I’m about to show you is by no means final. It’s just an early overview of how the vote is going so far, according to Saint Leo University student Kevin Little, who is serving as our official statistician on this project.

For the Saints, Drew Brees has a big early lead in the beloved category. In the disliked category, Mike Ditka’s got the lead right now, but Aaron Brooks is right on his heels.

For the Falcons, Matt Ryan has the early lead in the beloved category, but Jesse Tuggle, Mike Smith and Arthur Blank are very much within striking distance. Bobby Petrino is leading the disliked category.

In Tampa Bay, we’ve got clear leaders with Mike Alstott as beloved and Hugh Culverhouse as disliked.

In Carolina, Sam Mills has a pretty solid lead in the beloved category. For disliked, Julius Peppers has the lead, but Kerry Collins and George Seifert are very much in the mix.