Our sister site has an excellent article on playoff team "likeability". I am sure you know which evil empire ranked dead last, but you might want to check out who ranked first, and by how much.
The article has some humor too, here is just a taste:
"There's a funny thing about the 2010 Yankees: Derek Jeter blows now. It doesn't matter that Derek Jeter might be a wonderful, classy, charitable saint of a man. There would be few things more profoundly, deeply satisfying than watching Derek Jeter go 0-12 while he, his teammates, and his insufferable fanboys get swept out of the playoffs by those nice young boys from Minnesota."