The 2011 results of ESPN's annual fan survey of which team is best in the four major sports have just arrived. The Sharks managed to land as #13 out of 122 teams, a spot lower thank last year's rank of #12. Of note, opinion of ownership is ranked 7th best and stadium experience is 9th.
(Keep in mind these are fan surveys, so it's not like ESPN pulled the numbers out of their ass - their method for calculating the surveys can be found here)
To compare how well the Sharks did:
* They're the 4th highest NHL team ranked, with the Lightning (#2), Penguins (#10) and Sabres (#11) higher.
* Within NHL teams, they're the best Pacific Division team. In order, Sharks fans are more confident of their team than either Ducks (#23), Coyotes (#28!), Stars (#46) or Kings (#55) fans.
*And in the Bay Area, the Sharks are the highest ranked team. The Giants (#33) trail them by a score; you then have to drop far to get to the A's (#84), Warriors (#89), 49ers (#90) and Raiders (#104).