The most recent Courier Publications/VillageSoup sports poll has come to a close, and now the poll turns its attention to a new, "heated" topic, as it asks: As a sports fan, what causes the most frustration?

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Between the COVID-19 pandemic, trades, players leaving for other teams, and just horrendous play in general, New England, and, more specifically, Maine sports fans, have had a lot of frustrations the past year.

Notable frustrations include Mookie Betts traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers and watching Betts win a World Series in his first season out west, Tom Brady leaving New England for Tampa Bay and winning his seventh Super Bowl in his first season as a Buccaneer, no fans allowed at high school competitions, as well as the Boston Celtics' lackluster and uninspiring play thus far in the regular season.

The previous sports poll asked which North American athlete was the greatest of all-time, and women's tennis star Serena Williams took the top spot with 17.2 percent of the vote. Brady was right behind in second with 15.6 percent of the vote. Michael Jordan finished third highest with 14.1 percent, followed by Michael Phelps at 9.4 percent; Simone Biles and Bill Russell, 7.8 percent; Muhammad Ali, Babe Ruth, Tiger Woods and Wayne Gretzky, 6.3 percent; LeBron James and Jim Thorpe, 1.6 percent; and Derek Jeter, zero.

The topic always will be up for debate, and the list ever-changing, as many athletes considered "great" in their sports were not listed, while future all-time greats continue to make their mark.

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