Fun Fact Friday

7/19 – Coming back to Arlington Friday night for the first time since eliminating the Texas Rangers from the 2013 playoffs, former-Ranger Chris Davis will look to continue hitting the ball out of all the parks. Davis tied the AL record for most home runs prior to the All-Star break (37), set by Reggie Jackson in 1969.

7/12 – Cancelled

7/5 – Dwight Howard will sign with the Houston Rockets.

6/28 (NBA Draft Bonus Edition) – On a hectic night that consisted of at least 24 trades, the NBA Draft started right away with a surprise. The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Anthony Bennett with their top pick. Bennett is the first Canadian No. 1 overall pick in league history.

6/28 – Now that Paul Pierce has been traded to the Brooklyn Nets and is no longer with the Boston Celtics, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki are the only active players left that have been on the same team since before 2000.

6/21 – The Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 in Game 7 Thursday night, crowning them the NBA World Champions for the second year in a row. They now join the Lakers, Celtics, Pistons, Bulls and Rockets as the only teams to ever have back-to-back titles.

6/14 (Rangers Bonus Edition) – Yu Darvish has been pitching great again this season, but due the Texas Rangers‘ sudden lack of hitting, most of it has been wasted of late as it seems as if he’ll never earn his eighth win. Since his last win May 16 against the Detroit Tigers, Darvish lost 1-0 to the Oakland Athletics and gone four consecutive games without getting a decision, including Thursday night’s 3-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. During these five games, Darvish has a 2.08 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings, but the Rangers have only given him seven runs to work with—four coming in the same game.

6/14 – Ever since the Heat’s Big 3 joined forces, they’ve been under constant scrutiny, even after winning the championship last year. During Game 4 of the NBA Finals Thursday night, these three men came up big in a massive way. During the Miami Heat’s 109-93 beating over the San Antonio Spurs, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh collected 85 points, 30 rebounds, nine assists, 10 steals and five blocks. In Games 1-3, they averaged 43.3 points combined. They almost doubled that Thursday night. When Wade has scored 20 or more points, the Heat have won twenty-nine consecutive games. He now joins Isiah Thomas as the only players in NBA Finals history to record at least 30 points and six steals in a single game. With 33 points, Thursday night was the most points James has ever scored in any of his 19 career Finals games. Bosh had his third straight double-double in Game 4, having only two in the first three rounds combined.

6/7 – With 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists in Thursday’s 92-88 Game 1 loss, LeBron James put together his third career NBA Finals triple-double, good for second most all-time. He is also tied for third most all-time in career playoff triple-doubles (10). LeBron is the third player to grab one of these in back-to-back NBA Finals games (going back to the 2012 NBA Finals), joining Wilt Chamberlain and Magic Johnson. Larry Bird in 1986 was the last player to mess around and get a triple-double in an NBA Finals loss and then go on to win it all. Oh—and the last person in the past 25 years to get a triple-double with at least 18 rebounds? That’s right. Good ol’ Tim Duncan during the Spurs’ closeout victory in Game 6 of the 2003 NBA Finals. How fitting.

5/31 – The last four teams left in the 2013 NHL playoffs – the Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins – are the last four Stanley Cup champions.

5/24 – Last year, the Indiana Pacers beat the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals 78-75. The Heat won that series in six games. This year, the Pacers beat the Heat in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals 97-93. We will have to wait and see the final outcome of this year’s matchup.

5/17 (Bonus NBA Combine Edition) – The NBA Draft Combine gives college players a chance to separate themselves from the rest of the competition.  Former Indiana Hoosier Cody Zeller impressed NBA teams with a single jump. Zeller tied former Florida Gator Joakim Noah for the highest max vertical (42 inches) by a 7-foot player in the last 10 NBA Draft Combines. This should increase his draft stock.

5/17 – In the battle out East, the Indiana Pacers are up 3-2 on the New York Knicks. Not only have these two teams been built differently, their players come from different time periods. The Knicks have one player one their roster under the age of 27 (Iman Shumpert) while the Pacers have one active player over the age of 27 (David West). It’s fairly obvious which of these two teams has the more promising future.

5/10 – Cancelled due to Mother’s Day Weekend and Exams

5/3 – During the Brooklyn Nets‘ Game 6 95-92 victory over the Chicago Bulls, Reggie Evans had himself a board party. The Nets big man grabbed 15 rebounds in 29 minutes, the lowest minute total by a Nets player that grabbed that many boards in an NBA playoff game. Evans’ 15 rebounds was the most in NBA playoff history by a player who had no points, assists, steals or blocked shots.

4/28 (Delayed) – With the San Antonio Spurs series-sweeping 103-82 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, Tracy McGrady has now advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in his NBA career.

4/19 – He may not win Rookie of the Year but the New York Knicks 28-year-old undrafted rookie has certainly been a bargain for their franchise, especially throughout the last stretch of the regular season. During the last seven games, Chris Copeland averaged 20.1 points, including back-to-back 30-point games to finish the season. He is the first Knicks rookie to accomplish this feat since Bill Cartwright did it twice during the 1979-1980 season.

4/12 – For the first time since the 1999-2000 NBA season, Dirk Nowitzki‘s second year with the team, the Dallas Mavericks will not make the postseason.

4/5 – Baseball is back. And The Deputy has some business to take care of. Through the first four games with the Baltimore Orioles, Chris Davis has four homeruns and 16 RBI’s, the most in a team’s first four games in MLB history. He is is the fourth player ever to homer in the first four games of the season and is the first player with a HR and 3+ RBI’s in four straight games at any point in the season since Bill Dickey did it in 1937. If Davis keeps up his current pace, he would finish the season with 648 RBI’s and 162 homeruns.

3/29Cancelled due to Good Friday Holiday.

3/22 – Florida Gulf Coast just made their program known for all of the college basketball nation.

For the third time in the past two season, a 2-seed has been taken down by a 15-seed as the FGCU Eagles took down Georgetown Hoyas 78-68. The 15-seed has only won four other times since the 64-team field was created in 1985.

For Georgetown, this is deja vu… again. Since they went to the Final Four in 2007, other than 2009 when they were in the N.I.T., the Hoyas have been the 2-seed or 3-seed every single season. And every single time they entered the NCAA Tournament, they have been defeated by a double-digit seeded team. No one should have been surprised to see this surprise.

3/18 (Delay Due to Weekend Road-trip) – On March 18, 2008, the Boston Celtics ended the Houston Rocket‘s 22-game winning streak. Tonight, on March 18, 2013 (Five years later to the day), the C’s will face the Miami Heat, who are currently on a 22-game winning streak. Let’s see if history repeats itself…

3/14 (Thursday Edition) – After taking down the Philadelphia 76ers 98-94, the Miami Heat (49-14) placed their ballclub with an elite group. The Heat now have won 20 games in a row, becoming the fourth team to have a 20-game winning streak in the regular season. LeBron has averaged 26.6 points during the streak – only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Gail Goodrich averaged more during one of these four winning streaks.

3/1 – During the Chicago Bulls 93-82 win over the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday night, Joakim Noah had the performance of the year. Noah became the first player in NBA history to record at least 20 points, 20 rebounds, 10 blocks and shoot at least 65 percent from the field in one game.

2/22 (Cancelled) – Due to the snowstorm that has hit Columbia, Missouri, Fun Fact Friday has been cancelled this week.

2/15 – Serena Williams didn’t just rally from a 4-1 deficit Friday afternoon. By taking down Victoria Azarenka 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open, 31-year-old Williams, who almost had to quit the sport a few years ago due to serious injuries, will now become the oldest woman to ever gain the world No. 1 ranking.

2/11 (Jersey Day) – For the first time in the NBA modern era, a tank top will not be the fashion showcased during gameplay. The Golden State Warriors will wear these new Adidas’ alternate jerseys with sleeves as soon as February 22 against the San Antonio Spurs. (This seems to be a topic Gregg Popovich will thoroughly enjoy discussing after the game…)

2/1 – With a 35-11 record and a core ready for redemption come playoff time, the Oklahoma City Thunder are blazing through this season. That was on full display Thursday night when they took down the Gay-less Memphis Grizzlies, 106-89. Even though it was just another victory for the young guns, OKC’s 9-for-9 start from the field was the best its franchise has ever seen since it changed locations five years ago and the best in the NBA this season.

1/25 – He may go down as one of, if not the best tennis player to ever play the game, but the Federer Express may be unable to finish his routes anymore. Andy Murray defeated Roger Federer 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2 in the Australian Open semifinals as Federer seemed to be one step behind the entire time, even though the match lasted five sets. This is the first time Murray has defeated Federer in a Grand Slam match while this is the third straight time Federer has lost in the Aussie semis. He has lost to the other players a part of Men’s tennis “fantastic four” each time (2011 – Novak Djokovic, 2012 – Rafael Nadal, 2013 – Murray.)

1/18 – Tom Thibodeau has instilled a certain type of attitude for his ballclub since arriving in Chicago. This year, they apparently feel more comfortable showing this confidence to fans they don’t know. Even though they hold the 10th best overall record in the league (23-15), their struggles in front of their own crowd (11-10 at home) has been confusing to most. However, their play on the road has been another story, as they continue to excel. After Friday’s 100-99 overtime win over the Celtics, the Bulls are now 12-0 when leading on the road after three quarters.

1/11 – Just like that, the Dallas Cowboys have found a new defensive coordinator faster than it takes Tony Romo to suddenly go from an elite quarterback… to Tony Romo. The Cowboys have come to terms with Monte Kiffin to replace Rob Ryan as their defensive coordinator, the fourth in four years. He spent the last four years as the USC defensive coordinator and the previous 25 years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Turning 73 next month, Kiffin joins the Dallas franchise as the second oldest defensive coordinator in the league, only younger than Pittsburgh Steelers’ Dick LeBeau, who is 75.

1/5/13 (NFL Playoffs Edition) – The Houston Texans defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 19-13 in Saturday’s AFC wild-card playoff game. This loss kept a very unfortunate streak alive. Since 1990, the Bengals haven’t won a single postseason game while every other team in the NFL has at least one playoff win.

12/28 – The Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins will play this Sunday for the NFC East title. The future of this season for both teams is up for grabs. The past however, does not bode well for the ‘Boys from the Big D. Since 2000, the Cowboys have a 2-10 record in Week 17 – the worst in the NFL during that span.

12/14 and 12/21 (Double Dose) – The sophomore slump is no more. The Madden curse has ceased to exist. Calvin Johnson has earned the nickname “Megatron” and become one of most effective receivers in the game, no matter his Lions’ record. With two games left in the season, Johnson is 182 yards away from breaking Jerry Rice’s single season receiving yards record of 1,848 yards. All the while, Adrian Peterson is doing the unthinkable. Coming off an ACL injury late last season, most experts believed him to have little to no chance of playing on the football field this season. Going against this analysis, most other player’s first year after an ACL injury and medical logic, Peterson has played every game this year and been tramping over defenses. With 1812 rushing yards and two games left on the season, Peterson is only 294 yards away from breaking Eric Dickerson’s long-standing record of 2,105 rushing yards that he set in 1984.

12/7 (Bye Week) – Due to final exams, this is the Fun Fact Friday’s bye week.

12/3 (Delayed) – The New York Knicks are off to a hot start with the second best record in the Eastern Conference (12-4) and a perfect 7-0 record at home, even though they’re the oldest team in NBA history. However, their recent success goes all back to the 2011-2012 season. Since Mike Woodson took the head coaching job last season, the Knicks have won 18 of 19 games at Madison Square Garden and allowed a league-low 87.9 points per game.

11/23 – Even though many are trying to explain how the Houston Texans are not as good as their 10-1 record shows, Andre Johnson is as good as his numbers show. After his nine-catch, 188-yard performance in the Texans’ 34-31 OT victory over the Detroit Lions, Optimus Prime now has 23 receptions and 461 yards in the last two weeks, giving him the most receiving yards in back-to-back games in NFL history.

11/16 – The Toronto Raptors defeated the Indiana Pacers 74-72 last Tuesday, but it wasn’t without a miserable ending. The Raptors were only able to score five points on one field goal in the 4th quarter, which is both the fewest points and fewest field goals made in the 4th quarter by a winning team in the shot-clock era.

11/9 – Richard Hamilton has been known as “Rip” Hamilton since he arrived to the basketball scene. He inherited this nickname from his dad, who would rip off his diapers as a baby.

11/5 (NFL Edition) – Prior to this Sunday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie running back Doug Martin had 543 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the season. All of that has now changed. Martin rushed for a franchise-record 251 yards along and four touchdowns in the Bucs’ 43-32 victory over the Oakland Raiders. Along with rushing for the third-most yards by a rookie in NFL history, he became the first player ever with three touchdowns of more than 45 yards in a single game.

10/26 – The San Francisco Giants should be feeling pretty good about themselves right now as 14 of the last 15 teams to go up 2-0 in the World Series have gone on to win the championship.  The only team to break this trend was the 1996 Yankees who came back from an 0-2 deficit to beat the Atlanta Braves.

10/22 (Belated) – Already matching his touchdown total for last year’s entire season (28), Seth Doege has been playing at another level for his ranked Red Raiders. Saturday was no exception. In his team’s 56-53 triple-overtime victory over TCU, Doege threw for 318 yards and a career-best seven touchdowns, including three in overtime. He now has thrown for at least six touchdowns three times this year. Before Matt Barkley passed for six touchdowns later that night, this mark equaled the total for the entire FBS.

10/12 – Even with Mat Latos on the mound, a pitcher that hadn’t recorded a loss in eight straight appearances before Thursday night, the Cincinnati Redscompleted their epic collapse by losing to the San Francisco Giants 6-4 in the winner-takes-all Game 5 of the NLDS. Not only was this their first time all season losing three straight home games, but they also now stand as the first team to lose the NLDS after taking a 2-0 lead and the first team to lose a best-of-five series by losing the last three at home.

10/5 – Last season, the New York Knicks average player was 27 years and 300 days old. With the recent signing of Rasheed Wallace (38), who came out of retirement to join the team, along with Marcus Camby (38), Jason Kidd (39) and Kurt Thomas (40), the 2012-2013 Knicks will become the oldest team in NBA history with an average age of 32 years and 240 days, according to Stats LLC. This increase in average age from one season to the next is also the greatest in NBA history.

10/1 (NFL Version) – Even though the Miami Dolphins lost their second straight overtime game in falling to the Arizona Cardinals 24-21, Ryan Tannehill had a field day through the air. The young quarterback threw for 431 passing yards, obliterating Dan Marino’s rookie record for the Dolphins by 109 yards and coming one yard short of tying Cam Newton’s all-time rookie record.

9/21 – Even though he might have had a bumpy start to his rookie and American baseball debut season, Yu Darvish has come into his own and established himself as an ace for the Texas Rangers. After recording his 16th win Thursday night, Darvish set the MLB record for most wins by a Japanese rookie as he already broke the Rangers rookie record about a month ago. Darvish has 214 strikeouts, which ranks him second all-time in American League rookies, and only four rookies in history have recorded this many wins (16) while handing out at least 200 strikeouts in a season.

9/14 – Florida State might be ranked No. 4 in the most recent AP rankings, but purely based on the scoreboard the past three weeks, they have been the best college football team in the nation. Outscoring their opponents 176-3, the Seminoles have scored 50 or more points in each of their first three games – a first in school and ACC history.

9/7 – Even though some college football coaches are criticized for running up the score late in games, none can top Georgia Tech. In 1916, the Engineers squared off against the Cumberland Bulldogs and defeated them by a score of 220 to 0. This game that ended 15 minutes early is the largest margin of victory by any collegiate football team.

8/31 – The 2012 NFL season brings with it something that has never happened before. Five rookies – Andrew Luck (Colts), Robert Griffin III (Redskins), Ryan Tannehill (Dolphins), Brandon Weeden (Browns) and Russell Wilson (Seahawks) – will all start in Week 1. That is easily an NFL record.

8/24 – Even though he may be known for the monumental impact he had on the game of baseball, Jackie Robinson was not the first African American to join and play for an MLB team. The first was Fleetwood Walker, who played for the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Associations in 1884.

8/21 (Belated) – Just as this Fun Fact Friday was a long time coming since last Friday, the Masters finally took a major step that everyone knew would eventually be taken. And that step was clearly forward. The Augusta National Golf Club, one of the world’s most renowned gold clubs, decided to change how they did things by formally inviting former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to come play some golf. These are the first female members since the founders established this exclusive club in 1932.

8/10 – Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and the rest of the United States women’s soccer team winning it all at the 2012 London Olympics shouldn’t come as a surprise. Since women’s soccer was implemented into the Summer Olympics in 1996, the U.S. team has made it to the Final match every year they have stepped onto a grass field. Of the five times they went to play for the gold, they were awarded this top medal four times.

8/3 – Sometimes, one can’t help but agree with the maxim, “age doesn’t matter.” With a lot of skill and even more luck, two sportsmen found a way to epitomize this saying. On June 6, 1995, Christian Carpenter of the U.S.A. became the youngest golfer to make a hole-in-one at the age of 4 years 195 days at the Mountain View Golf Club in Hickory, North Carolina on December 18, 1999. On the other side of experience, Otto Bucher of Switzerland became the oldest golfer to put in a hole-in-one at 99 years 244 days of age in La Manga GC, Spain on January 13, 1985.

7/27 – The Olympic games have not always been celebrated as they are today. When it all began in 776 B.C., these games were celebrated as a religious festival. Greece presented many ritual sacrifices in honor of Zeus and Pelops as these were highly regarded gods and heros. Yet, as the Romans began to take command of Greece later on, they looked down upon this pagan approach to the games. So in 393 A.D., emperor Theodosius banished any such event. When did it come back? Well, 1,501 years later, it began again. French educator Baron Pierre de Coubertin put together a proposal in 1894 to bring back the ancient tradition, and it was approved. It was with this proposition that we are able to have the Olympic Summer games today.

7/20 – On opening day in 1950, Chicago Cardinals QB Jim Hardy did not have the type of start to the season he wanted to. Or anyone would want to. After setting the record at the time for most consecutive pass attempts without an interception (114), Hardy went out against the Philadelphia Eagles and threw eight interceptions – the most thrown in one game in NFL history – as his team was obliterated 45-7. These eight INTs made up a third of his total interceptions for the 1950 season (24).

7/13 – Not only has he put up astounding numbers on the field, including the single-season record for most passing yards (5,476 yards) that he set during the 2011 season, but he has also been a spark of motivation and hope since Hurricane Katrina placed a permanent mark on the city. Brees came in the the following NFL season after the disaster struck. After Friday, this man now holds an NFL-record $60 million guaranteed in his fresh five year, $100 million contract with the New Orleans Saints.

7/6 – Even though numbers seem to have always been a part of professional sports, that is not the case. For the first 60 years the MLB was in existence, numbers were not included on teams’ jerseys. After a few organizations experimented wearing numbers one or two times in the early 20th century, in 1929, the New York Yankees decided to commit to numbers being a permanent part of their uniform. They distributed those according to each player’s position in the batting order.

6/29 – We are currently in an era where collegiate basketball players tend to leave school early. This was on full display at the 2012 NBA Draft. For the first time in league history, the top three picks – Anthony Davis (Kentucky), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Kentucky), Bradley Beal (Florida) – were all freshmen and from the SEC East.

6/22 – Balanced scoring from the Miami Heat was not their best quality during the regular season as only three players averaged double-digit scoring and only four averaged more than seven points. The playoffs proved to be much different, especially in the Finals. During the first three rounds of the playoffs, the champions averaged 3.8 (1st round), 3.17 (2nd round) and 3.29 players (Eastern Conference Finals) in double figures while only once having five or more men reach 10+ points. In the NBA Finals, they averaged 4.4 and twice had five or more men reach this mark. Mike Miller’s 23 point performance in series-clinching Game 5 was his most points since January 22, 2011 when he put up 32 against the Toronto Raptors.

6/15 – Kevin Durant scored 33 combined 4th quarter points in the first two NBA Finals game (17 in Game 1 and 16 in Game 2). Durant now easily holds the all-time record for most points in a player’s first two career NBA Finals games, passing Shaquille O’Neal’s 23 from 1995.

6/8 – From 1999 to 2011, the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs have been the only teams to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals. This year, the Oklahoma City Thunder are the Western Conference Champions after going through each of these three teams.

6/1 – Honduras and El Salvador had made it to the second North American qualifying round of the 1970 FIFA World Cup. After Honduras won the first game 1-0 in their own capital of Tegucigalpa, fighting between fans broke out. Then, even greater violence came about following El Salvador’s 3-0 victory in their capital of San Salvador. These two sides were forced to have a play-off match in Mexico City on July 26, 1969 to determine whom would advance. El Salvador won 3-2 in extra time. On the very day of this play-off match, war was waged. Even though there were many previous political conflicts and issues prior to these soccer games, this conflict that lasted only four days would later be known as the Football War (“La guerra del fútbol,” in Spanish).

5/25 – The Charlotte Bobcats will interview Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan Friday for the team’s vacant head-coaching position. These two parties come from different places winning-wise. If the Charlotte Bobcats theoretically keep their current pace of 29 wins a year, they will match Jerry Sloan’s win total (1,221) in 2047.

5/18 – The Los Angeles Kings currently have a 3-0 series lead on the Phoenix Coyotes in the Western Conference Finals, and the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils are tied at one game a piece in the Eastern Conference Finals. If the Rangers and Kings happen to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals, these teams would be unable to relate to one another. The Kings would have faced the highest possible group of seeds (Canucks (1), Blues (2), Coyotes (3), Rangers (1)) and the Rangers would have played the lowest possible group of seeds (Senators (8), Capitals (7), Devils (6), Kings (8)).

5/11 – The No. 8 seeded Philadelphia 76ers defeated the No. 1 seeded Chicago Bulls, four games to two. They are the fifth No. 8 seed to win a first-round series against a No. 1 seed in NBA history. The other teams to do so are the Denver Nuggets (1994), New York Knicks (1999), Golden State Warriors (2007) and Memphis Grizzlies (2011).

5/4 – The Indianapolis Colts and the Washington Redskins will be starting their 2012 NFL season with new, young quarterbacks (Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III) obtained with the first two picks in the NFL draft. However, one of these franchises is much more adept at this process. Disregarding last season since Peyton Manning was injured, the Colts have started one man (Manning) at quarterback over the past 14 seasons. The Redskins have started 14 men at quarterback over the past 14 seasons.

4/27 – Currently, the two teams with the longest consecutive playoff appearances are the San Antonio Spurs (15) and the Dallas Mavericks (12). The longest playoff streak in NBA history occurred when the Syracuse Nationals didn’t miss from 1950 to 1963. Then the team was relocated, and the new Philadelphia 76ers made the playoffs from 1964 to 1971. That’s 22 consecutive years for one franchise.

4/20 – Eleven out of the past 14 No. 1 overall NFL draft picks have been quarterbacks, and this year should continue this trend with either Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III being taken first. Although this honor usually results in a nice payday, it doesn’t necessarily translate into championships. In fact, of all currently active former #1 picks, there are only three with Super Bowl rings. Those three are Peyton Manning (University of Tennessee; drafted by the Colts in 1998; won Super Bowl XLI with the Colts), Eli Manning (University of Mississippi; drafted by the Chargers and immediately traded to the Giants in 2004; won Super Bowls XLII and XLVI with the Giants) and David Carr (Fresno State University; drafted by the Texans in 2002; served as Eli Manning’s backup in Super Bowl XLVI).

4/13 – The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox both started the 2012 MLB season at 0-3. They currently sit fourth and fifth in the AL East. Even though it is still very early, the last time that neither of these teams made the post-season was 1993.*

*No one made the playoffs in 1994 because of the players strike.

4/6 -Major League Baseball began its western expansion around 1950. Since then, there have been only three times when an American League team other than the Yankees has managed to make it to the World Series three consecutive years. Those teams are the Baltimore Orioles (1969, 1970, 1971) and the Oakland A’s (1972, 1973, 1974 and 1988, 1989, & 1990). During the 18 year period of 1947-1964, the Yankees won the American League pennant 15 times and went on to win the World Series 10 of these years.

3/30 – During the 1943 NFL season, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles lost many of their players to military service during World War II. These two teams consequently merged into one team without any city designation. Even though they were officially known as the Eagles, the nickname “Steagles” became their unofficial title as they went 5-4-1 on the season. During the next NFL season, the Steelers combined with the Chicago Cardinals for the same reason, creating the nickname “Card-Pitt.” Finishing the season 0-10, many sportswriters called them the ”Car-Pitts” (carpets) since teams walked over them.

3/23 – Jason Frederick Kidd turns 39 today. He ranks second all-time in career assists, second all-time in career steals and third all-time in career 3-pointers. He is currently the fourth oldest player in the NBA. He became the first Maverick to start in an NBA All-Star game in the 1996 NBA All-Star Game. While in Phoenix, he had a burger named after him called “The Jason Kidd Burger” which consisted of three beef patties and two slices of cheese.

3/16 – Yesterday UNC Asheville gave Syracuse a run for their money in their 72-65 loss. A #16 seed has never upset a #1 seed, but here’s who have come the closest:

1996 – #16 West Carolina vs. #1 Purdue: 71 – 73

1989 – #16 Princeton vs. #1 Georgetown: 49 – 50

1989 – #16 East Tennesse St vs. #1 Oklahoma: 71 – 72

1990 – #16 Murray St vs. #1 Michigan St: 71 – 75 (overtime)

3/9 – Peyton Manning holds the record for most Associated Press MVP awards, winning this award four times (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009). He has been selected to the Pro Bowl 11 times, giving him the fourth most selections all-time. He is the Indianapolis Colts all-time leader in career wins (141), passing touchdowns (399), pass attempts (7,210), pass completions (4,682) and passing yards (54,828). He brought the Colts their first championship in Indianapolis in Super Bowl XLI, where he was named the Super Bowl MVP.

3/2 – In the pre-shot clock era, the lowest scoring NBA game took place in 1950 when the Fort Wayne Pistons beat the Minneapolis Lakers, 19-18. Once the league implemented the shot clock, the lowest scoring game came in 1955 when the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Hawks, 62-57. The highest scoring NBA game in regulation came in 1990 when the Golden State Warriors beat the Denver Nuggets, 162-158. Including overtime, the highest scoring game took place in 1983 when the Detroit Pistons beat the Denver Nuggets, 186-184 (3OT).

2/24 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the all-time record for most All-Star appearances with 19 selections while Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett hold the record among active players with 14 appearances. Jerry West is the sole owner of the record for most consecutive All-Star selections (14) and Kobe Bryant (not counting 2010 when he was unable to play in the game due to an injury) leads active players with 13 straight selections. If this injury breaks the streak, then Dirk Nowitzki becomes the record-holder with 11 straight appearances.

2/17 – With Monta Ellis once again coming up short this year, the Golden State Warriors have the longest streak without an All-Star. The last Warrior to make it was Latrell Sprewell in 1997. This drought stands six seasons longer than the next teams – the Milwaukee Bucks (Redd in 2004) and the Sacramento Kings (Peja Stojakovic in 2004).

2/10 – Hockey great Wayne Gretsky received nine MVP awards (Hart Trophy) during his 21 seasons. This stands as the most MVP awards by any player from any professional sports league.

2/3 – The NFC team has won 14 consecutive coin tosses at the Super Bowl. The odds of that happening are 16,000-1. So, the odds of the Giants winning the coin toss on Sunday are pretty slim, right? Actually, it’s still just 50-50. Think about it. The teams who have won the coin toss have gone on to win the game 22 out of 45 times (48.89%). No one can escape the laws of probability.

1/27 – The last time that a Gram Slam Final did not feature either Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, or Murray was in 2005 when Marat Safin defeated Lleyton Hewitt at the Australian Open. Since then, the four Grand Slam tournaments have featured a finals matchup between 2 of these 4 men 15 out of 27 times. Sunday will make it 16 out of 28.

1/20 – Currently the team president of the Miami Heat, Pat Riley has done more than simply manage NBA teams. After playing both basketball and football at the University of Kentucky, Riley was drafted in the 1st round of the 1967 NBA Draft by the San Diego Rockets and also drafted in the 11th round of the 1967 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys as a wide receiver. Riley decided to play in the NBA instead of the NFL.

1/13 – When the first professional basketball league was formed in 1898, each player brought in $2.50 for every home game and $1.25 for every road game.

1/6/12 – Since the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship game consists of two SEC teams (LSU and Alabama) on Monday night, this will be the sixth straight SEC team to win the national championship. Both of these teams have won during this streak, LSU winning in 2007, and Alabama winning in 2009. After scoring a combined 15 points in their first match-up, LSU and Alabama will surely provide a different type of game than the other four BCS Bowl games that have averaged a combined 77 points per game.

12/30 – After Thursday’s 104-102 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Dallas Mavericks became only the second NBA champion to start the next season 0-3. The 1969-1970 Boston Celtics are the other team to have this start; however, this occurred after the retirement of 12-time NBA All-Star and Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell. They finished their season 34-48.

12/25 (Christmas Edition) – The New York Knicks are playing in a league-best 47th Christmas Day game today while the Los Angeles Lakers are second with their 38th appearance. There is a record five MVPs playing in today’s five games: Kevin Garnett (2003-2004), Dirk Nowitzki (2006-2007), Kobe Bryant (2007-2008), LeBron James (2008-2009, 2009-2010), and Derrick Rose (2010-2011). Assuming he plays, Kobe Bryant will break the record for most games played on Christmas Day (14), surpassing Shaquille O’Neal, Dolph Schayes, and Earl Monroe.

12/16 – DeShawn Stevenson is the only NBA player in league history to wear number 92 on his jersey.

12/9 – There have been a total of 452 Individual Awards given away in the NBA. These awards include All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year, Bill Russell Finals Most Valuable Player, Executive of the Year, J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year, Most Improved Player, and Sportsmanship Award. There have been 18 back-to-back winners and 8 back-to-back-to-back winners. Michael Jordan is the only NBA player to have 2 back-to-back-to-back awards (he won NBA Finals MVP from 1991-1993 and from 1996-1998). The All-Star Game MVP, Rookie of the Year (obviously), Coach of the Year, Executive of the Year, J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, Most Improved Player Award, and Sportsmanship Award have never had a back-to-back winner.

12/2 – During the past 10 NFL seasons, there have been 10 different NFC Champions. On the other hand, only 4 different teams have come out of the AFC – the Patriots, Raiders, Colts, and Steelers.

11/25 – Today’s the big Ohio State-Michigan rivalry, but for the first time in a while, it doesn’t have much relevancy for the national championship or even the Big Ten. Ohio State has won 9 of the past 10 meetings, but anything can still happen. For the first time since 1929, both Ohio State and Michigan are being led by a first year head coach – Luke Fickell for OSU and Brady Hoke for Michigan.

11/18 – Lynn Nolan Ryan Jr. holds the MLB all-time record for career strikeouts with 5,714 which is 839 more than Randy Johnson who is right behind him. From 1972-1982, Ryan finished in the top five in strikeouts 10 of those 11 seasons, and if you extend that time period to 1991, he finished in the top five 16 of 20 seasons. He is the only player to accomplish a 9 pitch – 9 strike – 3 outs inning with both the NL (New York Mets) and AL (Texas Rangers).

11/11 – Since the 2000-2001 NBA Season, Dirk Nowitzki is the only NBA player in the league to lead his team in total points every single year.

11/4 – There are two Houston quarterbacks that hold six NCAA all-time records – Case Keenum (2006-present) and David Klingler (1988-1991). Case Keenum recently became the record holder of most career touchdown passes (139) while earlier in his career, he achieved the record for most pass attempts without an interception in a game (76). David Klingler holds the record for most yards passing in a game (716), along with most touchdown passes in a game (11) and in a quarter (6). He also holds the record for most passing yards per game during a season (467.3).

10/28 – Out of 99 World Series match-ups, there have been 35 series go to a 7th game, and the 2002 Angels’ victory over the Giants was the last World Series to do so. The past eight times that the Series has gone to a 7th game, the home team has won every time. The 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates were the last team to win the World Series on the road. Of the 35 game 7s, ten have been decided on the last inning, and of these ten, six have been decided on the last swing.

10/21 – The NFL record for most games with 5 touchdowns or more is held by Peyton Manning and Dan Marino, both achieving this feat six times.

10/14 – Since 2000, Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki are tied (10) for most times surpassing 1500 points in an NBA season.

10/7 – This weekend, one of the greatest rivalries in college football will occur – the Red River Rivalry. In the past 10 years, OU has won 6 times, and UT has won 4 times. Both teams have been ranked in the AP Top 25 9 of the past 10 years, and 4 of those times, they’ve both been ranked in the AP Top 5. The higher ranked team ended up winning the game 9 of the past 10 years.

9/30 – Since 1994, there has been only one season (2008) when Peyton Manning or Brett Favre has not been in the top 5 of total passing yards.

9/23 – Since the modern era of baseball (roughly 1900) began, not counting the 1994 cancelled postseason, the Atlanta Braves – under Bobby Cox – hold the record for most consecutive playoff appearances (14) from 1991-1993 and 1995-2005 and the longest league championship series appearances (8) from 1991-1993 and 1995-1999. During this time, they also captured all 14 division championships. However, even with such an outstanding record of wins, they only claimed one World Series in 1995 against the Cleveland Indians.

9/16 – During his tenure at Florida State, Bobby Bowden led his teams to 14 consecutive 10-win (or more) seasons from 1987 to 2000. For 13 of those seasons, the Seminoles had a top 4 finish in the AP polls (and finished 5th in 2000). Over this 14 year period, they only lost a total of 19 games, and they won the ACC Championship 9 straight years (’92-’00)

9/9 – At the professional level, there are 19 coaches/managers currently coaching in the NFL, NBA, and MLB that have previously won a championship. At the NCAA level, there are 33 coaches/managers currently coaching in football, basketball, and baseball that have previously won a championship.

9/2 – There have been only two coaches in history to have won both a football national championship and a Super Bowl, and they both coached the same NFL team. Jimmy Johnson won an NCAA championship with the University of Miami (1987) and Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII with the Dallas Cowboys, and Barry Switzer won NCAA championships with the University of Oklahoma (1974, 1975, 1985) and Super Bowl XXX with the Dallas Cowboys.

8/26 – Wilt Chamberlain is the proud record holder of 14 of the top 20 most points scored in an NBA game. To top that off, he holds the league record for a single game – 100 points.

8/19 – Out of 62 NBA seasons, there have only been three teams in NBA history that have managed 11 consecutive seasons of 50 wins or more. The Los Angeles Lakers put together 12 successive seasons (1979-1991), the San Antonio Spurs have currently strung together 12 seasons in a row (1999-present), and the Dallas Mavericks are in the midst of an 11-season run (2000-present).

8/12 – The Chicago Cubs have not won a World Series championship since 1908; this stands as the longest championship drought in North American professional sports.

8/5 – The Indianapolis Colts are the only NFL team in league history to win 12 or more games in seven consecutive years and are also the first franchise to have cheerleaders.

7/29 – The Detroit Red Wings have the longest active post-season appearances streak (20 seasons) while the Florida Panthers have the longest active post-season appearances drought (10 seasons).

7/22/11 – This past year in the NBA Finals, The Dallas Mavericks were the first team (0-11 previously) since the 2-3-2 format began to lose Game 3 after a 1-1 tie and then go on to win the championship.

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5 responses

19 06 2012
edpenn13

i love these

28 11 2011
brief22

Hey what a great blog, I really think it (and this Fun Fact Friday) are really great. Did you know that the average life span of a major league baseball is 5-7 pitches?

4 11 2011
Josh

GO FUN FACTS!

7 10 2011
Sam allen

I love fun facts!

8 08 2011
Anonymous

8/5 – The Indianapolis Colts are the only NFL team in league history to win 12 or more games in seven consecutive years and are also the first franchise to have cheerleaders.

A marching band will allow them to win seven consecutive Super Bowls!

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