Monday, January 16th, 2017

I was listening to the Red Sox/Tigers game the other night and the commentator threw out the most random stat I had ever heard. I don’t remember what it was now, but it made me wonder who keeps track of all these statistics?
It actually happens quite often. You’ll be listening to a game and the commentator will break out a line like “That is the first interception thrown in a Thursday night game when the opposing team was leading by twenty or more points with under 5 minutes to play.“ Or, “he’s batting .268 against left-handed pitchers in night games played in September when runners are in scoring position”. Seriously?

What really drives me crazy is that commentators always makes it sound like they readily knew the stat they just spit out. Kind of like when Alex Trebek condescendingly corrects a contestant after they give a wrong answer on Jeopardy…”oooh, sorry it’s Henry VII”. Come on! Like he would have known that answer without a card in front of him.

I was bored and decided to do some research on random sports stats/facts the other night.
Here are some great ones you can use to impress your friends next time you’re out at the bar….

In his 17 year career, Dan Marino rushed for 87 yards on 301 carries. That’s a career average of less than 3/10 yard per carry.

Brett Favre’s first completion as a Packer was to himself.

The actual playing time in an MLB game is nine minutes and 55 seconds, despite routinely finishing at around three hours.

The referee tossed a jump ball after every basket in basketball until 1937.

The average life span of an MLB baseball is five to seven pitches.

It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year’s supply of footballs.

Basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain never fouled out of a game.

When the NHL started requiring players to wear headgear in the 1979-1980 season, the rule allowed anyone who started playing before then to continue using their skull as a helmet if they so desired. When center Craig MacTavish retired from the St. Louis Blues in 1997, he had the distinction of being the last helmetless player to leave the game.

125,000 golf balls a year are hit into the water at the famous 17th hole of the Stadium Course at Sawgrass.
My favorite……Joel Youngblood recorded a hit for two different teams in two different cities on the same day. Youngblood was a center fielder for the Mets in 1982, they were playing the Cubs in Chicago, Youngblood struck out his first at-bat but knocked a single his next. After the Cubs had retired the Mets in the top of the inning, Youngblood was informed he was traded to the Expos, he arrived in Philadelphia (where the Expos were playing the Phillies) mid-way through the game. Coming in as a pinch hitter, Youngblood recorded his second hit of a very long day!

Week 7 NFL Picks
How did I do last week?
Last Week: 11-5, Overall: 56-37, Locks of the week: 11-3, Upset Special: 5-6. I’d be doing better if I stopped believing in the Bills.

Locks of the Week:
Houston at Kansas City | Winner: Kansas City
Cleveland at Green Bay | Winner: Green Bay

Upset Special:
Chicago at Washington | Winner: Washington
Dallas at Philadelphia | Winner: Philadelphia
Baltimore at Pittsburgh | Winner: Pittsburgh

The Rest:
Tampa Bay at Atlanta | Winner: Atlanta
New England at N.Y. Jets | Winner: New England
Buffalo at Miami | Winner: Miami
St. Louis at Carolina | Winner: Carolina
Cincinnati at Detroit | Winner: Detroit
San Diego at Jacksonville | Winner: San Diego
San Francisco at Tennessee | Winner: San Francisco
Denver at Indianapolis | Winner: Denver
Minnesota at N.Y. Giants | Winner: N.Y. Giants
Carolina at Tampa Bay (10/24) | Winner: Tampa Bay