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7 hours ago, cmm said:

The Blue Jackets are 9-0-0 at home on Tuesdays this season.

 

They're also 20-1-2 in games after at least two days off. Look for that in game 1's of a playoff series. 

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Last 3 UNC national championship teams including this year won the Maui Invitational, won the ACC regular season title but watched Duke win the ACC tournament, and got #1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

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With Ben Bishop being traded to Dallas, it looks like his days with the Kings are over (unless he doesn't sign with the Stars and becomes a UFA on July 1st, then signs back in LA...).

 

After being traded to LA at the end of February, Bishop played 7 games as a King. Four of those games were against the Calgary Flames. Only one of these was in relief.

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If Hank Aaron never hit a single home run in his career, he'd still have 3,016 hits.

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Here are some cool or bizarre facts that I've realized or heard of over the years. My apologies if any of these have already been posted.

 

1. In 2004, the 49ers only won two games. Both victories were 31-28 overtime wins against the Cardinals.

 

2. In 2003, the Chiefs were led by former Eagles coach, Dick Vermeil. They started the season 9-0, and eventually, they'd go on to lose in the playoffs to the Colts. Ten years later, in 2013, they were led by another former Eagles coach, Andy Reid. They once again started out 9-0, and once again lost to the Colts in the playoffs.

 

3. The Giants started a very interesting streak in 2007. Every four seasons, they would lose 38-35 to an undefeated team whose name begins with the letter P. Take a look:

 

2007: Giants face undefeated Patriots, lose 38-35
2011: Giants face undefeated Packers, lose 38-35
2015: Giants face undefeated Panthers, lose 38-35

 

4. The 49ers won Super Bowl XXIX in their 49th season, scoring 49 points in the victory.

 

5. From Super Bowl XXI to Super Bowl XXVIII, the losing team's name began with the letter B.

 

XXI: Broncos
XXII: Broncos
XXIII: Bengals
XXIV: Broncos
XXV: Bills
XXVI: Bills
XXVII: Bills
XXVIII: Bills

 

6. After hiring back to back coaches named Mike, (Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary) the 49ers hired back to back coaches named Jim (Jim Harbaugh and Jim Tomsula).

 

7. The NFC Central/North had an interesting streak start in 1985. Every 13 years, the division winner went 15-1.

 

1985: Bears, 15-1

1998: Vikings, 15-1

2011: Packers, 15-1

 

The Lions need to win the division with a 15-1 record in 2024 to keep the streak alive.

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In their 142nd season, the Boston/Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves' all-time record is currently 10,462-10,462.

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1 hour ago, cmm said:

In their 142nd season, the Boston/Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves' all-time record is currently 10,462-10,462.

Yeah, but they totally got hosed by the ump on that play at the plate in St. Louis on August 17, 1934.  They should be over .500.

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Unless they do it in Week 1 against the Patriots, the Kansas City Chiefs will have gone 30 years without winning a game with a QB they drafted.

 

The last one was

Spoiler

Todd Blackledge on 9/13/87

 

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In 1999 the Jacksonville Jaguars went 14-2. Their two losses came against the Tennessee Titans, the only team they didn't beat all season; conversely, they were undefeated against everyone else they faced.

 

In the playoffs they faced Miami in the second round and won 62-7 - the second-largest margin of victory in NFL playoff history - advancing them to the AFC Championship to face, guess who? The Tennessee Titans! And once again the Titans beat them, 33-14, to advance to Super Bowl XXXIV.

 

That year they went 15-0 against teams not named the Tennessee Titans, and 0-3 against the Titans themselves.

Oh, and to top it all off, in a classic moment of "premature jocularity" the team released "Uh-Oh: the Jacksonville Jaguars Championship Song", their own "Super Bowl Shuffle", at the start of the playoffs, before they made it to the Super Bowl. Whoops.

 

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Just did the math after thinking about it,  and noticed this:

 

- The NBA Hornets/Pelicans franchise has been in New Orleans (2002-2017; 15 seasons) longer than they were originally in Charlotte (1988-2002; 14 seasons).

 

- The NFL Colts have been in Indianapolis (1984-2016, 33 seasons) longer than they were originally in Baltimore (1953-1983, 31 seasons).

 

- The NFL Cardinals have been in Arizona (1988-2016;  29 seasons) longer than they were in St. Louis (1960-1987; 28 seasons)

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21 hours ago, TrueYankee26 said:

Patriots 5 super bowl wins were against animal mascots. 1 Bovine Bovid, 1 Feline, 3 Birds.

 

Slightly off, fixed it for you.

 

Rams, sheep, goats are not bovine; they are, however bovids (bovidae family); more specifically caprines (caprinae subfamily). 

Bovines (bovinae) are a separate subfamily of the Bovidae family.  Bovines include cattle, bison, water buffalo, yaks and certain antelopes.  ;)

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1 hour ago, B-Rich said:

 

Slightly off, fixed it for you.

 

Rams, sheep, goats are not bovine; they are, however bovids (bovidae family); more specifically caprines (caprinae subfamily). 

Bovines (boivinae) are a separate subfamily of the Bovidae family.  Bovines include cattle, bison, water buffalo, yaks and certain antelopes.  ;)

Never knew that before!

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On 8/9/2017 at 1:19 AM, Cosmic said:

Unless they do it in Week 1 against the Patriots, the Kansas City Chiefs will have gone 30 years without winning a game with a QB they drafted.

 

The last one was

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Todd Blackledge on 9/13/87

 

 

Of all of these, this is the most unbelievable.  Just by accident, you'd figure to win a game that a drafted backup started due to the starter's injury.  30 years?  Wow.

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3 minutes ago, TrueYankee26 said:

Rich Hill on August 23 became the first pitcher to lose a no hitter on a walk-off home run.

 

The inning before that, he became the first to ever lose a perfect game on an error in the ninth inning.

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Ever since Caldwell came on in 2014, the Detroit Lions are tied for the 10th-best record.  Pretty good turnaround from where they were 9 years ago.

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On 8/25/2017 at 4:59 PM, FGM13 said:

 

The inning before that, he became the first to ever lose a perfect game on an error in the ninth inning.

Dang Sad Life Man

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On 8/12/2015 at 9:15 AM, OnWis97 said:

According to ESPN, the odds of this happening on a given day (in which all 30 teams played) would be 1 in 32,000, assuming each game is a 50/50 proposition. Of course, the home team does have a slightly better chance to win, in general (not always, though. For example the Twins, definitely the worst team in MLB right now, were at home and have less than a 50% chance to win any game they play).

I am sure some SABRmetrician can probably figure out what the chance was that those 15 games would all be won by the home team.

I would say that if MLB stays with this number of teams and this basic schedule forever, this is probably less than a once per decade occurrence.

The question is, will we ever get all road teams to win? The article points out that road teams went undefeated at 7-0 a couple of years ago. Tacking 8 more games on that would certainly have ended the dream...

HOLD ON A MINUTE THE TWINS WERE IN THE WILD CARD RACE THAT YEAR!

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