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Re: Interesting Rarely Known Sports Facts/Tidbits Thread
« Reply #50 on: November 25, 2012, 11:48:55 PM »
Dick "Night Train" Lane snagged an NFL record 14 ints as a rookie CB - but wasn't named to the Pro Bowl (race is believed to be a factor)

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« Reply #51 on: November 30, 2012, 08:50:16 PM »
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Back in the good old days of Thanksgiving Day football, the hearts and minds of Bay Area football fans were not on dinner, but the day’s “Big Game” between the University of California and Stanford. The 1900 edition of this classic was, of course, sold out. The roofs of the buildings surrounding the stadium were crowded with budget-minded fans craning for a glimpse of the action. Twenty minutes into the game, the roof of one building collapsed. Unfortunately, the building housed a glass factory; complete with a red-hot furnace filled with molten glass. Turkeys weren’t the only things getting roasted in San Francisco that day. Twenty-two people were killed and over 80 injured in what remains the worst — and most bizarre — disaster ever to befall American sports fans.

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« Reply #52 on: December 01, 2012, 01:36:56 AM »
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Back in the good old days of Thanksgiving Day football, the hearts and minds of Bay Area football fans were not on dinner, but the day’s “Big Game” between the University of California and Stanford. The 1900 edition of this classic was, of course, sold out. The roofs of the buildings surrounding the stadium were crowded with budget-minded fans craning for a glimpse of the action. Twenty minutes into the game, the roof of one building collapsed. Unfortunately, the building housed a glass factory; complete with a red-hot furnace filled with molten glass. Turkeys weren’t the only things getting roasted in San Francisco that day. Twenty-two people were killed and over 80 injured in what remains the worst — and most bizarre — disaster ever to befall American sports fans.

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Re: Interesting Rarely Known Sports Facts/Tidbits Thread
« Reply #53 on: December 08, 2012, 06:22:10 AM »
QB Jim Hardy of the 1950 Chicago Cardinals - threw 8 ints and fumbled twice in one game.  He tossed 6 TDs the next week and went on to the Pro Bowl.

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« Reply #54 on: December 08, 2012, 11:50:36 AM »
http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/alexama01.shtml

I'm on a kick of identifying career MLB bench players. Many fans know of Herb Washington of the '74 Oakland A's. A track star brought in for the express purpose of being a pinch runner and only a pinch runner. He was famously picked off in game two of the 1974 World Series. They actually introduced the idea a year prior with "The Panamanian Express" Allan Lewis, using him for only pinch running. Though Lewis at least was a career baseball player.

The A's didn't give up on the idea after Washington though. They brought in Matt Alexander who in 1975 appeared in 63 games but only batted 11 times. What makes Alexander notable is that he filled in the pinch runner role far more than any player in history. In 1980 Alexander appeared in 37 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and batted three times. In seven different seasons Alexander's games played exceeded his plate appearances.

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Re: Interesting Rarely Known Sports Facts/Tidbits Thread
« Reply #55 on: December 13, 2012, 02:08:38 PM »
The Bowl Challenge Cup goes to the conference with the best winning percentage during the bowl season (minimum 3 bowls played).
The Mountain West conference has won it 4 times since its debut in 2002. In that same 10 year span, the SEC has never won it or even shared it, tying it for dead last with the Sun Belt and the WAC. C-USA & the MAC would've been included had they not tied for it last year.

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Re: Interesting Rarely Known Sports Facts/Tidbits Thread
« Reply #56 on: December 14, 2012, 03:38:49 AM »
Phil Jackson only won NBA Coach of the Year once.

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« Reply #57 on: December 14, 2012, 03:51:02 AM »
WR Don Hutson had only 1 season over 900 yards receiving but led the NFL in RYPG 8 times during his career.

- In 1936, WR Bill Hewitt had 15 catches for 358 yards but scored 6 TD, just 2 fewer than Hutson who had nearly 20 more catches that season.
- In 1937, WR Gaynell Tinsley led the NFL with 675 yards receiving.  He set the then record that would stand until 1939 with Hutson's 846 yards.
- In 1940, WR Don Looney would set a then record of 58 catches and finished with 707 yards.  Also the first WR to catch more than 50 passes.
- In 1941, WR Don Hutson would tie Looney's catch record of 58 and get 10 TD.  He broke his 1939 record of 9 TD and became the first WR to get double digit TD catches.
- In 1942, WR Don Hutson feasted on a war-torn era with 74 catches for 1,211 yards and 17 TD.  WR Ray McLean averaged 30 YPC with 8 TD.
- In 1945, WR Jim Benton became the second WR to top 1,000 yards (1,067) in only 9 games and scored 8 TD.  He followed that up with 981 yards and 6 TD in 1946.
- In 1947, the Chicago Bears became the first team to feature 2 WR with double digit TD catches (Jim Keane with 10, Ken Kavanaugh with 13).  WR Mal Kutner led the NFL with 944 yards that year though.

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« Reply #58 on: December 14, 2012, 05:20:35 AM »
John Riggins rushed for more yards after turning 30 than he did prior to 30.  This is matched by several other backs who were mere journeymen types.

IIRC RB Otis Anderson of the Cardinals/NYG had his career best game the very 1st game he played.  He went on to play many more years and I believe he still leads the Cards in career rushing.  He also nearly became the NFL's 1st 1000 yard rusher who didn't have a 100 yard rushing game during the season, but managed to barely cross the 100 mark in a late season game vs the Redskins.


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Re: Interesting Rarely Known Sports Facts/Tidbits Thread
« Reply #59 on: December 16, 2012, 02:37:16 AM »
John Madden is famously afraid of flying - His wife is a licensed pilot.

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« Reply #60 on: December 16, 2012, 05:34:37 AM »
John Madden is famously afraid of flying - His wife is a licensed pilot.

Is that right? I remember having a book of his in high school, where he spoke at length about the MaddenCruiser and its origins. I'd never heard about his wife being a pilot. That's interesting.

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« Reply #61 on: December 17, 2012, 05:36:45 AM »
John Madden is famously afraid of flying - His wife is a licensed pilot.

Is that right? I remember having a book of his in high school, where he spoke at length about the MaddenCruiser and its origins. I'd never heard about his wife being a pilot. That's interesting.

Wikipedia wouldn't lie....

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« Reply #62 on: December 25, 2012, 04:37:02 AM »
Joey Harrington started 4 seasons for Detroit and threw 60 TD vs 62 INT for bad teams despite being the 3rd pick and he's decried as a bust.

Sad part? He seemed to have turned a corner in 2004 (over 3,000 yards with 19 TD vs 12 INT.  77.5 PR).  Then came 2005 where he was still serviceable despite RB Kevin Jones falling off and WR Scottie Vines becoming a key cog at WR.  Harrington still had 12 TD vs 12 INT but Mariucci got fired after 11 games and Dick Jauron took over in a lost season.

Then Marinelli and Mike Martz came in and schlepped Harrington off to the Miami Dolphins where in essentially 9 games, he threw 12 TD vs 13 INT but was pretty much done.

Really highlights the fact that Harrington actually could have had a halfway decent career if he had gotten drafted into a better organization or at least had Mariucci as HC for another season or two.

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Re: Interesting Rarely Known Sports Facts/Tidbits Thread
« Reply #63 on: December 25, 2012, 02:58:18 PM »
Joey Harrington fucking sucked.

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« Reply #64 on: December 25, 2012, 03:35:32 PM »
Harrington wasn't a top-5 QB bust or anything like that, but he still wasn't any good. He was Captain Checkdown way before Trent Edwards or Matt Leinart. The Lions great pass blocking numbers at that time were misleading because Joey Blue Skies kept getting happy feet and dumping the ball off short. Case in point, his yards per attempt were as follows: 5.3, 5.2, 6.2, 6.1, 5.8, and 6.4. For being in a West Coast offense, his completion percentages were very poor as well (mid-50s on average). Maybe he would've fared better in a different organization, but I doubt it. I am surprised that he didn't spend his 30s as a backup at least though. He started at least 10 games every year of his career yet didn't play a game past 29.

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« Reply #65 on: December 26, 2012, 03:29:12 AM »
Tim Couch is the only QB in NFL History to complete two 50+ yard hail maries to win games as time expired (99 in NO; 02 in JAX).
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« Reply #66 on: December 26, 2012, 04:06:38 AM »
Tim Couch is the only QB in NFL History to complete two 50+ yard hail maries to win games as time expired (99 in NO; 02 in JAX).

Great find. My guess would have been probably four, and it certainly wouldn't have been Tim Couch.

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Re: Interesting Rarely Known Sports Facts/Tidbits Thread
« Reply #67 on: December 29, 2012, 05:28:08 AM »
The Cowboys and Steelers played in 1962 - The Cowboys tossed a 99 yard TD - it was called back for holding- in the end zone - a safety... The Cowboys went on to lose by 2 pts....

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« Reply #68 on: December 29, 2012, 09:11:06 AM »
Thought I'd interrupt y'all's football wankfest for a minute... I know you all hate women's basketball, so I'll keep my facts about the NBA:

- Most people know Jerry West as "The Logo." Slightly fewer people know that he's the only player in NBA history to be named Finals MVP from the losing team (1969, vs. Boston Celtics).
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the only player to be named Finals MVP for two different teams (Milwaukee, Los Angeles).
- Jo-Jo White and Cedric Maxwell are the only two eligible players to have been named Finals MVP who are not in the Hall of Fame.
- As a player for the Boston Celtics, Bill Russell only lost two playoff series in his entire career: 1958 NBA Finals, vs. St. Louis (Atlanta) Hawks, and 1967 Eastern Division Finals, vs. Philadelphia 76ers. Both teams were coached by Alex Hannum.

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« Reply #69 on: December 29, 2012, 04:40:03 PM »
- Most people know Jerry West as "The Logo." Slightly fewer people know that he's the only player in NBA history to be named Finals MVP from the losing team (1969, vs. Boston Celtics).

I believe this has only happened twice in the NHL - Hextall in '87 and Giguere(!) in '03.

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« Reply #70 on: December 29, 2012, 04:45:00 PM »
Only time it happened in the NFL was Chuck Howley of the Cowboys in Super Bowl V. The game was so bad that Mike Curtis of the Colts refused to wear his SB ring.

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Re: Interesting Rarely Known Sports Facts/Tidbits Thread
« Reply #71 on: December 29, 2012, 05:02:21 PM »
Bobby Richardson was the only World Series MVP from a losing team (1960 Yanks)

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« Reply #72 on: December 29, 2012, 09:29:29 PM »
Some NHL Tidbits:
Jean Beliveau holds the record for most times on the cup. A total of 17: 10 as  a player, 7 as a staff member.

Jacques Plante has amazingly had his name spelt wrong 5 times on Lord Stanley.

The H on the Canadiens jersey does not stand for Habitat like some would think, but actually for Hockey. The proper name of the Montreal Canadiens is actually Club de Hockey Canadiens.

Hockey pucks are frozen before use as the rubber they are made with would make them too bouncy if played with otherwise.

Jacques Plante loves to knit. Seriously? Yup.

Overtime was actually negated during World War II and only re-instated in the 83-84 season.

The Calgary Flames could've had Martin Brodeur but blew their pick by trading it and then selecting bust Trevor Kidd.

There was once a rule stating that the Captain of the team must be on the ice all the time. Hockey loves its weird rules. Like kicking pucks.

Henri Richard was only 10 years old, but had played in the league for 20 years and won 11 championships (most by a player) by the time his tenth year rolled around. Think on it, you'll get it eventually.

Ted Lindsay can be credited with the Lord Stanley Victory lap that occurs now after every cup win.

Denver, Colorado is 1,996 miles away from Quebec. Guess what happened in 1996?

Not really an NHL fact, but involved NHL players. The QMJHL "Les Trois Denis" was made up of Denis Cyr, Denis Savard and Denis Tremblay. But did you know that not only do all of them share the same name; they also share the same birthday and neighbourhood?

What was used before the whistle by referees? A cowbell.

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« Reply #73 on: January 05, 2013, 04:08:12 AM »
Nick Saban's 2005-2006 Miami Dolphins staff was littered with big name coaches...

- Derek Dooley (TEs in 2005 & 2006. Was Tennessee Volunteers HC)
- Jason Garrett (QB in 2006.  Currently Dallas Cowboys HC)
- Hudson Houck (OL in 2005 & 2006.  Longtime Dallas Cowboys OL Coach from 1993-2001 & 2008)
- Will Muschamp (Co-DC in 2005.  Currently Florida Gators HC)
- Kirby Smart (Safeties in 2006.  Currently Alabama Crimson Tide DC)

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« Reply #74 on: January 05, 2013, 04:17:16 AM »
If he didn't split prematurely I think he could have made some noise there.

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« Reply #75 on: January 05, 2013, 04:27:10 AM »
Imagine if Saban SWERVED everybody and after a swaggy as fuck national title win he announces that he's going to accept offers to coach in the NFL? He seems like the kind of guy who would do that.

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« Reply #76 on: January 05, 2013, 06:34:07 AM »
If he didn't split prematurely I think he could have made some noise there.

Imagine if they'd signed Brees instead of Culpepper.

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« Reply #77 on: January 05, 2013, 06:46:25 AM »
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« Reply #78 on: January 06, 2013, 06:34:17 AM »
- Most people know Jerry West as "The Logo." Slightly fewer people know that he's the only player in NBA history to be named Finals MVP from the losing team (1969, vs. Boston Celtics).

I believe this has only happened twice in the NHL - Hextall in '87 and Giguere(!) in '03.

Roger Crozier, Glenn Hall and Reggie Leach also won the Conn Smythe and not won the Stanley Cup.

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Re: Interesting Rarely Known Sports Facts/Tidbits Thread
« Reply #79 on: January 19, 2013, 07:17:25 AM »
According to a 1978 players poll, almost 86% of NFL players claimed they played w/o a cup

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« Reply #80 on: January 24, 2013, 09:58:08 AM »
Never knew that the reason the Patriots never matched the Jets offer was due to a poison pill.

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« Reply #81 on: February 01, 2013, 01:41:21 PM »
A player who records a goal, assist and fight in the same hockey game is said to have notched a "Gordie Howe hat trick". In the 148 years the namesake Howe played in the NHL and WHA, he accomplished this feat twice.

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« Reply #82 on: February 01, 2013, 02:29:21 PM »

Henri Richard was only 10 years old, but had played in the league for 20 years and won 11 championships (most by a player) by the time his tenth year rolled around. Think on it, you'll get it eventually.


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« Reply #83 on: February 01, 2013, 03:45:39 PM »
Leap Day babies who take that shit seriously need to be hit in the face with a snow shovel. You're forty, not ten, you prick.*


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« Reply #84 on: February 11, 2013, 03:07:48 AM »
QB Ricky Santos of New Hampshire should go down as one of the best FCS QBs ever (helped by Chip Kelly).

2004-2007: Threw for 13,212 yards with 123 TD vs 33 INT.  He also ran for 1,415 yards with 30 TD.

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« Reply #85 on: May 01, 2013, 04:22:30 AM »
In the 1981 All-Star Game, manager Jim Frey ran out of position players. Pitcher Dave Stieb was forced to bat in the 9th inning. Clad in his Blue Jays jersey and a borrowed Mariners helmet.

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« Reply #86 on: September 18, 2013, 02:19:50 PM »
Griffith Stadium is kind of a forgotten pitchers' park. It was the home field for the Washington Senators from 1911-1960. It was around 400' to most of left/center field before the team finally built a shorter fence. Check out these numbers.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/play-index/share.cgi?id=VVZ3F

Essentially, before they moved the fences in the Senators had five seasons where they even hit 20+ home runs at home. Ossie Bluege hit 43 career home runs in an 18 year career with the Senators. Six of them came at home. George Case hit 21 home runs for the Senators, 2 at home. Even left handed batters hit twice as many home runs on the road. Notably Goose Goslin and Mickey Vernon.

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« Reply #87 on: May 06, 2014, 08:35:40 AM »
Here's how insane Oklahoma's Wishbone attack was on the ground... Running for 315-320 yards a game! was considered a down year.  Not like you could argue defensive speed as by the mid to late 80's they were still averaging almost 400 a game.

1971: Averaged 469.6 yards per game and 6.6 yards per carry
1972: Averaged 338.1 yards per game and 5.1 yards per carry
1973: Averaged 361.4 yards per game and 5.3 yards per carry
1974: Averaged 438.8 yards per game and 5.9 yards per carry
1977: Averaged 320.7 yards per game and 5.1 yards per carry
1978: Averaged 392.4 yards per game and 6.5 yards per carry
1979: Averaged 322.3 yards per game and 5.9 yards per carry
1986: Averaged 401.5 yards per game and 6.3 yards per carry
1987: Averaged 393.1 yards per game and 6.5 yards per carry
1988: Averaged 314.8 yards per game and 5.7 yards per carry

For comparison's sake to show you how insane those numbers are...
2013 Oregon: 273.5 yards per game and 6.3 yards per carry
2012 Oregon: 315.2 yards per game and 6.0 yards per carry
2011 Oregon: 299.2 yards per game and 6.7 yards per carry
1995 Nebraska: 366.5 yards per game and 7.0 yards per carry

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« Reply #88 on: July 30, 2014, 01:42:56 AM »
Most baseball fans with knowledge of the 1970s have heard of Herb Washington. Oakland A's owner Charlie Finley had the bright idea of hiring a track star with the sole purpose of pinch running. Washington was picked off in game 1 of the 1974 World Series, and the idea died. Except it didn't. Running a search on pinch runners, it's immediately apparent how committed Finley was to the concept.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/play-index/share.cgi?id=2rrcI

Four of the top seven played for the Athletics in the 1970s. Before Washington there was Allen Lewis. And after Washington Finley carried two at the same time, Matt Alexander and Larry Lintz. I love Lintz's 1976 season. He only came to the plate four times. Once he bunted, twice he walked. This guy at the plate who is on the team solely to run, and two pitchers still couldn't throw him strikes.

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« Reply #89 on: August 02, 2014, 04:39:51 AM »
Huh... Rich Rodriguez and West Virginia almost didn't land their most prized weapon from their 2004-2007 dominant run.

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« Reply #90 on: August 21, 2014, 11:34:36 PM »
The 1994 49ers have to be one of the most prolific free agency movers and shakers ever. Here's a list of some of the short term players added that off season:

Charles Mann
Richard Dent
Deion Sanders 
Ed McCaffrey
Ricky Jackson
Ken Norton jr
Tim Harris

On top of that they drafted William Floyd, Bryant Young, LB Kevin Mitchell and Lee Woodall that year as well


That's a crazy influx of talent, even if some guys were long in the tooth

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« Reply #91 on: January 23, 2015, 06:37:01 AM »
Defended the 1972 Miami Dolphins Undefeated Season as being a team that deserves its praise as one of the best Super Bowl teams ever.

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« Reply #92 on: January 23, 2015, 07:10:49 AM »
Of course!  However, all 4 uses of "whom" in the article should be "who" instead.  Whom is your editor :) ?

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« Reply #93 on: January 25, 2015, 04:56:42 AM »
The more things change, the more they stay the same.  I kind of wish we knew the in-depth history of the NFL similarly in the way that we know MLB.

- John Alexander became the first outside linebacker in NFL history in a game with the Milwaukee Badgers against the Chicago Cardinals on 10/01/1922.

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« Reply #94 on: April 25, 2015, 12:22:48 AM »
Fun look at Jimmy Johnson's manipulation of the 1989 (and 1990 NFL Drafts). And you though Belichick traded a lot...

1989
- Dallas sends C Steven Wisniewski (selected 2x01 - #29) & #140 to Oakland Raiders for #39 (FB Daryl Johnston), #68, and #119, picks.

1990
- Dallas gives up 1x01 to select QB Steve Walsh in 1989 Supplemental Draft.
- Dallas sends #47 and #68 to San Francisco 49ers for Terrence Flagler, Daniel Stubbs, #81, and #304. Dallas sends Darrin Nelson to San Diego Chargers for #116. Dallas sends RB Herschel Walker, #54, #116, #249, and 1991 #68 to Minnesota Vikings for 4 Players, #21, #47, #158, 1991 #11, 1991 #38, 1992 #13, 1992 #40, and 1992 #71. Dallas sends #21 and #81 to Pittsburgh Steelers for #17 (RB Emmitt Smith)
- Dallas sends Kevin Brooks and #82 to Denver Broncos for #80. Dallas sends #80, #120, and #166 to New England Patriots for #64, #143, and #197
- Dallas sends Steve Pueller to Kansas City Chiefs for #68 and 1991 #106 (Conditional Pick)
- Dallas sends Daryle Smith to Seattle Seahawks for #230. Dallas sends Zefross Moss to Indianapolis Colts for #259. Dallas sends #158, #197, #230, #259, and #304 to Los Angeles Raiders for Stan Smagala.
- Dallas sends Steve DeOssie to New York Giants for #163. Dallas sends #138, #143, and #163 to San Diego Chargers for 1991 #62.

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« Reply #95 on: April 25, 2015, 06:27:02 AM »
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« Reply #96 on: June 26, 2015, 04:40:48 AM »
http://listverse.com/2015/06/26/10-sporting-events-plagued-by-human-rights-abuses/

Of course, the Cup of Nations does have something of a track record when it comes to letting monstrous dictatorships host. Take the 1982 tournament, which was held in Muammar Gadhafi’s Libya, already a something of a regional pariah for its military intervention in Chad. Ironically, Gadhafi hated football and had even closed the Libyan league down from 1979–1982. (In one version of the story, the dictator became insanely jealous after seeing the names of popular footballers written on a wall in Tripoli.) He agreed to host the 1982 Cup to further his diplomatic goals but still insisted on opening the tournament with the stirring words: “All you stupid spectators, have your stupid game.”

Sadly, not everyone in Gadhafi’s family felt the same way. His son Al-Saadi actually loved football so much he decided to become a professional player. He wasn’t talented enough, but you don’t need talent when you’re a rich maniac with your dad’s army to back you up. Soon Al-Saadi was the star striker in a Libyan league so heavily rigged in his favor that announcers were forbidden from saying the names of any other players. If a team tried to protest the obvious cheating, they would be forced to keep playing at gunpoint. Al-Saadi’s glittering career only took a nose-dive when he leveraged Libya’s oil money to engineer a hilariously corrupt move to the Italian top division, where he played for less than half an hour over three years, failed a drug test, and was voted the league’s worst player ever. He is currently on trial in Libya for murdering a rival footballer.


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« Reply #97 on: October 24, 2015, 08:32:48 PM »
Griffith Stadium is kind of a forgotten pitchers' park. It was the home field for the Washington Senators from 1911-1960. It was around 400' to most of left/center field before the team finally built a shorter fence. Check out these numbers.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/play-index/share.cgi?id=VVZ3F

Essentially, before they moved the fences in the Senators had five seasons where they even hit 20+ home runs at home. Ossie Bluege hit 43 career home runs in an 18 year career with the Senators. Six of them came at home. George Case hit 21 home runs for the Senators, 2 at home. Even left handed batters hit twice as many home runs on the road. Notably Goose Goslin and Mickey Vernon.

More Griffith Field goodness.

In 1918, Babe Ruth hit three home runs in 30 plate appearances at Griffith Field. The rest of the league hit four home runs in 5,674 plate appearances there.

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The first team to ever have 4 players achieve 1,000 yard seasons in one year was the 1995 Atlanta Falcons.  Bert Emanuel, Terrance Mathis and Eric Metcalf went over 1,000 receiving and Ironhead Heyward surpassed the 1,000 mark rushing. Despite this, Jeff George still wanted out.

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« Reply #99 on: February 05, 2017, 12:53:21 AM »
Just learned this as I do up coaching staffs for NFL teams but Bill Belichick coached alongside a defensive coach from the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers (Woody Widenhofer, who served under Belichick in Cleveland) and an offensive coach from the (early 1959-1964) 1960s Green Bay Packers (Bill Austin, who served as offensive line coach for the Giants from 1979-1982).

Nick Saban also coached under George Perles at Michigan State (DL Coach of the Steelers from 1972-1977 and DC in 1978) and alongside Widenhofer for the 1994 season (LB Coach of the Steelers from 1973-1978 and DC from 1979-1983).