Are you familiar with the name Marc Mariani? You may be in the upcoming (hopefully) NFL season, if you're not already. In the NFL Pro Bowl, which yes, obviously doesn't feature the premier tackling and coverage that you will see on a regular NFL Sunday, Mariani still put on quite a performance.
Anytime somebody racks up 326 yards in any way during a game with NFL athletes pitted against one another, it's an accomplishment. Mariani did just that, returning kicks for the AFC yesterday. It was done on 9 kick returns, with a long of 52.
As the NHL All-Star game approaches, here is a classic All-Star skills competition moment, courtesy of NHL.com:
I'm not sure what to say about this photo. Have an idea for a good caption?
Looks like painful moment for all three players here.
Is this the longest beard ever worn by an active football player?
This didn't happen yesterday, it was this past week though, and if you haven't seen it, you need to watch it. It's a stick save......and a beaut!
Here's your dunk of the night by a New York Knick.
This guy's on the wrong bench. Not his fault though.
This says it all, about the outcome of the Heat vs. Knicks.
This New York superstar certainly deserves his All-Star starting position.
In your opinion, is this one of the best sports photos ever?
In the battle between the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat, the "other" number 6 was the one who came up big. Landry Fields, who wears number 6 just like LeBron James does now, had a superb performance at the Garden, joining his teammates in a 93-88 topping of the Heat.
Here's a pic of the the two number 6s standing next to each other in the Garden. Oh, wait, that's someone else wearing Field's jersey.
Landry put up 19 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double, going 6 of 11 from the field, 3 of 6 from behind the arc and a perfect 4 of 4 from the line. He also dished to his teammates for 6 of their baskets.
Check out the box score to see how the Knicks came up big in the 4th quarter.
This photo is not sports related per se, but you do need to see it. Can you say ouch?!
Does Brian Cashman have a new job that the Yankees aren't aware of?
Looks like a techno party might have broken out at a recent Nets game.
Aren't these backboard cams just awesome?
Does this guy play for the Pittsburgh Steelguins?
How cool is this shot of Cam Ward?
Today's jersey number of the day is an easy one. Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, poured in 47 points, tying Blake Griffin for the highest total in the NBA this season, according to Yahoo! Sports. The rest of Durant's stat line on the night went like this: 15 of 28 from the field, 4 of 8 from behind the arc, 13 of 14 from the stripe, 18 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocked shots.
That's a full night of basketball activity from quite possibly the best player in the game today. This all contributed to Durant's Thunder outlasting the Minnesota Timberwolves, 118-117 in OT.
As his name continues to swirl through the river of media trade talk, number 15, Carmelo Anthony, continues to do his job and perform at the highest level.
For his latest act, Anthony dropped a cool 23 points on 8 of 20 shots made from the field with 6 of 7 from the foul line, with 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Those numbers are very close to his season averages according to espn.com.
James Starks, wearing number 44 for the Green Bay Packers, helped propel his team into the Super Bowl. Starks, in his rookie season out of Buffalo, racked up a healthy 74 yards with one touchdown. Starks has now rushed for more yardage in the playoffs than he did in all of the regular season. It will be interesting to see how the rookie is utilized and how he fares in the Super Bowl.
Check out this sweet reverse alley-oop dunk by the hottest young player in the NBA:
Did you know that Hines Ward has the 25th best-selling NFL jersey? Would it surprise you if Tim Tebow had the number 1 selling jersey?
Who will win today's battle in the trenches? It may just come down to the trenches today in the 'Burgh.
This guy has thrown a few down this year, no? He's been noted for our jersey number of the day more than once.
The Wild know if they give this NHLer an inch, he'll take a mile.
Now that Andruw Jones has signed with the Yankees, it looks like he'll be wearing a new jersey number. Jones has traditionally worn jersey number 25. Obviously, another Yankee has already laid claim to that jersey number in the pinstripes.
Jones won't be reversing his usual numbers because C.C. Sabathia wears number 52. He won't be wearing 24, as that is Cano's number. How about number 26? Jose Molina wore that number with the Yankees two years ago. A quick look at the Yanks roster shows that the number is available currently. Or will he go in a totally new direction and pick something distinctive, like 99?
Check out this goal by a Panther using his head:
Check out this sweet action shot of Derrick Rose driving to the hoop. Looks like he's coming right at you.
Wonder if Nick Barnett will be wearing his fangs for the road game against the Bears?
It would be great if this weather came back for this weekend's Packers vs. Bears game.
Can you say getting air?
Is this just two hockey uniforms duking it out on the ice?
Did you see this picture from several days ago? Not a common site in the NHL (check out the jersey, then the mask).
Marian Gaborik, wearing his jersey number 10, contributed 5 points towards the Rangers 7 goals in a lopsided victory, 7-0, over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Gaborik snapped an 8 game scoreless streak, breaking out for 4 goals and 1 assist. He contributed on the Rangers first three goals, scoring the first and third himself, while assisting on the second goal. He then dumped two more pucks in the net during the second period.
On the season, Gaborik has 29 points in 34 games.
In a 5-2 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes according to espn.com, J.P. Dumont powered his Nashville Predators with a hatrick. This makes 5 goals in the span of 3 days for the veteran left winger. Dumont currently has 520 career regular season points, of which 213 are goals, according to espn.com.
Blake Griffin, wearing the jersey number of the day for the second time, had a stupendous performance on Monday, January 17th. He dropped in a cool 47 points on 19 of 24 shooting from the field and 9 of 11 shooting from the stripe as his Clippers nipped the Pacers 114 to 107.
Griffin also pulled down 14 boards, had 3 assists and 1 blocked shot. Griffin is now averaging 22.5 points per game on the season.
Mark Sanchez wearing his jersey number 6 and his New York Jets beat not only the number one quarterback of all time but also the number 3 quarterback of all time. Sanchez is now going to his second straight AFC Championship game in only his second NFL season. He is 5-1 in NFL playoff games for his career. That ain't luck people. This guy may not be spectacular like John Elway, but he wins. The bottom line is that the guy is a winner. This Sunday he threw for 194 yards with 3 TDs and zero INTs. Yeah, it helps that he has a stupendous defense, but you still gotta get the job done on the offensive side of the ball, and Sanchez does that and more.
This is the second time that Aaron Rodgers has been recognized for this jersey number 12. Rodgers had a commanding performance in the Packers win over the Falcons in Atlanta. Here are his numbers: 31 of 36, for 366 yards and 3 touchdowns. Wow. Guess the Packers made the right call in drafting this guy out of Cal. He continues to impress with his performance under pressure. If Rodgers continues to stay on his game, the Pack should wind up in the Super Bowl this year.
The New Jersey Devils winning a game handily has not been a common occurrence this season. So, for one of the Devs to score more than one goal in a game they won decisively, that's reason enough to have that player's jersey number recognized. Number 17, Ilya Kovalchuk notched 2 goals against the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 5-2 victory by New Jersey over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Keep it up Ilya!
The stats we'll use for the RB comparison, and there are much less available career stats for RBs than there are for QBs, are: total career rushing yards, total career rushing touchdowns, career rushing yards per game, career yards per rushing attempt, and Super Bowl Championships won. The running back would have to have at least 1500 career rushing attempts to qualify here.
Using that criteria, here are your top 5 running backs in each category, as of today:
Total Career Rushing Yards
Total Career Rushing TDs
Career Rushing Yards Per Game
Career Rushing Yards Per Attempt
Joe Perry (Technically a Fullback)
Super Bowl Championships Won
Mark van Eeghen
(I think I must be missing someone else here. Help me out with a comment if you know who else, as the primary running back for their team, won two or more Super Bowls).
Using the same criteria as we did for quarterbacks, the running backs who appear on the above lists more than once are:
Now let's look at the stats for each of these running backs, in the categories above, listing them alphabetically by last name.
9 NFL Seasons, 2,359 Rushing Attempts
12,312 career rushing yards
104.3 rushing yards per game
106 career rushing TDs
5.2 career rushing yards per attempt
No NFL Championships
7 NFL Seasons, 1,655 Rushing Attempts
7,607 career rushing yards
97.5 rushing yards per game
60 career rushing TDs
4.6 career rushing yards per attempt
2 Super Bowl Championships
13 NFL Seasons, 3,838 Rushing Attempts
16,726 career rushing yards
88.0 rushing yards per game
110 career rushing TDs
4.4 career rushing yards per attempt
1 Super Bowl Championship
10 NFL Seasons, 3,062 Rushing Attempts
15,269 career rushing yards
99.8 rushing yards per game
99 career rushing TDs
5.0 career rushing yards per attempt
No Super Bowl Championships
15 NFL Seasons, 4,409 Rushing Attempts
18,355 career rushing yards
81.2 rushing yards per game
164 career rushing TDs
4.2 career rushing yards per attempt
3 Super Bowl Championships
Using the same scoring methodology we used for the quarterbacks, where each place in the comparative rankings gets a point based on their place in the category ranking from 1 to 5, here are your point totals and your top 5 NFL running backs in order:
1(Tie) - Jim Brown - 17 points
1(Tie) - Emmitt Smith - 17 points
3 - Barry Sanders - 16 points
4 - Walter Payton - 15 points
5 - Terrell Davis - 12 points
There you have it. Some people will no doubt contend that Emmitt Smith should not be tied with Jim Brown for 1st place. Well......durability and championships are what the NFL is all about. And Smith is the all-time leading rusher, with more Super Bowl championships than the others.
The numbers here played out pretty well. I expected Jim Brown to be in first with Emmitt, Barry Sanders and Walter Payton close. I didn't expect Terrell Davis to be in the top five, but his career numbers in a brief career are impressive. If we raised the rushing attempt total to qualify here who knows what happens. The big surprise, for me, is that neither Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk or Tony Dorsett squeaked into that 5th slot.
What do you think?
Henrik Lunqvidst, who wears jersey number 30 for the New York Rangers, shut out the Vancouver Canucks 1-0 to stop Vancouver's 14-0-3 streak. Lunqvidst bettered his jersey number by one in making 31 saves in the blanking of the Canucks. Even the prolific Sedin brothers, who came into the game tied with 55 points each, could not put the puck past Henrik.
The lone goal in the game came from the Rangers' newly acquired Wojtek Wolski, the best NHL player to wear jersey number 86.
Lunqvidst now has 6 shutouts on the season, to go with a 2.25 goals against average and 19 wins.
Check out the game highlights, courtesy of nhl.com here:
Blake Griffin, wearer of jersey number 32 for the L.A. Clippers, had an outstanding performance in his team's 111 - 105 victory against the Miami Heat. Griffin had a double-double with 24 points and 14 rebounds, while assisting his teammates on 6 more buckets. He was 9 of 18 from the field and 6 of 9 from the stripe.
Check out the Dunk of the Night courtesy of Yahoo! Sports, by Blake Griffin's Clippers teammate Baron Davis:
Today's Jersey Number of the Day goes to an athlete not because of their recent performance, but because they made a significant announcement regarding their athletic career. While the East coast is recovering from yet another snowstorm, it is hard to think about baseball. But baseball is just around the corner, and certainly in the news.
Trevor Hoffman, who most frequently wore the jersey number 51, has announced his retirement as a player. Hoffman, who is the current MLB all-time Saves leader with 601, will remain in baseball with the Padres in their front office according to MLB.com.
Hoffman, over an 18 year career starting at age 25 in 1993 with the Florida Marlins, spent mostly with the Padres, and ending with the Brewers in 2010, put up a career ERA mark of 2.87 with more strikeouts than innings pitched (1133 strikeouts to 1089.1).
He should eventually reach the Baseball Hall of Fame.
In other jersey number news, it was announced that Matt Garza will wear jersey number 17 for the Cubs, while his new teammate Carlos Pena will wear jersey number 22, according to cubs.com.
The stats which will be used to narrow down the quarterbacks are: career passing yardage, career QB rating, career TDs, career completion percentage, and number of championships won. All stats are courtesy of pro-football-reference.com.
As of today, here are your top 5 career passing yardage leaders:
Here are your top 5 career QB rating leaders: (for a primer on QB or "passer" rating check see this WikiPedia article.)
Here are your top 5 career TD leaders:
Here are your top 5 career completion percentage leaders:
Here are your top NFL Championship leaders:
Bart Starr (won 3 NFL championships pre-Super Bowl, and 2 Super Bowls)
Arnie Herber (won 4 NFL championships pre-Super Bowl, one of which he played tailback in)
Johnny Unitas (won 3 NFL championships pre-Super Bowl)
Otto Graham (won 3 NFL championships pre-Super Bowl)
If a name appears on any of the above lists more than once, that QB will be included in the debate. The QBs that qualify then are:
I gotta say that those 6 QBs are all worthy of consideration and make up quite an impressive list of Hall of Famers (with three of them to be inducted in the future). The surprises excluded from this list, which I will no doubt hear about are: Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas, Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman. I'm sure a few more will be noted in the comments, too.
In any case, these are the quarterbacks that the statics bore out, so now to compare the selected quarterbacks. Let's take them alphabetically by their last name.
11 NFL Seasons
63.6% completion percentage
34,744 passing yards
118 career QB rating
3 Super Bowl Championships
16 NFL Seasons
56.9% completion percentage
51,475 passing yards
105 career QB rating
2 Super Bowl Championships
20 NFL Seasons
62% completion percentage
71,838 passing yards
109 career QB rating
1 Super Bowl Championship
13 NFL Seasons
64.9% completion percentage
54,828 passing yards
399 career TDs
118 career QB rating
1 Super Bowl Championship
17 NFL Seasons
59.4% completion percentage
61,361 passing yards
420 career TDs
113 career QB rating
No Super Bowl Championships
15 NFL Seasons
64.3% completion percentage
33,124 passing yards
126 career QB rating
3 Super Bowl Championships (Was starting QB for 1 of those Championships)
We will give a point for each place in the comparative rankings of the respective categories, with ties taking the higher point total (for example if three players were tied in one category, and the player ahead of them was in the 5th position - with 5 points - and the player beneath them was in the first position - with 1 point - each of the three tied players would be awarded 4 points - the next highest total, rather than 2 points - the next lowest total).
Using the above logic, here are your top 6 quarterbacks of all-time:
1) Peyton Manning - 23 points
2) Brett Favre - 21 points
3) Tom Brady - 19 points
4) Steve Young - 17 points
5) Dan Marino - 16 points
6) John Elway - 13 points
I'm not very surprised by these results. Peyton Manning is often mentioned as one of the best quarterbacks ever, and statistics have clearly shown that he is. What are your thoughts? Is Peyton Manning the best QB of all-time?
Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls wearing his jersey number one, dropped in an impressive 29 points on 10 of 20 shooting from the field, and a perfect 9 of 9 from the line. He also assisted his teammates on 7 buckets and pulled down 5 boards. Twice he took the ball from the Detroit Pistons, who his Bulls beat 95 to 82.
He scored about 5 points more than his season average (24.3), while keeping par with his season averages for assists (8.1) and rebounds (4.5).
Next up for the number one overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft and his Chicago cohorts are the Charlotte Bobcats, who have won their last three games.
Recently, Rose's teammate Carlos Boozer was awarded the jersey number of the day for his impressive performance.
Check out the dunk of the night by Derrick Rose from Yahoo! Sports:
Aaron Rodgers was certainly in the running for his second jersey number of the day award with his 3 TD performance in Green Bay's playoff victory. In the end though, it's gotta go to the man from Miami, Lebron James.
Scoring a season high 44 points according to espn.com, while snagging 13 boards and assisting on 6 more buckets, James led his Heat past the Portland Trailblazers 107-100 in extra minutes. Lebron and the Heat continue to burn brightly, winning 21 of their last 22 contests.
Looks like we have the same jersey number as we did the previous day. Nick Folk certainly deserves to have his jersey number recognized. Anyone who kicks a game-winning field goal, as Folk did last night with a 32-yarder to put the Jets over the Colts in Indianapolis, deserves to be recognized.
As time expired, the Jets' number 2 used his leg to put the Jets into the second round of the AFC playoffs and a matchup with their other arch rival, the New England Patriots.
Raymond Felton, according to espn.com, wearing New York Knicks jersey number 2, racked up a triple-double in a commanding performance that the Knicks gave against the Phoenix Suns, 121-96 on Friday, January 7th. Felton's stats for the night were 23 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists and 1 steal. Felton has been averaging 18.3 points per game and 8.7 assists per game. Amar'e Stoudemire also had 23 points for the Knicks while facing his former team, the Suns.
Felton was 8 of 20 and 5 of 10 from behind the arc, showing his 3 pt. shooting prowess. Felton may be one of the most under-rated, under-the-radar NBA players today. Watch for his star to rise as the Knicks themselves also continue to also rise.
Carey Price, wearing jersey number 31 for the Montreal Canadiens, according to espn.com, stopped an impressive 31 of 32 shots from the Penguins, to give the Habs a 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh.
Price was perfect in the overtime shootout, not letting a Penguin get a puck past him.
Congrats to Bert Blyleven (primary jersey number 28) and Roberto Alomar (primary jersey number 12) on their election to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011. According to the Baseball Hall of Fame website, Roberto Alomar was the 26th player ever elected with 90% or more of the BBWAA elections. He received 523 votes on 581 ballots cast. Mr. Blyleven received 463 votes for a 79.7%. He was in his 14th year of eligibility.
It's puzzling that it would take 14 years for the BBWAA to determine that someone was worthy of the Hall of Fame. You would think that the player's record would indicate that they were Hall-worthy immediately or not at all. I guess there is some campaigning that goes on, or some convincing that needs to be done, to get a player inducted in some cases. Same situation with Andre Dawson last year. Maybe it's just a way of ensuring that there are only a few players going in to the Hall each year, so each player gets their due accolade? Who knows? I'm happy for Bert in any case.
Wojtek Wolski, the big left winger, was taken by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2004 NHL draft, and wore jersey number 8 while in Colorado. After being traded to the Phoenix Coyotes in early 2010, Wolski has been wearing the jersey number 86.
Wolski finished the 09-10 season with the Coytoes, scoring 18 points in 18 regular season games. He also notched 5 points in 7 post-season games, with 4 of those points being goals. The 10-11 season hasn't been quite as productive yet for the Polish born NHLer, but he is still producing quite nicely. Through early January, Wolski has 16 points in 34 games played.
Through 354 regular season games in the NHL, Wolski has amassed 227 points, to go along with 14 points in 22 post-season games.
See more of Wojtek Wolski's stats here.
Did you know.......................Wolski was the 21st overall pick in the 2004 NHL draft?
According to the New York Daily News, Wilson Chandler, who wears jersey number 21 for the Knicks, totalled 31 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists, to lead New York in a 128-115 rout of the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night. The Spurs were holders of the best record in the NBA at the time of their defeat.
I just read on ESPN that Sam Bradford set a rookie record for pass attempts with 590. Impressive. And I thought the surge of rookie quarterbacks excelling in their first year that began again, with Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan most recently, was an anomaly. Guess not.
Bradford not only attempted 590 passes, he completed an impressive 354 of them, for a 60% completion rate. Compare that to Dan Marino's 58.4% completion rate (in 11 games an 296 attempts) during his rookie season, and the Ram's number 8 stacks up quite favorably.
Although the Rams did not make the playoffs this season, Bradford performed strongly, especially for a rookie quarterback. Watch out for the Rams next season. The former number one overall draft pick should only improve and lead this team to the division title in 2011.
"Super Man" Dwight Howard, donning his familiar number 12, poured in 22 points on 7 of 9 shooting from the field and 8 of 12 from the stripe, while yanking down a formidable 17 boards in a blowout of the Warriors by his Magic, 110 to 90.
3 - New York Knicks Blue Jersey
Yes, I'll admit it. I am a Knicks fan. But this jersey has that classic New York blue and orange that, unless you are a Celtics or Bulls fan, you just gotta think is cool.
4 - San Antonio Spurs White Jersey
The clean white jersey with the black and silver lettering is sharp. Definitely a top 5 jersey. It doesn't hurt when you have one of the best NBA athletes ever making the jersey look good, too.
5 - Los Angeles Lakers White Jersey
When you see a yellow basketball jersey, you think of one team and one team only. The Lakers. Purple on yellow is certainly a unique color for a professional sports team and for the Lakers, it makes them easily identifiable. Ever think about how revered this team is, and then the name of the team? I mean, the Lakers were named because they started in Minnesota (the land of 10,000 lakes). They kept the name after moving to L.A. but you know what? The team name has worked for a long time.