Best Syracuse Basketball Player Ever

Carmelo Anthony it is.  The fans have voted and Anthony is considered the best Syracuse basketball player ever.  And it wasn’t very close.  Carmelo received 53% of the votes. 

Now this is a case where the best Orangeman ever does not necessarily mean the “Best By The Numbers”.  With Anthony playing just one season, albeit a great one, for Syracuse, he didn’t have the time to match up with some of the other  ‘Cuse greats on the all-time stat lists. 

Consider some of the other great basketball Orangemen on the stat boardsLawrence Moten is currently  the all-time leader in points with 2,334 points and a 19.3 ppg average.  Anthony sits at number 75 on the list with 778 points, but a 22.2 ppg average.  Who knows how many points Anthony would have racked up if he stayed four years?

Is this  a case then of the most popular, or best current NBA player to hail from Syracuse being considered the best?  Maybe.   But, the fans have voted and Anthony is clearly the majority choice.

In Anthony’s season at Syracuse, he averaged a double-double with 22.1 points and 10.0 boards per game.  He led the Orangemen to a National Championship in that freshman season, and had a double-double in the Championship game with 20 points and 10 rebounds.   He was subsequently named the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament

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Now this is a spectacular glove save. And with a man in the net, never mind the crease.

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College Basketball Number That Matters


20% is the share of Top 25 teams that come from the Big Ten in the most recent Top 25 AP Ranking of NCAA Division 1 basketball teams (as of February 4, 2012).  Of those 25 teams, the five that hail from the Big Ten are:  Ohio State (3), Michigan State (9), Wisconsin (19), Indiana (20), and Michigan (23).  This is a higher percentage of teams coming from one conference than any other currently.  That includes the ACC, Big East and SEC.


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Super Bowl Passing Number That Matters


The Super Bowl record for the most career passing yards, through the 2011 Super Bowl, is held by Kurt Warner who has thrown for 1,156 yards in his three Super Bowls.  Kurt Warner of course led the vaunted "Greatest Show on Turf" air attack for the Rams, as well as a prolific passing offense for the Arizona Cardinals in a combined total of three Super Bowls

Did you know..............that the second leading career Super Bowl passer, by yardage, is Joe Montana who sits a mere 14 yards behind Kurt Warner?


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NHL First Half Number That Matters


15,004 is the attendance for every Winnipeg Jets home game this season.  A complete sell out of the arena each time they've played at home.  No wonder they had a 14-6-1 record at home in the first half of the 2011-12 season, with that kind of local support.


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Brewers' Aoki to Wear Number 7

The Milwaukee Brewers recently inked Japanese baseball star Norichika Aoki to a two year deal.  Aoki, who will wear number 7 with the Brew Crew, has a career .329 batting average in Japanese professional baseball.

Aoki was a three-time batting champ in Japan's Central League and a two-time gold medal winner with Japan in the World Baseball Classic.  Aoki has been a center fielder while with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, winning three consecutive golden glove awards between 2006 and 2008.   

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Spurs to Retire Bruce Bowen's Number 12

The San Antonio Spurs will retire Bruce Bowen's jersey number 12 on March 21, 2012.  Bowen was known for his tenacious defense, landing him on the NBA All-Defensive team seven times while with the Spurs.  Bowen's number 12 will join six other jersey numbers currently retired by San Antonio, including David Robinson's number 50 and George Gervin's Number 44.

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Twins Announce Retirement of Kelly's Number 10

The Minnesota Twins recently announced  that they will be retiring the jersey number 10 in honor of Manager Tom Kelly.  Kelly led the Twins to two World Series Championships and was named the AL Manager of the Year in 1991.  He managed the Twins between 1986 and 1991.  The jersey retirement will happen before a game against the Cleveland Indians on September 8, 2012.  

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Kirk Gibson's Jersey Number Retired

Kirk Gibson's jersey number 30 was recently retired.  Wait a second, you might be thinking, Gibson wore 23 for most of his career.  And you'd be right.  He did wear number 23 for the majority of his MLB career.  However, playing baseball in college he wore number 30.  And that was the number which Michigan State, his alma mater, recently retired.

Gibson's jersey number joins a rare group which have been retired by the Spartans.  Another notable retired MSU number belongs to MLB Hall of Famer Robin Roberts who also played for the Spartans basketball team.  (Robin Roberts is also my pick for the best to ever wear the jersey number 36 in professional sports).

Now, why did it take until now for the Spartans to retire Gibson's number in baseball?  Well, maybe because he was more of a football star at Michigan State.  He was actually an All-American wide receiver for the Spartans, who played just one year of baseball.  That one year of baseball was enough to make the scouts swarm East Lansing, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Super Bowl MVP Number That Matters


12 is the jersey number worn by the largest number (amount) of Super Bowl MVPs (It has been worn seven times by a Super Bowl MVP to-date).  Four of those MVP awards were given to Tom Brady and Terry Bradshaw combined (two each).  The three other MVPs wearing jersey number 12 were:  Roger Staubach, Joe Namath and Aaron Rodgers.  Each one of these five quarterbacks is either a Hall of Famer or a future one.  

With one of the above quarterbacks wearing number 12 in the upcoming Super Bowl, the number of MVPs wearing this jersey number could quickly increase to eight. 

Did you know.......that the next most frequent jersey number for a Super Bowl MVP is 16, having been worn five times?   (Joe Montana has three of them). 


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Super Bowl Number That Matters


The number of teams that have a 100% winning percentage in the Super Bowl is 5.  Those teams include the:
  • San Francisco 49ers, 5-0
  • Baltimore Ravens, 1-0
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1-0
  • New Orleans Saints, 1-0
  • New York Jets, 1-0
That number will not change in this year's Super Bowl, as both the Patriots and Giants have lost at least one Super Bowl.  The Patriots winning percentage sits at 50% with a 3-3 record, while New York has a 75% winning record at 3-1, coming into the 2012 Super Bowl contest.  

Did you know......that the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers are tied for the most Super Bowl appearances, with 8 each?  They have played each other in three Super Bowls.  


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Best Georgetown Basketball Player Ever

The three players that stand out here, as far as I'm concerned, are:  Alonzo Mourning, Allen Iverson and Patrick Ewing.  I saw Allen Iverson quite a bit while he was at Georgetown.  And he was, in a word:  amazing.  The moves he made and his aggressiveness to the basket were unmatched in the NCAA at his time.  If he spent more than two seasons at Georgetown, he'd probably tip the balance in his favor here.

But for me, it really comes down to Alonzo Mourning and Patrick Ewing.  And to many people, myself included, Patrick Ewing is synonymous with Georgetown Basketball.   His stats match with the best of them, and his post-season performances do as well.

A four-year starter at Georgetown between 1981-82 and 1984-85, Ewing would lead the Hoyas to the National Championship game in three of his four years.  

Ewing would, in each of his four years, score more than 450 points, block more than 100 shots, and pull down more than 250 boards.  He averaged 15.3 points-per-game and 9.2 rebounds-per-game.  As a freshman, Ewing would lead his Hoyas to the NCAA Championship game against UNC in 1982. Although Georgetown would lose by a single point, Ewing give the world a taste of things to come as he notched a double-double, scoring 23 points and pulling down 10 boards.

Two seasons later, Ewing and the boys would be back in the Championship and would be victorious this time in a nine point win over Houston.  Amazingly, Ewing would lead his team back to the NCAA Championship game again, just one season later.

Georgetown was a heavy favorite to knock off fellow Big East rival Villanova in the Championship.  Ewing and his teammates would be surprised by the Wildcats in a 66-64 defeat however.

After college, Ewing of course went on to the New York Knicks and a Hall of Fame NBA career.  His play, in both college and the NBA, puts him in the ranks of the best basketball centers of all-time.

Did you know........Ewing is from Jamaica?

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