Friday

Number of the Day - 2

2 touchdowns were scored by Marcus Lattimore in  South Carolina's season opening victory at Vanderbilt.  It was part of a 205 rushing yard effort combined on behalf of the Gamecocks in their narrow 17-13 win.

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Thursday

Best Tight Ends by Jersey Number

Tight ends generally wear jersey numbers in the 80s.  They don't have to, and there have been some greats who have worn numbers outside the 80s ala Dallas Clark (44) and Todd Christensen (46).  But we'll leave that comprehensive list for another time.  Right now, I'm going to look at just the best NFL tight ends to ever wear a jersey number in the 80s.  And here is the list.

80 - Kellen Winslow
81 - Jackie Smith
82 - Ozzie Newsome
83 - Alge Crumpler
84 - Shannon Sharpe
85 - Antonio Gates
86 - Todd Heap
87 - Dave Casper
88- Tony Gonzalez
89 - Mike Ditka

If I have made omissions or you'd like to voice your opinion, please leave a comment.  Thanks.


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Number of the Day - 319

319 is the passing yardage per game in the 2012 preseason for the Atlanta Falcons.  That is nearly 30 yards more per game than the next most prolific passing team this preseason, the Colts, who have thrown for 289.3 yards per game.

Think Matt Ryan might be ready to toss the ball a few times to Julio Jones and Roddy White this season?  

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Wednesday

Best Rutgers Basketball Player Ever

Rutgers may not be the first school you think of when you think of Big East basketball.  But they shouldn't be overlooked, nor should the quality of their past players.  Some of their best past players include Bob Lloyd, Jim Valvano, Roy Hinson and Quincy Douby.

Ed Jordan, or "Fast Eddie" as he was sometimes called, is however, the best Rutgers basketball athlete ever.  Playing for the Scarlet Knights between 1973 and 1977, Jordan  would finish his collegiate career as the Rutgers career record holder for assists and steals.

In 1976, Jordan guided Rutgers to a rare Final Four berth.  Although Rutgers lost to Michigan in that Final Four, they made their presence known, while sitting among the best four collegiate basketball teams in the country for 1976.

Did you know.........Jordan played for five NBA teams and coached for three more?


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Number of the Day - 7

For 7 consecutive seasons, St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson has rushed for more than 1,000 yards.

Source:  Sports Illustrated Fantasy Football 

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Tuesday

Number of the Day - 38

38 is the number of losses the Pittsburgh Pirates had in August and September of 2011, after putting up a 54-52 record through July.  

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Monday

Jersey Number 33 Revisited

I've decided that I will be revisiting some of the most controversial jersey number picks on Best By The Numbers.  I am going to let my readers pick the best to ever wear each of these jersey numbers.  And we'll start off with the best pro athlete to ever wear the number 33.

Back in 2006, when I started this blog, I picked Tony Dorsett as the best to ever wear 33.  There have been heated calls for other athletes to be named the best to ever wear this number.  So you choose.  The  person who makes the best case for their athlete to be named best to wear number 33, will win a rookie card of that athlete.

The names that have been mentioned before as the best to wear 33, other than Tony Dorsett, include Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Patrick Roy and Eddie Murray.  So make your case here in the comments, for who you think the best to wear 33 is.  And if I choose your athlete based on your case, you'll get a free rookie card of that athlete.  Make your case here now!

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Number of the Day - 0

According to Sports Illustrated, 0 "Texas Longhorns were picked in the first three rounds of the 2012 NFL draft, the first time in 11 years Texas failed to send a player to the NFL before the fourth round."

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Sunday

Current NFL Quarterback Jersey Numbers


1
Johnson, Josh
Newton, Cam
Stewart, Chester
2
Bartel, Richard
Campbell, Jason
Portis, Josh
Ryan, Matt
Taylor, Tyrod
Weber, Adam
3
Anderson, Derek
Crompton, Jonathan
Kafka, Mike
Palmer, Carson
Tolzien, Scott
Weeden, Brandon
Wilson, Russell
4
Bethel-Thompson, McLeod
Blanchard, Matt
Canfield, Sean
Kolb, Kevin
Leftwich, Byron
Tanney, Alex
Thigpen, Tyler
Wilson, John Parker
5
Brandstater, Tom
Flacco, Joe
Freeman, Josh
Palmer, Jordan
Robinson, Zac
Stanton, Drew
Stephens, Nick
6
Cutler, Jay
Harrell, Graham
Orlovsky, Dan
Osweiler, Brock
Pryor, Terrelle
Sanchez, Mark
Wallace, Seneca
Whitehurst, Charlie
7
Cassel, Matt
Clausen, Jimmy
Corp, Aaron
Devlin, Pat
Gradkowski, Bruce
Henne, Chad
Jackson, Tarvaris
Kaepernick, Colin
Keenum, Case
Kinne, G.J.
Leinart, Matt
McGee, Stephen
Ponder, Christian
Ratliff, Brett
Roethlisberger, Ben
Vick, Michael
8
Bradford, Sam
Carr, David
Grossman, Rex
Harnish, Chandler
Hasselbeck, Matt
Hoyer, Brian
Johnson, Jerrod
Moore, Matt
Painter, Curtis
Redman, Chris
Schaub, Matt
9
Brees, Drew
Coleman, B.J.
Davis, Austin
Foles, Nick
Garrard, David
Hartline, Mike
Lewis, Thaddeus
Quinn, Brady
Romo, Tony
Simms, Matt
Stafford, Matthew
10
Clemens, Kellen
Daniel, Chase
Griffin III, Robert
Locker, Jake
Manning, Eli
Newhall-Caballero, Kyle
Young, Vince
11
Carpenter, Rudy
Edwards, Trent
Gabbert, Blaine
McCown, Luke
Smith, Alex
Smith, Rusty
12
Beck, John
Brady, Tom
Cousins, Kirk
Luck, Andrew
McCown, Josh
McCoy, Colt
Rodgers, Aaron
Stanzi, Ricky
13
Yates, T.J.
14
Dalton, Andy
Davis, Dominique
Fitzpatrick, Ryan
Lindley, Ryan
McElroy, Greg
Webb, Joe
15
Flynn, Matt
Mallett, Ryan
Tebow, Tim
16
Batch, Charlie
Hanie, Caleb
Lee, Jarrett
17
Moore, Kellen
Perrilloux, Ryan
Rivers, Philip
Tannehill, Ryan
18
Manning, Peyton
Orton, Kyle
Rosenfels, Sage
19
Skelton, John

No number identified
Hill, Shaun

The above numbers and names are as of late August, 2012 on current NFL rosters.  Interesting that there is only one quarterback who is wearing jersey number 13.  And the most common, read:  popular, jersey number among NFL QBs is 7.  Information is courtesy of Yahoo! Sports.

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Number of the Day - 50

50 is the age at which Roger Clemens has pitched professionally for a team in Sugarland, Texas.  Are the Astros now looking at Clemens as a potential gate attraction for Minute Maid Park?

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Saturday

Number of the Day - 8

8 is the number of wins in a row by the Seattle Mariners until they lost to Chicago last night.

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Friday

Number of the Day - 27

27 is the number of combined runs scored by the Red Sox and Angels in a game last night in Boston. It's still a far cry from the record number of runs scored in a modern era game in 1922 when the Cubs and Phillies combined for 49 runs.

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Thursday

Number of the Day - 3

3 is the number of baseballs put over the fence last night by Adrian Beltre.  It was his second three dinger game.

Source: Espn.com

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Wednesday

Number of the Day - 25

25 is the margin of victory all-time, in number of wins, which the Giants baseball franchise holds over the Dodgers baseball franchise dating back to 1884. 

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Tuesday

Number of the Day - 6

6 is how many more strikeouts New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey has accumulated this season than any other starting National League pitcher.  As of this post, Dickey has 181 strikeouts, while Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw as 175 and phenom Stephen Strasburg has 173.  Pretty good company, no?



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Monday

Number of the Day - 0

0 is the number of hits that the Mexican baseball team recently gave up in a Little League World Series playoff game.

Source: Espn.com

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Saturday

Number of the Day - 1

Number 1 is the ranking of the University of Southern California in the pre-season Associated Press poll.  

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Friday

Number of the Day - 8

8 wins for David Price in his last 11 starts to go with a 1.72 ERA and no losses.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

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Wednesday

Numbers of the Day

23 - Number of perfect games in MLB history

3 - Number of perfect games in MLB this season

Phil Humber on April 21
Matt Cain on June 13
Felix Hernandez on August 15

Sources: CNN.com, mercurynews.com

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Thursday

Number 11 to be Retired by Reds for Larkin

Number 11 will no longer be worn by any Red. Cincy will retire 11 in honor of Reds icon Barry Larkin.

On August 25, Larkin's number 11 will join nine others retired by the franchise. This comes after Larkin was enshrined in Cooperstown over the summer. He spent his entire career with the Reds between 1986 and 2004 and was not only a defensive stalwart but no slouch with the bat either. He is certainly deserving of this honor in my opinion.

Source: cbssports.com.

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