By DYLAN MALONE
This week is a special Halloween edition of Chillin’ with yours truly. In honor of the holiday that all little boys and ghouls love, I wanted to share some of sports more “spooky” statistics you readers may or may not have known. Enjoy.
We’ll start the factual list with the Dallas Cowboys, one of the most storied NFL franchises. Last week DeMarco Murray, a star running back in the making, ran for 253 yards and a touchdown. Spooky to think that that is a Cowboys rushing record for a single game considering that a certain Hall-of-Famer named Emmitt Smith previously held the record at 237 yards in a game in 1993…on October 31.
Indianapolis Colts’ head coach Jim Caldwell has had a rough go this season with a 0-7 start (this is scary enough, but there’s more). He can take solace, however, in the numbers that show that his predecessor, Tony Dungy, had a 73% winning percentage in his elite run with the Colts. With the blowout loss to the Saints this past Sunday, coach Caldwell falls to a still stellar (and spooky) 72% winning percentage (26-10) for his career.
The St. Louis Cardinals were established in 1892 and have since won 10 World Series championships, while the Texas Rangers were established in 1961 and are aiming for their first title. A total of 69 years separated the two teams’ existences; the average number of losses between the Cardinals and Rangers this season (Cards 72, Rangers 66).
Albert Pujols is the active leader in batting average with .328 with over 2,000 hits in over 6,300 at bats and is 24th all-time. Of the 23 players that have gone before Pujols with better career averages, none had ever played for the Texas Rangers’ franchise at any point in their careers. Ted Williams, fifth all-time on that list, did manage Rangers in their inaugural year, however. I found this stat amazing because the Rangers have been heavily favored as the better offensive team, despite the fact that the player with the best career average on the Rangers’ current roster is Josh Hamilton (.311 career), who is currently 73rd all-time.
The NBA lockout has lasted 118 days now as it started on June 30. Sort of ironic is that June 30 is the 181st day of the year. Do you remember what you were doing 118 days ago? The movie “Horrible Bosses” was premiering, Glenn Beck says goodbye to Fox news, and I think I had called in sick to work that day but that’s neither here nor there.
Something that doesn’t fall under the “current” realm but is an interesting statistic none-the-less, according to “weirdfacts.com” it takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year’s supply of footballs. Oddly enough and unrelated I’m sure, there are a record number of “Chic-fil-A’s” located inside NFL stadiums this season for some reason.
This next statistic is not really a statistic, but just a fact that I find interesting. Pittsburgh is the only city in the U.S. to have all of its professional sports teams don the same colors: black and gold (Steelers, Penguins, Pirates).
So there you have it...some spooky stats for you on this Halloween weekend. I have to say there were some stats that did not make this edition but I suppose if I put all my eggs in one basket, I won’t have any left for the Easter edition (pun intended).
Thanks for reading.