Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Leaplings

Today is Leap Day, and people who were born on February 29th are known as "Leaplings". Here is a list of some of the more famous Leaplings:

  • Former Cleveland Indian Al Rosen (1924)
  • Actor Joss Ackland - most notably (for me) as Hans in the Mighty Ducks movies (1928)
  • American Astronaut Jack Lousma (1936)
  • Actor Dennis Farina (1944)
  • American Serial Killer Richard Ramirez (1960)
  • Former LB Bryce Paup (1968)
  • Rapper Ja Rule (1976)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

This Day in Sports History - 2/26/2002

Playing for the Kings during a 107 - 81 win over the Jazz in Sacramento, Chucky Brown becomes the first individual in NBA history to play for 12 teams. Since his career began in 1989, Brown has also played for the Cavaliers, Lakers, Nets, Mavericks, Rockets, Suns, Bucks, Hawks, Spurs, Hornets and Warriors. His record is later tied by Tony Massenburg (1990 - 2005) and Jimmy Jackson (1992 - 2006).

Monday, February 20, 2012

Carlos Beltran

The St. Louis Cardinals signed Carlos Beltran to a two year deal. Beltran spent the 2011 season with both the New York Mets & San Francisco Giants. Beltran was the Rookie of the Year in 1999 when he was a member of the Kansas City Royals. He's a six time All Star & three time Gold Glove award winner. Beltran is 83 hits away from 2,000 and has 302 career HRs & 293 SBs.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Matt Capps

The Minnesota Twins re-signed closer Matt Capps to a one year deal with an option for 2013. With longtime closer Joe Nathan leaving for Texas, Capps will be the undisputed closer entering the season. Capps has 124 career saves, a career save percentage of 77% and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 301-80. If the Twins can rebound from the tough season they had last year then Capps' save numbers should be very high.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

RIP Gary Carter

Gary Carter passed away on Thursday at the age of 57. He was an 11-time All-Star and a great teammate. Here is his HOF biography:

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Michael Cuddyer

Michael Cuddyer left the Minnesota Twins and signed with the Colorado Rockies. Cuddyer is expected to provide solid protection for Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez as well as the ability to play multiple positions although he'll be primarily playing in RF. Cuddyer's career numbers are not exceptional, but his consistency is what makes him the player he is.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

This Day in Sports History - 2/7/2010

Four years after Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Saints celebrate a Super Bowl win over the Indianapolis Colts, 31 - 17, in Miami. The underdog Saints fall behind 10 - 0 in the first quarter before two second period field goals make the score 10 - 6. New Orleans coach Sean Payton has a surprise in store on the second half kickoff: a successful onside kick. The Saints drive for a touchdown, add another field goal for a 16 - 10 lead, and then fall behind 17 - 16. But a two-yard pass from Drew Brees to TE Jeremy Shockey and a two-point conversion put the Saints back on top, 24 - 17. The Colts march for a game-tying TD when cornerback Tracy Porter returns an interception 74 yards for a score. Brees has 32 completions in 39 attempts for 288 yards, two TDs and no interceptions.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Urban Meyer Discusses 2012 Signing Day Class

Today was National Signing Day and new Ohio State coach Urban Meyer procured the 6th best class (according to ESPN). Here is a video where he discusses some of the players the Buckeyes were able to sign. Beneath that is a list of the 25 players that they signed (courtesy of

2012 Recruiting Class

NamePos.Hgt.Wgt.Hometown/High School
Warren BallRB6-2205Columbus, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales
Devan BogardDB6-0175Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville
Jacoby Boren*OL6-2275Pickerington, Ohio/Central
Taylor DeckerOL6-8315Vandalia, Ohio/Butler
Kyle DodsonOL6-6310Cleveland, Ohio/Cleveland Heights
Bri'onte Dunn*RB6-2220Canton, Ohio/GlenOak
Pat ElfleinOL6-3285Pickerington, Ohio/North
Frank EpitropoulosWR6-3197Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington
Cardale Jones*QB6-5220Cleveland, Ohio/Glendale & Fork Union Mil. Acad.
Jamal MarcusLB6-2235Durham, N.C./Hillside
Najee MurrayDB5-11172Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville
Joey O'ConnorOL6-4295Windsor, Colo./Windsor
David PerkinsLB6-2220South Bend, Ind./ South Bend Washington
Joshua Perry*LB6-3230Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy
Se'Von PittmanDE6-5245Canton, Ohio/McKinley
Tyvis Powell*DB6-3180Bedford, Ohio/Bedford
Armani ReevesCB5-10185West Roxbury, Mass./Catholic Memorial
Luke RobertsLB6-2225Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster
Tommy SchuttDT6-3300Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard
Ricquan SouthwardWR6-2190Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland
Noah SpenceDE6-4245Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt
Blake ThomasTE6-4245Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius
Michael Thomas*WR6-4205Los Angeles, Calif./Woodland Hills Taft & FUMA
Adolphus WashingtonDE6-5245Cincinnati, Ohio/Taft
Camren WilliamsLB6-2215West Roxbury, Mass./Catholic Memorial

*Enrolled at Ohio State in January 2012

Super Bowl XLVI Preview

This Sunday February 5th will be Super Bowl 46 between the New York Giants and New England Patriots. Here are 46 facts and stats that hopefully you'll enjoy.

  1. This is a rematch of a game from Week 9 as well as Super Bowl XLII
  2. Bill Belichick was assistant for the Giants for 12 years
  3. New England had 8 players selected for the Pro Bowl
  4. New England was 3-1 vs. NFC while New York was 4-0 vs. AFC
  5. The Giants have two players from Ohio State (Jake Ballard & Jim Cordle)
  6. Eli Manning has a record 15 TDs in the 4th Quarter
  7. Tom Brady is tied with Joe Montana with 16 playoff wins
  8. This will be Tom Brady's 5th Super Bowl start; which ties him with John Elway
  9. New England did not beat any team during the regular season who had a winning record
  10. This is New England's 7th Super Bowl appearance & New York's 5th
  11. Tom Brady was drafted as a catcher in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB Draft by the Montreal Expos
  12. BenJarvis Green-Ellis went to the same High School as actor Carl Weathers
  13. Victor Cruz had a Giants record with 1,536 receiving yards during the regular season
  14. Tom Coughlin & Bill Belichick were assistant coaches on Giants Super Bowl XXV team
  15. New England OC Bill O'Brien has been named the new Head Coach for Penn State
  16. Former New England LB Larry Izzo is the Assistant Special Teams Coach for the Giants
  17. TEs Rob Gronkowski & Aaron Hernandez combined for 169 receptions
  18. New England allowed nine QBs to pass for 300 or more yards during the regular season
  19. Jason Pierre-Paul had 16.5 sacks this season; only Michael Strahan & LT have had more in a season
  20. Tom Brady has 3 seasons with 35 or more TD passes
  21. The last time Wes Welker didn't have a reception in a game was 2005
  22. Safety Antrell Rolle led the Giants with 96 tackles
  23. Mark Anderson & Andre Carter each had 10 sacks for New England
  24. Chad Ochocinco had just 15 receptions during the season
  25. Mark Herzlich played lacrosse in High School
  26. Stephen Gostkowski's FG % is 84.8
  27. DT Vince Wilfork has 2 career INTs
  28. Antrell Rolle & Vince Wilfork were college teammates
  29. The Giants last six 1st round draft picks are major contributors to the team (Matthias Kiwanuka, Aaron Ross, Kenny Phillips, Hakeem Nicks, Jason Pierre-Paul & Prince Amukamara)
  30. Matt Light protected Drew Brees' blind side in college
  31. This is the 9th Super Bowl rematch of a regular season game decided by TD or less; 7 of the previous 8 games were won by team that lost 1st game
  32. In his first 10 postseason games Tom Brady was 10-0 with 3 INTs; in his last 11 he's 6-5 with 16 INTs
  33. Manning & Brady will be 3rd set of QBs to meet in multiple Super Bowls; the others were Bradshaw-Staubach & Aikman-Kelly
  34. Lawrence Tynes is 1st player to score winning points in 2 playoff overtime games
  35. The Giants drafted LBs Greg Jones & Jacquian Williams in the 6th round of 2011 NFL Draft
  36. Chris Snee is Tom Coughlin's son-in-law
  37. Bill Belichick is not a member of the NFL Coaches Club
  38. The only 100 yard receiving game that Wes Welker has had in the playoffs was Super Bowl XLII loss to the Giants
  39. Julian Edelman has played as a WR & CB this season
  40. New England TEs coach Brian Ferentz is the son of Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz
  41. Eli Manning is 6-1 in road or neutral site games in the playoffs
  42. John Mara is the 3rd generation of his family to own the Giants
  43. The Patriots have retired 8 player's numbers; the Giants have retired 11
  44. Tom Brady has 2 Super Bowl MVPs, Eli Manning & Deion Branch each have 1
  45. Tom Brady, Kevin Faulk & Matt Light are only current Patriots who won the 3 New England Super Bowls
  46. Giants OC Kevin Gilbride was OC under Tom Coughlin for the Jaguars in 1995 & 1996