Monday, September 22, 2008

Fun with Old Newspapers (Part 2)

The Sporting News, November 3, 1979.

A Bill Walsh Sample Script

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Fun with Old Newspapers (first of an occasional series)

Published November 1, 1994. Jordan returned to the Bulls six months later.

Position Instability, Updated

Fernando Tatis, making his 28th start for the Mets in LF last night, separated his shoulder, ending his season.

Monday, September 15, 2008


Air Force failed to complete a pass in their 31-28 win over Houston on Saturday, only the second I-A team to do so in the last nine years. Oddly, both teams that did so won. (Update: Army had 0 completions in a game on October 11 and still won.) (Update 2: Navy had 0 attempts vs. SMU on October 25 and won.) (Update 3: Navy had 1 completion vs. Northern Illinois on November 25; its other pass attempt was a clock-killing spike.)

Fewest team completions in a game, I-A teams, 2000-2009:

TeamDateCompAttYardsTDIntQB RatingOppResult
Ohio10/19/2002010000.00Kent St.W, 50-0
Air Force9/13/2008070000.00HoustonW, 31-28
Navy10/25/2008000000.00SMUW, 34-7
Wake ForestW, 13-10
Ball St.9/16/200018502-32.25Kansas St.L, 76-0
Rice11/4/200015120040.16SMUW, 43-14
Ohio10/5/200217120028.69Bowling GreenL, 72-21
Rice10/25/200314340096.40Fresno St.L, 31-28
Rice10/9/20041550028.40SMUW, 44-10
Navy11/5/200513290147.87TulaneW, 49-21
Memphis11/26/200518-3009.35MarshallW, 26-3
Navy9/9/200617210110.91MassachusettsW, 21-20
Navy10/7/200616801-5.47Air ForceW, 24-17
Navy12/2/200616110032.07ArmyW, 26-14
Miami (Fla.)11/3/2007114841338.26North Carolina St.L, 19-16 (OT)
Army9/27/20081540026.72Texas A&ML, 17-21
Navy11/25/2008123200184.40Northern IllinoisW, 16-0
Air Force10/17/20091520023.36
WyomingW, 10-0
Georgia Tech
Virginia TechW, 28-23

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Position Instability, Part 2

The 2008 Mets are the 17th team, counting the 1961 Kansas City Athletics and 1976 Montreal Expos twice, to start at least 12 players at a single position.

Most different starters at any team-position, excluding pitchers and designated hitters, 1956-2007:
2002 Cleveland IndiansLFRussell Branyan3915
1961 Kansas City AthleticsRFJim Rivera2913
1968 Cleveland IndiansLFLee Maye6513
1976 Montreal ExposLFBombo Rivera4413Andre Dawson’s arrival in September solidified the OF.
2001 Pittsburgh PiratesRFJohn Vander Wal5113Operation Shutdown
1961 Kansas City AthleticsLFLeo Posada5312Don Larsen (yes, that one) started one game in LF.
1976 Montreal ExposRFGary Carter3112
1987 Detroit TigersRFPat Sheridan8612
1992 Oakland AthleticsRFJose Canseco7612
1993 Cincinnati RedsLFKevin Mitchell8512
1997 Cincinnati RedsLFChris Stynes3812
2000 New York MetsLFBenny Agbayani8812Rickey Henderson was cut 37 games into the season.
2001 Colorado RockiesLFRon Gant4812
2003 Texas RangersLFShane Spencer4012
2004 Kansas City RoyalsLFDee Brown4912
2004 Tampa Bay Devil RaysLFCarl Crawford11512

Most different starters at a given team-position, 1956-2007:
1967 New York MetsPTom Seaver3420
1960 Chicago CubsCEl Tappe388
1998 New York MetsCMike Piazza998The Mets used 5 catchers before trading for Piazza on May 22.
1976 Cleveland Indians1BBoog Powell8311
(12 different teams)2B8Last: 2005 Reds and Nationals.
1958 Cleveland Indians3BVic Power4011
1987 Pittsburgh PiratesSSAl Pedrique689
2002 Cleveland IndiansLFRussell Branyan3915
2007 Oakland AthleticsCFNick Swisher5711Travis Buck is the only one of the 11 to play for the A’s in 2008.
1961 Kansas City AthleticsRFJim Rivera2913
2001 Pittsburgh PiratesRFJohn Vander Wal5113
1989 Texas RangersDHHarold Baines4419Stabilized after the Sosa for Baines trade.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Position Instability

The 2008 Mets have started 12 different left fielders this season, none of whom have started more than 23 games. How unusual is this?

Fewest games started by team-leader at any position, excluding pitchers and designated hitters, 1956-2007, excluding strike seasons:
1997 Milwaukee BrewersLFMarc Newfield2810Gerald Williams led the team in LF games and innings played.
1961 Kansas City AthleticsRFJim Rivera2913
2000 Colorado RockiesLFJeffrey Hammonds & Larry Walker308Hammonds also led the Rockies in starts in RF.
1976 Montreal ExposRFGary Carter3112Carter played OF on the days when he was not catching.
1986 Chicago White SoxLFBobby Bonilla329Carlton Fisk started the first 26 games in LF, but was moved back to C.
2005 Los Angeles Dodgers3BMike Edwards & Antonio Perez337
1972 Texas RangersLFDick Billings & Tom Grieve358154 game schedule.
1961 Philadephia PhilliesRFKen Walters & Johnny Callison368154 game schedule.
1963 Los Angeles AngelsRFLee Thomas3710
1968 California AngelsRFBubba Morton378Roger Repoz led the Angels in RF games with 54.

Fewest games started by team-leader at a given position, 1956-2007, excluding strike seasons:
1957 Kansas City AthleticsPNed Garver2314154 game schedule.
1973 Texas RangersPJim Bibby2317
1960 Chicago CubsCEl Tappe388154 game schedule.
1962 New York MetsCChris Cannizzaro & Sammy Taylor427
1973 Chicago Cubs1BJim Hickman387
2004 New York Mets2BJose Reyes417
2006 Chicago Cubs2BTodd Walker417
2005 Los Angeles Dodgers3BMike Edwards & Antonio Perez337
1961 St. Louis CardinalsSSBob Lillis435154 game schedule.
1963 Cleveland IndiansSSLarry Brown454
1992 Philadelphia PhilliesSSJuan Bell456
1997 Milwaukee BrewersLFMarc Newfield2810
1957 Chicago CubsCFBob Speake398154 game schedule.
2003 New York MetsCFJeff Duncan & Timo Perez418
1961 Kansas City AthleticsRFJim Rivera2913
2001 Anaheim AngelsDHOrlando Palmeiro & Shawn Wooten2515

What do these teams have in common? None made the playoffs, and only the 1961 Cardinals (80-74) and the 2000 Rockies (82-80) had winning records. Six of the teams lost over 100 games.

More to follow tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

New NFL Uniform Patch for Week 2

(Idea: Matthew Furtek)