Sports By the Numbers
I admit it. I am a recovering stats geek. As a former PR man for professional baseball, stats ruled my life. I researched and publish daily information that helped media do their job. Sometimes it is just easier to let the numbers do the talking. So without further ado, here are sportsinfo101.com’s numbers and news chart.
0- The number of games the Los Angeles Lakers won against the Dallas Mavericks in the last round of the NBA playoff series. Some are calling for blowing up the team. Don’t look for Koby Bryant, Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum to be moved unless you see a Dwight Howard joining the team. However, look for a different Lakers bench and a new guard to compliment Bryant next year.
1.5: That’s offiically $1.5 million, the gross by monthly check Los Angeles Angels Torii Hunter received for playing professional baseball, according to LA Times sports writer Mike DiGiovanna.
3 - as in billion. the PAC-12 conference announced last week it had signed a new 12 year television deal with Fox Sports and ESPN to broadcast the conference’s football games. According to the LA times, it is the richest TV deal in college history. It is also the same number the Dodgers are claiming Fox offered their baseball franchise which would help ease current financial constraints on the team.
5: The number of games Lakers big man Andrew Bynum is suspended to start the basketball season next year. Oh yeah, the cheap shot he administered to Mavericks guard J.J. Barea in game four of the playoffs also cost him more than $700,000. Ouch. The move will hurt Bynum more than Barea in the long run. Let’s hope lesson learned.
8: The Detroit Red Wings became the eighth National Hockey League team to come back from a 3-0 deficit in a playoff series to force game seven after coming back to beat the San Jose Sharks last night.
23: The number of wins the Cleveland Indians have amassed in the first 34 games of the 2011 Major League Baseball season, good enough for the most wins in the American League and all of baseball.
30: Dodgers outfield Andrea Either compiled the second longest hitting streak in LA Dodgers history. The streak temporarily took the media’s eyes off the McCourt divorce.
137: Years the Kentucky Derby has been run at Churchill Downs. On Sunday, Animal Kingdom captured the run for the roses.
40,000+: The attendance of Angeles fans on Tuesday night. That is not new by itself. However, the club established a new Guinness World record for wearing costume masks as the American League club handed out res wresting masks in a game vs. the White Sox. Don’t believe me? See for yourself.