This is the first article of my new weekly segment, “By the Numbers.” Every Monday I will highlight the biggest events and most impressive statistics of the previous week using numbers as my guide.
The number of statements I make will be based off a significant number from the previous week. For this week there will be 19 interesting facts about the past week in sports in honor of the 19 postseason games Ray Lewis has played in his memorable NFL career.
Lewis is a sure Hall of Famer whose inspiring leadership has been a staple of the Ravens’ organization, and has additionally made him the face of the NFL for many years. Below, I break down the past week through 19 important numbers which have highlighted the sports world over those seven days.
0 former MLB players who were inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame.
1 more game Ray Lewis has left in his Hall of Fame NFL career, unless the Ravens have some sort of “Ray Lewis magic” left and somehow beat the Patriots next weekend.
2 straight National Championships that Nick Saban has brought back to Tuscaloosa, and his third in four years.
3 touchdowns scored this weekend by players who were cut by the Houston Texans. Trindon Holliday had two returns and Jacoby Jones had a 70 yard game-tying grab. Jones was cut before training camp while Holliday was cut in week six. Houston lost by less than two touchdowns.
4 teams who still were undefeated in College Basketball at the start of the week. After Michigan’s loss to Ohio State on Sunday, none remained.
9 receptions for Michael Crabtree against the Packers, finally proving to be that #1 receiver the 49ers drafted three years ago.
34 games that NHL fans will be snubbed of this year because of the lockout. Hockey is officially back! The question is, do we thank Gary Bettman?
50 pounds that Matt Ryan just lost by finally winning his first playoff game.
53 Broncos players Jacoby Jones personally thanked after the Ravens victory on Saturday night for getting his name in every headline across the country.
118 Alabama players who couldn’t grab the attention of NFL scouts because they were more impressed with Katherine Webb.
234 days the Broncos have to learn how to play prevent defense before the start of the 2013 season.
385 passing yards Russell Wilson had against the Falcons, eclipsing the franchise’s postseason mark of 341 yards set by Matt Hasselbeck against the St. Louis Rams in the 2004 playoffs.
396 yards Seahawks tight end Zach Miller had all season. Sunday he had 192 and a touchdown.
444 total yards Colin Kaepernick had against the Packers, along with four touchdowns. The Packers entire offense only had 352 yards and three touchdowns.
268,000 new followers Katherine Webb has gotten since the start of Monday night’s game.
4,802,000 people of Alabama who now consider Nick Saban a saint. None of them are Dolphins fans.
15,000,000 people who couldn’t bare watching Tony Gonzalez lose another playoff game.
$52,000,000 dollars difference between the Houston Rockets and LA Lakers payrolls this season. The Lakers are first in the league with a roster earning over $100 million, while the Rockets have the lowest payroll at just under $48 million. The Rockets are five games ahead of the Lakers right now.
Can’t Calculate how many Lakers fans have watched the Clippers play and all of a sudden jumped on their bandwagon. Boy is the Dwight Howard acquisition working out.
Priceless watching the ever so talented Lakers struggle this much. They are terrible.