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Five Fun Facts About Colin Kaepernick

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on July 29, 2013

Colin Kaepernick lit the football world on fire in 2012 when he staked his claim for being the San Francisco 49ers quarterback of the future. His deep run into the playoffs gave fans of the team a lot of hope too. Here is a look at five fun facts about this great player.

6.9? Not Bad!

Colin Kaepernick left Nevada having averaged 6.9 yards per rushing attempt. This was the highest average anyone in Western Athletic Conference had ever posted for their college career. It broke the previous record of 6.7 yards per carry that had been set by Kevin Lowe who played for Wyoming from 1981 to 1984.

What’s In A Number?

Colin Kaepernick wears number 7 for the San Francisco 49ers. He wore jersey number 10 in college at Nevada. Other 49ers to wear number 7 before him include Jason Baker, Guy Benjamin, Ken Dorsey, Wade Richey, Mark Stevens, and Tony Zendejas.

Hey! Give That Back!

The first player to pick Colin Kaepernick off in the NFL was Patrick Robinson of the New Orleans Saints. It happened in the second quarter on a pass intended for Kyle Williams in a 31-21 San Francisco win.

The First Of Many To Come

The first NFL touchdown pass Colin Kaepernick ever threw came in a 32-7 win over the Bears on November 19, 2012. It happened in the first quarter, went for three yards, put the team up 10-0 at the time, and was caught by Vernon Davis.

The Second To Do It, But That’s Okay

In a 45-31 win over the Packers on January 12, 2013 in the first round of the playoffs, Colin Kaepernick threw for 263 yards and ran for another 181. His 437 total yards of offense that day, after subtracting yards lost due to sacks, was just the second time a 49ers player had ever accumulated more than 400 in a playoff game. The first had been Steve Young who gained 405 total yards of offense in a 1996 loss to the same team, the Green Bay Packers. This gave Kaepernick the team record though and was the sixth highest total in NFL history behind Bernie Kosar, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees (twice), and Dan Fouts.

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Five Fun Facts About The Minnesota Vikings

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on July 22, 2013

The Minnesota Vikings have a rabid fan base and have always done a fairly good job at putting a competitive team on the field and putting on a great show for the fans there. The Vikings, like most professional teams, have had there ups and downs over the years, but they have always tried to the best of their ability to treat their fans to a great show. Here is a look at five fun facts about the Minnesota Vikings

The First One Ever

The first regular season NFL touchdown ever scored in the history of the Minnesota Vikings franchise came in a 37-13 win over the Bears in the team’s very first game ever. It happened on a 14 yard pass in the second quarter from Fran Tarkenton to Bob Schnelker.

100 Yard Games

Cris Carter had 42 100 yard receiving games during his career. Two of them came with the Philadelphia Eagles and 40 of them with the Vikings. The most yards he had in any one game was the 168 yards he racked up on nine catches in a 13-7 Vikings win over the Dolphins in 2000.

Next!

The 1990s saw the Vikings try out a number of different people at quarterback. In fact, during the 10 years that make up that decade there were six different players who would lead the team in passing. Rich Gannon was the leading passer on the team from 1990 to 1992, Jim McMahon led the team the next year in 1993, and Warren Moon then led the team in passing in 1994 and 1995. Brad Johnson took over from there, leading the team in passing in 1996 and 1997, followed by Randall Cunningham in 1998, and finally Jeff George in 1999.

1,000 Seems Like A Lot!

The first team that Adrian Peterson would pile up a total of 1,000 or more rushing yards against during his career was the Green Bay Packers.

Drafted Twice?

The first nationally known star player the Vikings had was a quarterback named Fran Tarkenton who would go on to make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986. Minnesota drafted Tarkenton in the third round of the 1961 NFL Draft. He was also drafted that year in the 1961 AFL Draft in the fifth round by the Boston Patriots of the American Football League.

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Kevin McHale Animated GIFs

Filed under: Animated Gifs — by Mark on July 17, 2013

Kevin McHale’s low post moves!

Kevin McHale

Kevin McHale for two

Ball movement!

Kevin McHale

Boston Celtics teamwork!

Unstoppable!

Kevin McHale

Kevin McHale for two again!


Tons of great Kevin McHale trivia!

The Pump Fake Master!

Kevin McHale schools the Hawks

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Kevin McHale

Kevin McHale with the hard foul

Five Fun Facts About The New York Yankees’ Mickey Mantle

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on July 15, 2013

Few baseball players command the attention that Mickey Mantle once did. He was as big a star as baseball has ever produced and he belonged 100% to the New York Yankees and their fans. Here is a look at five fun facts about Mickey Mantle.

What’s In A Number

The New York Yankees retired jersey number 7 in honor of Mickey Mantle on June 8, 1969. This was the fourth number ever retired by the Yankees, following Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Joe DiMaggio. At the beginning of his career with the Yankees, before he was called up to the team permanently, he first wore jersey number 6. Joe Torre later wore this number as manager of the Yankees.

The Mick In The Minors?

Like most stars, Mickey Mantle too spent time in the minor leagues. He played on three teams during his minor league career. He hit seven home runs in 89 games with the Independence Yankees of the Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri League in 1949, 26 home runs in 137 games for the Joplin Miners of the Western Association in 1950, and 11 home runs in 40 games for the Kansas City Blues of the American Association in 1951.

No Early Riser

Though known for his home runs, Mickey Mantle would strike out a lot during his career as well. The pitcher who struck him out for than any other was Early Wynn who played for the Indians and White Sox when Mantle faced him. Wynn struck out Mantle 48 times during his career.

Friendliest Place Away From Home

Mickey Mantle hit 266 of his 536 career home runs playing at home in Yankee Stadium. The visiting stadium he hit the most home runs in was Tiger Stadium where he hit 42. In second place on that list would be Fenway Park with 38 home runs hit by The Mick.

The Last Of Them All

Mickey Mantle’s final home run, the 536th of his career, was a solo shot hit on September 20, 1968 off of Jim Lonborg of the Boston Red Sox.

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Mickey Mantle Trivia!

5 Fun Facts About The Denver Broncos

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on July 12, 2013

The Denver Broncos hit the stage in 1960 as members of the brand new American Football League. All those years later and they have sure made some great memories for their fans. Here are five fun facts about this great team, the Denver Broncos.

Who Caught The First?

John Elway threw 300 touchdown passes during the regular season as a member of the Denver Broncos. The first one he ever threw came in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Eagles in 1983, it went for 33 yards and was caught by Rick Parros. This was the only TD pass Elway ever threw to Parros.

A Slow Start

It took the Broncos just three seasons to have their very first non-losing season. That 1962 AFL team put up a record of 7-7 but going .500 is not the same as having a winning record. The Broncos would not post their first winning season until 1973, their 14th year in football, when they went 7-5.

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Accuracy Matters

The first, and so far only, kicker the Denver Broncos ever had who would attempt at least 20 field goals in a season and make over 90% of them was Jason Elam in 2006. He made 27 of 29 that year for a 93.1% field goal percentage. Elam played 15 seasons with the Broncos and that 2006 season was his 14th with the team.

None Better

The 1997 Denver Broncos were the first in team history to lead the NFL in points scored. That team went 12-4, scored 472 points, gave up 287 points, and won the Super Bowl behind the running of Terrell Davis in 31-24 victory over the Packers.

Throw It To Me!

Rod Smith was a Pro Bowl quality receiver that played his entire 12 year NFL career with the Broncos. He caught 68 touchdown passes during his career there and they were thrown to him by seven different quarterbacks. 22 of them were thrown to him by Brian Griese, 19 by John Elway, 17 by Jake Plummer, Steve Beuerlein threw four to him, Gus Frerotte threw him three, Bubby Brister threw two his way, and Jay Cutler threw him the last touchdown reception of his career.


10 Great Dallas Cowboys Animated GIFs

Filed under: Animated Gifs — by Mark on July 10, 2013

1.  How ‘Bout Them Cowboys!

Jimmy Johnson

How ‘Bout Them Cowboys!!!

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2.  Robert Newhouse & Golden Richards

Robert Newhouse and Golden Richards

Robert Newhouse to Golden Richards for the Super Bowl touchdown

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3.  Jason Witten

Jason Witten

Jason Witten hauls in another touchdown pass

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4.  Emmitt Smith

Emmitt Smith

Emmitt Smith hands out a stiff arm

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5.  Danny White

Danny White

Danny White fakes the punt for the first down!

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6.  Roger Staubach

Roger Staubach

Roger Staubach runs one in!

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7.  Tom Landry

Tom Landry

Tom Landry gives you “The Look”

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8.  Ed “Too Tall” Jones

Ed

Ed “Too Tall” Jones… he is Too Tall!

9.  Emmitt Smith

Emmitt Smith

Emmitt Smith… off the football field

10.  Tony Dorsett

Tony Dorsett

Tony Dorsett Wants You

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5 Fun Facts About The Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on July 8, 2013

Russell Wilson lit the NFL on fire when he came in for his rookie campaign in 2012 with the Seattle Seahawks. He had some great runs and showed off some great moves but he really was an exceptional passer too. Here are five fun facts about Russell Wilson’s rookie year in the NFL.

Fleet Of Foot

Russell Wilson finished the 2012 season with 489 rushing yards at the quarterback position. This set a new Seahawks team record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a season. The previous record holder had been Rick Mirer who ran for 343 yards his rookie season in 1993.

How Long Was The Longest?

The longest touchdown pass Russell Wilson threw during his rookie season in 2012 was thrown in the fourth quarter of a 24-23 win over the Patriots on October 14, 2012. The play went for 46 yards and the pass was caught by Sidney Rice.

Now Serving 8

Russell Wilson threw 26 touchdown passes as a rookie in 2012. He threw them to eight different receivers. Receivers who caught TD passes from Russell Wilson as a rookie include: Golden Tate, Sidney Rice, Zach Miller, Doug Baldwin, Anthony McCoy, Michael Robinson, Marshawn Lynch, and Braylon Edwards.

Tons of great Russell Wilson trivia!

The Most In One Game?

During the 2012 regular season, the most passing yards Russell Wilson would have in one game was 293. He did this twice, first in a win over the Patriots and then in a win over the Bears. He later topped this in the playoffs when he threw for 385 yards in a loss to the Falcons for the first 300 yard game of his NFL career.

Home Away From Home

Home field advantage or not, Russell Wilson threw for more passing yards on the road, a total of 1,614, than he did at home where he threw for 1,504 yards during the 2012 NFL season. Likewise, his running improved away from Seattle too as he gained 266 yards in away games and 223 in home games.

5 Fun Facts About Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on July 5, 2013

As the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, Tony Romo could not possibly be in a more prominent position in the NFL. He has really excelled there too and become one of the premier quarterbacks in the league. He has also acquired more thanhis fair share of fans over the years too. Here is a look at five fun facts about Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

The First Ever

On December 19, 2002, Tony Romo was named the winner of the Walter Payton Award which is given each year to the top football player at the Division I-AA level. He was the first player in Eastern Illinois University history, and the history of the Ohil Valley Conference, to win the award.

In Need A T.O.!

The first NFL touchdown pass Tony Romo ever threw came in a 34-6 Cowboys win over the Houston Texans on October 15, 2006. He came on at the end of the game in relief of Drew Bledsoe and threw a two yarder in the fourth quarter to Terrell Owens.

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The First To 4000

The Dallas Cowboys have had a good many great quarterbacks over the years but there is one plateau that Tony Romo has beat all the others too, the 4,000 yard passing season. Tony Romo became the first Cowboys quarterback ever to throw for over 4,000 yards in 2007 when he completed 335 of 520 passes, a completion percentage of 64.4%, for 4,211 yards. Prior to that, the team record for the most passing yards in a season had been the 3,980 yards Danny White threw for in 1983.

Tony For Two!

Tony Romo scored the first two point conversion of his NFL career on November 22, 2012 in a 38-31 loss to the Redskins. It came in the fourth quarter when he ran the ball in after having just thrown a TD pass to Felix Jones.

The First Long One

The first touchdown pass of 50 or more yards that Tony Romo would throw in the NFL came in a loss to the Giants in 2006. It happened in the fourth quarter, went for 53 yards, and was caught by Patrick Crayton.

Marcus Allen Animated GIFs

Filed under: Animated Gifs — by Mark on July 3, 2013

1. Here comes Marcus Allen!

Marcus Allen

Marcus Allen

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2. Marcus Allen from his days at USC

Marcus Allen

Marcus Allen at USC

3. Marcus Allen for the score!

Marcus Allen

Marcus Allen for six!

4. Marcus Allen in for another score!

Marcus Allen

Marcus Allen – A Super Bowl TD!

5. Marcus Allen over the top!

Marcus Allen

Marcus Allen takes flight

5 Fun Facts About The Boston Red Sox

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on July 1, 2013

The Boston Red Sox are one of the most storied franchises in Major League Baseball. They have had some great players over the years and have developed a wonderful following. Here is a look at five fun facts about the Boston Red Sox.

The First Of Many

Shane Victorino got his first hit as a Boston Red Sox player in the first game of the 2013 season in an 8-2 win over the Yankees. It came in the top of the second inning when he came up with the bases loaded. He took a 1-1 pitch from CC Sabathia and grounded it between shortstop and third to knock in Jose Iglesias and Jacoby Ellsbury.

Millions Of Satisfied Customers

The Boston Red Sox drew over 1,000,000 fans to Fenway Park for the first time in 1946, the year they lost the World Series to the Cardinals. They attracted more than 2,000,000 fans to the park for the first time in 1977. Boston then attracted over 3,000,000 fans to Fenway Park for the first time in 2008.

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How Good Was He?

Before coming to Boston for the 2013 season, Mike Napoli had already played seven seasons of big league ball, five with the Dodgers and two with the Rangers. Napoli had played against Boston in 38 games during those years, hitting .288 with 15 home runs and 33 RBI in 125 at-bats.

Long Ago Closer

The first Red Sox pitcher to get a save in the All-Star Game was Tex Hughson. In the 1943 All-Star Game he pitched three innings to finish the game, gave up two runs, including a home run to pinch hitter Vince DiMaggio in the 9th inning, and came away with the save in a 5-3 AL victory. 70 years later this would still be the only All-Star Game save by a Boston Red Sox pitcher. Hughson was a three time All-Star with the Red Sox, playing for the team from 1941 to 1949 and finishing with a career record of 96-54.

Third Place? Really?

2008 saw Red Sox speedster Jacoby Ellsbury finish in third place in the voting for the AL Rookie of the Year Award. Finishing ahead of him were the winner Evan Longoria of the Rays as well as Alexei Ramirez of the White Sox.

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