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Five Fun Facts About The St. Louis Cardinals

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on September 30, 2013

St. Louis is a great city with some very knowledgeable baseball fans. Those fans are lucky too because they have one of the best franchises in all of baseball there, the St. Louis Cardinals. Here is a look at five fun facts about this great organization.

Three Good Youngsters

Three Cardinals were named to the Topps All-Star Rookie Team during the 1970s: Dwain Anderson in 1972, Bake McBride in 1974, and Garry Templeton in 1976.

There Had To Be A First

The first player ever drafted by the Cardinals to go on and hit more than 100 career home runs in the majors was catcher Ted Simmons.

“I’ll Stick To The Base Paths.”

The most home runs that superstar base stealer Vince Coleman ever hit in one season were the six he put up in 1990. This was also his last season as a member of the Cardinals.

He Couldn’t Even Drive Or Vote!

Longtime MLB catcher and future baseball announcer Tim McCarver made his Major League Baseball debut with the Cardinals in 1959. At the age of 17 years old he popped out as a pinch hitter and made the final out in a 7-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

Why Did We Trade Him Again?

The first player to hit a home run off of reliever Bruce Sutter after he joined the Cardinals was Leon Durham of the Cubs. Not long before, Durham had been a member of the Cardinals and was part of the trade that sent him to the Cubs in exchange for Sutter.

5 Great Russell Wilson Animated GIFs

Filed under: Animated Gifs — by Mark on September 25, 2013

1. Here’s Russell Wilson!

Russell Wilson

2.  …With a little help from my friends.

Russell Wilson gets ready to play.

3.  For the score!

Russell Wilson completes it for a TD

4.  Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

5.  Running one in

Russell Wilson coming right through your screen

 

 

 

 

Five Fun Facts About Ray Lewis Of The Ravens

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on September 23, 2013

Ray Lewis was a one of a kind NFL linebacker. At times, watching him play, you would swear there were at least three or four of him out on the field. He had an incredible career and here are five fun facts about this great NFL player.

That Would Be A Heck Of A Party!

Ray Lewis’ birthday is May 15th. Other notable NFL players who share that birthday with him include Joey Browner, Leroy Hoard, Desmond Howard, Ryan Leaf, Emmitt Smith, Rod Smith, and Tony Zendejas.

22 Straight!

At one point during his college career, Ray Lewis was the leading tackler for the University of Miami in 22 straight games.

You Retire – I’ll Keep Playing

Ray Lewis played longer in the NFL than any other player taken along with him in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft.


“I’ll Take That!”

The first NFL quarterback Ray Lewis would get an interception off of was Billy Joe Hobert of the Raiders in 1996.

Never Too Young To Start

As a rookie in 1996, Ray Lewis led the NFL in tackles for a loss with 15.

5 Great Damian Lillard Animated GIFs

Filed under: Animated Gifs — by Mark on September 18, 2013

1. Helping Out A Friend

Damian Lillard on the alley oop

2.  What a move!

Damian Lillard shows off a nice move

3.  Jamming it home!

Air Lillard


4.  From downtown!

Damian Lillard with a buzzer beater!

5.  That moment when…

Great things to come

 

 

 

Five Fun Facts About Notre Dame Fighting Irish Basketball

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on September 16, 2013

Notre Dame is famous for the football team they trot out on the field every fall. Their basketball team has had a successful and interesting history too though. Here is a look at five fun facts about Notre Dame basketball.

The First Triple Double

The first Notre Dame basketball player to record a triple double was Chris Thomas who had 24 points, 11 assists, and 11 steals in a game during the 2001 season.

Grabbin’ Boards In The Big Time

The first player from Notre Dame to average over 9 rebounds a game in the NBA was Bill Laimbeer.

The First Ever

The first Notre Dame Consensus All-American in basketball was Edward “Moose” Krause in 1932. Krause would go on later to serve as head coach of the team he starred for.



Where It All Started

DePaul University’s Hall of Fame head coach Ray Meyer played basketball at Notre Dame from 1936 to 1938 and also served as an assistant coach with the team for awhile.

The Suns And The Bucks Made It Happen

The first year that two Notre Dame basketball players were both taken in the first round of the NBA Draft was in 1974 when the Suns took John Shumate with the fourth overall pick and the Bucks took Gary Brokaw with the 18th overall pick.

Five Fun Facts From Week 1 Of The 2013 NFL Season

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on September 11, 2013

1. The First Time Ever

The Kansas City Chiefs opened up the 2013 season with a 28-2 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. This was the first time in history that an NFL game had ended with that score.

2. Way To Start It Off!

When Colin Kaepernick threw for 412 yards in the 49ers season opening win over the Packers on September 8, 2013, it was the first 400 yard game in Week 1 in franchise history.

3. 8? Only 8?

Russell Wilson took the NFL by storm in 2012 and opened up 2013 by guiding his Seahawks to an opening week win over the Carolina Panthers. Wilson made a name for himself not just throwing but running with the ball in 2012, racking up three games where he finished with over 50 yards rushing. He had eight rushing yards in that opening week victory over the Panthers. That was less rushing yards than he had in any game during the whole 2012 season.

4. And He’s Done It Twice!

In the 49ers win over the Packers in Week 1 of the 2013 season, San Francisco receiver Anquan Boldin racked up 208 receiving yards. This was only the fourth time a receiver had caught over 200 yards worth of passes on the opening game of the season since the AFL-NFL merger of 1970. The other three times it was done was by Wes Chandler of the Saints in 1979, Irving Fryar of the Dolphins in 1994, and Anquan Boldin himself while playing for Arizona in 2003. This makes him the only player ever to have done this twice. He also did it the second time 10 years and one day after doing it the first time.

5. A Family Thing

Eli and Peyton Manning both threw for over 400 yards in their team’s games in Week 1 of the 2013 NFL season. This means that when they meet this coming weekend that it will be the first time in NFL history that two quarterbacks face each other in a game with both coming off of a 400 yard passing performance.

5 Great Carmelo Anthony Animated GIFs

Filed under: Animated Gifs — by Mark on

1.  Carmelo Anthony on Team USA

Running drills

2.  College Days

Carmelo Anthony at Syracuse

3.  Never Count Him Out

The steal… and the slam!

4.  Fake Out

Carmelo Anthony pretends to be his own wax figure

5.  Take That!

You may want to guard him a little closer next time.

 

 

 

 

Five Fun Facts About Larry Bird

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on September 9, 2013

Larry Bird was a one of a kind basketball player who really came into the league and put on a great show for fans of him, the Boston Celtics, and all of basketball really. Here is a look at five fun facts about this great player.

That’s A Serious Drought!

Larry Bird was the first player out of Indiana State University to play in the NBA since Dick Atha in 1956.

And Four Played More

There were four players taken in the 1978 NBA Draft, the same year that Larry Bird Was drafted, who would go on to play in more NBA games than him: Maurice Cheeks, Reggie Theus, Wayne Cooper, and Mychal Thompson.

An Improvement Of 32!

The year before Larry Bird joined the Celtics, their team record had been 29-53. In Larry Bird’s first season with the team their record improved to 61-21.

Take That, Indiana!

Larry Bird’s first 50 point game in the NBA came in 1983 against the same team he would later coach and serve as an executive with, the Indiana Pacers.

In The Big O’s Shadow

Larry Bird retired as the second highest scoring NBA player born in Indiana. In first place was the great Oscar Robertson.

Peyton Manning 7 TD Game Animated GIF

Filed under: Animated Gifs — by Mark on September 8, 2013

It goes without saying that Peyton Manning had an incredible day a few nights ago against the Baltimore Ravens. He finished the game with 27 completions on 42 passes for 462 yards. He also threw an unbelievable seven touchdown passes… as can be seen below.

Peyton Manning 7 TD Pass Game

What a game it was!


10 Great Green Bay Packers Animated GIFs

Filed under: Animated Gifs — by Mark on September 4, 2013

1.  Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers in for the score!

2.  Donald Driver

Nice Move!

3.  Brett Favre

Brett Favre rolls out and tosses another one in.

4.  Vince Lombardi

The famous Vince Lombardi!

5.  Reggie White

Reggie White is talking to YOU!

6.  Clay Matthews

Clay Matthews celebrates!

7.  Bart Starr

The one and only Bart Starr

8.  Brett Favre

Brett Favre’s passion for the game

9.  Bart Starr

Bart Starr to Paul Hornung

10.  Reggie White

Reggie White… the professional wrestler?

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