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The Boone Family has been a great one in Major League Baseball

Blogged under Baseball,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 26 August 2016 at 12:05 pm

The Boone Family has just concluded it’s third generation in Major League Baseball.  It started with righty swinging 1B/3B/SS Ray Boone.  Next up was his son, righty swinging catcher Bob Boone.  Finally it was Bob’s two sons, righty swinging 2B Bret Boone and righty swinging 3B Aaron Boone.  Here is a look at each one of them individually:

Ray Boone:  Righty swinging infielder Ray Boone played in 1,373 games in his 13 years in the Major Leagues and he was 1,260 of 4,589 (.275 avg, .789 OPS) with 644 runs scored, 151 homers, 737 RBI and 22 stolen bases.  He also walked more times (608) than he whiffed (463) in his Major League career!  Bell was an All-Star in both 1954 and 1956 for the Detroit Tigers, but his best two years were in 1953 and 1955.  Boone played in 135 games for the Indians and Tigers in 1953 and he was 147 of 497 (.296 avg, .909 OPS) with 94 runs scored, 26 homers, 114 RBI and 3 stolen bases.  He finished 8th in the MVP voting in the A.L. in 1953.  He played in 155 games for the Detroit Tigers in 1955 and he was 142 of 500 (.284 avg, .822 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 20 homers, an American League leading 116 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Boone was 16th in the voting for the A.L. MVP Award in 1955.  Boone played for the last Cleveland Indians team to win a World Series (1948).  He played in 1 game for the Indians in the 1948 World Series and he was 0 for 1 with a whiff.  The Indians beat the Boston Braves in six games in the 1948 World Series!

Bob Boone:  Righty swinging catcher Bob Boone wasn’t as good of a hitter as his papa was, but he was an outstanding defensive player!  Boone played in 2,264 games in his 19 years in the show and he was 1,838 of 7,245 (.254 avg, .661 OPS) with 679 runs scored, 105 homers, 826 RBI and 38 stolen bases.  Boone also walked more times (663) than he whiffed (608), just like his dad.  Boone also played in 36 games in the post-season in his career and he was 33 of 106 (.311 avg, .740 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 2 homers and 13 RBI.  In the 1980 World Series, his Phillies beat the Kansas City Royals in six games.  Boone played in 6 games in the 1980 World Series for the Phillies and he was 7 for 17 (.412 avg, 1.029 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 4 RBI.  Boone’s best year came in 1978 for the Philadelphia Phillies.  Boone played in 132 games for the Phillies in 1978 and he was 123 of 435 (.283 avg, .772 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 12 homers, 62 RBI and 2 stolen base.  Boone was an All-Star, won a Gold Glove and he finished #23 in the voting for the N.L. MVP Award in 1978!  Boone was an All-Star four times in his Major League career and he won 7 Gold Glove Awards!

Bret Boone:  Righty swinging 2B Bret Boone was the best hitter in the Boone family (so far)!  Boone played in 1,780 games in his 14 years in the show and he was 1,775 of 6,683 (.266 avg, .767 OPS) with 927 runs scored, 252 homers, 1,021 RBI and 94 stolen bases.  He walked 552 times while whiffing 1,295 times in his career in the show.  Boone had an awesome run in Seattle from 2001-2003!  He played in 472 games in those three years for the Seattle Mariners and he was 558 of 1,853 (.301 avg, .885 OPS) with 317 runs scored, 96 homers, 365 RBI and 33 stolen bases.  Those were the only three years that Boone knocked in over 100 runs in a season!  His best year by far came in 2001 for the Mariners.  Boone played in 158 games for the Mariners in 2001 and he was 206 of 623 (.331 avg, .950 OPS) with 118 runs scored, 37 homers, a American League leading 141 RBI and 5 stolen bases.  Boone was an All-Star, won a Silver Slugger Award and he finished #3 in the A.L. MVP voting in 2001 for the Mariners.  Boone also played in 31 games in the post-season in his career in the show and he was 34 of 118 (.288 avg, .757 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 3 homers, 12 RBI and 5 stolen bases.  Boone was an All-Star three times in his career.  He also won four Gold Glove Awards and 2 Silver Slugger Awards in his Major League career.

Aaron Boone:  Righty swinging 3B Aaron Boone played in 1,152 games in his 11 years in the show and he was 1,017 of 3,871 (.263 avg, .751 OPS) with 519 runs scored, 126 homers, 555 RBI and 107 stolen bases.  Boone walked 303 times against 707 whiffs in the show!  Boone was only an All-Star one time in the show, in 2003 when he played for the Cincinnati Reds and the New York Yankees.  Boone played in 160 games for the Reds and Yankees in 2003 and he was 158 of 592 (.267 avg, .780 OPS) with 92 runs scored, 24 homers, 96 RBI and 23 stolen bases.  Boone also got his only post-season experience in 2003.  He played in 17 games in the p0st-season for the Yankees in 2003 and he was 9 for 53 (.170 avg, .498 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers, 4 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  The Yankees lost the 2003 World Series in six games to the Florida Marlins!

Boone Family:  The Boone family has combined to play in 6,569 games in 58 years combined between them, and they are 5,890 of 22,388 (263 avg) with 2,769 runs scored, 634 homers, 3,139 RBI and 261 stolen bases!  They also walked 2,126 times while whiffing 3,073 times!  The Boone’s also played in 85 games in the post-season in which they were a combined 76 of 278 (.273 avg) with 30 runs scored, 7 homers, 29 RBI and 7 stolen bases!  The Boone’s won the World Series in 1948 (Ray, Cleveland Indians) and in 1980 (Bob, Philadelphia Phillies)!  All four of the Boone’s were an All-Star at least once in their careers with them playing in a combined 10 of them!  They also won 11 Gold Gloves Awards and 2 Silver Slugger Awards between them.  The Boone’s are one of the best families to play in three generations of Major League Baseball!

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Here is a look at the all-time passing leaders for the teams in the NFC West heading into the 2016 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Football,Front Page,General,Milestones by joelapinski on Thursday 25 August 2016 at 12:11 pm

Here is a look at the all-time leaders in passing yards and TD passes for each team in the NFC West:

LOS ANGELES RAMS Jim Everett is the Los Angeles Rams’ all-time leader in passing yards (23,758), but he is #2 in TD passes (142).  Everett played in 107 games (105 starts) in his 8 years with the Rams and he completed 1,847 of 3,277 passes (56.4%) for 23,758 yards with 142 TD passes and 123 INTs (78.1 QB Rating).  He was a Pro Bowler in 1990 for the Los Angeles Rams.  He led the NFL in TD passes in both 1988 and 1989.  Roman Gabriel is the Rams’ all-time leader in TD passes with 154 of them!  Gabriel played in 130 games (119 starts) in his 11 years with the Rams and he completed 1,705 of 3,313 passes for 22,223 yards with 154 TD passes and 112 INTs (74.3 QB Rating).  Gabriel was the NFL MVP in 1969 when he led the NFL in TD passes with 24 of them!  He was also a 4-time Pro Bowler for the Rams.  Gabriel is #3 in passing yards (22,223) in Rams’ history.  Marc Bulger is still #2 in passing yards (22,814) and #3 in TD passes (122) in Rams’ history!  He was a Pro Bowler for the St. Louis Rams in both 2003 and 2006.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS Matt Hasselbeck is the Seahawks’ all-time leader in passing yards with 29,434 of them.  But, he is #2 in TD passes (174) in Seahawks’ history.  Hasselbeck played in 138 games (131 starts) in his 10 years with the Seahawks and he completed 2,559 of 4,250 passes (60.2%) for 29,434 yards with 174 TD passes and 128 INTs (82.2 QB Rating).  He was a three time Pro Bowl QB for the Seahawks.  He also got them to their first Super Bowl in franchise history, when they lost 21-10 to the Steelers.  David Krieg is the Seahawks’ all-time leader in TD passes (195) and he is still #2 in passing yards (26,132).  Krieg played in 129 games (119 starts) in his 12 years with the Seahawks and he completed 2,096 of 3,576 passes (58.6%) for 26,132 yards with 195 TD passes and 148 INTs (82.3 QB Rating).  Krieg was a three time Pro Bowler for the Seahawks.  He led the NFL in interceptions (24) in 1984.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ers:  Hall of Famer Joe Montana is still the all-time leader in 49ers’ history in both passing yards (35,124) and TD passes (244).  Montana played in 167 games (139 starts) in his 13 years with the 49ers and he completed 2,929 of 4,600 passes (63.7%) for 35,124 yards with 244 TD passes and 133 INTs (93.5 QB Rating).  Montana was a 7 time Pro Bowler for the Niners.  He also was the NFL MVP in both 1989 and 1990.  Montana led the NFL in TD passes in 1982 and 1987.  The reason that Montana is widely considered the best QB in NFL history is how well he played when the games really, really counted.  He was 4-0 as a starting QB in the Super Bowl for the 49ers, and he was MVP of three of them.  He completed 83 of 122 passes (68%) in his four Super Bowls, good for 1,142 yards with 11 TD passes and 0 INTs (127.8 QB Rating)!  He also carried the ball 17 times for 105 yards (6.2 ypc) with 2 TD runs in the Super Bowls for the 49ers!  John Brodie is still #2 in passing yards (31,548) and #3 in TD passes (214) in 49ers’ history.  Brodie played in 201 games (158 starts) in his 17 years with the 49ers and he completed 2,469 of 4,491 passes (55%) for 31,548 yards with 214 TD passes and 224 INTs (72.3 QB Rating).  Brodie was a two time Pro Bowler and he was the NFL MVP in 1970!  Brodie led the NFL in passing yards in 1965, 1968 and 1970!  He also led the NFL in TD passes in both 1965 and 1970.  But, Brodie also led the NFL in interceptions in 1968!  Hall of Famer Steve Young is still #2 in TD passes (221) and he is also #3 in passing yards (29,907) in 49ers’ history!  Young played in 150 games (124 starts) in his 13 years with the 49ers and he completed 2,400 of 3,648 passes (65.8%) for 29,907 yards with 221 TD passes and 86 INTs (101.4 QB Rating).  Young was a Pro Bowler seven times in consecutive years from 1992 through 1998!  He was the NFL MVP in both 1992 and 1994 for the 49ers.  Young was a member of three Super Bowl Champion 49ers’ teams, but he only started on the 1994 team!  Young led the NFL in TD passes in 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1998!

ARIZONA CARDINALSJim Hart is the all-time leader in Cardinals’ history in both passing yards (34,639) and TD passes (209)!  Hart played in 199 games (180 starts) in his 18 years with the Cardinals (when they were in St. Louis) and he has completed 2,590 of 5,069 passes (51.1%) for 34,639 passes for 209 TD passes and 247 INTs (66.6 QB Rating).  Hart was a Pro Bowler four consecutive years (1974 through 1977) for the St. Louis Cardinals.  He led the NFL in interceptions (30) back in 1967.  Neil Lomax is still #2 in Cardinals’ history in both passing yards (22,771) and TD passes (136).  He was a Pro Bowler in 1984 and 1987 for the St. Louis Cardinals.  He did play his last season (1988) for the Phoenix Cardinals!

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Here is a look at the all-time passing leaders for teams in the NFC North heading into the 2016 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Football,Front Page,General,Milestones by joelapinski on Wednesday 24 August 2016 at 11:34 am

Two teams in the NFC North (Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions) have their all-time leaders in both passing yards and TD passes starting for them right now!  Here is a look at the leaders in passing yards and TD passes for each team in the NFC North heading into the 2016 season:

CHICAGO BEARS:  Amazingly, 33-year old Jay Culter is the Chicago Bears’ all-time leader in both passing yards (22,384) and TD passes (150).  That says more about the Bears’ history at QB than Jay Cutler’s prowess since coming to town.  Cutler has played in 97 games (all starts) in his first seven years with the Bears and he has completed 1,939 of 3,134 passes (61.9%) for 22,384 yards with 150 TD passes and 104 INTs (85.5 QB Rating).  Cutler led the NFL in interceptions twice (2009 and 2014) so far in his time with the Bears.  Hall of Famer Sid Luckman is still #2 in Bears’ history in both passing yards (14,686) and TD passes (137).  He was a Pro Bowler three times for the Bears and he helped them win 4 NFL Titles.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS:  Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton is still the Vikings’ all-time leader in both passing yards (33,098) and TD passes (239).  He played in 177 games (170 starts) in his 13 years with the Vikings and he completed 2,635 of 4,569 passes (57.7%) for 33,098 yards with 239 TD passes and 194 INTs (80.1 QB Rating).  He was a 5 time Pro Bowler for the Vikings and he was the 1975 NFL MVP!  Tarkenton led the NFL in both passing yards (3,468) and INTs (32) in his last year in the NFL in 1978.  Tarkenton led the NFL in TD passes (25) in 1975.  Tommy Kramer is still #2 in Vikings’ history in both passing yards (24,775) and TD passes (159)!  He was a Pro Bowl QB for the Vikings in 1986.

GREEN BAY PACKERS:  Hall of Famer Brett Favre is the Packers’ all-time leader in both passing yards (61,655) and TD passes (442).  Favre played in 255 games (253 starts) in his 16 years with the Packers and he completed 5,377 of 8,754 passes (61.4%) for 61,655 yards with 442 TD passes and 286 INTs (85.8 QB Rating).  Favre won a Super Bowl as the starting QB of the Packers!  He was a Pro Bowler 9 times for the Packers (including his last year with the team in 2007).  He was MVP of the NFL in 1995, 1996 and 1997!  Favre led the NFL in passing yards in both 1995 and 1998.  He also led the NFL in TD passes four times (1995, 1996, 1997 and 2003).  But, he also led the NFL in interceptions in both 1993 and 2005 due to his gunslinger mentality.  32-year old Aaron Rodgers is #2 in passing yards (32,399) and TD passes (257) in Packers’ history!  He is a 5-time Pro Bowler and he won a Super Bowl in which he was the MVP!  Rodgers has been the NFL MVP twice so far in his career, in 2011 and 2014.

DETROIT LIONS:  28-year old Matthew Stafford is the Detroit Lions’ all-time leader in both passing yards (25,976) and TD passes (163).  Stafford has played in 93 games (all starts) in his first seven years with the Lions and he has completed 2,246 of 3,691 passes (60.9%) for 25,976 yards with 163 TD passes and 98 INTs (85.8 QB Rating).  Stafford was a Pro Bowler in 2014.  Hall of Famer Bobby Layne is #2 in Lions’ history in both passing yards (15,710) and TD passes (118).  Layne led the Lions to NFL Championships in both 1952 and 1953.

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Here is a look at the all-time passing leaders for teams in the NFC South heading into the 2016 season!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Football,Front Page,General,Milestones by joelapinski on Tuesday 23 August 2016 at 11:05 am

Two teams in the NFC South (Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints) are their current teams’ all-time leaders in both passing yards and TD passes.  Here is a look at the leaders in passing yards and TD passes in each team’s franchise history in the NFC South:

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS:  Amazingly, Vinny Testaverde is still the Buccaneers’ all-time leader in passing yards with 14,820 of them.  He is also #2 in TD passes (77) in Bucs’ history.  28-year old Josh Freeman is the Buccaneers’ all-time leader in TD passes (80) and he is #2 in passing yards (13,534) in Bucs’ history.  Testaverde played in 76 games (72 starts) in his six years with the Buccaneers and he completed 1,126 of 2,160 passes (52.1%) for 14,820 yards with 77 TD passes and an amazingly awful 112 INTs (64.4 QB Rating).  Testaverde led the NFL in interceptions in both 1988 (35) and 1989 (22).  Freeman played in 60 games (59 starts) in his five years with the Bucs and he completed 1,144 of 1,967 passes (58.2%) for 13,534 yards with 80 TD passes and 66 INTs (78.8 QB Rating).

CAROLINA PANTHERS Jake Delhomme is the Panthers’ all-time leader in both passing yards (19,258) and TD passes (120) for now.  He played in 91 games (90 starts) in his seven years with the Panthers and he completed 1,580 of 2,669 passes (59.2%) for 19,258 yards with 120 TD passes and 89 INTs (82.6 QB Rating).  He was a Pro Bowler in 2005 for the Panthers.  He also led them to a loss in the 20o3 Super Bowl (32-39 to the New England Patriots).  27-year old Cam Newton is currently #2 in both passing yards (18,263) and TD passes (117) in Panthers’ history.  With good health, he should easily become the Panthers’ all-time leader in both passing yards and TD passes at some point in 2016.  He is a three time Pro Bowler who was the MVP of the NFL in 2015.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS:  37-year old Drew Brees is easily the Saints’ all-time leader in both passing yards (48,555) and TD passes (348).  Brees has played in 158 games (all starts) in his first 10 years in the NFL and he has completed 4,240 of 6,276 passes (67.6%) for 48,555 yards with 348 TD passes and 152 INTs (99.0 QB Rating).  Brees has been a Pro Bowler 8 times already for the Saints and he led them to their only Super Bowl Title!  Brees has led the NFL in passing yards six times, including the last two years!  He has also led the NFL in TD passes four times while a member of the Saints.  Archie Manning is still #2 in Saints’ history with his 21,734 passing yards.  Manning was a two time Pro Bowler for the Saints.  Aaron Brooks is #2 in TD passes (120) in Saints’ history.

ATLANTA FALCONS:  31-year old Matt Ryan is already the Falcons’ all-time leader in both passing yards (32,757) and TD passes (202).  Ryan has played in 126 games (all starts) in his first 8 years with the Falcons and he has completed 2,915 of 4,530 passes (64.3%) for 32,757 yards with 202 TD passes and 107 INTs (90.9 QB Rating).  Ryan has been to three Pro Bowls with the Falcons so far in his career.  He has also passed for at least 4,177 yards in five different seasons with the Falcons!  Steve Bartkowski is #2 in both passing yards (23,740) and TD passes (154) in Atlanta Falcons’ history!  Bartkowski was a Pro Bowl QB in both 1980 and 1981 for the Falcons.

 

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Here is a look at the all-time passing leaders for the teams in the NFC East heading into the 2016 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Football,Front Page,General,Milestones by joelapinski on Monday 22 August 2016 at 4:42 pm

Two of the teams in the NFC East (Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants) have active starting QBs that are their all-time leaders in both passing yards and TD passes.  Here is a look at the leading passer and the leader in TD passes for each team in the NFC East heading into the 2016 season:

PHILADELPHIA EAGLESDonovan McNabb is the Eagles’ all-time leader in both passing yards (32,873) and TD passes (216)!  McNabb played in 148 games (142 starts) in his 11 years with the Eagles and he completed 2,801 of 4,746 passes (59%) for 32,873 yards with 216 TD passes and 100 INTs (86.5 QB Rating).  McNabb was a Pro Bowler six times with the Eagles, including five in a row from 2000-2004!  Ron Jaworski is #2 in Eagles’ history in both passing yards (26,963) and TD passes (175).  He was a Pro Bowler in 1980 for the Eagles.

WASHINGTON REDSKINSJoe Theismann is the Redskins’ all-time leader in passing yards with 25,206 of them, but he is only #3 in TD passes (160).  Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh is the Redskins all-time leader in TD passes (187), but he is only #3 in passing yards (21,886).  Theismann played in 167 games (124 starts) in his 12 years with the Redskins and he completed 2,044 of 3,602 passes (56.7%) for 25,206 yards with 160 TD passes and 138 INTs (77.4 QB Rating).  Theismann was the 1983 NFL MVP!  He was a two time Pro Bowler (1982 and 1983) and he helped the Redskins win a Super Bowl that he was the MVP of!  Baugh played in 165 games (83 starts) in his 16 years with the Redskins and he completed 1,693 of 2,995 passes (56.5%) for 21,886 yards with 187 TD passes and 203 INTs (72.2 QB Rating).  Baugh helped the Redskins win two NFL Titles.  He was a six time Pro Bowler.  Baugh led the NFL in passing yards four times (1937, 1940, 1947 and 1948).  He also led the NFL in TD passes in 1940 and 1947 for the Skins.  But, Baugh also led the NFL in interceptions in 1937, 1941 and 1948.  Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen is still #2 in both passing yards (22,585) and TD passes (179) in Redskins’ history!  Jurgensen was a 4-time Pro Bowler for the Redskins.

DALLAS COWBOYS:  36-year old Tony Romo is the Dallas Cowboys’ all-time leader in both passing yards (34,154) and TD passes (247).  Romo has played in 155 games (127 starts) in his first 12 years with the Cowboys and he has completed 2,826 of 4,331 passes (65.3%) for 34,154 yards with 247 TD passes and 117 INTs (97.1 QB Rating).  Romo has been a Pro Bowler 4 times so far in his career with the Cowboys.  He led the NFL in QB Rating in 2014 with a 113.2 mark.  He also led the NFL in interceptions (19) back in 2012.  Hall of Famer Troy Aikman is still #2 in both passing yards (32,942) and TD passes (165) in Cowboys’ history.  Aikman was a Pro Bowler six times for the Cowboys, every year from 1991-96!  He helped the Cowboys win three Super Bowls!

NEW YORK GIANTS:  35-year old Eli Manning is the New York Giants’ all-time leader in both passing yards (44,187) and TD passes (294).  Manning has played in 185 games (183 starts) in his first 12 years with the Giants and he has completed 3,695 of 6,227 passes (59.3%) for 44,187 yards with 294 TD passes and 199 INTs (83.5 QB Rating).  Manning has led the NFL in interceptions three times (2007, 2010 and 2013) so far in his NFL career.  He has been a Pro Bowler 4 times and he helped the Giants win the Super Bowl twice (beating Tom Brady’s Patriots both times)!  Phil Simms is still #2 in Giants’ history in both passing yards (33,462) and TD passes (199).  Simms was a Pro Bowler twice!  He was on two Super Bowl winning Giants’ teams.  He won one as a starter and Jeff Hostetler won the other one!

 

 

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Here is a look at the all-time passing leaders for the teams in the AFC West heading into the 2016 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Football,Front Page,General,Milestones by joelapinski on Sunday 21 August 2016 at 9:19 am

None of the teams in the AFC West have a current QB that is their all-time leading passer, but that will change this year as long as Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers can stay healthy in 2016.  Here is a look at the leaders in both passing yards and TD passes in each team in the AFC West’s history:

DENVER BRONCOS:  Hall of Famer John Elway doesn’t just run the Denver Broncos right now, but he is also the all-time leader in franchise history in both passing yards (51,475) and TD passes (300).  Elway played in 234 games (231 starts) in his 16 years with the Broncos and he completed 4,123 of 7,250 passes (56.9%) for 51,475 yards with 300 TD passes and 226 INTs (79.9 QB Rating).  Elway as a nine time Pro Bowler for the Broncos.  He led the NFL in passing yards in 1993 (4,030) and he was the NFL MVP in 1987.  Elway went out on top as he led the Broncos to Super Bowl wins in each of his last two years in the NFL.  Peyton Manning is #2 in Broncos’ history in both passing yards (17,122) and TD passes (140).  He was the NFL MVP for the Broncos in 2013.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS:  Hall of Famer Len Dawson is still the Chiefs’ all-time leader in both passing yards (28,507) and TD passes (237).  Dawson played in 183 games (157 starts) in his 14 years with the Kansas City Chiefs and he completed 2,115 of 3,696 passes (57.2%) for 28,507 yards with 237 TD passes and 178 INTs (83.2 QB Rating).  He led the NFL in TD passes four times with the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs  (1962, 1963, 1965 and 1966).  He won a Super Bowl (1969 Kansas City Chiefs) and an NFL Championship (1962 Dallas Texans).  He was a Pro Bowl QB seven times for the Chiefs/Texans.  Trent Green is #2 in both passing yards (21,459) and TD passes (118) in Chiefs’ history.  Green was a Pro Bowler in both 2003 and 2005 for the Kansas City Chiefs.

OAKLAND RAIDERS:  Hall of Famer Ken “The Snake” Stabler is still the Raiders’ all-time leader in passing yards (19,078) and TD passes (150).  Stabler played in 130 games (96 starts) in his 10 years with the Raiders and he completed 1,486 of 2,481 passes (59.9%) for 19,078 yards with 150 TD passes and 143 INTs (80.2 QB Rating).  Stabler was the NFL MVP in 1974!  He led the NFL in TD passes in both 1974 (26) and 1976 (27).  Stabler was a 4 time Pro Bowler with the Raiders and he helped them win the Super Bowl in 1976!  Rich Gannon is still #2 in Raiders’ history with his 17,585 passing yards.  He was a 4-time Pro Bowler (1999-2002) and he was the NFL MVP in 2002.  Daryle LaMonica is still #2 in Raiders’ history with his 148 TD passes.  He was a 4-time Pro Bowler for the Raiders.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS:  Hall of Famer Dan Fouts is still the Chargers’ all-time leader in passing yards (43,040) and he is still #2 in TD passes (254) in franchise history.  Fouts played in 181 games (171 starts) in his 15 years with the Chargers and he completed 3,297 of 5,604 passes (58.8%) for 43,040 yards with 254 TD passes and 242 INTs (80.2 QB Rating).  Fouts was a 6 time Pro Bowler.  He led the NFL in passing yards four years in a row from 1979 through 1982.  He led the NFL in TD passes in both 1981 and 1982 for the Chargers.  34-year old Philip Rivers is #2 in Chargers’ history in passing yards (for now, with 41,447) and he is already the all-time leader in franchise history with his 281 TD passes.  Rivers has played in 164 games (160 starts) in his first 12 years with the Chargers and he has completed 3,462 of 5,339 passes (64.8%) for 41,447 yards with 281 TD passes and 135 INTs (95.5 QB Rating).  Rivers led the NFL in passing yards in 2010 with 4,710 of them.  He also led the NFL in TD passes in 2008 with 34 of them.  Rivers is a 5-time Pro Bowler.

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Here is a look at the leaders in franchise history in the AFC South at passing the football

Blogged under Bloglockers,Football,Front Page,General,Milestones by joelapinski on Saturday 20 August 2016 at 9:25 am

Here is a look at the all-time leaders in passing yards and TD passes in the AFC South.  None of the all-time leaders in passing yards or TD passes are still playing with their AFC South teams.  Here is a look at them:

HOUSTON TEXANS:  The Texans have not been around that long, but they have had one solid QB.  Matt Schaub is the all-time leader in Houston Texans’ history in both passing yards (23,221) and TD passes (124).  Schaub played in 90 games (88 starts) in his seven years with the Texans and he completed 1,951 of 3,020 (64.6%) for 23,221 yards with 124 TD passes and 78 INTs (90.9 QB Rating).  He was a Pro Bowler twice with the Texans and he led the NFL in passing yards (4,770) in 2009!  David Carr is still second in both passing yards (13,391) and TD passes (59) in Texans’ history!

INDIANAPOLIS COLTSPeyton Manning is the Colts’ all-time leader in both passing yards (54,828) and TD passes (399)!  Manning played in 208 games (all starts) in his 13 years with the Colts and he completed 4,682 of 7,210 passes (64.9%) for 54,828 yards with 399 TD passes and 198 INTs (94.9 QB Rating).  He was a Pro Bowler 10 times with the Colts!  He helped them win a Super Bowl!  He led the NFL in passing yards in both 2000 and 2003.  He also led the NFL in TD passes three times (2000, 2004 and 2006).  He did lead the NFL in interceptions (28) as a rookie for the Colts back in 1998!  Manning was the NFL MVP four times with the Colts (2003, 2004, 2008 and 2009).  Hall of Fame QB Johnny Unitas is #2 in both passing yards (39,768) and TD passes (287) in Colts’ history!  He also made it to 10 Pro Bowls!  He won one Super Bowl (1970) and 3 overall NFL Championships (included is that Super Bowl win).  He was also the NFL MVP three times (1959, 1964 and 1967).

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARSMark Brunell is still the standard by which all Jacksonville Jaguars QBs are compared to.  He is the Jaguars’ all-time leader in both passing yards (25,698) and TD passes (144).  He played in 120 games (117 starts) in his 9 years with the Jaguars and he completed 2,184 of 3,616 passes (60.4%) for 25,698 yards with 144 TD passes and 86 INTs (85.4 QB Rating).  He was a Pro Bowler three times for the Jaguars and he led the NFL in passing yards in 1996 (4,367).  David Garrard is #2 in Jaguars’ history in both passing yards (16,003) and TE passes (89)!  He was a Pro Bowler in 2009 for the Jaguars.

TENNESSEE TITANS:  Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon never played for the Tennessee Titans, but he is still the Oilers/Titans’ all-time leader in both passing yards (33,685) and TD passes (196).  Moon played in 141 games (139 starts) in his 10 years with the Oilers and he completed 2,632 of 4,546 passes (57.9%) for 33,685 yards with 196 TD passes and 166 INTs (80.4 QB Rating).  Moon made it to six Pro Bowls with the Oilers (his last six years with the team).  He led the NFL in passing yards in both 1990 and 1991.  He also led the NFL in TD passes in 1990.  But, he also led the NFL in interceptions in both 1986 and 1991.  Steve McNair is still second in passing yards in Titans’ history with 27,141 yards.  He was a three time Pro Bowler for the Titans and he was co-MVP (with Peyton Manning) in 2003.  Hall of Famer George Blanda is still second in Titans/Oilers’ history in TD passes with 165 of them.  He was a three time Pro Bowler for the Oilers.

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Here is a look at the all-time passing leaders heading into the 2016 for AFC North teams

Blogged under Bloglockers,Football,Front Page,General,Milestones by joelapinski on Friday 19 August 2016 at 9:31 am

Two of the four teams in the AFC North enter this season with their all-time leader in both passing yards and TD passes being the current QB (Pittsburgh and Baltimore).  Here is a look at the all-team leaders for each team in the AFC North in passing yards and TD passes:

CINCINNATI BENGALSKen Anderson was a rock solid QB for the Cincinnati Bengals.  He got them to 1 Super Bowl, losing to Joe Montana and his 49ers.  Anderson is the Bengals’ all-time leader in both passing yards (32,838) and TD passes (197).  Anderson played in 192 games (172 starts) in his 16 years with the Bengals and he completed 2,654 of 4,475 (59.3%) passes for 32,838 yards with 197 TD passes and 160 INTs (81.9 QB Rating).  Anderson was a Pro Bowler four times in his NFL career and he was the NFL MVP in 1981!  Anderson led the NFL in passing yards in 1974 and 1975!  He also led the NFL in completion percentage three times (1974, 1982 and 1983).  Boomer Esiason is #2 in both passing yards (27,149) and TD passes (187) in Bengals’ history.  Esiason was the NFL MVP in 1988 and he also got the Bengals to a Super Bowl in which they lost to Joe Montana and the 49ers again!

PITTSBURGH STEELERS:  34-year old Ben Roethlisberger is the Steelers’ all-time leader in both passing yards (42,995) and TD passes (272).  He has played in 171 games (169 starts) in his first 12 years with the Steelers and he has completed 3,476 of 5,423 passes (64.1%) for 42,995 yards with 272 TD passes and 147 INTs (94.0 QB Rating).  Roethlisberger led the NFL in passing yards in 2014 with 4,952 of them.  He also is a 4 time Pro Bowl QB and he has won 2 Super Bowls.  Hall of Fame QB Terry Bradshaw is still #2 in both passing yards (27,989) and TD passes (212) in Steelers’ history.  Bradshaw was the NFL MVP in 1978 and he helped the Steelers win 4 Super Bowls.

BALTIMORE RAVENS:  31-year old Joe Flacco is clearly the best QB in Baltimore Ravens’ history!  He is the Ravens’ all-time leader in both passing yards (28,322) and TD passes (162).  Flacco has now played in 122 games (all starts) in his first 8 years with the Ravens and he has completed 2,479 of 4,070 passes (60.9%) for 28,322 yards with 162 TD passes and 102 INTs (84.7 QB Rating).  Flacco led the Baltimore Ravens to the only Super Bowl title in team history and he was awesome that entire post-season!  Kyle Boller is #2 in passing yards in Baltimore Ravens’ history with 7,846 of them.  Vinny Testaverde is still #2 in Baltimore Ravens’ history with his 51 TD passes.

CLEVELAND BROWNS Brian Sipe is the Cleveland Browns’ all-time leader in passing yards (23,713) and he is #2 in franchise history with his 154 TD passes.  Sipe played in 125 games (112 starts) in his 10 years with the Cleveland Browns and he completed 1,944 of 3,439 passes (56.5%) for 23,713 yards with 154 TD passes and 149 INTs (74.8 QB Rating).  Sipe was the NFL MVP in 1980, which was the only year in his career that he was a Pro Bowl QB.  Sipe led the NFL in TD passes in 1979 (28) and he also led the NFL in interceptions in both 1979 (26) and 1981 (25).  Hall of Fame QB Otto Graham is #2 in Browns’ history in passing yards (23,584) and he is still the Browns’ all-time leader in TD passes with 174 of them.  Graham played in 126 games (114 starts) in his 10 years with the Cleveland Browns and he completed 1,464 of 2,626 (55.8%) for 23,584 yards with 174 TD passes and 135 INTs (86.6 QB Rating).  Graham led the NFL in passing yards five times (1947, 1948, 1949, 1952 and 1953) and he led the NFL in TD passes three times (1946, 1947 and 1952).  Graham won 7 championships for the Cleveland Browns!

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Here is a look at the all-time passing leaders for the teams in the AFC East heading into the 2016 season!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Football,Front Page,General,Milestones by joelapinski on Thursday 18 August 2016 at 4:35 pm

Only one of the four teams in the AFC East has their leading All-Time passer still playing today (New England Patriots, Tom Brady).  So here is a look at each teams’ all-time leader in passing yards and TD passes coming into the 2016 season:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS:  39-year old Tom Brady is by far the best QB in New England Patriots’ history!  He also might be the best QB of All-Time in the NFL by the time his playing days are over (sorry Joe Montana).  Brady has played in 225 games (223 starts) in his first 16 years in the NFL (all with the Patriots) and he has completed 4,953 of 7,792 passes (63.6%) for 58,028 yards with 428 TD passes and 150 INTs (96.4 QB Rating).  Brady is the all-time leader in both passing yards (58,028) and TD passes (428) in Patriots’ history by a wide margin.  Drew Bledsoe is #2 in passing yards (29,657) and Steve Grogan is #2 in TD passes (182) in Patriots’ history!  Brady is a two time NFL MVP (2007 and 2010) and he has won 4 Super Bowls as a starting QB for them so far in his career!  He has been a Pro Bowler 11 times for the Patriots and he led the NFL in TD passes in 2002 (28), 2007 (50) and 2010 (36).

NEW YORK JETS:  It says quite a bit about the New York Jets’ QBs over the years when Hall of Famer Joe Namath is still the all-time leader in franchise history in both passing yards (27,057) and TD passes (170).  Namath played in 136 games (125 starts) in his 12 years with the Jets and he completed 1,836 of 3,655 (50.2%) passes for 27,057 yards with 170 TD passes and an amazingly awful 215 interceptions (65.8 QB Rating).  He was a Pro Bowler 5 times for the Jets and he led them to an improbable Super Bowl win over the Baltimore Colts in 1968!  Namath led the NFL in passing yards three times in his NFL career (1966, 1967 and 1972) while playing with the Jets.  He also led the NFL in TD passes (19) in 1972.  But, he also led the NFL in interceptions four times with the Jets (1966, 1967, 1974 and 1975).  Namath was a gun slinger, but that’s why people loved to watch him play.  Ken O’Brien is #2 in both passing yards (24,386) and TD passes (124) in New York Jets’ history!

BUFFALO BILLS:  Hall of Famer Jim Kelly is the best QB to ever play for the Buffalo Bills, and it really isn’t even that close!  Kelly played in 160 games (all starts) for the Bills in his 11 years with them and he completed 2,874 of 4,779 passes (60.1%) for 35,467 yards with 237 TD passes and 175 INTs (84.4 QB Rating).  He is the Bills’ all-time leader in both passing yards (35,467) and TD passes (237).  Kelly led the NFL in TD passes in 1991 with 33 of them.  He was a 5 time Pro Bowler, but he was also 0-4 in the Super Bowl.  That being said, it takes quite a team to get to four straight Super Bowls, regardless of the outcome.  Joe Ferguson is still #2 in Bills’ history in both passing yards (27,590) and TD passes (181).

MIAMI DOLPHINS:  Good luck to any Miami Dolphins’ quarterback that has the illusion of being the best QB in team history!  Hall of Famer Dan Marino played his whole career with the Dolphins and he was downright awesome!  Marion played in 240 games (all starts) in his 17 years with the Dolphins and he completed 4,967 of 8,358 passes (59.4%) for 61,361 yards with 420 TD passes and 252 INTs (86.4 QB Rating).  He was a 9 time Pro Bowler and he was the NFL MVP in 1984!  He led the NFL in passing yards five times (1984, 1985, 1986, 1988 and 1992)!  He also led the NFL in TD passes three times (1984, 1985 and 1986).  Marino is the Dolphins’ all-time leader in both passing yards (61,361) and TD passes (420).  Hall of Fame QB Bob Griese is #2 in Dolphins’ history in both passing yards (25,092) and TD passes (192).  One edge that Griese has on Marino is in Super Bowl wins……..2-0!

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Boy did the Minnesota Twins stiff the San Francisco Giants in this deal!

Blogged under Baseball,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,MLB Trade Reviews by joelapinski on Wednesday 17 August 2016 at 11:14 am

The Minnesota Twins‘ GM must have had a ski mask on when he made a trade with the San Francisco Giants on November 14th, 2003.  The Twins sent lefty swinging catcher A.J. Pierzynski and cash to the San Francisco Giants for righty reliever Joe Nathan, lefty starting pitcher Francisco Liriano and righty starter/reliever Boof Bonser.

Joe Nathan was probably the best closer in the history of the Minnesota Twins’ franchise.  Nathan pitched in 460 games (0 starts) in his seven years with the Twins and he was 24-13 with 260 saves, a 2.16 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP.  He gave up 309 hits and 134 walks while whiffing 561 batters in his 463 1/3 innings with the Twins.  Nathan also pitched in 6 games (0 starts) in the post-season for the Twins in which he was 0-1 with 1 save, a 4.70 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP.  He was an All-Star four times in his seven years with the Twins.  Nathan is still the Twins’ all-time leader in saves with his 260 of them!  He is also #6 in games pitched (460) and he is tied for #28 in strikeouts (561) in Twins’ history.  Francisco Liriano was up and down with the Twins.  He was an All-Star in 2006 (the only time in his career with the Twins) and he finished #3 in the voting for the Rookie of the Year Award that year.  He pitched in 156 games (130 starts) in his seven years with the Twins and he was 50-52 with 1 save, a 4.33 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  Liriano gave up 727 hits and 324 walks while whiffing 788 batters in his 783 1/3 innings with the Twins.  Liriano also pitched in 2 games (1 start) in the playoffs for the Twins and he was 0-0 with a 5.87 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  Liriano is still #12 in Twins’ history with his 788 strikeouts.  He is also tied for #40 in wins (50), #46 in WHIP (1.34) and he is tied for #30 in games started (130) in Twins’ history.  Boof Bonser pitched in 96 games (60 starts) in his three years with the Twins and he was 18-25 with a 5.12 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  He also pitched in 1 game (1 start) in the playoffs for the Twins and he was 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.

Pierzynski only played one year with the Giants (2004).  He played in 131 games for the Giants in 2004 and he was 128 of 471 (.272 avg, .729 OPS) with 45 runs scored, 11 homers and 77 RBIs.  Pierzynski also led the Major Leagues in grounding into a double play (27 times) in 2004 for the Giants.

VERDICT:  This was one of the greatest trades in Minnesota Twins’ history and one of the worst deals in San Francisco Giants’ history!

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