Which countries have produced the most major championship winners across golf?

*The maps and information below does not count the U.S. Amateur and The Amateur Championship which were once considered to be majors championships for the PGA.

What countries have taken home the most total majors?

PGA

*The breakdown for the U.K.: Scotland (55), England (35), Northern Ireland (7), Wales (1)

While America has a big lead in majors, it is even bigger when you consider the first 66 majors were won by Europeans (50 Scotland, 10 England, 5 Jersey, 1 France) before John McDermott won the 1911 U.S. Open.

Men's major championship winning golfers by country for PGA Tour (by total majors) - As of Sep, 18, 2018_ (1)

LPGA

*The breakdown for the U.K.: England (7), Scotland (1)

*Jenny Lidback has dual citizenship for Peru and Sweden, so her major victory was counted towards both countries.

Since Se Ri Park became the first South Korean to win a major when she took home the 1998 LPGA Championship, they have dominated the sport. Over the 90 majors that have been played starting in ’98, South Koreans have won 28 (31.11%) of them. At least one South Korean has won a major 16 of the last 21 years, with the exceptions being 1999, 2000. 2003, 2007 and 2010.

Women's major championship winning golfers by country for LPGA Tour (by total majors) - As of Sep, 18, 2018_

Champions Tour

*The breakdown for the U.K.: England (5), Scotland (3)

*Mark McNulty has dual citizenship for Zimbabwe and Ireland, so his major victory was counted towards both countries.

Bernhard Langer won his first major on the Champions Tour in 2010 and through 2017 won 10/40 (25%) majors on tour. After winning twice in ’10, he was shut out from 2011-13. However, Langer then won 8/20 (40%) majors from 2014-17 before being shut out again this past year.

Men's major championship winning golfers by country for Champions Tour (by total majors) - As of Sep, 18, 2018

Totals for all four tours (PGA, LPGA, Champions, and Legends)

*There have only been two senior majors events for women: The Senior LPGA Championship (2017) and the U.S. Senior Women’s Open (2018). These were won by Trish Johnson (England) and Laura Davies (England). The 2nd Senior LPGA Championship will be played this October.

*The breakdown for the U.K.: Scotland (59), England (49), Northern Ireland (7), Wales (1)

Major championship winning golfers by country for the PGA, LPGA, Champions and Legends Tours (by total majors) - As of Sep, 18, 2018

Country Total # of majors (PGA) # of majors (LPGA) # of majors (Champions) # of majors (Legends)
United States 587 269 199 119 N/A
United Kingdom 116 98 8 8 2
Scotland 59 55 1 3 N/A
England 49 35 7 5 2
South Africa 32 22 2 8 N/A
Australia 31 17 10 4 N/A
South Korea 29 1 28 N/A N/A
Sweden 17 1 16 N/A N/A
Germany 14 4 N/A 10 N/A
Spain 10 8 N/A 2 N/A
Jersey 9 9 N/A N/A N/A
Northern Ireland 7 7 N/A N/A N/A
Argentina 6 3 N/A 3 N/A
Taiwan 5 N/A 5 N/A N/A
Zimbabwe 5 3 N/A 2 N/A
Fiji 4 3 N/A 1 N/A
Ireland 4 3 N/A 1 N/A
Canada 3 1 2 N/A N/A
France 3 1 2 N/A N/A
Japan 2 N/A N/A 1 N/A
Mexico 2 N/A 2 N/A N/A
New Zealand 2 2 N/A N/A N/A
Norway 2 N/A 2 N/A N/A
Thailand 2 N/A 2 N/A N/A
Uruguay 2 N/A 2 N/A N/A
China 1 N/A 1 N/A N/A
Italy 1 1 N/A N/A N/A
Peru 1 N/A 1 N/A N/A
Wales 1 1 N/A N/A N/A

What countries have produced the most golfers to win a major?

PGA

*The breakdown for the U.K.: Scotland (31), England (19), Northern Ireland (4), Wales (1)

Men's major championship winning golfers by country for PGA Tour (by number of different winners per country) - As of Sep, 18, 2018

LPGA

*The breakdown for the U.K.: England (4), Scotland (1)

Women's major championship winning golfers by country for LPGA Tour (by number of different winners per country) - As of Sep, 18, 2018

Champions Tour

*The breakdown for the U.K.: England (3), Scotland (1)

Men's major championship winning golfers by country for Champions Tour (by number of different winners per country) - As of Sep, 18, 2018

Country # of major winners per country (Champions)
United States 59
United Kingdom 4
South Africa 3
England 3
Australia 3
Argentina 2
Zimbabwe 2
Germany 1
Scotland 1
Spain 1
Fiji 1
Ireland 1
Japan 1

Totals for the PGA and LPGA

I decided to only combine the total for the PGA and LPGA since major wins on the two senior tours could have already won majors on these two tours.

*The breakdown for the U.K.: Scotland (32), England (23), Northern Ireland (4), Wales (1)

Major championship winning golfers by country for PGA and LPGA Tour (by number of different winners per country) - As of Sep, 18, 2018

Country Total (PGA and LPGA) # of winners (PGA) # of winners (LPGA)
United States 210 130 80
United Kingdom 60 55 5
Scotland 32 31 1
England 23 19 4
South Korea 15 1 14
Australia 13 11 2
Sweden 8 1 7
South Africa 7 6 1
Northern Ireland 4 4 N/A
Canada 3 1 2
France 3 1 2
Spain 3 3 N/A
Argentina 2 2 N/A
Germany 2 2 N/A
Jersey 2 2 N/A
New Zealand 2 2 N/A
China 1 N/A 1
Fiji 1 1 N/A
Ireland 1 1 N/A
Italy 1 1 N/A
Japan 1 N/A 1
Mexico 1 N/A 1
Norway 1 N/A 1
Peru 1 N/A 1
Taiwan 1 N/A 1
Thailand 1 N/A 1
Uruguay 1 N/A 1
Wales 1 1 N/A
Zimbabwe 1 1 N/A

Player with the most majors from each country on each tour

The table below shows the average number of majors that each winner for each country has. I also listed the person with the most majors for each country and the time span that they won them over.

Country PGA most majors (Span Won) LPGA most majors (Span Won) Champions Tour most majors (Span Won)
Argentina 2, Angel Cabrera (2007-09) N/A 2, Eduardo Romero (2006-08)
Australia 5, Peter Thomson (1954-1965) 7, Karrie Webb (1999-2006) 2, Graham Marsh (1997-99)
Canada 1, Mike Weir (2003) 1, Sandra Post (1968), Brooke Henderson (2016) N/A
China N/A 1, Shanshan Feng (2009) N/A
England 6, Nick Faldo (1987-1996) 4, Laura Davies (1987-96)
2, Roger Chapman (2012) and Paul Broadhurst (2016-18)
Fiji 3, Vijay Singh (1998-04) N/A 1, Vijay Singh (2018)
France 1, Arnaud Massy (1907) 1, Catherine Lacoste (1967), Patricia Meunier-Lebouc (2003) N/A
Germany 2, Bernhard Langer (1985-93), Martin Kaymer (2010-14) N/A 10, Bernhard Langer (2010-17)
Ireland 3, Padraig Harrington (2007-08) N/A 1, Mark McNulty (2007)
Italy 1, Francesco Molinari (2017) N/A N/A
Japan N/A 1, Chako Higuchi (1977) 1, Koki Idoki (2013)
Jersey 7, Harry Vardon (1896-1914) N/A N/A
Mexico N/A 2, Lorena Ochoa (2007-08) N/A
New Zealand 1, Bob Charles (1963), Michael Campbell (2005) N/A N/A
Northern Ireland 4, Rory McIlroy (2011-14) N/A N/A
Norway N/A 2, Suzann Pettersen (2007-13) N/A
Peru N/A 1, Jenny Lidback (1995) N/A
Scotland 5, James Braid (1901-1910) 1, Catriona Matthew (2009) 3, Colin Montgomerie (2014-15)
South Africa 9, Gary Player (1959-1978) 2, Sally Little (1980-88) 6, Gary Player (1986-90)
South Korea 1, Y.E. Yang (2009) 7, Inbee Park (2008-15) N/A
Spain 5, Seve Ballesteros (1979-88) N/A 2, Miguel Angel Jimenez (2018)
Sweden 1, Henrik Stenson (2016) 10, Annika Sorenstam (1995-2006) N/A
Taiwan N/A 5, Yani Tseng (2008-11) N/A
Thailand N/A 2, Ariya Jutanugarn (2016-18) N/A
United States 18, Jack Nicklaus (1962-1986) 15, Patty Berg (1937-58) 8, Jack Nicklaus (1990-96)
Uruguay N/A 2, Fay Crocker (1955-60) N/A
Wales 1, Ian Woosnam (1991) N/A N/A
Zimbabwe 3, Nick Price (1992-94) N/A 1, Mark McNulty (2007) and Denis Watson (2007)

Sources and Info: (All sources not listed here linked/mentioned in the article)

Featured Image: Featured Image: “Jack Nicklaus at The Masters” by Torrey Wiley is licensed under CC BY 2.0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_men%27s_major_championships_winning_golfers

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_major_golf_championships 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronological_list_of_LPGA_major_golf_champions

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senior_major_golf_championships

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_golfers_with_most_Champions_Tour_major_championship_wins

https://mapchart.net (Used to make maps in the article)

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A look at the historic Sunday performances of Mahomes, Carr, and Fitzpatrick

Yesterday Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick all put on historic performances passing the ball. This article will take a look into the context of what these three men did yesterday by using Pro Football Reference.

Mahomes

Mahomes put on a passing clinic in his team’s week two win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, having only the 39th game in NFL history with at least six passing touchdowns. In addition to being the youngest quarterback to achieve this, he was also only the second Chief to do so.

Hall of Famer Len Dawson threw six touchdowns in a game for the team back in 1964. Finally, Mahomes became only the sixth quarterback to have at least a 150 QB rating in a six-touchdown game.

Name Year When Score QB Rating Comp Att Comp% Yards TD Int
Y.A. Tittle 1962 Week 7 Win: NYG 49 – WAS 34 151.4 27 39 69.23 505 7 0
Peyton Manning 2003 Week 4 Win: IND 55 – NO 21 158.3 20 25 80.0 314 6 0
Tom Brady 2007 Week 7 Win: NE 49 – MIA 28 158.3 21 25 84.0 354 6 0
Tom Brady 2009 Week 6 Win: NE 59 – TEN 0 152.8 29 34 85.29 380 6 0
Nick Foles 2013 Week 9 Win: PHI 49 – OAK 20 158.3 22 28 78.57 406 7 0
Ben Roethlisberger 2014 Week 8 Win: PIT 51 – IND 34 150.6 40 49 81.63 522 6 0
Patrick Mahomes 2018 Week 2 Win: KC 42 – PIT 37 154.8 23 28 82.14 326 6 0

Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick carried over his magical week one performance into week two of the season, leading the Buccaneers to a 27-20 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. In the last two games, he has had the 96th and 97th games in NFL history having at least 400 passing yards and four passing touchdowns. (Kirk Cousins had the 98th such game yesterday).

Fitzpatrick also became only the third quarterback to do so in back-to-back games, joining Hall of Famer Dan Marino and Billy Volek. He also became only the third quarterback to throw four or more touchdowns in each of his team’s first two games, joining Drew Bledsoe and Patrick Mahomes.

Quarterbacks with 400 yards and 4 TDs in multiple games over one season

Name Year When
George Blanda 1961 Week 8 and 11
Dan Marino 1984 Week 14 and 15
Dan Fouts 1985 Week 2 and 10
Dan Marino 1986 Week 3, 11 and 15
Ken O’ Brien 1986 Week 3 and 9
Billy Volek 2004 Week 14 and 15
Peyton Manning 2013 Week 13 and 16
Drew Brees 2016 Week 1 and 6
Ryan Fitzpatrick 2018 Week 1 and 2

Carr

Meanwhile, in the afternoon slot of game Carr put on one of the most accurate passing displays in NFL history. He put up only the 27th game in NFL history where a quarterback completed at least 90% of their passes (minimum 10 completions).

Carr also had only the ninth game ever in which a quarterback threw at least 20 passes and still completed at least 90% of them. In fact, he became the first to ever throw at least 30 passes and do so. However, Carr also became the first quarterback to complete at least 88.5% of his passes (minimum 14 attempts) and lose the game.

Name Year When Score QB Rating Comp Att Comp % Yards TD Int
Ken Anderson 1971 Week 9 Win: CIN 17 – PIT 10 109.7 20 22 90.9 227 0 0
Lynn Dickey 1981 Week 15 Win: GB 35 – NO 7 149.5 19 21 90.5 218 5 0
Steve Young 1991 Week 8 Win: SF 35 – DET 3 149.4 18 20 90.0 237 2 0
Vinny Testaverde 1993 Week 17 Win: CLE 42 – STL 14 134.8 21 23 91.3 216 2 0
Tom Brady 2008 Divisional Round Win: NE 31 – JAX 20 141.4 26 28 92.9 262 3 0
Kurt Warner 2009 Week 2 Win: ARZ 35 – JAX 17 131.2 24 26 92.3 243 2 0
Philip Rivers 2012 Week 9 Win: SD 31 – KC 13 125 18 20 90.0 220 2 1
Tony Romo 2014 Week 16 Win: DAL 42 – IND 7 151.7 18 20 90.0 218 4 0
Derek Carr 2018 Week 2 Loss: DEN 20 – OAK 19 114.7 29 32 90.6 289 1 0

Notes and Info:

Featured Image: “A football on a field” by U.S. Department of Agriculture is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Pro Football Reference Source for Mahomes info

Pro Football Reference Source for Fitzpatrick info 

Pro Football Reference Source for Carr info

All charts and graphs made using Google Spreadsheets

Box office performance – Avengers: Infinity War

On April 27th, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War hit theaters building on over a decade of movies in the various Marvel franchises. The film became one of the biggest box office hits in history, having had one of the best opening weekends ever. This article will take a look at how Infinity War stacks up historically using information from BoxOfficeMojo.

Domestic gross

Avengers: Infinity War is currently the second highest grossing superhero film at the domestic box office, only behind Black Panther which came out earlier this year. Currently, Infinity War has been in theaters for 130 days (18.6 weeks). If it sticks around as long as Black Panther did (175 days – 25 weeks) it might be able to pass it.

Lifetime domestic gross for films that have made at least $500,000 (Sept. 4, 2018).png

Year Film Lifetime gross
2015 The Force Awakens $936,662,225
2009 Avatar $760,507,625
2018 Black Panther $700,059,566
2018 Infinity War $678,778,164
1997 Titanic $659,363,944
2015 Jurassic World $652,270,625
2012 The Avengers $623,357,910
2017 The Last Jedi $620,181,382
2018 Incredibles 2 $602,326,913
2008 The Dark Knight $534,858,444
2016 Rogue One $532,177,324
2017 Beauty and the Beast (2017) $504,014,165

When looking at the all-time domestic gross list and accounting for ticket price inflation, Infinity War comes in at number 34. This puts it $1,194,175,536 behind Gone with the Wind on the non-adjusted list.

Top 35 movies all-time in terms of adjusted domestic gross adjusted as of Sept. 4 2018 .png

Click here to see a bigger version of the above chart with the movies listed 

Film Year Domestic gross adjusted for inflation
Gone with the Wind 1939 $1,872,953,700
Star Wars 1977 $1,651,168,600
Sound of Music 1965 $1,320,190,500
E.T. 1982 $1,314,989,700
Titanic 1997 $1,256,546,800
The Ten Commandments 1956 $1,214,370,000
Jaws 1975 $1,187,290,600
Doctor Zhivago 1965 $1,150,735,700
The Exorcist 1973 $1,025,254,300
Snow White 1937 $1,010,430,00
The Force Awakens 2015 $1,002,227,000
101 Dalmatians 1961 $926,232,900
The Empire Strikes Back 1980 $910,134,500
Ben-Hur 1959 $908,460,000
Avatar 2009 $902,059,800
Return of the Jedi 1983 $871,930,700
Jurassic Park 1993 $849,334,300
The Phantom Menace 1999 $837,192,900
The Lion King 1994 $826,387,300
The Sting 1973 $826,354,300
Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 $820,797,700
The Graduate 1967 $793,297,200
Fantasia 1941 $769,813,000
Jurassic World 2015 $732,786,100
The Godfather 1972 $731,612,200
Forrest Gump 1994 $728,757,600
Mary Poppins 1964 $724,745,500
Grease 1978 $713,504,500
The Avengers 2012 $712,688,900
Black Panther 2018 $700,059,566
Thunderball 1965 $693,396,000
The Dark Knight 2008 $690,276,700
The Jungle Book 1967 $683,012,800
Infinity War 2018 $678,781,267
Sleeping Beauty 1959 $673,707,000

Worldwide gross

Avengers: Infinity War had the best worldwide weekend opening of all-time, earning a whopping $640.5 million. It earned $328.8 million (59.8%) of that from its combined overseas openings.

In terms of all-time worldwide gross, Infinity War is fourth at $2,046.4 billion, with $1.367.6 billion (66.8%) of that coming from its overseas earnings. The film is one of only four to cross the two billion mark worldwide and one of only 36 to cross the one billion mark worldwide.

Lifetime worldwide gross for films that have made at least $1.3 billion (Sept. 4th, 2018).png

*Films over the $500 million mark domestically but not the $1.3 billion worldwide: Beauty and the Beast (13th: $1,263.5), The Incredibles 2* (17th, $1,166.3)  Rogue One (25th: $1,056.1) and The Dark Knight (34th, $1,004.6)

*The Incredibles 2 has only been in theatres for 81 days (11.6 weeks)

Other marks that Infinity War set 

Avengers: Infinity War has the second highest opening day gross of all time at $106.3 million only behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens. ($119.1 million)

Avengers: Infinity War has the biggest domestic opening weekend of all time at $257.6 million.

Avengers: Infinity War has the second biggest opening week of all time at $338.3 million only behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens. ($390.8 million)

Avengers: Infinity War tied as the fastest film to cross the $100 million mark domestically, doing so in one day. It joined Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Going back to 1982 Avengers: Infinity War is the highest grossing film for the month of April ($678.8 million).

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Notes and Info:

Featured Image: “Avengers: Infinity War wallpaper” by Eman Rahman is licensed under  Public Domain Mark 1.0

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/ (all specific links are in the article above)

All charts and graphs made using Google Spreadsheets

Wikipedia – Tracking notable deaths in July

So far I have looked at the numbers for notable deaths on Wikipedia for each month in the first half of the year. Now, it is time to look at the numbers for July. Overall, the month saw a total of 538 notable deaths. However, for all the numbers below it will only count 531 of these.

Those not counted and why

Animal: Naturalism – New Zealand-bred racehorse (age 29), Honour and Glory – American racehorse (age 25)

No age given: Pierre-Ernest Abandzounou – Congolese politician, Ange-Marie Filippi-Codaccioni – French historian and politician, Mick Langley – British snooker player and 1986 Paralympic Champion, Ikramullah Gandapur – Pakistan politician, Chrysa Spiliotis – Greek actress and playwright

Deaths per day for July

The 25th and the 29th saw the most deaths with 26, while the 15th had the least with only nine. On average each day in July saw 17.12 notable deaths. Nine days (29.03%) in the month saw more than 20 deaths. 21 days (67.74%) saw less than 20 deaths, while one day (3.22%) saw under 10.

Number of notable deaths per day on Wikipedia for July 2018

The average age of those who died 

The average age of the 531 notable people who died in July is 76.87 years old. July 12th saw the highest average age of death at 83.44 years old. In contrast, July 15th saw the lowest average age of death at only 66.66 years old. July had three days where the average age of death was under 70, whereas the first sixth months of the year had one such day.

The average age of death for notable people each day (from Wikipedia, July 2018)

The oldest and youngest person(s) to pass this month

Mien Schopman-Klaver (age 107) was a Dutch Olympic athlete. She served as a reserve for the Netherlands’ 4×100 meters relay team at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Schopman-Klaver was reported as being the oldest living former Olympian as part of an interview she did with de Volkskrant, a Dutch daily morning newspaper in July 2016.

Ellie Soutter (age 18) was a British snowboarder, who started to compete in international events in 2016. She was a member of the inaugural British Europa Cup snowboard cross program, which started in 2018. In 2017 at the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival Soutter won Great Britain’s only medal, earning bronze in the snowboard cross event.  She also had the honor of serving as the team’s flagbearer at the event’s closing ceremony.

Soutter was also on the shortlist for the 2017 Evie Pinching Award, given out yearly by the Ski Club of Great Britain to young snowsports athletes. On her 18th birthday, Soutter committed suicide which her father cited was due to a combination of mental health and the pressures of being a world-class athlete. Soutter’s family has since set up a fundraiser in her honor to help give financial support to youth athletes competing in winter sports. 

Age difference between the youngest and oldest deaths each day on Wikipedia (July, 2018)

Of the 31 days in July, 21* of them saw the most notable people dying to be between the ages of 80-89. Overall, 35.96% of deaths in the month were from people in this age range.

60-69 70-79 80-89 90-99
Days with most deaths* 4 9 21 3
Percentage of days in the month
12.90% 29.03% 67.74% 9.67%

*Includes ties. Example: On July 7th six people between 80-89 and 90-99 died.

Number of deaths by age range (Wikipedia, July 2018)

Sources and Info:

Featured Image from pixabay.com – https://pixabay.com/en/grave-cemetery-rip-tombstone-d-2036220/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deaths_in_July_2018 (used to find the number of deaths and age of those who died)

All charts and tables made using Google Spreadsheets

Best and worst franchises in the NFL’s 16 game era

What teams have had the most winning and losing seasons since the NFL expanded to a 16-game schedule for the 1978 season? Who has finished with what record the most times? This will look at each team’s seasons from 1978 through 2017 (not counting the strike-shortened 1982 and 1987 seasons) to find out.

Most common record and NFL Bingo

The table below takes a look at which teams have finished with what record the most amount of times since the 1978 season.

Record Team # of times
0-16 Browns (2017), Lions (2008) 1
1-15 *10 different teams 1
2-14 49ers, Buccaneers 4
3-13 Bengals 4
4-12 Jets, Raiders 6
5-11 Cardinals 10
6-10 Giants 7
7-9 Saints 11
8-8 Broncos 8
9-7 Seahawks 10
10-6 Eagles 10
11-5 Eagles, Patriots, Steelers 6
12-4 Cowboys 8
13-3 Broncos 5
14-2 Patriots 4
15-1 *6 different teams 1
16-0 Patriots (2007) 1

*10 teams are: Browns (2016), Chargers (2000), Colts (1991), Cowboys (1989), Dolphins (2007), Jets (1996), Panthers (2001), Patriots (1990), Rams (2009), Saints (1980)

*6 teams are: 49ers (1984), Bears (1985), Packers (2011), Panthers (2015), Steelers (2004), Vikings (1998)

Notes

Out of the seven teams to finish 15-1 or 16-0, only two won the Super Bowl that year

Since 1978, there have only been six 15-1 seasons, with two coming in back-to-back seasons in 1984 and 1985

The Patriots are the only team to go 16-0, on top of being one of 10 teams to go 1-15

The Panthers are the only team to have been both 15-1 and 1-15

Browns are the only team to be both 1-15 and 0-16, which they did in back-to-back seasons

NFL Bingo

Since the 1978 season, every NFL team is between three and eight spots away from hitting NFL Bingo. This means that they would have finished with each possible record in a 16-game schedule at least once.

The farthest away are the newest team, the Houston Texans at eight. They would need to have seasons of 0-16, 1-15, 3-13, 11-5, 13-3, 14-2, 15-1 and 16-0 to hit NFL Bingo. In contrast, the Indianapolis Colts are the closest team, only needing to finish at 0-16, 15-1 and 16-0.

The NFL’s biggest winners and losers in the 16-game era

The stacked column chart below shows the number of times each team has finished with a winning, losing or even record in the 16-game era. It is sort by winning record with the Patriots (28) being first and the Texans (6) being last.

How NFL teams finished the season since the 16-game era started in 1978 (not counting strike years of 82 and 87)

In the 38 non-strike shortened NFL seasons since the 16-game era started, 13 teams have finished with a winning record at least half of that time against the total seasons they have played.

*The Colts (18 winning-16 losing), Titans (18-15), Redskins (17-16) and Chargers (16-15) all have had more winning seasons than losing ones. The other 15 NFL teams all have had more losing than winning seasons.

Team
Win record against total seasons
Patriots 28/38 (73.68%)
Steelers
27/38 (71.05%)
Broncos
24/38 (63.15%)
Cowboys
23/38 (60.52%)
Eagles 23/38 (60.52%)
Packers 23/38 (60.52%)
49ers 21/38 (55.26%)
Dolphins
21/38 (55.26%)
Chiefs 21/38 (55.26%)
Ravens
12/22 (54.54%)
Seahawks 20/38 (52.63%)
Vikings 20/38 (52.63%)
Giants 19/38 (50%)

The stacked column chart below shows the number of times each team has finished with a winning, losing or even record in the 16-game era. It is sorted by losing record.

How NFL teams finished the season since the 16-game era by lose.png

In contrast, there have been 13 teams who have finished with a losing record at least half the time in the total seasons they have played in the 16-game era.

Team
Losing Record
Browns 24/35 (68.57%)
Cardinals 26/38 (68.42%)
Buccaneers 25/38 (65.78%)
Lions 24/38 (63.15%)
Falcons 22/38 (57.89%)
Rams 22/38 (57.89%)
Panthers 13/23 (56.52%)
Jaguars 13/23 (56.52%)
Bengals 21/38 (55.26%)
Bears 20/38 (52.63%)
Bills 19/38 (50%)
Saints 19/38 (50%)
Texans 8/16 (50%)

Least amount of losing and winning seasons

Only six teams have managed to have less than 10 losing seasons since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule. Although two of these, the Ravens and the Texans, are newer franchises. In contrast, only five teams have less than 10 winning seasons but three are also newer franchises.

Teams # of losing seasons
Packers 9/38 (23.68%)
Patriots 8/38 (21.05%)
Texans 8/16 (50%)
Steelers 7/38 (18.42%)
Ravens 7/22 (31.81%)
Broncos 6/38 (15.78%)
Teams # of winning seasons
Browns 9/35 (25.71%)
Cardinals 8/38 (21.05%)
Jaguars 8/23 (34.78%)
Panthers 7/23 (30.43%)
Texans 6/16 (37.5%)

The most .500 records and ties

The Buccaneers have had the least .500 seasons, only have finished 8-8 once in the last 38 seasons. In contrast, the Broncos have the most 8-8 seasons, having done so eight times. This is on top of Denver having the least losing seasons and the third most winning ones.

How NFL teams finished the season with a .500 record in the 16-game era (not counting strike years of 82 and 87)

Since the NFL expanded to a 16-game schedule, there have been 18 times that a regular season game has ended in a tied game. 20 of the 32 teams have had a tie in this period, with the Eagles accounting for the most with four.

How NFL teams have tied in the 16-game era (not counting strike years of 82 and 87).png

The most common record teams have finished with when having a tie has been 8-7-1, followed by 10-5-1. The Dolphins (1981) and 49ers (2012) finished 11-4-1, while the Giants (1983) finished 3-12-1.

Record # of times
11-4-1 2
10-5-1 6
9-6-1 3
8-7-1 8
7-8-1 4
6-9-1 4
5-10-1 4
4-11-1 4
3-12-1 1

Sources and Info:

Featured Image: “2009 NFL Black Logo” by Michael Tipton is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/index.htm

All graphs and tables made using Google Spreadsheet

 

Which state has won the most professional sports championships?

Which states (along with the nation’s capital Washington D.C.) have the most professional championships in the five biggest team sports in America? For the purposes of this article, I counted all championships won in each of the leagues listed below for football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and soccer.

Which leagues are counted towards championships? 

Football (American Football): NFL, AFL, AAFC, USFL, Arena League, CFL

Basketball: NBA, ABA, NBL, WNBA

Baseball: MLB (NL+AL), NAPBBP, Union Association, American Association

*For baseball before the World Series (1903, 1905-present), I counted championships for which team won the pennant for that year. All World Series before 1903 were considered exhibitions, so I did not count them.

Hockey: NHL, WHA, PCHA, WCHA

Soccer (Football): MLS, NWSL (plus predecessors WPS and WUSA)

States with the most championships

Out of the 50 states and D.C., only 26/51 (50.98%) have one at least one championship in any of these five sports. The top four states of New York, California, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania 223 championships. All other states and D.C. combined have 268.

Out of New York’s 66 championships, the Yankees have 27 (40.90%) of them. In fact, the Yankees alone have more World Series titles than all but six states (counting NY minus the Yankees total) have fewer total championships across these five sports.

States with the most professional championships

Below is a table showing the number of championships each state has won in each sport. The states with N/A never had a team in that sport in any of the above leagues mentioned.

State Football Basketball Baseball Hockey Soccer Total
Alabama 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Alaska N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Arizona 5 3 1 0 N/A 9
Arkansas N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
California 14 20 18 3 9 64
Colorado 5 0 0 2 1 8
Connecticut 0 0 0 0 N/A 0
Delaware N/A N/A 0 N/A N/A 0
Florida 11 3 2 1 0 17
Georgia 0 0 1 0 0 1
Hawaii N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Idaho N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Illinois 12 7 13 6 1 39
Indiana 1 7 N/A N/A N/A 8
Iowa 0 0 0 N/A N/A 0
Kansas N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Kentucky 0 1 1 N/A N/A 2
Louisiana 1 0 N/A N/A N/A 1
Maine N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Maryland 7 1 6 N/A 0 14
Massachusetts 5 17 22 6 0 50
Michigan 10 6 5 11 N/A 32
Minnesota 0 10 2 0 0 12
Mississippi N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Missouri 2 1 16 0 4 23
Montana N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Nebraska N/A 0 N/A N/A N/A 0
Nevada 0 0 N/A 0 N/A 0
New Hampshire N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
New Jersey 0 0 0 3 1 4
New Mexico N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
New York 12 7 37 8 2 66
North Carolina 0 0 N/A 1 1 2
North Dakota N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Ohio 13 4 8 0 1 26
Oklahoma 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Oregon 0 1 N/A 0 3 4
Pennsylvania 15 4 17 7 0 43
Rhode Island 1 0 2 N/A N/A 3
South Carolina N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
South Dakota N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Tennessee 0 0 N/A 0 N/A 0
Texas 8 12 1 1 2 24
Utah N/A 1 N/A N/A 1 2
Vermont N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Virginia N/A N/A 0 N/A N/A 0
Washington 2 3 0 1 1 7
Washington D.C. 5 1 1 1 5 13
West Virginia N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Wisconsin 13 4 1 N/A N/A 18
Wyoming N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0

States with three or fewer championships

Georgia: Atlanta Braves 1995 World Series (MLB)

Louisiana: New Orleans Saints 2009 Super Bowl (NFL)

Kentucky: Kentucky Colonels 1975 ABA Champions (ABA), Louisville Colonels 1890 pennant winners (AA)

Utah: Utah Stars 1971 ABA Champions (ABA), Real Salt Lake 2009 MLS Cup (MLS)

North Carolina: Carolina Hurricanes 2006 Stanley Cup (NHL), Carolina Courage 2002 Founders Cup Champions (WUSA)

Rhode Island: Providence Steam Roller 1928 NFL Championship (NFL), Providence Grays 1879 and 1884 pennant winners (NL)

Some interesting facts from this information

  • Pennsylvania has the most football championships (15)
  • California has the most basketball championships (20)
  • California has the most soccer championships (9)
  • New York has the most baseball championships (37)
  • Michigan has the most hockey championships (11)
  • Ohio is tied for the 3rd most football championships even though a team from the state has not won since the Browns captured their last NFL Championship in 1964.
  • Rhode Island has as many or more football championships then North Carolina, Georgia, Minnesota, Louisiana, Indiana, and Tennessee. This is despite all these states currently having NFL teams.
  • Despite being the smallest state, Rhode Island has more championships than 31 states.
  • Maryland is the only state to have won a Grey Cup when the Baltimore Stallions won it in 1995 during the CFL’s brief expansion into America.
  • 17 states have never had a professional team in any of the five major sports.

 

Sources and Info:

Featured Image: “USA State Flag Map” by WonderWhy is licensed under CC BY-2.0

All graphs and tables made using Google Spreadsheet

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/

http://www.remembertheafl.com/AFL.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All-America_Football_Conference

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Football_League#1983

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Grey_Cup_champions

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ArenaBowl

http://www.nba.com/history/nba-season-recaps/

http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ABA_champions

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Basketball_League_(United_States)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WNBA_Finals

http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Association_of_Professional_Base_Ball_Players

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_National_League_pennant_winners

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_American_League_pennant_winners

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Association

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Association_(19th_century)

http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=25426

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Hockey_Association

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Canada_Hockey_League

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Coast_Hockey_Association

http://www.mlssoccer.com/history/mls-cup

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Women%27s_Soccer_League

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_Professional_Soccer

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_United_Soccer_Association

Madden 19: Comparing the best and worst defensive players at each position

Following the release of Madden 19, I have looked at how the best and worst offensive players at each position stack up against each other. Now, it is time to look at how the best and worst players at each defensive position in Madden 19 compare to each other. For this comparison, I used the game’s day one roster.

Left End

LE

Player Khalil Mack (98) JJ Watt (98) Claudy Mathieu (60) Kendal Vickers (60)
Speed 87 78 75 72
Strength 89 97 79 72
Agility 88 77 67 65
Acceleration 89 83 81 84
Awareness 95 97 43 50
Jumping 94 87 75 74
Tackle 92 93 78 76
Hit Power 86 87 74 77
Power Moves 93 92 69 68
Finesse Moves 88 86 64 64
Block Shedding 92 93 74 71
Pursuit 93 93 74 78
Play Recognition 95 97 43 50
Impact Blocking 88 94 80 73

Right End

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Player Aaron Donald (99) Tyrell Chavis (60) Dee Liner (60)
Speed 83 62 68
Strength 97 70 81
Agility 82 59 48
Acceleration 90 76 81
Awareness 99 55 50
Jumping 76 63 64
Tackle 93 80 79
Hit Power 76 80 68
Power Moves 98 68 70
Finesse Moves 92 73 52
Block Shedding 88 72 69
Pursuit 89 75 75
Play Recognition 99 55 50
Impact Blocking 93 78 79

Defensive Tackle

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Player Damon Harrison Sr. (95) Parker Cothren (58)
Speed 62 72
Strength 93 80
Agility 64 54
Acceleration 76 81
Awareness 95 45
Jumping 73 71
Tackle 94 75
Hit Power 77 73
Power Moves 82 68
Finesse Moves 70 50
Block Shedding 96 68
Pursuit 92 73
Play Recognition 95 45
Impact Blocking 95 80

Left Outside Linebacker

LOLB

Player Von Miller (99) Vontarrius Dora (60) Emmanuel Smith (60)
Speed 87 72 84
Strength 84 76 66
Agility 90 74 84
Acceleration 90 83 91
Awareness 99 55 50
Catching 47 45 43
Jumping 80 77 85
Tackle 94 78 75
Hit Power 89 74 76
Power Moves 89 68 51
Finesse Moves 95 64 58
Block Shedding 95 71 67
Pursuit 98 73 74
Play Recognition 99 55 50
Man Coverage 53 35 51
Zone Coverage 63 45 60
Press Coverage 62 30 31
Impact Blocking 89 75 75

Middle Linebacker

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Player Luke Kuechly (99) Ben Niemann (58) Nick DeLuca (58)
Speed 86 81 77
Strength 83 64 65
Agility 83 82 79
Acceleration 89 84 87
Awareness 99 48 51
Catching 80 47 49
Jumping 90 81 79
Tackle 98 79 79
Hit Power 93 75 85
Power Moves 65 51 59
Finesse Moves 56 57 53
Block Shedding 90 70 67
Pursuit 97 79 75
Play Recognition 99 48 51
Man Coverage 79 49 54
Zone Coverage 88 58 59
Press Coverage 54 31 40
Impact Blocking 91 74 67

Right Outside Linebacker

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Player Sean Lee (96) Joel Lanning (61) Emmanuel Ellerbee (61) Cayson Collins (61)
Speed 83 81 84 79
Strength 76 79 69 70
Agility 81 81 75 70
Acceleration 88 81 87 82
Awareness 97 52 50 50
Catching 77 57 47 45
Jumping 75 80 95 80
Tackle 97 76 75 78
Hit Power 83 75 81 73
Power Moves 61 51 52 53
Finesse Moves 52 58 57 59
Block Shedding 87 67 69 67
Pursuit 97 76 75 79
Play Recognition 97 52 50 50
Man Coverage 72 47 50 52
Zone Coverage 81 56 57 60
Press Coverage 53 35 30 38
Impact Blocking 89 76 73 69

Cornerback

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Player Jalen Ramsey (97) Antwuan Davis (60) D’Montre Wade (60) Henre’ Toliver (60) Chris Jones (60)
Speed 93 88 87 85 87
Strength 69 75 56 44 54
Agility 89 83 80 82 83
Acceleration 94 88 88 87 87
Awareness 97 50 46 52 50
Catching 71 54 68 56 55
Jumping 93 79 87 79 83
Tackle 72 56 47 50 49
Hit Power 81 54 49 47 45
Block Shedding 50 47 48 46 45
Pursuit 76 70 68 71 67
Play Recognition 97 50 46 52 50
Man Coverage 96 68 68 68 70
Zone Coverage 93 66 72 71 68
Press Coverage 98 67 71 66 67

Free Safety

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Player Harrison Smith (97) Raven Greene (60) Jeremy Reaves (60) Jameill Showers (60)
Speed 87 89 84 84
Strength 73 54 60 66
Agility 87 80 82 79
Acceleration 91 90 88 87
Awareness 96 48 47 52
Catching 82 63 58 60
Jumping 85 82 76 88
Tackle 81 65 64 59
Hit Power 92 72 86 63
Block Shedding 73 52 50 58
Pursuit 93 73 73 71
Play Recognition 96 48 47 52
Man Coverage 82 59 68 58
Zone Coverage 95 66 66 69
Press Coverage 79 61 72 62

Strong Safety

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Player Eric Berry (97) Damon Webb II (59)
Speed 90 85
Strength 68 60
Agility 89 81
Acceleration 90 88
Awareness 93 50
Catching 79 61
Jumping 93 80
Tackle 79 66
Hit Power 86 70
Block Shedding 65 57
Pursuit 85 76
Play Recognition 93 50
Man Coverage 91 58
Zone Coverage 95 64
Press Coverage 87 63

Punter

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Player Johnny Hekker (86) Will Monday (67)
Kick Power 97 97
Kick Accuracy 88 74
Awareness 72 67

Sources and Info:

Featured Image: “Sean Lee” by Keith Allison is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Used physical disk copy of Madden 19 to get roster information.

All tables and graphs made using Apache OpenOffice Spreadsheet