The rarity of Cavs-Warriors IV in sports

Game one of the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors tips off tonight. With that in mind, let’s take a look into the historical rareness of the same two teams meeting for a fourth consecutive season to play each other for a championship.


This is the 14th time in NBA history that the same two teams have met in the Finals for at least two consecutive seasons. The Cavaliers and Warriors are the first to ever meet three (and four) times in a row for the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

Teams Years Result
Minneapolis Lakers v. New York Knicks (2) 1952-53 Lakers 2-0
Boston Celtics v. St. Louis Hawks (2) 1957-58 Split 1-1
Boston Celtics v. St. Louis Hawks (2) 1960-61 Celtics 2-0
Boston Celtics v. Los Angeles Lakers (2) 1962-63 Celtics 2-0
Boston Celtics v. Los Angeles Lakers (2) 1965-66 Celtics 2-0
Boston Celtics v. Los Angeles Lakers (2) 1968-69 Celtics 2-0
Los Angeles Lakers v. New York Knicks (2) 1972-73 Split 1-1
Seattle Supersonics v. Washington Bullets (2) 1978-79 Split 1-1
Los Angeles Lakers v. Philadelphia 76ers (2) 1982-83 Split 1-1
Boston Celtics v. Los Angeles Lakers (2) 1984-85 Split 1-1
Detroit Pistons v. Los Angeles Lakers (2) 1988-89 Split 1-1
Chicago Bulls v. Utah Jazz (2) 1997-98 Bulls 2-0
Miami Heat v. San Antonio Spurs (2) 2013-14 Split 1-1
Cleveland Cavaliers v. Golden State Warriors (4) 2015-18 Warriors 2-1


In the NFL, there have only been eight times where the same two teams met in the Championship Game consecutive times. Since the Super Bowl era started in 1967, it has only happened once.

Teams Years Result
Chicago Bears v. New York Giants (2) 1933-34 Split 1-1
Green Bay Packers v. New York Giants (2) 1938-39 Split 1-1
Chicago Bears v. Washington Redskins (2) 1942-43 Split 1-1
Cleveland Browns v. Los Angeles Rams (2) 1950-51 Split 1-1
Cleveland Browns v. Detroit Lions (3) 1952-54 Lions 2-1
Baltimore Colts v. New York Giants (2) 1958-59 Colts 2-0
Green Bay Packers v. New York Giants (2) 1961-62 Packers 2-0
Buffalo Bills v. Dallas Cowboys (2) 1993-94 Cowboys 2-0


There have been nine times in baseball history that two teams played each other consecutive years in the World Series. However, it has only happened only since 1960 and last took place four decades ago.

Teams Years Result
Chicago Cubs v. Detroit Tigers (2) 1907-08 Cubs 2-0
New York Giants v. New York Yankees (3) 1921-23 Giants 2-1
Philadelphia Athletics v. St. Louis Cardinals (2) 1930-31 Split 1-1
New York Giants v. New York Yankees (2) 1936-37 Yankees 2-0
New York Yankees v. St. Louis Cardinals (2) 1942-43 Split 1-1
Brooklyn Dodgers v. New York Yankees (2) 1952-53 Yankees 2-0
Brooklyn Dodgers v. New York Yankees (2) 1955-56 Split 1-1
Milwaukee Braves v. New York Yankees (2) 1957-58 Split 1-1
Los Angeles Dodgers v. New York Yankees (2) 1977-78 Yankees 2-0


The NHL has seen eight teams meet at least back-to-back times to play for the Stanley Cup. However, it has only happened once in the last four decades.

Teams Years Result
New York Rangers v. Toronto Maple Leafs (2) 1932-33 Split 1-1
Detroit Red Wings v. Toronto Maple Leafs (2) 1948-49 Leafs 2-0
Detroit Red Wings v. Montreal Canadiens (3) 1954-56 Red Wings 2-1
Montreal Canadiens v. Toronto Maple Leafs (2) 1959-60 Canadiens 2-0
Detroit Red Wings v. Toronto Maple Leafs (2) 1963-64 Leafs 2-0
Montreal Canadiens v. St. Louis Blues (2) 1968-69 Canadiens 2-0
Boston Bruins v. Montreal Canadiens (2) 1977-78 Canadiens 2-0
Detroit Red Wings v. Pittsburgh Penguins (2) 2008-09 Split 1-1


Three-peat matchups in the big four

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors meeting for a fourth straight time is truly historical among the combined histories of the four major North American sports.

It is not a surprise that the NBA was the first league to do so. Since 1980 there have been six times in the NBA two teams played each other back-to-back years for the championship. In the MLB, NFL and NHL combined it has happened twice in that same span.

Teams Sport Years Result
New York Giants v. New York Yankees MLB (3) 1921-23 Giants 2-1
Cleveland Browns v. Detroit Lions NFL (3) 1952-54 Lions 2-1
Detroit Red Wings v. Montreal Canadiens NHL (3) 1954-56 Red Wings 2-1
Cleveland Cavaliers v. Golden State Warriors NBA (4) 2015-18 Warriors 2-1

Four-peat matchups in other sports

While the Cavaliers and Warriors meeting for a four straight time is historical among the four major North American sports, how often has it happened in sports in general? I took a look at championship matchups in various other professional, Olympic and college sports to see if anything like this had occurred before.

Players/Teams Sport/Event Event Year/Span Result
USA v. Canada Hockey World Championships Met in 4 straight gold medal games 1931-34 Championships* 3-1 Canada
USA v. Soviet Union Olympic Men’s Basketball Met in 4 straight gold medal games 1952, 56, 60 and 64 Olympics 4-0 USA
S.Williams v. V.Williams Women’s Singles Tennis Met in 4 straight majors 2002 French Open to 2003 Aus Open 4-0 S. Williams
Mount Union v. Wisconsin-Whitewater Division III College Football Met in 7 straight championship games 2005-2011 4-3 Wisconsin
Djokovic v. Nadal Men’s Singles Tennis Met in 4 straight majors 2011 Wimbledon to 2012 French Open 3-1 Djokovic
Cavaliers v. Warriors NBA Met in 4 straight NBA Finals 2014-15 to 2017-18 2-1 Warriors

*The 1932 Winter Olympic’s Ice Hockey Tournament also counted as the World Championship

List of all sports/leagues checked:

Soccer: MLSWorld Cup, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League

Basketball: NBLABAG-League, WNBAEuroLeague, EuroLeague WomenFIBA World Championship

Baseball: Japan Championship Series, Baseball World Cup, World Baseball Classic

Hockey: WHAMemorial Cup Champions (CHL)KHL (Gagarin Cup)World Championships

Football: AAFC, AFL, CFL, Arena League

Tennis: Men & Women’s Singles in majors

Lacrosse: National Lacrosse League

Cricket: ICC Champions Trophy

Darts: World Professional Darts Championship

Summer Olympics: Men & Women’s Singles Tennis, Men & Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Men and Women’s Soccer

Winter Olympics: Men & Women’s Hockey, Men & Women’s Curling

College Sports (Division I): Football (BCS) (Playoff) (FCS), Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Men’s Hockey, Women’s Hockey, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer

College Sports (D II): Football, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Men’s HockeyMen’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer

College Sports (D III): Football, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Men’s Hockey, Women’s HockeyMen’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer

College Sports (NAIA): Football, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Men’s Hockey, Men’s Soccer
Sources and Info:

Featured Image: “SD attends NBA Finals” by James N. Mattis is licensed under CC BY-2.0


Taking a look at the historic rookie playoff performances put on by Mitchell, Simmons, and Tatum

The NBA Finals are set, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors meeting for a fourth consecutive year. However, these NBA playoffs have been notable for the stellar performances that rookies Donovan Mitchell, Ben Simmons, and Jayson Tatum put on.

*All stats below are from Basketball-Reference and do not include anything before the 1964 playoffs unless stated otherwise.  

Total Points 

Donovan Mitchell (10) and Jayson Tatum (2) both finished this postseason in the top 10 among total points scored in the NBA playoffs by a rookie player. I also induced Ben Simmons below, with his ranking in parentheses. Players whose names are bolded are in the Hall of Fame.

*Information in the table below starts with 1947 playoffs.

Player Year Age Games Played Total Points PPG
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1970 22 10 352 35.2
Jayson Tatum 2018 19 19 351 18.5
Alvan Adams 1976 21 19 341 17.9
Elgin Baylor 1959 24 13 331 25.5
George Mikan 1949 24 10 303 30.3
Jack Sikma 1978 22 22 301 13.7
Wilt Chamberlian 1960 23 9 299 33.2
Magic Johnson 1980 20 16 293 18.3
Jerry West 1961 22 12 275 22.9
Donovan Mitchell 2018 21 11 268 24.4
Ben Simmons (46) 2018 21 10 163 15.9

Mitchell and Tatum became the first rookies to score this many points during the playoffs since Magic Johnson in 1980.

Total Assists, Rebounds, Steals, and Blocks

I then looked to see where these three stellar players ranked among rebound, assist, steal and block totals among past rookies in the playoffs.

*Information in tables below starts with 1947 playoffs for rebound and assists. Steals and blocks were not recorded until the 1974 playoffs.

Total Rebounds Rank for Total Rebounds Rebounds per game
Tatum 83  47 4.4
Mitchell 65 73 5.9
Simmons 94 30 9.4
Total Assists Rank for Total Assists Assists per game
Tatum 52 22 2.7
Mitchell 46 26 4.2
Simmons 77 7 7.7
Total Steals Rank for Total Steals Steals per game
Tatum 23 10 1.2
Mitchell 16 27 1.4
Simmons 17 24 1.7
Total Blocks Rank for Total Blocks Blocks per game
Tatum 10 46 0.5
Mitchell 4 140 0.4
Simmons 8 68 0.8

20+ point games and Double-Doubles

20+ point games Double-Doubles Triple-Doubles
Tatum 10 1 0
Mitchell *9 3 0
Simmons 1 4 1

*Had two games scoring over 30 points.

Jayson Tatum’s 28 points in the Celtics game one win over the 76ers in the second-round were the third most scored by a rookie in franchise history. He is also the youngest rookie to score that many points in a playoff game.

Donovan Mitchell’s 38 points in game six of the first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder were tied for the fourth most scored by a rookie. He also had four of the top five games in Jazz playoff history in terms of points scored by a rookie.

Player Year Points
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1970 46
Magic Johnson 1980 42
Chuck Person 1987 40
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1970 38
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1970 38
Donovan Mitchell 2018 38
Lou Hudson 1967 36
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1970 36
Derrick Rose 2009 36

Ben Simmons became only the fourth different rookie (8th instance) to record a triple-double in the playoffs. His 24 points in game two of the 76ers first-round loss to the Miami Heat was tied for the fifth most scored by a rookie for the franchise. He also joined a small group of rookies to record at least four double-doubles in the playoffs.

Player Year # of double-doubles
Magic Johnson 1980 9
Charles Barkley 1985 8
Alvan Adams 1976 7
David Robinson 1990 7
Tom Burleson 1975 6
Robert Parish 1977 6
Tim Duncan 1998 6
Nate Thurmond 1964 5
Hakeem Olajuwon 1985 5
Alonzo Mourning 1993 5
Drew Gooden 2003 5
Jerry Lucas 1964 4
Luke Jackson 1965 4
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1970 4
Larry Bird 1980 4
Ben Simmons 2018 4
Sources and Info:  (*Any sources not listed here are linked in article above)

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

All table made using Google Spreadsheets

A look back at the NBA Playoffs heading into the Finals

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors both overcame 3-2 series deficits to advance to the NBA Finals. This will mark the fourth consecutive season these two teams will have played for the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. Never before in the history of the four major North American sports (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) have the same two teams played each other in four straight championships.

Teams to make 4 consecutive championship appearances

Golden State and Cleveland now join a small group of 17 other teams across the MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL to make 4 consecutive championship appearances. This is the sixth time that an NBA team has made it to the Finals four years in a row.

Besides the Cavaliers and Warriors, the only other of these spans to overlap within a sport were the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers during the 1984 and 1985 NBA playoffs.

Team (Sport) Years (Span) Champ. Record
Giants (MLB) 4 (1921-24) 2-2
Yankees (MLB) 4 (1936-39) 4-0
Bears (NFL) 4 (1940-43) 3-1
Yankees (MLB) 5 (1949-53) 5-0
Browns (NFL) 6 (1950-55) 3-3
Canadiens (NHL) 10 (1951-60) 6-4
Yankees (MLB) 4 (1955-58) 2-2
Celtics (NBA) 10 (1957-66) 9-1
Yankees (MLB) 5 (1960-64) 2-3
Canadiens (NHL) 5 (1965-69) 4-1
Canadiens (NHL) 4 (1976-79) 4-0
Islanders (NHL) 5 (1980-84) 4-1
Lakers (NBA) 4 (1982-85) 2-2
Celtics (NBA) 4 (1984-87) 2-2
Bills (NFL) 4 (1990-93) 0-4
Yankees (MLB) 4 (1998-01) 3-1
Heat (NBA) 4 (2011-14) 2-2
Cavs (NBA) 4 (2015-18) 1-2
Warriors (NBA) 4 (2015-18) 2-1

2018 seeding vs historical context

The No. 6 seeded New Orleans Pelicans swept the No. 3 Portland Trail Blazers in the first-round. This made then only the 18th No. 6 seed to win their first-round series since the NBA switched to its current playoff format of 16 teams for the 1984 playoffs.

With the Cleveland Cavaliers having marched to the NBA Finals as the No. 4 seed they have also bucked historical trends. Starting with the 1984 playoffs, Cleveland became only the sixth No. 4 seed to win a second-round series and the third to win in the conference championship round.

With both No. 1 seeds being eliminated this will be the seventh NBA Finals (2004, 05, 06, 07, 11, 12) since the NBA expanded to the 16 team playoff format to not feature a top-seeded team.

Teams seeded No. 4 or lower to reach NBA Finals

The Cavaliers are only the fifth team to be seeded No. 4 or lower to reach the NBA Finals since it expanded to 16 teams in the 1983-84 season.

Team (Seed) Year Finals result
Rockets (6) 1994-95 Won 4-0
Knicks (8) 1998-99 Lost 4-1
Mavericks (4) 2005-06 Lost 4-2
Celtics (4) 2009-10 Lost 4-3
Cavaliers (4) 2017-18 TBD


Point differential after each game for Cavs and Warriors during their path to the Finals

The Cavaliers point differential was at its lowest following their game six loss to the Pacers (-45) and is currently at its highest going into the Finals (+21).

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The Warriors point differential was at its lowest following their first game against the Spurs (+21) and is currently at its highest going into the Finals (+150).

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LeBron and the Cavs

While LeBron James won the Eastern Conference for the eighth year in a row, this season provided the toughest road to the Finals in that span.

Playoff Rec. # of game 7s # of sweeps
LeBron vs East (2011-17) 84-21 (80%) 2 in 21 series (9.52%) 8 in 21 series (38.09%)
LeBron vs East (2018) 12-6 (66.66%) 2 in 3 series (66.66%) 1 in 3 series (33.33%)

Following the Cavaliers first-round series win over the Indiana Pacers, I wrote about LeBron James’ historic performance in that series. After three series he is still on pace to have the sixth occurrence of a player averaging 30, 9 and 7 in the playoffs.

Player Year Games MP Points TRB AST FG% 2P% 3P%
Oscar Robertson 1962-63 12 47.5 31.8 13 9 47.00% 47.00% N/A
LeBron James 2008-09 14 41.4 35.3 9.1 7.3 51.00% 57.10% 33.30%
LeBron James 2014-15 20 42.2 30.1 11.6 8.5 41.70% 46.50% 22.70%
Russell Westbrook 2016-17 5 38.8 37.4 11.3 10.8 38.80% 44.70% 26.50%
LeBron James 2016-17 18 41.3 32.9 9.1 7.8 56.50% 62.50% 41.10%
LeBron James 2017-18 18 41.3 34 9.2 8.8 54.20% 60.1% 34.40%

LeBron is also on pace to have his fourth occurrence of having a usage percentage of at least 34% in the playoffs (minimum 7 playoff games). Only 15 different players (33 total times) have had a usage percentage that high in the playoffs.

Michael Jordan (8 times) is that only player with more than LeBron. Jordan is also the only player who was older than Lebron with a higher usage percentage (Age 34 in 1997-98, 36.6 USG%).

Year (LeBron age) LeBron usage % Rank among 33
2014-15 (30) 37.6 3
2008-09 (24) 36.4 10
2017-18 (33) 35.9 12
2007-08 (23) 34.7 27

Lastly, let’s take a look at how LeBron and the rest of the Cavs compare to each other these playoffs playing at home (8-1 record) compared to on the road (4-5 record).

I found LeBron’s home/road splits for these playoffs using Then I found the Cavs splits as a team for these playoffs at home and on the road. I subtracted LeBron splits from the Cavs team ones to get the numbers for the rest of the players on the Cavs.

Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks Turnovers FG% 3P% FT%
Lebron stats (at home) 38.1 8.3 8.2 2.2 0.8 3.8 58.70% 40.50% 76.40%
LeBron stats (on road) 29.9 10.1 9.3 0.6 1.3 4.4 49.80% 30.50% 66.20%
Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks Turnovers FG% 3P% FT%
Rest of Cavs (at home) 67.7 32.4 10.8 5.1 3.9 10.2 42.88% 36.09% 79.85%
Rest of Cavs (on road) 66.7 29.7 9.4 3.8 3 7.3 42.26% 31.51% 75.57%

Interestingly enough, the rest of the Cavaliers have been remarkably similar playing at home and on the road. The only notable difference is they average almost three most turnovers at home while shooting about 5% worse on three-pointers and free throws on the road.

Three-point shooting costs Celtics, Rockets in game 7

The Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets both had their chances to win in game 7 but ended up shooting themselves out of it by putting on two of the worst three-point shooting performances in playoff history.

*Minimum 30 three-pointers taken, five worst games listed below.

Date Team Opponent 3’s (PCT) Result
5-25-15 Hawks Cavaliers 5-32 (.156) Loss 118-88
5-28-18 Rockets Warriors 7-44 (.159) Loss 101-92
4-25-17 Rockets Thunder 6-37 (.162) Won 105-99
5-27-18 Celtics Cavaliers 7-39 (.179) Loss 87-79
4-27-16 Rockets Warriors 6-32 (.188) Loss 114-81

Not only was the team performance bad, but Terry Rozier and Trevor Ariza managed to have two of the worst three-point shooting playoff games in NBA history.

Player Date 3’s taken Total FGs Points Result
John Starks 6-22-94 0-11 2-18 8 Loss 90-84
James Harden 5-24-18 0-11 5-21 19 Won 98-94
Terry Rozier 5-27-18 0-10 2-14 4 Loss 87-79
Trevor Ariza 5-28-18 0-9 0-12 0 Loss 101-92
Joe Johnson 4-29-12 0-9 3-15 11 Won 83-74
Rashard Lewis 4-22-08 0-9 7-21 18 Won 104-103
Derrick Rose 4-16-11 0-9 10-23 39 Won 104-91

Other notable stats from the 2018 NBA Playoffs

It was the first time Boston lost a series after going up 2-0 in franchise history.

Game 6 of the Rockets-Warriors series saw the largest second-half point differential in an NBA playoff game.

Trevor Ariza joined Nate Robinson and Marvin Williams as the only players to take at least 10 shots in a playoff game and score zero points.

The Rockets also recorded the largest point deficit of any Conference Finals series that went to seven games.

Sources and Info: (*Any sources not listed here are linked in article above)

Featured Image: “LeBron James” by Erik Drost is licensed under CC BY-2.0

NFL teams to make 4 consecutive championship appearances

NBA teams to make 4 consecutive championship appearances

NHL teams to make 4 consecutive championship appearances

MLB teams to make 4 consecutive championship appearancesMLB teams to make 4 consecutive championship appearances (Used scores on here to calculate point differential per game for Cavs and Warriors)

All tables and graphs make using Google Spreadsheet

Where preseason power rankings had the Stanley Cup Finalists

Last night, the Washington Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 to advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for only the second time in franchise history. They came back from a 3-2 series deficit in large part due to goalie Braden Holtby, who recorded back-to-back shutouts after having not had one all season.

Now, the Capitals will face the first-year Las Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Finals. Ironically, the best expansion franchise in the history of the NHL will be facing off against the franchise that was the worst expansion team in hockey history.

Another interesting note to this historical final is that it will be the first time in over a decade that one of the championship series for the four major sports (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) will be contested between two teams that have never won before.

Sport Teams Season Result
NHL Senators v. Ducks 2006-07 Ducks in 5
NBA Mavericks v. Heat 2005-06 Heat in 6
NFL* Titans v. Rams 1999-00 Rams 23-16
NFL Bengals v. 49ers 1981-82 49ers 26-21
MLB Royals v. Phillies 1980 Phillies in 6

*If only counting teams with no Super Bowls (not counting NFL Championships won)


Preseason power rankings for Cup Finals from various sports sites

Now that the Stanley Cup Finals are set, let’s take a look at where the Capitals and Golden Knights were in the preseason power rankings of various sports sites compared to the other 29 NHL teams.

Site Prediction (Caps) Prediction (Golden Knights) 5 31
CBS Sports 12 30
ESPN 3 31 3 31
NBC Sports 3 29 4 31 7 30
Sporting News 9 31
SportsNet 11 29
The Hockey Writers 5 31
The Globe and Mail 4 16
The Grueling Truth 8 28
TSN 5 31
USA Today 17 25
ZSN 6 22
 Average rank:  6.8 28.4

Out of the 15 sites, eight (53.33%) of them had the Capitals being a top five team at the start of the 2017-18 NHL season. In contrast, seven (46.66%) had the Golden Knights being the worst team in the league. Only three of them had Vegas not finishing as one of the four worst teams in the NHL (28th or worse).

Sources and Info:

Featured Image: “Lord Stanley” by Dave O is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

All sources for site predictions link in the table above.

Tables made using Google Spreadsheet.

Battlefield: A Metacritic history

The first game in the Battlefield franchise, Battlefield 1942, came out back in 2002. Since then the franchise has grown to become one of the best-known in the FPS (First-Person Shooter) genre. Unlike its rival Call of Duty, the series has made its mark with larger maps, more open multiplayer gameplay and the use of vehicles.

Battlefield’s Metacritic history

Only 1 out of 14 (7.14%) games in the Battlefield franchise has an average Metacritic score over 90. Meanwhile, 10 of the 14 games (71.42%) have gotten an average score of at least an 80.

Avg score

I did not factor in Battlefield: Online or the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 versions of Battlefield: Hardline since they have no reviews on Metacritic. I also did not factor in the iOS reviews of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 into that game’s score.

Game Release System Critic Score # of Critics
Bad Company 2 2010 iOS 64 9


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To calculate the average critic score for a game I weighed the number of reviews. As an example, for Battlefield: Bad Company, I took the 70 Xbox 360 reviews and multiplied it by there average score of 83. I then did the same for the PlayStation 3 score. I then took both those numbers, added them together and divided it by the total number of critic scores to get the average score.

Game Year Systems Critic Score # of Critics Avg Critic Score
Battlefield 1942 2002 PC 89 27 89
Battlefield Vietnam 2004 PC 84 48 84
Battlefield 2 2005 PC 91 55 91
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat 2005 360, Xbox, PS2 77, 80, 80 54+49+42 = 145 78.88
Battlefield 2142 2006 PC 80 48 80
Bad Company 2008 360, PS3 83, 84 70+50 = 120 83.41
Battlefield Heroes 2009 PC 69 24 69
Battlefield 1943 2009 PC, 360, PS3 82, 83, 84 5+65+40 = 110 83.31
Bad Company 2 2010 PC, 360, PS3 87, 88, 88 46+75+59 = 180 87.74
Battlefield Online 2010 PC N/A N/A N/A
Battlefield Play4Free 2011 PC 68 11 68
Battlefield 3 2011 PC, 360, PS3 89, 84, 85 61+57+38 = 156 86.19
Battlefield 4 2013 PC. One, PS4, 360, PS3 81, 81, 85, 79, 80 52+5+18+21+14 = 110 81.14
Battlefield: Hardline 2015 PC. One, PS4 71, 71, 73 31+27+46 = 104 71.88
Battlefield 1 2016 PC. One, PS4 88, 87, 89 54+39+34 = 127 87.96

Finally, let’s take a look at the highest and lowest scores that each Battlefield game has received, as well as what percentage of reviews gave a game a perfect score of 100.

Game Highest Score Lowest Score % of 100s
Battlefield 1942* 100 (3) 76 (1) 11.11%
Battlefield Vietnam 100 (1) 65 (1) 2.08%
Battlefield 2* 100 (6) 70 (1) 10.90%
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat 100 (2) 50 (2) 1.37%
Battlefield 2142 90 (2) 50 (1) 0.00%
Bad Company 100 (2) 50 (1) 1.66%
Battlefield Heroes 91 (1) 40 (1) 0.00%
Battlefield 1943 100 (3) 50 (1) 2.72%
Bad Company 2 100 (5) 70 (5) 2.77%
Battlefield Online N/A N/A N/A
Battlefield Play4Free 90 (1) 50 (3) 0.00%
Battlefield 3 100 (4) 70 (8) 2.56%
Battlefield 4 95 (2) 50 (1) 0.00%
Battlefield: Hardline 91 (1) 40 (1) 0.00%
Battlefield 1 100 (7) 50 (1) 5,51%

*Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield 2 each only had one Metacritic review under 80

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The next game in the Battlefield series is Battlefield V, with the first details and release date for the game officially being revealed today by DICE and EA today. This latest entry will see the franchise return its World War II roots.

Sources and info:

Featured Image: “DICE Will Try to Fix Battlefield 4 Ruber-Banding Problems” by BagoGames is licensed under CC BY-2.0 (used to find the games, critic reviews, and scores)

All tables and graphs made using Google Spreadsheets

The Vegas Golden Knights are in rarefied air with a championship appearance in year one

The Las Vegas Golden Knights are headed to the Stanley Cup Finals after defeating the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Sunday to win the series in five. Going into the 2017-18 season the first-year expansion team had long odds to make it to this point. In fact, many predictions had them being a bottom-feeding team before the start of the year.

With this historic playoff run nearing its culmination in one way or another, it begs the question. How many teams have made it to the championship game in their first season between the four major sports?

This will only count teams in their first season as a franchise and not as a new team. For example, the Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup during their first season in the city but they were not a new franchise since they had previously been the Quebec Nordiques.

It will also not count the first year of a league. For example, the Akron Pros won the APFA (NFL) Championship in 1920. That was their first season as a franchise but also the league’s first ever season.


Teams to make it in there 1st year in a new league

I went through every current and defunct team listed on the Sports Reference sites for football, baseball, basketball, and hockey to see which franchises made the championship game in there first ever season of existence.

The teams I went through were in the following leagues in each sport from the Sports Reference sites:

Hockey: NHL and WHA (World Hockey Association)

Football: NFL, AAFC (All-American Football Conference) and AFL (American Football Conference)

Basketball: NBA and ABA (American Basketball Association)

Baseball: MLB (NL and AL), NA (National Association), AA (American Association), UA (Union Association), PL (Players’ League), FL (Federal League)

Sport (League) Team Team formation Year Season record Playoff record Champ Result
Hockey (NHL) Toronto Arenas first season 1917-18 13-9 (.591%) 4-3 Won series 3-2
Basketball (BAA) Baltimore Bullets came from ABL 1947-48 28-20 (.583%) 9-3 Won series 4-2
Basketball (BAA) Minneapolis Lakers came from NBL 1948-49 44-16 (.733%) 8-2 Won series 4-2
Basketball (NBA) Syracuse Nationals came from NBL 1949-50 51-13 (.797%) 6-5 Lost series 4-2
Football (NFL) Cleveland Browns came from AAFC 1950 10-2 (.833%) 2-0 Won 30-28
Hockey (NHL) St. Louis Blues Expansion draft 1967-68 27-31-16 (.473%) 8-10 Lost series 4-0
Hockey (NHL) Vegas Golden Knights Expansion draft 2017-18 52-24-7 (.665%) 12-3 TBD

Notes on above chart

While the 1917-18 season was the NHL’s and Toronto’s first they did play the PHCA (Pacific Coast Hockey Association) champion Vancouver Millionaires for the Stanley Cup.

Despite teams coming from the ABL (American Basketball League) and the BAA (Basketball Association of America) merging with the NBL (National Basketball League), Pro Basketball Reference does not keep records from either the ABL or NBL on its site.

Baltimore did make the ABL Finals in their first season, losing the series 2-1. Meanwhile, the Lakers won the NBL Finals 3-1 in their first and only season in the league.

The Browns won all four AAFC Championships that were played before the league merged with the NFL.

When the NHL added six teams in the 1967 expansion, they put all of them in the East Division, meaning one was destined to make the Stanley Cup Finals.

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What is the correlation between winning the Palme d’Or and one of the major Oscars?

Today is the final day of the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival and Japanese film  Shoplifters ( 万引き家族 / Manbiki kazoku) had the honor of being selected as the film to win the Palme d’Or.

This award is the highest prize awarded at Cannes, given to the top film presented at that year’s festival. It is also widely regarded as one of the most prestigious honors to be granted in the entire film industry.

From 1946-54 and again from 1964-74, the top film was awarded as the ‘Grand Prix du Festival International du Film.’ In the years in between and since 1974, it has been the Palme d’Or that has been given out as the top prize.

The number of films to win the Palme d’Or

Despite this being the 71st Cannes, the Palme d’Or given out today will be the 91st in the history of the festival. This is because there have been years with multiple winners, as well as years where the award was not given out.

The Palme d’Or was not given out at the 1947 Festival. It was unable to be given in 1968 as that year’s festival had to be canceled early due to the May 1968 events in France. There have also been multiple years (1951, 1952, 1961, 1966, 1972, 1973, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1993, 1997) in which two films were award with the top prize.

Then there is the 1939 winner, which was awarded retroactively at the 2002 Festival. That is because that year was supposed to be the first Cannes Festival but it never took place due to World War II breaking out. Finally, there is the 1946 Festival which saw 11 films take home the top prize since each country took home its own ‘Grand Prix’ due to the diplomatic tone of the event just after the war.


Palme d’Or winners and Best Picture and Director

Best Picture

Out of the 16 films to have won the Palme d’Or and be nominated for ‘Best Picture’, only two (12.5%) have won. These two films are The Lost Weekend (1946 Cannes) and Marty (1955).

Best Director

Out of the 18 films to have won the Palme d’Or and be nominated for ‘Best Director’, only three (16.66%) have won. They are Billy Wilder (The Lost Weekend), Delbert Mann (Marty) and Roman Polanski (The Pianist, 2002 Cannes).

Palme d’Or winners and Best Adapted and Original Screenplay

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Out of the 20 films to be nominated 12 were for ‘Best Original Screenplay’ and eight were for ‘Best Adapted Screenplay.’ Eight (40%) of these films won, with three winning for ‘Best Original Screenplay’ and five winning for Best Adapted Screenplay.’

The ‘Best Orignal Screenplay’ winners were A Man and a Woman (1966), The Piano (1993) and Plup Fiction (1994). Meanwhile, the ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’ winners were The Lost WeekendMartyMASH (1970), Missing (1982) and The Pianist.

Palme d’Or winners and Best Actor and Actress

Best Actor

Out of the eight films to have won the Palme d’Or and have a nominee for ‘Best Actor’, three (37.5%) have won. The winners are Ray Milland (The Lost Weekend), Ernest Borgnine  (Marty) and Adrien Brody (The Pianist). 

Best Actress

Out of the six films to have won the Palme d’Or and have a nominee for ‘Best Actress’, only one (16.66%) has won. That was Holly Hunter (The Piano).

Palme d’Or winners and Best Supporting Actor and Actress

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actress

Out of the five films to have won the Palme d’Or and have a nominee for ‘Best Supporting Actor’, none have won the award. For the eight films to have won the Palme d’Or and have a nominee for ‘Best Supporting Actress’, there has only been one (12.5%) winner. That was Anna Paquin (The Piano).

Other Palme d’Or and Oscars connections

Overall, 14 films have been Palme d’Or winners have been nominated for the Academy Award for ‘Best Foreign Picture’, since it was first introduced in 1956. Five of those nominees ended up winning the award. These films are Black Orpheus (Cannes 1959), A Man and a Woman, Tin Drum (1979), Pelle the Conqueror (1988) and Amour (2012).

Gates of Hell won an ‘Academy Honorary Award’ in 1954, which was often given to the best foreign language film released in the United States prior to 1956. Two films have won the Palme d’Or and the Academy Award for ‘Best Documentary’, The Silent World (1956) and Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004).

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