Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Scary sports stats on Halloween
By ESPN Stats & Information
Sports can be scary. In honor of Halloween, let’s take a look at the scariest statistics in sports.
Don't let Aaron Rodgers get into the red zone in the fourth quarter. Since becoming a starter in 2008, Rodgers has 25 passing touchdowns and no interceptions in the red zone in the fourth quarter, the most fourth-quarter passing touchdowns without an interception in the red zone in the NFL over that span.
Facing Aroldis Chapman can be chilling. Chapman threw 242 pitches of 100 MPH or faster in 2012, 33 percent more than the next-best 100 MPH master.
Expect to strike out when you face Craig Kimbrel. The Braves pitcher set the major league record for most strikeouts per nine innings with 16.7, accentuating a scary fastball that averaged 97 MPH.
Who throws the scariest heater? Royals pitcher Kelvin Herrera threw the fastest fastball of any MLB pitcher in 2012 at a scary 102.8 MPH.
Pitches that go bump in the night. Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy and White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd each hit an MLB-leading 14 batters during the 2012 regular season.
High anxiety is when Cristiano Ronaldo is about to take a penalty against you. Ronaldo has successfully converted 27 of 28 penalties in the last three seasons with league and European play. His 96 percent rate is the highest among players with more than 10 penalties in the last three seasons.
Which haunted house makes visiting college football teams tremble? LSU’s 22-game home winning streak is the longest in college football. The last time LSU lost at home was in 2009, when the No. 1-ranked Florida Gators held the Tigers to a field goal, winning 13- 3.
Is Michael Phelps in the lane next to you? Is it the Olympics? Be scared. Phelps has medaled in 22 of 24 Olympic event. At age 27, Phelps won six medals at the 2012 London Olympics, raising his total to 22 Olympics medals.
Shaun White is scary good. White has won five consecutive gold medals in the Winter X Games SuperPipe event. The last time White did not place first in the Winter X Games SuperPipe event was in 2007, when he took the silver medal. White has 22 X Games medals.
Which men’s basketball team is scary good at home recently? Kentucky has won 52 straight home games, the longest current home win streak in men’s basketball, including nine victories over top-25 teams. No other team has an active streak of more than 27.
Which men’s basketball team strikes fear in the hearts of non-conference competition? Syracuse has beat the last 42 non-conference division I men’s basketball opponents during the regular season, the longest current such winning streak and double the next closest school.