Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ten Interesting Facts

Holy monkey, this is a boring off-season! I love summertime and all, but this time of year is really tough to get through. Even the soccer tourney is over. Team USA will be in the upcoming Gold Cup soon, but we are supposedly just sending our "B" team to that.
Since there is little news to report right now, here's a list to occupy your time. It's ten interesting facts from the '08-'09 season.

Sept. 7, 2008
Two rookie coach-quarterback combos (Baltimore Ravens with John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco, Atlanta Falcons with Mike Smith and Matt Ryan) won in Week One—something that had never happened since the NFL/AFL merger.

Sept. 21, 2008
In the Chiefs' third game of the season, they started their third different quarterback and lost for the third time.

Sept. 28, 2008
Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski attempted a 76-yard field goal. He didn't make it.
Still haven't heard Kiffin give an explanation on that one.

Oct. 5, 2008
The Colts embarrassed the Texans by becoming the first team ever to trail by at least 17 points in the final five minutes and win in regulation.

Oct. 26, 2008
During the first halftime speech of his NFL coaching career, Mike Singletary dropped his pants and pointed to his posterior to illustrate what he thought of his 49ers' performance so far. He then went on to rant for more than three minutes before hoisting them back up.

Nov. 2, 2008
The Raiders gained minus-two yards of total offense in the first half against the Falcons—the first time since 1992 a team finished with less than zero yards of offense before halftime.
Nov. 30, 2008
Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams became the first player ever to record four one-yard rushing touchdowns in a game.

Dec. 28, 2008
Green Bay Packers running back Ryan Grant had an 80-yard run called back in his final game of the year when replay showed that his knee was down 21 yards into the play, depriving him of a $1.35 million incentive bonus for reaching 1,250 yards. Ouch.

December 28, 2008
The Detroit Lions—the only undefeated team in preseason—became the first to finish an 0-16 regular season.

Please feel free to leave a comment with anything that may have been left off the list.

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