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Added December 16th, 2014 by Ian

North America’s top 20 sports cities in 2014

The year is almost over so now’s a good time to take a look back at 2014 and see which North American cities were the most successful when it came to their professional sports franchises.

Some cities are fortunate enough to have teams in all of the top leagues, such as the NFL (football), NBA (basketball), MLB (baseball), NHL (ice hockey) and MLS (soccer). However, other communities may have just one or two pro franchises to cheer for.

For the 2014 rankings, cities have to have at least two pro sports franchises in their greater metropolitan area. The clubs’ records were all taken into account and divided by the number of teams to come to the city’s overall winning percentage. Of course, these numbers may change ever so slightly from now until the end of the year since the NBA, NHL and NFL are still all in action. The records used for the rankings were regular-season games only and no playoff contests.

 
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Added December 8th, 2014 by Ian
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Peyton Manning’s TD-passing streak ends at 51 games

There’s one record NFL quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos likely won’t break before he retires and that’s the mark of 54 straight games with at least one touchdown pass. Manning made it all the way to 51 consecutive contests with a TD toss, but his streak was then snapped by the Buffalo Bills on December 7. The record is held by Drew Brees and it looks like it’s going to be safe for a while longer. The Broncos managed to beat the Bills 24-17, but Manning wasn’t involved in the scoring as his team improved to 10-3 on the season.

Manning went 14 for 20 in passing, threw for 173 yards and was picked off twice. It was the first time he hasn’t thrown for a touchdown since November 14 of 2010 when he was still playing for the Indianapolis Colts. The Cincinnati Bengals were the last team to keep Manning off the score sheet back in week nine of the 2010 campaign. Manning went 20 for 26 in that outing and threw for 185 yards.

 
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Added November 24th, 2014 by Ian
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Snowed-in Buffalo Bills players use snowmobiles to help reach Detroit

The city of Buffalo, New York was absolutely hammered by a five-day snowstorm snow last week and when everything was said and done there was about seven feet of the white stuff on the ground. The sheer volume of the precipitation caused some roofs to collapse and the snow was blamed for more than a dozen deaths. It played havoc with the city as well as the scheduled NFL game between the hometown Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets which was set for Sunday, November 23 at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The weather also forced the NHL to postpone the home game between the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators at the First Niagara Center. That contest will now be played on February 20th and oddly enough it’s the second times the Senators have had a game postponed this season. Their home tilt scheduled for Wednesday, October 22nd against the Toronto Maple Leafs was pushed back until November 9th after an armed man attacked the Canadian Parliament Buildings and killed a guard. The terrorist was the shot dead by security forces.

 
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Added November 24th, 2014 by Ian

Great athletes with bad career records

There are a lot of great athletes and former greats out there who hold records for being the best and for being the worst in specific areas of their sports. This came to light recently when basketball star Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers made the history books by missing a field goal for the 13, 418th time in his distinguished career. Bryant has now missed more free thrown in NBA history as he passed John Havlicek by one to claim the dubious record as his own.

However, the reason many great athletes hold records for being the “worst” is usually due to their longevity in their sport. For instance, while Bryant may have missed the most shots in the NBA he’s also number four on the all-time scoring list because he’s been in the league for close to 20 seasons. Bryant isn’t the only great athlete to hold one of these records and we’ll take a look at some other all-time greats who are in the record books for the right and wrong reasons.

 
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Added November 11th, 2014 by Ian
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1,000-yard rushers a dying breed in NFL

 
Added November 4th, 2014 by Ian
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Most quarterbacks who pass for 400 Yards lose the game

 
Added November 4th, 2014 by Ian
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Bill Belichick of Patriots complains about weathermen

 
Added October 21st, 2014 by Ian
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Peyton Manning sets new NFL touchdown-pass record

 

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