Aldon Smith, Bruce Smith and the Most Sacks on Monday Night Football

Keep An Eye On Aldon Smith, Especially On Monday Night Football

Keep An Eye On Aldon Smith, Especially On Monday Night Football

Leading today with Aldon Smith, the fourth-year defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers?

Well, he’s got the goods, in case you haven’t noticed.

Continuing Sports List of the Day‘s series on Monday Night Football, a 40-plus year American institution, let’s drop over to the defensive end – or defensive ends, literally, for the most part.

After running through these offensive leaders…most passing, rushing and receiving touchdowns on Monday Night Football…

…and these team marks…most points in a game and the biggest defeats and most wins on MNF…we check out the next coolest thing – though for defensive aficionados this stat comes at the top of the list.

Sacks.

Aldon Smith – less than four complete seasons in the league – already has 12 Monday Night Football sacks, just about half that of the all-time leader, his namesake (and Hall of Famer…and one of the greatest defensive players of all time), long-time Buffalo Bill, Bruce Smith.

Bruce did it all in 19 Monday night games. Aldon has only been in five, almost a quarter as many; he’s got a bound-to-come-down, astronomical 2.4 sacks per Monday nighter. But, if he continues this kind of play or at least a good percentage of it, and remains on a solid team with consistent Monday night appearances (like his Niners), he’ll threaten the record.

A. Smith already holds a serious sacks record – he was (and is) the “fastest NFL player to 30 sacks,” per NBC Sports.

Who else is on this list – a bunch of famous defensive players, for sure, and a handful of not-so or just regionally famous. Seventeen of the 21 played all or some of their careers at defensive end (DE), like both Smiths and Hall of Famers Richard Dent, Reggie White and Michael Strahan.

Five linebackers (LB) make the list, including the man with the most Super Bowl rings, Charles Haley, and the most-often acknowledged greatest defensive player of all time, New York Giant, Lawrence Taylor.

PLAYER POS. SACKS MNF GP SACKS PER MNF GAME FOR CAREER SPAN
1. Bruce Smith DE 24.5 19 1.29 Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins 1985-2003
2. Richard Dent DE 20 15 1.33 Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts 1983-1997
3. Kevin Greene LB 18 12 1.50 Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers 1985-1999
4. Chris Doleman DE 17 13 1.31 Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers 1985-1999
5. Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila DE 16.5 18 0.92 Green Bay Packers 2000-2008
5. Reggie White DE 16.5 13 1.27 Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers 1985-2000
7. Charles Haley LB/DE 16 14 1.14 San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys 1986-1999
8. Lawrence Taylor LB 15.5 10 1.55 New York Giants 1981-1993
9. Greg Townsend DE 14 11 1.27 Los Angeles Raiders 1983-1997
10. John Randle DT/DE 13.5 11 1.23 Minnesota Vikings 1990-2003
11. Bryant Young DT/DE 13 17 0.76 San Francisco 49ers 1994-2007
12. Greg Ellis DE/LB 12.5 16 0.78 Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders 1998-2009
12. Simon Fletcher LB/DE 12.5 8 1.56 Denver Broncos 1985-1995
14. Dwight Freeney DE 12 14 0.86 Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers 2002-Present
14. Too Tall Jones DE 12 9 1.33 Dallas Cowboys 1974-1989
14. Aldon Smith DE 12 5 2.40 San Francisco 49ers 2011-Present
17. Shaun Phillips DE 11.5 13 0.88 San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Titans 2004-Present
17. Neil Smith DE 11.5 11 1.05 Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos 1988-2000
17. Henry Thomas DT 11.5 12 0.96 Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots 1987-2000
20. Michael Strahan DE 11 12 0.92 New York Giants 1993-2007
20. Dana Stubblefield DT 11 16 0.69 San Francisco 49ers 1993-2003

Photo: Doug Mills via nytimes.com

Lewis Hamilton and Drivers with the Most Formula 1 World Championships

Michael Schumacher Wins His Seventh Formula 1 World Championship In 2004

Michael Schumacher Wins His Seventh Formula 1 World Championship In 2004

Lewis Hamilton won his second Formula 1 World Championship today, becoming the 16th driver since 1950 to win more than one title. Together, these 16 drivers below, have won 49 of the 65 championships (so another 16 drivers were one-time winners).

In 2008, Hamilton won for a home team, the UK’s McLaren. This time around, he jumped to his engine’s team, Germany’s Mercedes.

He breaks Sebastian Vettel‘s streak of four championships in a row for team Red Bull (2010-2013); Vettel finished fifth this year.

But the driver with the most F1 world titles overall is Michael Schumacher, of course, with seven, including five in a row between 2000 and 2004.

Driver No. 2 on today’s list, Argentina’s Juan Manuel Fangio, won five in total (over a seven-year span).

Here are the 16 drivers with multiple Formula 1 World Championships.

DRIVER HOME COUNTRY F1 WORLD TITLES YEAR TEAM ENGINE
1. Michael Schumacher Germany 7 1994 Benetton (UK) Ford
1995 Benetton (UK) Renault
2000 Ferrari (Italy) Ferrari
2001 Ferrari (Italy) Ferrari
2002 Ferrari (Italy) Ferrari
2003 Ferrari (Italy) Ferrari
2004 Ferrari (Italy) Ferrari
2. Juan Manuel Fangio Argentina 5 1951 Alfa Romeo (Italy) Alfa Romeo
1954 Maserati (Italy) / Mercedes (Germany) Maserati / Mercedes
1955 Mercedes (Germany) Mercedes
1956 Ferrari (Italy) Ferrari
1957 Maserati (Italy) Maserati
3. Sebastian Vettel Germany 4 2010 Red Bull (Austria) Renault
2011 Red Bull (Austria) Renault
2012 Red Bull (Austria) Renault
2013 Red Bull (Austria) Renault
3. Alain Prost France 4 1985 McLaren (UK) TAG
1986 McLaren (UK) TAG
1989 McLaren (UK) Honda
1993 Williams (UK) Renault
5. Nelson Piquet Brazil 3 1981 Brabham (UK) Ford
1983 Brabham (UK) BMW
1987 Williams (UK) Honda
5. Ayrton Senna Brazil 3 1988 McLaren (UK) Honda
1990 McLaren (UK) Honda
1991 McLaren (UK) Honda
5. Niki Lauda Austria 3 1975 Ferrari (Italy) Ferrari
1977 Ferrari (Italy) Ferrari
1984 McLaren (UK) TAG
5. Jackie Stewart UK 3 1969 Matra (France) Ford
1971 Tyrrell (UK) Ford
1973 Tyrrell (UK) Ford
5. Jack Brabham Australia 3 1959 Cooper (UK) Climax
1960 Cooper (UK) Climax
1966 Brabham (UK) Repco
10. Lewis Hamilton UK 2 2008 McLaren (UK) Mercedes
2014 Mercedes (Germany) Mercedes
10. Fernando Alonso Spain 2 2005 Renault (France) Renault
2006 Renault (France) Renault
10. Mika Häkkinen Finland 2 1998 McLaren (UK) Mercedes
1999 McLaren (UK) Mercedes
10. Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil 2 1972 Lotus (UK) Ford
1974 McLaren (UK) Ford
10. Jim Clark UK 2 1963 Lotus (UK) Climax
1965 Lotus (UK) Climax
10. Graham Hill UK 2 1962 BRM (UK) BRM
1968 Lotus (UK) Ford
10. Alberto Ascari* Italy 2 1952 Ferrari (Italy) Ferrari
1953 Ferrari (Italy) Ferrari

* Technically, the first two-time winner, Alberto Ascari, was not a “Formula 1″ winner. The races in 1952 and 1953 were run under the Formula 2 standard. What’s the difference? Answer here.

Photo: Sutton Images via espnf1.com

Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers and the Longest Losing Streaks to Start a Season

The 2014-15 Philadelphia 76ers Hit The Record Book, And Not In A Good Way. They Have Lost Their First 12 Games (So Far).

The 2014-15 Philadelphia 76ers Hit The Record Book, And Not In A Good Way. They Have Lost Their First 12 Games (So Far).

The Philadelphia 76ers head to Madison Square Garden tonight to face off against the (almost equally woeful) New York Knicks.

The Sixers are carrying with them an 0-12 record; they’re on a 12-game losing streak to open the season – the fourth longest of its kind in NBA history.

The top three teams all achieved “greater” marks in their inaugural seasons. At least there is some excuse there.

If Philly loses again tonight, they’d have the worst start to a season ever for a franchise not in its first year. Then again, they are facing the 3-10 Knicks. Anything can happen.

As it is, the Sixers are just three more consecutive losses away from tying the 1970-71 Cleveland Cavaliers and the one-season Denver Nuggets of 1949-50 for second with 15 losses to open a year.

The top mark – quite the contradiction of recent times – is held by the Miami Heat. They lost 17 in a row breaking in 1988-89. Seems like a very long time ago.

Here’s every losing streak of 10 or more (no one lost exactly 10 in a row) to start a season.

TEAM SEASON LOSING STREAK FINAL RECORD SEASON?
1. Miami Heat 1988-89 17 15-67 1st season
2. Denver Nuggets (DEF) 1949-50 15 11-51 1st season
2. Cleveland Cavaliers 1970-71 15 15-67 1st season
4. Denver Nuggets 1997-98 12 11-71 22nd season*
4. Washington Wizards 2012-13 12 29-53 52nd season
4. Philadelphia 76ers 2014-15 (Active) 12 TBD 66th season
7. New Orleans Jazz 1974-75 11 23-59 1st season

* NBA seasons only. ABA not included.

Photo: rantsports.com

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