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Peyton Manning and Most Games with Four or More Passing Touchdowns

Peyton Manning, Touchdown...Again

Peyton Manning, Touchdown…Again

Here’s a quarterback record that Peyton Manning broke some time ago (as opposed to his most recent record-breaking feat).

Manning has more games with four or more passing touchdowns than anyone else since the completed NFL-AFL merger in 1970 – 33 – and with a little room to play with, and some time yet to pad his stats.

Though the second best QB on this list is still active. Drew Brees has done it 25 times and it is possible Brees could take over one day. He’s about three years younger.

Then you have three of the usual suspects: Brett Favre, Dan Marino and Tom Brady.

But check this: Aaron Rodgers is next, ahead of his time, but on a different level. It goes from Brady with 20 to Rodgers with 13.

And check this: the top 20 QBs with the most “4-or-more” regular season games, below.

What about “five-or-more” or even “six or more” passing touchdown games? Check that, tomorrow.

QUARTERBACK GAMES WITH 4 OR MORE PASSING TDS FOR
1. Peyton Manning 33 Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos
2. Drew Brees 25 San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints
3. Brett Favre 23 Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings
4. Dan Marino 21 Miami Dolphins
5. Tom Brady 20 New England Patriots
6. Aaron Rodgers 13 Green Bay Packers
7. Dan Fouts 12 San Diego Chargers
8. Drew Bledsoe 11 New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills
8. Donovan McNabb 11 Philadelphia Eagles
10. John Elway 10 Denver Broncos
10. Jim Kelly 10 Buffalo Bills
10. Eli Manning 10 New York Giants
13. Tommy Kramer 9 Minnesota Vikings
13. Warren Moon 9 Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks
13. Steve Young 9 San Francisco 49ers
16. Jeff Garcia 8 San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns
16. Dave Krieg 8 Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals
16. Joe Montana 8 San Francisco 49ers
16. Tony Romo 8 Dallas Cowboys
16. Brian Sipe 8 Cleveland Browns
16. Kurt Warner 8 St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals
16. Danny White 8 Dallas Cowboys

Thanks to the best football reference site on the Web. It’s pro-football-reference.com, where I punched in this query, and where you can see every quarterback who’s ever had even one 4-or-more passing TD game. OK one more time – Check it out!

Photo: AP via abc13.com

Baseball Players with the Most Multi-Home Run Games in The World Series and Postseason

The Sultan Of World Series Swat, Babe Ruth, Hit Three Home Runs In A World Series Game Twice

The Sultan Of World Series Swat, Babe Ruth, Hit Three Home Runs In A World Series Game Twice

Only six players have had more than one multi-home run game in the World Series, led by Babe Ruth, who had four – twice as many as anyone else. The other five guys did it twice apiece.

In 1980, Kansas City Royals first baseman, Willie Aikens became the first player to have more than one multi-hr game in a single World Series – but the Royals lost to the Philadelphia Phillies four games to two.

Chase Utley became the second and only other player to do that in 2009, this time in a winning effort.

Another 12 players had at least two multi-home run games in the postseason, including Manny Ramirez and Carlos Beltran with three, second most behind the Babe. Beltran did it with three different teams, in fact.

If you want to see every single player with a multi-home run game in the World Series and postseason, check out my amazing source today, baseball-reference.com.

MULTI-HOME RUN GAMES IN THE WORLD SERIES

PLAYER SEASON SERIES GAME HR FOR AGAINST
1. Babe Ruth 4 1923 World Series Game 2 2 New York Yankees New York Giants
1926 World Series Game 4 3 New York Yankees St. Louis Cardinals
1928 World Series Game 4 3 New York Yankees St. Louis Cardinals
1932 World Series Game 3 2 New York Yankees Chicago Cubs
2. Chase Utley 2 2009 World Series Game 1 2 Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees
2009 World Series Game 5
2 Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees
2. Duke Snider 2 1952 World Series Game 6 2 Brooklyn Dodgers New York Yankees
1955 World Series Game 5 2 Brooklyn Dodgers New York Yankees
2. Mickey Mantle 2 1958 World Series Game 2 2 New York Yankees Milwaukee Braves
1960 World Series Game 2 2 New York Yankees Pittsburgh Pirates
2. Lou Gehrig 2 1928 World Series Game 3 2 New York Yankees St. Louis Cardinals
1932 World Series Game 3 2 New York Yankees Chicago Cubs
2. Willie Aikens 2 1980 World Series Game 1 2 Kansas City Royals Philadelphia Phillies
1980 World Series Game 4 2 Kansas City Royals Philadelphia Phillies

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MULTI-HOME RUN GAMES IN THE POSTSEASON

PLAYER SEASON SERIES GAME HR FOR AGAINST
1. Babe Ruth 4 1923 World Series Game 2 2 New York Yankees New York Giants
1926 World Series Game 4 3 New York Yankees St. Louis Cardinals
1928 World Series Game 4 3 New York Yankees St. Louis Cardinals
1932 World Series Game 3 2 New York Yankees Chicago Cubs
2. Manny Ramirez 3 1995 ALCS Game 2 2 Cleveland Indians Seattle Mariners
1998 ALDS Game 3 2 Cleveland Indians Boston Red Sox
2005 ALDS Game 3 2 Boston Red Sox Chicago White Sox
2. Carlos Beltran 3 2004 NLDS Game 5 2 Houston Astros Atlanta Braves
2006 NLCS Game 4 2 New York Mets St. Louis Cardinals
2012 NLDS Game 2 2 St. Louis Cardinals Washington Nationals
4. Bernie Williams 2 1995 ALDS Game 3 2 New York Yankees Seattle Mariners
1996 ALDS Game 4 2 New York Yankees Texas Rangers
4. Jayson Werth 2 2009 NLCS Game 5 2 Philadelphia Phillies Los Angeles Dodgers
2009 World Series Game 3 2 Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees
4. Chase Utley 2 2009 World Series Game 1 2 Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees
2009 World Series Game 5 2 Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees
4. Jim Thome 2 1998 ALCS Game 3 2 Cleveland Indians New York Yankees
1999 ALDS Game 5 2 Cleveland Indians Boston Red Sox
4. Duke Snider 2 1952 World Series Game 6 2 Brooklyn Dodgers New York Yankees
1955 World Series Game 5 2 Brooklyn Dodgers New York Yankees
4. Mickey Mantle 2 1958 World Series Game 2 2 New York Yankees Milwaukee Braves
1960 World Series Game 2 2 New York Yankees Pittsburgh Pirates
4. Jeff Kent 2 1997 NLDS Game 3 2 San Francisco Giants Florida Marlins
2002 World Series Game 5 2 San Francisco Giants Anaheim Angels
4. Eric Karros 2 1995 NLDS Game 2 2 Los Angeles Dodgers Cincinnati Reds
2003 NLDS Game 4 2 Chicago Cubs Atlanta Braves
4. Chipper Jones 2 1995 NLDS Game 1 2 Atlanta Braves Colorado Rockies
2003 NLDS Game 4 2 Atlanta Braves Chicago Cubs
4. Reggie Jackson 2 1971 ALCS Game 3 2 Oakland A’s Baltimore Orioles
1977 World Series Game 6 3 New York Yankees Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Troy Glaus 2 2002 ALDS Game 1 2 Anaheim Angels New York Yankees
2002 World Series Game 1 2 Anaheim Angels San Francisco Giants
4. Lou Gehrig 2 1928 World Series Game 3 2 New York Yankees St. Louis Cardinals
1932 World Series Game 3 2 New York Yankees Chicago Cubs
4. Steve Garvey 2 1974 NLCS Game 4 2 Los Angeles Dodgers Pittsburgh Pirates
1978 NLCS Game 1 2 Los Angeles Dodgers Philadelphia Phillies
4. George Brett 2 1978 ALCS Game 3 3 Kansas City Royals New York Yankees
1985 ALCS Game 3 2 Kansas City Royals Toronto Blue Jays
4. Willie Aikens 2 1980 World Series Game 1 2 Kansas City Royals Philadelphia Phillies
1980 World Series Game 4 2 Kansas City Royals Philadelphia Phillies

Photo: onthisdayinsports.blogspot.com

Thursday Night Football vs. Monday Night Football: Which is Less Competitive? Which Has More Blowouts?

Thursday Night Football vs. Monday Night Football

Thursday Night Football vs. Monday Night Football

The first game of the season (on a Thursday) saw the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks make the usually-highly-competitive Green Bay Packers look like chumps, 36-16.

Week 2 saw another bore on a Thursday, and another 20-point win. The Baltimore Ravens shut down the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-6.

We haven’t even started yet. Week 3 was the big Thursday blowout – and the biggest since the current Thursday night package went into effect in 2006. The Atlanta Falcons jumped to a ridiculous 56-0 lead over the hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers before that game settled at 56-14.

Even the New York Giants scored 45 points on a Thursday – in Week 4 against the Washington Redskins.

There’s more. The Packers returned to Thursday night in Week 5 and beat the rival Minnesota Vikings 42-10.

Scrap the Thursday night game!! Right?

Nah.

All those beatdowns in 2014 have understandably created a chorus of Thursday night naysayers, from the media to fans to the players themselves.

USAToday said Thursday Night Football is “pretty much unwatchable.” Bleacher Report asked if TNF was “hurting the NFL brand.” NBC Sports wondered, “what’s wrong with Thursday Night Football?”

New York sports radio is awash in callers bemoaning the lack of competition in the TNF games.

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster told CBS Sports, “I don’t know one player that likes it. I really don’t know a fan that likes it, either.” He alluded to a higher risk in injury thanks to the four-day turnaround.

But here’s the thing. Mondays actually host worse games that are less competitive and field more blowouts, if only by a bit, over the same period of time.

Let’s look at the facts.

First of all, for the past nine seasons (2006-2014) there have actually been more games played on Thursdays each season than on Mondays. Every week, there is one Thursday and one Monday game. Thanks to the Thanksgiving slate, a threesome, add another two Thursday games to the season. It’s Monday night then, by this perspective, that is the odd night out.

It also happens that there have been more blowouts on Mondays than on Thursdays (fairly, the sample set goes back only to 2006 with the inception of TNF).

Furthermore, a preponderance of the Thursday night blowouts occurred on Thanksgiving itself, a tradition that’s been going on for almost 100 years (1920) with little complaint. No one in their right mind would scrap those games.

Let’s look at the stats.

Below is every Monday and Thursday game since 2006 with a point differential of 25 or more: 19 times on Monday Night compared to just 15 times on Thursday – and of those nearly half (seven) were on T-Day.

On both days, the biggest blowout was 42 points. Both days have had eight 30-point or more defeats.

If you look further, though, thanks to my source, pro-football-reference.com, you can see that Mondays also have had twice as many (!) 20-24 point wins (20) than Thursdays (10), again over the same 2006-2014 period.

Conclusion: There’s not much of a difference between Monday and Thursday games, and what there is actually leans towards Mondays being the lamer of the two.

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BLOWOUTS (2006-2014, INCL. THANKSGIVING GAMES*)

WINNER LOSER DATE POINT DIFF.
1. Atlanta Falcons 56 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 Sep. 18, 2014 42
2. Tennessee Titans 47 Detroit Lions 10 Nov. 27, 2008* 37
3. Green Bay Packers 42 Minnesota Vikings 10 Oct. 2, 2014 32
4. Indianapolis Colts 41 New Orleans Saints 10 Sep. 6, 2007 31
4. Dallas Cowboys 34 New York Jets 3 Nov. 22, 2007* 31
4. New York Giants 45 Washington Redskins 14 Sep. 25, 2014 31
7. Detroit Lions 40 Green Bay Packers 10 Nov. 28, 2013* 30
7. New England Patriots 49 New York Jets 19 Nov. 22, 2012* 30
9. New York Giants 36 Carolina Panthers 7 Sep. 20, 2012 29
10. Dallas Cowboys 38 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 Nov. 23, 2006* 28
10. Philadelphia Eagles 48 Arizona Cardinals 20 Nov. 27, 2008* 28
12. Atlanta Falcons 41 Jacksonville Jaguars 14 Dec. 15, 2011 27
12. San Diego Chargers 34 San Francisco 49ers 7 Dec. 16, 2010 27
12. San Diego Chargers 34 Oakland Raiders 7 Dec. 4, 2008 27
15. Dallas Cowboys 34 Seattle Seahawks 9 Nov. 27, 2008* 25

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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BLOWOUTS (2006-2014)

WINNER LOSER DATE POINT DIFF.
1. New England Patriots 45 New York Jets 3 Dec. 6, 2010 42
2. Green Bay Packers 45 Minnesota Vikings 7 Nov. 14, 2011 38
3. New England Patriots 41 Denver Broncos 7 Oct. 20, 2008 34
4. New York Giants 45 Washington Redskins 12 Dec. 21, 2009 33
5. New England Patriots 34 Kansas City Chiefs 3 Nov. 21, 2011 31
5. Phialdelphia Eagles 59 Washington Redskins 28 Nov. 15, 2010 31
5. Pittsburgh Steelers 38 Baltimore Ravens 7 Nov. 5, 2007 31
5. Baltimore Ravens 44 Cincinnati Bengals 13 Sep. 10, 2012 31
9. New Orleans Saints 45 Atlanta Falcons 16 Dec. 26, 2011 29
10. New England Patriots 42 Houston Texans 14 Dec. 10, 2012 28
11. Denver Broncos 41 Oakland Raiders 14 Sep. 8, 2008 27
11. Kansas City Chiefs 41 New England Patriots 14 Sep. 29, 2014 27
11. New England Patriots 41 Miami Dolphins 14 Oct. 4, 2010 27
11. Tennessee Titans 30 Jacksonville Jaguars 3 Oct. 18, 2010 27
11. San Diego Chargers 27 Oakland Raiders 0 Sep. 11, 2006 27
11. Seattle Seahawks 34 New Orleans Saints 7 Dec. 2, 2013 27
17. Chicago Bears 40 Minnesota Vikings 14 Dec. 20, 2010 26
18. New Orleans Saints 49 New York Giants 24 Nov. 28, 2011 25
18. San Francisco 49ers 32 Chicago Bears 7 Nov. 19, 2012 25

Photos: wikipedia.org / engadget.com

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