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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

Giancarlo Stanton and the Biggest Current Contracts in Baseball (2015)

Giancarlo Stanton Scores...The Biggest Contract In Sports History

Giancarlo Stanton Scores…The Biggest Contract In Sports History

Just when you thought there was no one left worthy of a super-megacontract, comes along the biggest contract in baseball history, one that breaks through the $300 million ceiling for the first time.

The Miami Marlins have locked up rightfielder Giancarlo Stanton for the next 13 years at a cost of a back-loaded $325 million cannolis.

It’s the largest current and ever MLB contract – and, by the way, also the largest contract in all of global sports history. AND, he’s only 25 years old, the youngest dude on this page.

What did Stanton do to deserve this? I mean, not THAT much. Sure he’s got the power, but he’s lacking in other areas by more than a little bit – and he strikes out a lot. Here are his basics:

YEAR G R H 2B HR RBI SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2010 100 45 93 21 22 59 123 .259 .326 .507 .833
2011 150 79 135 30 34 87 166 .262 .356 .537 .893
2012 123 75 130 30 37 86 143 .290 .361 .608 .969
2013 116 62 106 26 24 62 140 .249 .365 .480 .845
2014 145 89 155 31 37 105 170 .288 .395 .555 .950

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Stanton is now baseball’s only $300 million man. Only one other current contract is over $250 million – and that is in the hands of a player who played exactly 0 games in 2014.

New York Yankees‘ suspensionee and now-admitted steroid man, Alex Rodriguez, still has three years left on a $275 million deal.

Detroit Tigers‘ 2012 triple-crown winner Miguel Cabrera* signed an extension just before the 2014 season – one that begins in 2016 and places him third overall below. But Cabrera is on today’s list of the “top 20″ biggest current contracts in baseball twice because his current $152.3 contract hasn’t expired yet (so it’s really a top 21).

All together, eight players have contracts of $200M or more.

Of all 21, only six are pitchers. What? Doesn’t pitching win championships? The most lucrative position? That would be first base with nine part- or full-time reps.

The Yankees represent the most big contracts below with five, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers with  four.

  PLAYER AGE^ POS. CONTRACT VALUE (YRS) SEASONS CURRENT TEAM GP IN 2014
1. Giancarlo Stanton 25 RF $325M (13) 2015-2027 Miami Marlins 145
2. Alex Rodriguez 39 3B $275M (10) 2008-2017 New York Yankees 0
3. Miguel Cabrera* 31 1B/3B/DH $248M (8) 2016-2023 Detroit Tigers 159
4. Albert Pujols 34 1B/DH $240M (10) 2012-2021 Los Angeles Angels 159
4. Robinson Cano 32 2B $240M (10) 2014-2023 Seattle Mariners 157
6. Joey Votto 31 1B $225M (10) 2014-2023 Cincinnati Reds 62
7. Clayton Kershaw 26 LHP $215M (7) 2014-2020 Los Angeles Dodgers 27
8. Prince Fielder 30 1B $214M (9) 2012-2020 Texas Rangers 42
9. Joe Mauer 31 1B/DH $184M (8) 2011-2018 Minnesota Twins 120
10. Mark Teixeira 34 1B $180M (8) 2009-2016 New York Yankees 123
10. Justin Verlander 31 RHP $180M (7) 2013-2019 Detroit Tigers 32
12. Felix Hernandez 28 RHP $175M (7) 2013-2019 Seattle Mariners 34
13. Buster Posey 27 C/1B $167M (9) 2013-2021 San Francisco Giants 147
14. CC Sabathia 34 LHP $161M (7) 2009-2015 New York Yankees 8
15. Matt Kemp 30 RF/LF/CF $160M (8) 2012-2019 Los Angeles Dodgers 150
16. Troy Tulowitzki 30 SS $157.8M (10) 2011-2020 Colorado Rockies 91
17. Masahiro Tanaka 26 RHP $155M (7) 2014-2020 New York Yankees 20
18. Adrian Gonzalez 32 1B $154M (7) 2012-2018 Los Angeles Dodgers 159
19. Jacoby Ellsbury 31 CF $153M (7) 2014-2020 New York Yankees 149
20. Miguel Cabrera* 31 1B/3B/DH $152.3M (8) 2008-2015 Detroit Tigers 159
21. Zack Greinke 31 RHP $147M (6) 2013-2018 Los Angeles Dodgers 32

^ Age at the time of this original posting Nov. 19, 2014

Source: baseballprospectus.com, which lists the all-time list of baseball’s biggest contracts.

Photo: miamiherald.com

NFL: Defensive Players That Have Won MVP (And MVPs By Position)

What Do The Fearsome Lawrence Taylor, Alan Page And...uh...Mark Moseley Have in Common?

What Do The Fearsome Lawrence Taylor, Alan Page And…uh…Mark Moseley Have in Common?

Linebacker Lawrence Taylor and defensive tackle Alan Page.

Out of 59 AP MVPs awarded, only those two gridders played defense.

And guess what, even one kicker (!) won the award. Mark Moseley of the (strike-shortened) 1982 Super Bowl champion 8-1 Washington Redskins.

Everybody else – all 56 – are quarterbacks and running backs. QBs make up 64.4 percent of the winners (38/59), RBs make up 30.5 percent (18/59) and that leaves those three guys mentioned above holding on to the last five percent or so.

You know what might be crazier than just two defensive players winning MVP (or that even a kicker has won one), though? Not one wide receiver has won the MVP, including the oft-recognized and NFL-recognized greatest player of all time, Jerry Rice.

No tight ends, either.

But can you say Rob Gronkowski? Rumblings from the masses and media are demanding his consideration for 2014. Has he been as much a key to the New England Patriots‘ surging success as Tom Brady?

Then there’s J.J. Watt, the Houston Texans‘ defensive end. He is in the running, officially.

Still, though, as usual, it’s Brady and Aaron Rodgers and even Andrew Luck and (of course) the reigning MVP, Peyton Manning, at the top of most rankings.

“OTHER” MVPs

POS. SEASON PLAYER TEAM
1. LB 1986 Lawrence Taylor New York Giants
2. K 1982 Mark Moseley Washington Redskins
3. DT 1971 Alan Page Minnesota Vikings

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QUARTERBACK MVPs

POS. SEASON PLAYER TEAM
1. QB 2013 Peyton Manning Denver Broncos
2. QB 2011 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers
3. QB 2010 Tom Brady New England Patriots
4. QB 2009 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts
5. QB 2008 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts
6. QB 2007 Tom Brady New England Patriots
7. QB 2004 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts
8. QB 2003 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts
9. QB 2003 Steve McNair Tennessee Titans
10. QB 2002 Rich Gannon Oakland Raiders
11. QB 2001 Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams
12. QB 1999 Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams
13. QB 1997 Brett Favre Green Bay Packers
14. QB 1996 Brett Favre Green Bay Packers
15. QB 1995 Brett Favre Green Bay Packers
16. QB 1994 Steve Young San Francisco 49ers
17. QB 1992 Steve Young San Francisco 49ers
18. QB 1990 Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers
19. QB 1989 Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers
20. QB 1988 Boomer Esiason Cincinnati Bengals
21. QB 1987 John Elway Denver Broncos
22. QB 1984 Dan Marino Miami Dolphins
23. QB 1983 Joe Theismann Washington Redskins
24. QB 1981 Ken Anderson Cincinnati Bengals
25. QB 1980 Brian Sipe Cleveland Browns
26. QB 1978 Terry Bradshaw Pittsburgh Steelers
27. QB 1976 Bert Jones Baltimore Colts
28. QB 1975 Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings
29. QB 1974 Ken Stabler Oakland Raiders
30. QB 1970 John Brodie San Francisco 49ers
31. QB 1969 Roman Gabriel Los Angeles Rams
32. QB 1968 Earl Morrall Baltimore Colts
33. QB 1967 Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts
34. QB 1966 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers
35. QB 1964 Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts
36. QB 1963 Y.A. Tittle New York Giants
37. QB 1960 Norm Van Brocklin Philadelphia Eagles
38. QB 1959 Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts

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RUNNING BACK MVPs

POS. SEASON PLAYER TEAM
1. RB 2012 Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings
2. RB 2006 LaDainian Tomlinson San Diego Chargers
3. RB 2005 Shaun Alexander Seattle Seahawks
4. RB 2000 Marshall Faulk St. Louis Rams
5. RB 1998 Terrell Davis Denver Broncos
6. RB 1997 Barry Sanders Detroit Lions
7. RB 1993 Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys
8. RB 1991 Thurman Thomas Buffalo Bills
9. RB 1985 Marcus Allen Los Angeles Raiders
10. RB 1979 Earl Campbell Houston Oilers
11. RB 1977 Walter Payton Chicago Bears
12. RB 1973 O.J. Simpson Buffalo Bills
13. RB 1972 Larry Brown Washington Redskins
14. RB 1965 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns
15. RB 1962 Jim Taylor Green Bay Packers
16. RB 1961 Paul Hornung Green Bay Packers
17. RB 1958 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns
18. RB 1957 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns

Photos: USATSI via cbssports.combleacherreport.com / Vernon Biever via imageslides.com

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