The New England Patriots received their five-millionth Facebook like today, which got me wondering – what exactly does that mean? Is it good? Where does that number of likes fit in amongst other NFL teams – or MLB, NBA and NHL teams, for that matter?
But the world of Facebook likes is ruled at the top by basketball, you see. Four NBA teams – the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and Boston Celtics – swipe the most likes of all. The Lakers have four times as many likes as the Patriots, in fact – over 20 million.
Why is that? Is it because the NBA’s fanbase is more social-media connected or savvy? Is it because NBA basketball has a greater global reach than any of the four North American sports? Everybody plays b-ball.
NFL football, though, is just huge and it’s spread out. The game is at its peak of popularity – and still peaking, yet. Eight NBA teams make the top 20 most Facebook-liked American sports teams, but 10 NFL teams make it, including seven in the bottom half.
Hockey? Not one. The Chicago Blackhawks make the NHL’s first appearance in 30th with 2.13M likes.
Click on the team’s link below to visit its official Facebook page. Numbers are rounded and as of the date of this post.Follow @VinGetz
|1.||Los Angeles Lakers||20.09M||NBA Basketball|
|2.||Chicago Bulls||14.51M||NBA Basketball|
|3.||Miami Heat||13.46M||NBA Basketball|
|4.||Boston Celtics||8.29M||NBA Basketball|
|5.||New York Yankees||7.60M||MLB Baseball|
|6.||Dallas Cowboys||6.71M||NFL Football|
|7.||Pittsburgh Steelers||5.61M||NFL Football|
|8.||New York Knicks||5.12M||NBA Basketball|
|9.||New England Patriots||5.00M||NFL Football|
|10.||Boston Red Sox||4.67M||MLB Baseball|
|11.||Oklahoma City Thunder||4.39M||NBA Basketball|
|12.||Green Bay Packers||4.22M||NFL Football|
|13.||San Antonio Spurs||3.82M||NBA Basketball|
|14.||New Orleans Saints||3.71M||NFL Football|
|15.||Chicago Bears||3.60M||NFL Football|
|16.||Dallas Mavericks||3.50M||NBA Basketball|
|17.||New York Giants||3.35M||NFL Football|
|18.||San Francisco 49ers||3.23M||NFL Football|
|19.||Denver Broncos||2.92M||NFL Football|
|20.||Philadelphia Eagles||2.61M||NFL Football|
The Seattle Seahawks snagged their second Super Bowl appearance Sunday in what turned out to be the more exciting of the two Conference Championship games. They held off the San Francisco 49ers, 23-17.
Here are all 32 NFL teams, ranked by number of Super Bowl appearances. Four teams have never gone, and almost half – 14 – have never won.
For more, and a unique perspective, check out Super Bowl Records of Every NFL Team By Wins, Percentage and Division.Follow @VinGetz
UPDATED LIST: Through Super Bowl XLVIII (Feb. 2, 2014). The Seahawks’ and Broncos’ Super Bowl records have been updated accordingly.
|TEAM||SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES||W||L|
|New England Patriots||7||3||4|
|San Francisco 49ers||6||5||1|
|New York Giants||5||4||1|
|Green Bay Packers||5||4||1|
|Oakland Raiders (incl L.A.)||5||3||2|
|Indianapolis Colts (incl Balt.)||4||2||2|
|St. Louis Rams (incl L.A.)||3||1||2|
|Kansas City Chiefs||2||1||1|
|New Orleans Saints||1||1||0|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||1||0|
|New York Jets||1||1||0|
|San Diego Chargers||1||0||1|
Defense. Smash mouth football.
Throughout the history of the NFL, these teams in particular have been mostly associated with a defensive underpinning. How’d they get this reputation?
Sure offense played a part in some of their successful campaigns, but from the beginnings of the pro game to today, these great franchises drafted, schemed, went back to and counted on defensive mindedness and core to win football games and carry the season more often than not.
Through its formative years (1922-1939, say), the NFL was a low-scoring affair. Football was executed mostly with ground assaults and countering D. There were halfbacks, tailbacks, fullbacks and wingbacks. Passing was a part of the game, but its priority came later – it picked up steam in the 1940′s, hit another level in the 1950′s and 1960′s, exploded in the 1980′s and has been off the charts in the 2000′s (especially the past six years).
But I digress a bit. There is a point.
Yesterday, we looked at the 20 best defenses (Part I) of the modern era. Because of the continued exponential reliance on the passing game in the past 30 years as opposed to, previously, the running game, I felt it fair to split up “the 20 best defenses” into separate rankings.
First, yesterday, the best defenses of the 14-game (1961-1977) and 16-game (1978-2012) schedule eras. Today, its the best defensive teams from the earliest my source (pro-football-reference.com) goes back, 1940, to 1960. Before that, there wasn’t much consistent, high-powered offense in the game, anyway. Football was slow and grinding.
Here are the 20 best defenses of the transitionary era (1940-1960) based on fewest points against (PA) per game, led by the 1944 New York Giants and followed by the 1942 Chicago Bears – both of whom gave up less than 100 points in total on the season.
Those five franchises mentioned in the first line of this post? They make up 17 of the 20.Follow @VinGetz
|TEAM||SEASON||POINTS AGAINST PER GAME||PA||G||W||L||T|
|1.||New York Giants||1944||7.50||75||10||8||1||1|
|4.||New York Giants||1941||10.36||114||11||8||3||0|
|7.||Green Bay Packers||1941||10.91||120||11||10||1||0|
|11.||New York Giants||1940||12.09||133||11||6||4||1|
|13.||New York Giants||1950||12.50||150||12||10||2||0|
|15.||New York Giants||1942||12.64||139||11||5||5||1|
* Won NFL Championship