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The 20 Most Liked American Sports Teams on Facebook

The Los Angeles Lakers Are The Facebook Champions With 20 Million Likes

The Los Angeles Lakers Are The Facebook Champions With 20 Million Likes

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?

Ninth overall…and third amongst football teams. The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers have more.

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.

Baseball? The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox squeeze in there at fifth and tenth, respectively.

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.

TEAM FACEBOOK LIKES LEAGUE/SPORT
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

Photo: facebook.com

NFL: Teams with the Most Super Bowl Appearances

The Pittsburgh Steelers And Dallas Cowboys Still Have The Most Super Bowl Appearances

The Pittsburgh Steelers And Dallas Cowboys Still Have The Most Super Bowl Appearances

Peyton Manning has secured the Denver Broncos‘ seventh Super Bowl appearance (and his third), warding off Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in today’s AFC Championship game, 26-10.

Had New England won, the Patriots would have tied the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys as the teams with the most Super Bowl appearances: eight.

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.

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
Pittsburgh Steelers 8 6 2
Dallas Cowboys 8 5 3
New England Patriots 7 3 4
Denver Broncos 7 2 5
San Francisco 49ers 6 5 1
New York Giants 5 4 1
Green Bay Packers 5 4 1
Washington Redskins 5 3 2
Oakland Raiders (incl L.A.) 5 3 2
Miami Dolphins 5 2 3
Indianapolis Colts (incl Balt.) 4 2 2
Minnesota Vikings 4 0 4
Buffalo Bills 4 0 4
St. Louis Rams (incl L.A.) 3 1 2
Baltimore Ravens 2 2 0
Chicago Bears 2 1 1
Kansas City Chiefs 2 1 1
Seattle Seahawks 2 1 1
Philadelphia Eagles 2 0 2
Cincinnati Bengals 2 0 2
New Orleans Saints 1 1 0
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 1 0
New York Jets 1 1 0
Tennessee Titans 1 0 1
Arizona Cardinals 1 0 1
Atlanta Falcons 1 0 1
Carolina Panthers 1 0 1
San Diego Chargers 1 0 1
Cleveland Browns 0 0 0
Houston Texans 0 0 0
Jacksonville Jaguars 0 0 0
Detroit Lions 0 0 0

Photos: personal.psu.edu / hdw.eweb4.com

NFL: The 20 Best Defenses in Football History Part II (Fewest Points Against, Single Season)

The New York Giants Lost to the Green Bay Packers in the 1944 NFL Championship

The New York Giants Lost to the Green Bay Packers in the 1944 NFL Championship

The New York Giants. Chicago Bears. Washington Redskins. Pittsburgh Steelers. Philadelphia Eagles.

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.

TEAM SEASON POINTS AGAINST PER GAME PA G W L T
1. New York Giants 1944 7.50 75 10 8 1 1
2. Chicago Bears 1942 7.64 84 11 11 0 0
3. Washington Redskins* 1942 9.27 102 11 10 1 0
4. New York Giants 1941 10.36 114 11 8 3 0
5. Pittsburgh Steelers 1946 10.64 117 11 5 5 1
6. Pittsburgh Steelers 1942 10.82 119 11 7 4 0
7. Green Bay Packers 1941 10.91 120 11 10 1 0
8. Philadelphia Eagles* 1949 11.17 134 12 11 1 0
9. Philadelphia Eagles 1950 11.75 141 12 6 6 0
10. Cleveland Browns* 1950 12.00 144 12 10 2 0
11. New York Giants 1940 12.09 133 11 6 4 1
12. Washington Redskins 1945 12.10 121 10 8 2 0
13. New York Giants 1950 12.50 150 12 10 2 0
14. Chicago Bears 1948 12.58 151 12 10 2 0
15. New York Giants 1942 12.64 139 11 5 5 1
16. Cleveland Browns 1951 12.67 152 12 11 1 0
17. Washington Redskins 1940 12.91 142 11 9 2 0
18. Philadelphia Eagles* 1948 13.00 156 12 9 2 1
19. Philadelphia Eagles 1944 13.10 131 10 7 1 2
20. Philadelphia Eagles 1945 13.30 133 10 7 3 0

* Won NFL Championship

Photo: rarenewspapers.com

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