The week in numbers: w/e 28/11/10

Martin Kaymer

25 – Age of Germany’s Martin Kaymer, who became the youngest golfer to finish as the number-one ranked player on the European Tour since Ronan Rafferty in 1989.

0 – Number of tournaments (out of 14) won by Tiger Woods in 2010, the first time in his professional career he has gone an entire year without a victory.

24Mirco Bergamasco kicked all 24 of Italy’s points as they overcame Fiji 24-16 to end their autumn international series with a win.

5Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal 6-3 3-6 6-1 to win the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals for the fifth time. It was the first time in 24 years the world’s number one and two-ranked players have met in the final.

27Carl Froch improved his career record to 27-1 in regaining the WBC middleweight title with an overwhelming unanimous points decision over Arthur Abraham. Froch had lost the belt to Mikkel Kessler in April.

0Manchester United are yet to concede a goal in 450 mins of Champions League football this season.

The Ashes in numbers

Mike Hussey (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

5Peter Siddle celebrated his 26th birthday by recording a hat-trick on the opening day of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane. He is the fifth Australian to register a hat-trick against England.

307 – Sixth-wicket stand by Mike Hussey and Brad Haddin in Australia’s first innings, a record for any wicket at the Gabba – and 47 more than England’s first innings score of 260.

29 – Hussey’s century was the first time he had passed 100 in the first innings of a Test match in his last 29 attempts.

6 – 21-year old Steven Finn led England’s bowling attack in Australia’s first innings with six-for-125 on his Ashes debut.

Alastair Cook recorded the highest score ever at the Gabba (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

2 – England’s openers both hit centuries in a Test innings for just the second time since 1990. Andrew Strauss scored 110, Alastair Cook finished on 235 not out.

235 – Cook’s massive innings surpassed the great Don Bradman for the highest Test score ever at the Gabba.

329 – Cook and Jonathan Trott‘s unbeaten second-wicket stand, a record England stand on Australia soil, and surpassing Hussey and Haddin’s record-breaking stand (see above) from two days earlier. Trott finished unbeaten on 135.

1 – England declared on 517/1. It is the first time they have ever passed 500 runs for the loss of just one wicket.

2 – It is only the second time that England’s top three batsmen have scored centuries in the same innings.

33 – Boundaries struck by Cook in the match – six in his first innings score of 67, and a further 27 in the second innings.

2 – Total number of wickets to fall in the final two days of play.

The Premier League week in numbers

20 – Number of teams who scored this weekend, the first time every team has scored in a full round of games since the Premier League was formed in 1992.

41 – Number of goals scored this weekend, the joint-highest total in a round since the division was reduced to 20 clubs in 1995.

Dimitar Berbatov

49 – With his 49th shot, Victor Obinna finally scored his first Premier League goal in West Ham‘s 3-1 win over Wigan.

5 – In Manchester United‘s 7-1 victory over Blackburn, Dimitar Berbatov became the fourth player in Premier League history to score five goals in one game, after Alan Shearer, Andy Cole and Jermain Defoe. He is also only the sixth player to score four or more on two occasions.

538 – Berbatov’s opening goal ended a scoring drought two minutes short of nine hours (538 minutes).

11 – Every member of the Manchester United team touched the ball in the build-up to their sixth goal.

Jack Wilshere (image courtesy of

90 – There has been a goal scored in the 90th minute or later of four of the last six league meetings between Arsenal and Aston Villa. Jack Wilshere scored the final goal in Arsenal’s 4-2 win in the 93rd minute.

5West Bromwich Albion‘s Paul Scharner scored his fifth career goal against Everton in the Baggies’ 4-1 win. He has never scored more than once against any other Premier League team.

5 – Jermain Defoe’s missed spot kick against Liverpool means he has now failed with five of his last six penalties in all competitions. Nonetheless, Tottenham recovered from conceding the opening goal to win 2-1.

0 – Number of Premier League managers who have been sacked so far this season. The last time we have gone this long without a sacking was the 1995/96 season. I’m just saying …

The NFL week in numbers

7 – The Detroit Lions, who traditionally host a home game on Thanksgiving Day, have now lost seven consecutive Thanksgiving games, by an average of 23 points. New England rallied from 14-3 down in the second quarter to run out 45-24 winners.

158.3 – New England quarterback Tom Brady‘s passer rating against the Lions – the maximum possible. Brady completed 21 of 27 passes for four touchdowns without an interception. It is the first ‘perfect’ passer rating achieved this season, and the second of Brady’s career.

Troy Polamalu

4 – Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu recorded his fourth interception of the season as the Steelers beat Buffalo 19-16 in overtime. The Steelers are 4-0 this season (and 20-3 overall) in games where Polamalu has an interception.

0 – The Houston Texans shut out the Tennessee Titans 20-0, having conceded 24 or more points in each of the previous ten games this season. Only the 1951 Green Bay Packers had a longer streak (12 games) of allowing 24-plus points to start a season.

8 – Houston wide receiver Andre Johnson now has 65 receptions this season, making him the first receiver in NFL history with at least 60 receptions in each of his first eight seasons.

8 – The Minnesota Vikings won 17-13 in Washington, snapping an eight-game road losing streak in the debut of interim coach Leslie Frazier.

18Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler passed for four touchdowns in a 31-26 win over Philadelphia and recorded a career-best 146.2 passer rating. He is now 18-0 in his career when he has a 100-plus passer rating.

(Some statistics courtesy of Opta Sports, The Times, @StatManJon, and

Bears 31, Eagles 26

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2 Responses to The week in numbers: w/e 28/11/10

  1. aardvarkian says:

    Go Steelers! Go Berbatov! Go-Go Girls!

    • Tim says:

      The Steelers nearly blew it, having been cruising at 13-0 at halftime against just about the only team in the NFL which is worse than my beloved 49ers.

      As for Berba, I was THIS close to dropping him from my fantasy footy team this weekend. Quite glad I didn’t!

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