The week in numbers: w/e 25/12/11

Cavendish added the BBC SPotY award to his green and rainbow jerseys (image courtesy of Wikipedia

2 – Mark Cavendish followed in the footsteps of Tom Simpson by becoming only the second road cyclist to be crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SpotY). Cavendish had already emulated the achievement of Simpson 46 years earlier as the only British riders to win a World Championship road race, and also became the first Briton to win the green jersey at the Tour de France in 2011.

49.47% – In winning SPotY, Cavendish received a staggering 49.47% of the total votes cast between the ten shortlisted finalists, four times as many as runner-up Darren Clarke.

1 – Number of points by which Rangers lead the Scottish Premier League after they had two men sent off in a 2-1 defeat at St Mirren. On November 5th their lead was 15 points.

7 – Number of Indian athletes (one man, six women) banned for failed doping tests last week. Male long jumper Harikrishnan Muralidharan was banned for two years. Mandeep Kaur, Sini Jose, Ashwini Akkunji, all members of the women’s 4×400 metres relay team which won gold at both the 2010 Commonwealth and Asian Games received one-year bans, as did runners Jauna Murmu, Priyanka Panwar and Tiana Mary Thomas.

The Premier League in numbers

20 – By scoring in Manchester United’s 5-0 win at Fulham, Ryan Giggs became the only player to have scored in all 20 Premier League seasons. It was also the 19,999th goal in Premier League history.

Albrighton scored the landmark 20,000th Premier League goal

20,000 – Aston Villa’s Marc Albrighton scored the 20,000th goal in Premier League history on Wednesday night, but his side went down 2-1 to Arsenal courtesy of a late header by Yossi Benayoun.

924 – In their 3-0 win over Stoke, Manchester City made 924 passes, the most recorded by any Premier League team since 2003/04.

40 – There were 40 shots in 0-0 draw between Wigan and Liverpool, including a Charlie Adam penalty saved by Wigan’s Ali Al Habsi.

0Bolton‘s 2-1 win at Blackburn was only their fourth win in 17 matches the season. They are the only Premier League club yet to draw a game, and are currently on a run of 27 league matches without a draw dating back to last season.

The NFL in numbers

14 – In keeping the Pittsburgh Steelers out of the endzone during a 20-3 victory, the San Francisco 49ers set a new NFL record by having allowed no rushing touchdowns through the first 14 games of a season. (The streak came to an end on Christmas Eve against the Seattle Seahawks.)

4Tim Tebow threw four interceptions, including a pair on consecutive fourth quarter plays which were returned for touchdowns, as the Denver Broncos lost 40-14 to the Buffalo Bills.

McGahee passed the 1,000-yard milestone for his third different team (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

3 – Denver running back Willis McGahee became only the second NFL player ever to rush for 1,000 yards in a season for three separate teams (Buffalo, Baltimore, Denver). Former San Francisco, Philadelphia and Seattle player Ricky Watters is the only other back to have achieved this feat.

10 – The New England Patriots overturned a 17-point half-time deficit to defeat the Miami Dolphins 27-24 and record their seventh win in a row. It was the tenth time this season a team has won after trailing by 17 or more points – the most ever in a single season.

3,893 – Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton passed for 171 yards, including a franchise record 91-yard touchdown, as the Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-16. Newton broke Peyton Manning’s NFL record of passing yards by a rookie (3,739 yards in 1998). He also scored on a 49-yard run, extending his NFL single-season record for touchdown runs by a quarterback to 14.

99Victor Cruz caught a 99-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning as the New York Giants beat the New York Jets 29-14.

42David Akers landed four field goals in the San Francisco 49ers’ 19-17 win over the Seattle Seahawks to set a new single season NFL record. His last kick with three minutes remaining proved to be the game-winner. Arizona’s Neil Rackers set the previous record in 2005 with 40 field goals.

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


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One Response to The week in numbers: w/e 25/12/11

  1. Yep, well done, Cav! And Cadel must surely win any Australian equivalent. A great year for cyclists.

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