An upset, an historic moment in Manatee County and throngs of fans soaking in a big sporting event’s final comprise this week’s Numbers Game.
It’s an action-packed last edition for a couple weeks as we step away for a little vacation.
So let’s get crunching on some delightful digits:
Iceland’s estimated population in 2013 by the United Nations data. That’s more than 19,000 less than Manatee County during the same time. How’s that for perspective after Iceland smited England 2-1 in the knockout phase of the 2016 UEFA European Championships on Monday? Iceland’s monumental upset victory propels the second-largest island in Europe into the quarterfinals against tournament hosts, France.
Not lost in Monday’s aftermath is two-time defending champion Spain exiting with Italy’s 2-0 victory. It was the first time Spain allowed a goal in the knockout portion of the Euros since 2000, when France eliminated La Furia Roja in the quarterfinals. Italy’s early hero was defender Giorgio Chiellini, who scored for just the seventh time in 12 years wearing an Italy shirt. Now the Azzurri face reigning world champion Germany. Die Mannschaft has never defeated the Italians in a competitive match.
Number of fans that flocked to Sunday’s Copa América Centenario final at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
The match saw Chile defeat Argentina for a second straight year in penalties. It was the third consecutive summer that Argentina fell in a final, losing to Germany in extra time at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The tournament saw Lionel Messi became Argentina’s all-time leading goal scorer, and then, reportedly, quit the national team following Sunday’s setback. The Argentine football federation’s corruption and other controversies are reportedly at the forefront of that possible decision to retire from international soccer.
Meanwhile, the Copa was played in the United States for the first time to celebrate its 100th anniversary, and proved a huge success. Roughly 1.5 million fans attended the 32 tournament matches, while the semifinal match between the U.S. and Argentina in Houston saw 3.29 million television viewers on FS1, according to Forbes.
The last year that a player with a connection to Manatee County was a member of the winning College World Series team.
Bobby Haney, who played junior college ball at Manatee Community College (now State College of Florida), won a national title with South Carolina in 2011. This year, Lakewood Ranch High alumnus Cameron Pearcey is on the Coastal Carolina roster.
The Chanticleers opened the best-of-three championship series with Arizona on Monday night. Pearcey hit .167 during his freshman season, featuring as a bench player for Coastal Carolina in Omaha, Neb., for the CWS.
An answer to a trivia question is the overall pick number the New York Islanders drafted Bradenton’s Nick Pastujov in Saturday’s portion of the NHL Draft. Pastujov, who scored 13 goals and added eight assists with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program’s U-18 squad last year, became the first Greater Tampa Bay area hockey player selected in the NHL Draft.
Percentage of seasons in franchise history the Marauders have qualified for the postseason since arriving in Bradenton seven seasons ago.
The Marauders have made the playoffs four times, clinching the first-half division title last week for the first time in their history. Bradenton has yet to cash in with a Florida State League championship. The Marauders have dropped first-round playoff matchups with Charlotte (2010), St. Lucie (2011) and Fort Myers (2014).
Perhaps the fourth time will be the charm?
This year’s group was buoyed by shortstop Kevin Newman’s .366 batting average, but he has been promoted to Double-A Altoona. The Marauders entered Monday’s action with two wins out of three games to start the second-half, and were 6-4 in their last 10 games.