High school football is right around the corner, which means Numbers Game will begin zeroing in on the gridiron action across Manatee County. But until then, we’re still dicing up the digits from across the sports landscape.
A prominent longtime NFL head coach’s passing, MLB’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the reinstatement of a talented NFL wide receiver that lost his a way a bit all highlight this week’s numbers.
So let’s get it going with the countdown to fall practices:
Days until fall practices begin for Manatee County high school football teams. There won’t be as many days to practice before the regular season starts, because the season was moved up a week from 2015. That means the preseason Kickoff Classics are Aug. 19, and Week 1 is Aug. 26.
Points the Minnesota Vikings scored in the 1998 NFL regular season, which stood as a record until the New England Patriots broke it in 2007. The head coach of that Vikings team was Dennis Green, who passed away late last week at the age of 67. Green became just the second African-American head football coach in the NFL’s modern era when he started at Minnesota in the early 1990s. Green also coached the Arizona Cardinals and compiled a 113-94 record during a 17-year career that included a 4-8 postseason mark.
Different ballparks that Mike Piazza, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday, hit home runs in during the 2000 season. That’s tied for the most in Major League Baseball history with Sammy Sosa, who did it in 1998 during the chase for Roger Maris’ single-season home run record. Piazza, who has the most home runs for a catcher in a career with 427, is one of 10 Hall-of-Famers with a career batting average of at least .300 and more than 400 homers. He also had six seasons of 30 homers and 100 runs batted in, which is the most of any catcher in MLB history.
Ken Griffey Jr., who also was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday in Cooperstown, N.Y., is one of seven players in MLB history to amass 300 homers and 1,100 RBIs before the age of 30. Griffey didn’t just swing an electric bat. He also has 10 gold gloves for his work in the outfield. He’s one of three players, alongside Mike Schmidt and Willie Mays, in the HOF with 10 gold gloves and 500 career home runs.
Yards per game for wide receiver Josh Gordon in the 2013 NFL season with the Cleveland Browns. The NFL reinstated Gordon on a conditional basis on Monday. That 2013 season for Gordon was the second-most receiving yards per game in the Super Bowl era behind Detroit’s Calvin Johnson. Gordon missed the entire 2015 season stemming from multiple drug violations. He also missed 10 games in 2014 and two in 2013.