BY Steve Rudman 08:42PM 02/27/2011

Numbers Crunch

Zeitgeist’s got numbers — good, bad, amusing, intriguing — that take the pulse of the Seattle sports scene.

    Feb. 27-March 5, 2011

  • 19
    Number of runs scored by the Mariners in the first two Cactus League games. In the six games since, they’ve scored only 18, including one run in three of the last four games through Sunday.
  • 0
    Number of goals scored by the Sounders FC’s four strikers during the run of play in nine preseason matches.
  • 9
    Consecutive shutout innings by Seattle starting pitchers before Doug Fister allowed two runs in the second inning Friday. It was a shutout inning by Fister that started the streak.
  • 21
    Washington’s field goal percentage in the first halves of its past two home games, against Washington State and UCLA — 15-for-69. Against the Bruins, Washington went 7-for-33 in the first half.
  • 67
    Points scored by the Huskies in the first half over the past three games. That’s an average of 22.3 per half.
  • 3
    Times that the UW men’s basketball team has pulled off a season sweep of the Bruins — in 1987, 2006 and 2011, this year’s sweep coming about because of C.J. Wilcox’s 24-second half points on Thursday night.
  • 3
    “Tier” in which placed ex-Washington quarterback Jake Locker following his Combine workout in Indianapolis. The web site ranked the top 100 players in the draft, slotting them into “Tiers” of 10 players each. placed Locker in the third tier, explaining that, while he’s a great athlete, he has a lot of work to do on his accuracy.
  • 36
    Of the 63 players in the Seattle Mariners’ Peoria spring training camp did not wear a Seattle uniform at any time last season.
  • 4
    Teams in the Cleveland Indians organization for whom new Seattle LHP Aaron Laffey pitched last year as he was coming back from injury problems diagnosed as left shoulder fatigue.
  • 88
    Home runs hit last year in the minor leagues hit by Greg Halman (88), Johermyn Chavez (32) and Carlos Peguero (23). Those three hit the first three Seattle homers of the spring.
  • .07
    The amount of time Jake Locker’s 40-yard dash time was reduced by after the initial reading. Locker was recorded at 4.52 but officially was said to have run a 4.59 40 at the NFL Combine, the third-fastest among quarterbacks.
  • 2
    Number of times that Washington has swept UCLA in the season series, 1987 and 2006.
  • 13
    The most runs ever scored by the Mariners in the opener of the Cactus League season. Sunday the Mariners beat the Padres 13-12.
  • 1
    With the Seahawks assessing talent at the NFL Player Combine in Indianapolis, it’s important to recall that during Tim Ruskell’s five years as team president, only one player made a Pro Bowl, linebacker Lofa Tatupu.
  • 17
    Points scored by the Huskies at halftime against Washington State Sunday. It’s the fewest points in the UW Coach Lorenzo Romar era and 22 points fewer than the previous home halftime total.
  • 32
    Consecutive times that the University of Washington women’s basketball team has defeated Washington State after its 65-48 win over the Cougars in Pullman.

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  • Sdcall

    What an inspiration?  His sincerity and honesty in acknowledging other people’s contributions to his greatness was heart warming.

    • Artthiel

       Sdcall, it’s common practice for a long list of thank-yous, but having been around Tez during his Seattle time, I guarantee you his expressions were not Hollywood air kisses. He’s a pretty simple, straightforward guy who means everything he says.

       Like his daddy scolded him, cut the grass right, fool!

  • Jamo57

    Cortez thanked Ken Bering?   Let me be the first to nominate #92 for canonization.

    St. ‘Tez has a nice ring to it.   A bigger man than the rest of us, in more ways than one.

    • Artthiel

       Well, said, Jamo: A bigger man than the rest of us.

  • Artthiel

     The man was among the most loyal, generous and thoughtful people I’ve come across in pro sports. Funny dude, too. Thanks for writing, Andrew.