BY Steve Rudman 07:03PM 12/12/2010

Numbers Crunch

Numbers can fascinate and amuse, and be used to start and settle all manner of sporting debates. But numbers can also tell stories. Here you’ll find the numbers that best reflect the pulse of sports in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.

Dec. 12-18, 2010

  • 2
    Times Washington had a 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver in the same season before this year. Chris Polk finished the regular season with 1,238 rushing yards and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse has 1,001 receiving yards at this point. In 1997, Rashaan Shehee ran for 1,055 yards and Jerome Pathon had 1,299 yards receiving. In 1989, Greg Lewis ran for 1,197 yards and Andre Riley finished with 1,071 yards.
  • 3
    Times Nebraska rushed for less than 200 yards as a team this season. That happened in each of its three losses.
  • 0
    Times that division winner in the NFL sported a losing record. With Seattle (6-7), St. Louis (6-7), San Francisco (5-8) and Arizona (4-9) all under .500, the NFC West stands an excellent chance of producing the NFL’s first division winner with a losing record.
  • 4
    Since the adoption of the 16-game schedule in 1978, the number of NFL teams that reached the playoffs with a record of 8-8. Two of the eight, Cleveland in 1985 and San Diego in 2008, won their respective divisions. The other two, New Orleans in 1990 and St. Louis in 2004, got into the postseason party as wild cards. Two of the four (’08 √áhargers and ’04 Rams) won a playoff game. The St. Louis win in 2004 came at the expense of the Seahawks at Qwest Field as Seattle became the first division champion in NFL history to lose to an 8-8 team.
  • 125
    In millions, the number of dollars the BCS receives each year in rights fees from ESPN. Most agree a playoff system would generate three or four times that amount.
  • 9
    Number of passed balls charged to recently deposed Mariner catcher Rob Johnson in 61 games in 2010, the top total in the American League. The man who will replace Johnson, Miguel Olivo, led the National League with 10 passed balls while playing for Colorado (frame of reference: Dan Wilson had one passed ball in 144 games for Seattle in 1997, and zero passed balls in 103 games in 2004).
  • 3
    Number of Mariner catchers who have reached double digits in passed balls in a season, including Dave Valle (15 in 1991), Bob Kearney (11 in both 1984 and 1985) and Kenji Johjima (10 in 2006.)
  • 41.5
    Percentage of Washington’s total turnovers this season in nine games committed during three losses against Kentucky, Michigan State and Texas A&M.
  • 4
    Number of interceptions that Matt Hasselbeck threw on Sunday against the 49ers, marking the third time since Week 14 of the 2009 season that he has tossed four in a game. In all, Hasselbeck has four career four-INT games.
  • 24
    Number of interceptions that Matt Hasselbeck has thrown in his past 15 games, the worst stretch of his NFL career.
  • 3
    Number of kickoffs that Leon Washington has returned for touchdowns in 2010, after his 92-yard jaunt against the 49ers on Sunday. Washington is the first player in franchise history with three KOR TDs in a single season; no other player has ever had more than one.
  • .223
    Batting average for Brendan Ryan, acquired by the Mariners on Sunday, in 2010 for the St. Louis Cardinals. That’s not only offensively anemic, it’s black-hole territory. According to one report out of St. Louis, Ryan’s lack of offensive skills “are uncoachable.”

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