BY Steve Rudman 10:28AM 01/16/2011

Numbers Crunch

Numbers can fascinate and amuse and numbers also tell stories. Here you’ll find the numbers that best reflect the pulse of sports in Seattle and the Northwest.

Jan. 16-22, 2011

  • 7
    Saves by Mariners relievers not named David Aardsma last season.
  • 12
    Blown saves by Mariners relievers not named David Aardsma last season.
  • 2+1
    Number of moves the Seahawks have already made since losing to the Chicago Bears in the Divisional Playoffs. They signed two wide receivers to future contracts and, on Monday, dismissed Offensive Coordinator Jeremy Bates.
  • 284
    Final official number of transactions made by the Seahawks from the time Pete Carroll became head coach (Jan. 11, 2010) through last Sunday’s game in Chicago.
  • 21
    Number of Seahawk players on the roster out of 53 for Sunday’s game in Chicago who are unsigned for next season. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck heads the list, along with five starters on the offensive line.
  • 92
    Number of assists Washington point guard Isaiah Thomas has in 17 games this season. Thomas had 91 assists in 35 games played in his freshman year.
  • 9.2
    Number of assists Washington point guard Isaiah Thomas is averaging over his last five games. He is averaging 5.4 for the season.
  • 56
    Years that have elapsed since a quarterback threw for two touchdowns and ran for two touchdowns in an NFL playoff game. Otto Graham of the 1955 Cleveland Browns was the last to accomplish the feat, before Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears did it on Sunday against the Seahawks.
  • 2
    Rushing touchdowns for Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler against the Seahawks, making him the first quarterback ever to rush for two scores in a postseason game against Seattle. The only other quarterback to score one was Ben Roethlisberger of Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XL.
  • 21
    Seahawks ended the first half against Chicago trailing 21-0, matching the largest first-half deficit in Seattle postseason history. On Dec. 31, 1988, the Seahawks trailed the Bengals 21-0 at the half and went on to lose 21-13.
  • 113
    Receiving yards for Chicago’s Greg Olsen in the first half. Record vs. Seattle in a postseason game: 123, by Hines Ward of Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XL.
  • 6
    Jay Cutler’s six-yard TD run in the first half was the first by a Bears quarterback in a playoff game since Jim McMahon scored in Super Bowl XX.
  • 2
    Chicago entered Sunday’s NFC Divisional playoff game against the Seahawks sporting the NFL’s second-best run defense (regular season). The Seahawks entered with the NFL’s second-worst rushing offense (regular season).
  • 42
    Interceptions thrown by Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler since 2009 — most by any quarterback in the league.
  • 32
    Number of players on Seattle’s 53-man playoff roster acquired by the Seahawks in the Pete Carroll regime. To put together the current roster, the Seahawks made 284 player transactions.
  • 1
    Number of wins on the road the Seahawks had in 2010 against a team that qualified for the playoffs. That road win came against the Bears at Soldier Field on Oct. 17, 2010.

YourThoughts

  • red devil

    Line play is the backbone of football. We are not there yet. Witness the Nebraska, Stanford & Oregon game.
    Sark & Carroll are drinking the same kool aid on fourth down, they need a reality check.

  • Dawggonecoug

    I’ve been a lifelong Husky fan and a Cougar “follower” when they weren’t playing the Dawgs.  I can’t ever remember being this excited for Cougar football.  I think Leach is going to turn the Pac 12 on it’s ear and that’s exciting.

  • Cruddly

    Looks like the Cougs will finally will be the Huskies hated rival again  – a legitimate rival, not just the other major university from the state of Washington.  Both teams have been sucking for a long time, so this is a good thing.  Now the question is: who will be first to become a legitimate rival of the Ducks again; the Cougars or the Huskies?

  • jason jones

    Mike Price didn’t have three 10 win seasons in a row. Doba had the one.

  • Xavier Coogit

    Thank God for all those TV millions, and the ability they endow to fire a perfectly decent and competent man like Paul Wulff, and to replace him with a self-inflated buffoon like Mike Leach.

    • AJ

      Nothing says competent like 9-40.  Or we could be the one team that doesn’t use the money to better the program which would make more money and improve the university and community.   

    • Steve

      Xavier–you are absolutely right in that Paul Wulff is a decent and competent man.  I’ll bet 99% of Cougs agree with you.  However, the record shows he was a failure as a head coach at about an 80% rate.  With regard to your opinions about Mr. Leach, I think your comment (self inflated buffoon) says more about you than the person you denigrate that you’ve never even met.