Monday, December 17, 2007

Tampa Bay Buccaneers keep trying!

This was my favorite sports story of the weekend: The following is excerpted from Yahoo sports.

"Tom Brady is going to top Peyton Manning's single-season touchdown record. Brett Favre has surpassed yet another Dan Marino mark (all-time passing yards). Randy Moss is chasing Jerry Rice's 22 touchdown receptions in a season. And Adrian Peterson owns the single-game rushing record that once belonged to O.J. Simpson and Walter Payton. Yet none of those feats is more astonishing than what Micheal Spurlock – who? – accomplished Sunday.

Spurlock, literally, went where no man (wearing a Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey) had gone before – to the end zone following an opponents' kickoff. As a result, the Bucs no longer reside next to the New York Mets (zero no-hitters) and Arizona Wildcats (no Rose Bowl appearances) in the sporting oddities hall of fame.

Tampa Bay, known more for failure – such as going 0-14 in 1976 and winless in its first 26 overall games – than success in its 32-year history, had returned 1,864 kickoffs before Spurlock broke through with its first score. Even better for the Buccaneers is that the touchdown opened the floodgates to a 37-3 victory over the Atlanta Falcons as Tampa Bay (9-5) clinched the NFC South title."

It got me thinking that I would love to see a list of all the 1,864 kick-off returns sometime- you know, the name of the player, the opponent, the date, the result. I love lists like that... people who were struck out by Nolan Ryan or pitchers that Carl Yastrzemski hit home runs off. I went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneer's official site. They don't have such a list there (that I could find anyhow) but they do have a list of every player who ever suited up for a game. I then went to a couple of other NFL teams and found that they all (or at least the ones I visited) have just such a list. Maybe someday I'll make a blog of cool sports lists, or just lists in general of interesting things. If you're a nerd who likes lists, I'd love to hear from you.

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