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California: The professional sports title capital (state) of the world!

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Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ is a biweekly blog published every Wednesday and Sunday with a bonus “SIX STATS…” posting every Friday.

The Super Bowl victory of the New York Giants gave the state of New York their 21st professional sports title (Major League Baseball, the NBA, NFL and NHL) since 1966. Those 21 titles, however, is second to the state of California, which has 29 titles.

Following are the states which have the most professional sports titles in the four major sports since 1966 (1966 was chosen due to the start of the Super Bowl).

BA=Baseball (MLB)…FB=Football (NFL)…BK=Basketball (NBA)…H=Hockey (NHL)

STATE                         BA…FB…BK…H…TOTAL

California                         8…….8……12…..1……..29

New York                         9…….5…….2……5……..21

Massachusetts                2…….3…….9……3……..17

Pennsylvania                  4…….6…….2……5……..17

Texas                                0…….5…….7……1………13

Illinois                              1…….1…….6…….1………9

Michigan                         2…….0…….3……4………9

Florida                             2…….3…….1…….1……….7

Missouri                          5…….2…….0……0……….7

Maryland                        3…….2…….0……0……….5

Wisconsin                      0…….4……..1……0……….5

Also: Colorado (4), District of Columbia (4), Ohio (3), New Jersey (3), Minnesota (2), Arizona (1), Georgia (1), Indiana (1), Louisiana (1), North Carolina (1), Washington (1), Oregon (1).

Note: Canada has 20 professional sports titles… two World Series wins by the Toronto Blue Jays and 18 NHL titles.

Did you know? Looking at the most professional sports titles since the start of the 21st century, California still holds the lead with 8. Second place, however, goes to Massachusetts with seven.

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SIX STATS you might not know about… Super Bowl host cities, states

Super Bowl XLVI

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“SIX STATS…” is a bonus feature of Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ and is published every Friday.

Super Bowl XLVI will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It will be the first Super Bowl in Indianapolis and the state of Indiana. Here’s a “SIX STATS…” look at Super Bowl host cities and states.

1. Miami is the city that has hosted the most Super Bowls with 10. They are followed by New Orleans with nine. The other cities to host three or more times are Pasadena (5), Tampa (4) and San Diego (3). The state of Florida has hosted 15 Super Bowls followed by California with 11 and Louisiana with nine.

2. The NFC is 7-4 in Super Bowl games in California… the AFC is 10-5 in Florida-hosted Super Bowls… the NFC is 5-4 in Louisiana… the NFC is 19-11 in Super Bowls outside of Florida… The NFC is 5-0 in Super Bowls played in either Minnesota, Georgia  or Arizona.

3. The NFC has won six of the last seven Super Bowls played in California… the AFC has won five of the last six Super Bowls held in Florida… the NFC has won three of the last four Super Bowl games played in Louisiana.

4. In 15 of the 45 Super Bowls, the final score was a margin of eight points or less. Seven of those 15 games were played in Florida.

5. In 17 of the 45 Super Bowls, the two teams combined for 50 or more points. Seven of those games were played in California. The highest scoring Super Bowl was Super Bowl XXIX when San Francisco and San Diego combined for 75 points. That game was played in Miami.

6. How well have teams done in specific time zones? Glad you asked. The NFC is 8-11 in Super Bowl games played in the Eastern Standard Time; the NFC is 7-6 in Central Standard Time Super Bowl games; the NFC is 2-0 in games played in Mountain Standard Time; and the NFC is 7-4 in games played in Pacific Standard Time. This year’s game in Indianapolis will be played in an Eastern Standard Time zone city.

SIX STATS you might not know about… Jeff Gordon

NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon in August 2007 at Br...

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“SIX STATS…” is a bonus feature of Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ and is published every Friday.

(This post is dedicated to Jeff Gordon‘s biggest fan, Dolly Tapp. Her battle cry of “Go Jeffy, Go!” is forever embedded in my memory banks.)

Jeff Gordon won his 85th race two weeks ago vaulting him into third place on NASCAR‘s all-time wins list. Here’s a look at some of the stats from those wins.

1. June and September are the months when Gordon has won the most races. He has won 13 races in both of those months. He has won 12 in August.

2. Gordon has won races in 19 states. Topping the list is North Carolina where he has won 10 races. After North Carolina: Virginia (9), California (8), South Carolina (7), Florida (6), Alabama (6) and Georgia, Tennessee and Pennsylvania with five each.

3. Gordon’s birthday is August 4. He has never won a race on his birthday, although he did win a race on August 5, 2001, one day after turning 30.

4. During his career, Gordon has gone winless in three NASCAR seasons: 1993, 2008 and 2010. His longest victory drought was 22 months and 22 days.

5. Gordon has won four Sprint Cup Series in his career; the lowest he ever finished was 14th in 1993.

6. Gordon won 55 races in his 20’s; he won 29 races in his thirties.