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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#92) When was the last time your team won a divisional title?

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Of the eight NFL teams that won divisional titles this season, six of them also won that division title in 2011. The two teams that went to the top of their division this year (but not in 2011) were the Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins.

The Falcons last won the NFC South in 2010. For the Redskins, this past season’s divisional title was a long time coming. The Redskins last won a division in 1999; that drought was tied for the fourth longest in the league.

Back in 2002, the NFL went to the current four divisions in each of the two conferences format. Of the 32 NFL teams, 28 have now won at least one division title since ’02. The four that are still looking for their first division championship this century are: Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit and Jacksonville. Browns‘ fans have been waiting the longest as their team has not won a division championship since 1989.

Following is a look at when each NFL team last won a division title.

Year of last division title, team(s)
1989: Cleveland

1993: Detroit
1995: Buffalo
1999: Jacksonville

2002: N.Y. Jets, Oakland
2003: St. Louis
2007: Tampa Bay
2008: Carolina, Miami, Tennessee
2009: Arizona, Cincinnati, Dallas, Minnesota, San Diego,
2010: Chicago, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle
2011: New Orleans, N.Y Giants
2012: Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, Green Bay, Houston, New England, San Francisco, Washington

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2012 NBA Playoffs: Postseason wins and losses on the way to a title

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In the current NBA playoff format, teams must win four seven-game series to take the title, winning a total of 16 games. Since this format was instituted beginning with the 2003 playoffs, only two of the nine teams that won the title since lost five or fewer playoff games in their title season. Following are the playoff records of the last nine NBA champs.

Playoff record, Team, season

16-4 San Antonio, 2007

16-5 Dallas, 2011

16-7 L.A. Lakers, 2010

16-7 L.A. Lakers, 2009

16-7 Miami, 2006

16-7 San Antonio, 2005

16-7 Detroit, 2004

16-8 San Antonio, 2003

16-10 Boston, 2008

Boston’s 10 playoff losses in their 2008 championship run is the most of any team to win a title. The Celtics that season went to a Game Seven in their first-round series win over Atlanta and went to seven games in their second-round win over Cleveland. In both series, the home team won all seven games. They then lost two games in the conference finals and lost two games to the Lakers in the finals.

Following are the NBA champs who lost the most playoff games on their way to an NBA title.

Most postseason losses to win NBA Championship

10: Boston (2008)

9: L.A. Lakers (1988)

8: San Antonio (2003), L.A. Lakers (2000), Houston (1994), Boston (1984)

7: L.A. Lakers (2010), L.A. Lakers (2009), Miami (2006), San Antonio (2005), Detroit (2004), Houston (1995), Chicago (1992), Washington (1978), N.Y. Knicks (1970), Boston (1968)

In NBA history, 17 different teams have won 80 percent or more of their playoff games in a postseason. The 2001 Los Angeles Lakers compiled the best playoff record in league history as they won 15 and lost only one (a .938 winning percentage) that season. The 1983 Philadelphia 76ers are the only other team to have lost only one game in the playoffs on their way to a title. Following are the best postseason winning percentages in NBA history.

Best postseason winning percentage to win NBA Championship

1. L.A. Lakers, 2001….. 15-1 .938

2. Philadelphia 76ers, 1983….. 12-1 .923

3. San Antonio, 1999….. 15-2 .882; Chicago, 1991….. 15-2 .882; Detroit, 1989….. 15-2 .882

6. L.A. Lakers, 1982….. 12-2 .857; Milwaukee, 1971….. 12-2 .857

8. Chicago, 1996….. 15-3 .833; L.A. Lakers, 1987….. 15-3 .833; Boston, 1986….. 15-3 .833; Minneapolis Lakers, 1950….. 10-2 .833

12. San Antonio, 2007….. 16-4 .800; L.A.Lakers, 1972….. 12-3 .800; Boston, 1964….. 8-2 .800; Boston, 1961….. 8-2 .800; Minneapolis Lakers, 1949….. 8-2 .800; Philadelphia, 1947….. 8-2 .800

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Can Red Wings extend playoff series win streak?

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The National Hockey League playoffs begin with three of the eight first-round series dropping the puck tonight. The Detroit Red Wings will be looking to extend their current streak of winning at least one playoff series to six. They are, however, as the #5 seed, the underdog in their series against fourth-seeded Nashville.

Following is a look at how many seasons each NHL team has won at least one playoff series in the past 25 years (since 1986).

Seasons with one playoff series win (1986-2011), Teams

16: Detroit

13: Montreal

12: Pittsburgh

11: Philadelphia, St. Louis

10: Boston, Colorado, San Jose

9: Edmonton, New Jersey, N.Y. Rangers, Toronto, Vancouver

8: Dallas, Washington

7: Buffalo, Chicago

5: Anaheim, Los Angeles, Ottawa

4: Calgary, Carolina

3: Tampa Bay

2: N.Y Islanders

1: Florida, Minnesota, Nashville, Phoenix

0: Columbus, Winnipeg

Note: Of the teams that have won a playoff series in the last 25 years, three franchises – Florida, the N.Y. Islanders and Phoenix – have not won a playoff series this century. Florida last won a playoff series in 1996; the Isles last won a series in 1993; and the Phoenix franchise last won a playoff series in 1987.

Did you know? Detroit and San Jose have each won a playoff series in eight years in this century. They are followed by Colorado and Philadelphia (six each) and the N.J. Devils, Pittsburgh and Vancouver (five each).

Not only does Detroit lead the NHL with five straight seasons with at least one playoff series win, but it also leads all of professional sports in that same category. Here are the major sports teams that have a current streak of winning at least one playoff series (or game, in the case of the NFL) in three straight seasons (or more).

Current streak of winning at least one playoff series, Team

5: Detroit Red Wings

4: Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Baltimore Ravens

3: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks

Note: The Texas Rangers were the only MLB team to have won a playoff series in both 2010 and 2011.

Kansas, Purdue & Wisconsin extend NCAA men’s bball tourney streaks with first round wins

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Prior to the start of this year’s NCAA Div. I men’s tournament, eight different schools had active streaks of consecutive years with at least one win in three or more NCAA tournaments. Leading the way was Pittsburgh with six straight years with at least one win in the tourney. Here’s a look at those eight schools and how their streaks were affected after first round play on Thursday and Friday.

Pittsburgh (six straight tournaments with one or more win): That streak ended when Pittsburgh failed to get a berth to this year’s tournament.

Kansas (five straight tournaments with one or more win): Extended their streak to six years with a 65-50 win over Detroit.

Purdue (five straight tournaments with one or more win): Extended their streak to six years with a three-point first round win over St.Mary‘s.

Wisconsin (five straight tournaments with one or more win): Made it six straight after a convincing 73-49 win over Montana on Thursday.

Duke (four straight tournaments with one or more win): Upset by #15 Lehigh in the first round on Friday to end their streak.

Syracuse (three straight tournaments with one or more win): Dodged the upset bullet with a first round victory against #16 NC-Asheville extending their streak to four straight years.

Washington (three straight tournaments with one or more win): Streak ended when they did not get invited to this year’s tournament.

Gonzaga (three straight tournaments with one or more win):  Extended their streak to four years with a first-round win over West Virginia.

Note: With victories in first round games, four schools have now won at least one game in three straight tournaments… Ohio State, Kentucky, Kansas State and Brigham Young.