Popular perception around New England is that former Patriots coach and current Seahawks head man Pete Carroll isn’t a very good head coach.
But his record tells a much different story.
Carroll went 97-19 as head coach of USC while NCAA sanctions adjusted his record to 83-19. Still that’s a .814 winning percentage.
As an NFL head coach, he has posted a 71-57 record in eight seasons and a 5-4 record in the postseason. He has made the playoffs five of eight seasons.
INTERESTING BABY NAME
KING 5 News in Seattle yesterday tweeted out a picture of a newborn baby wearing a Seattle Seahawks winter hat. The tweet stated: “Welcome to the world, Cydnee Leigh 12th Mann. And yes, 12th really is her middle name. #SEAbestfans.”
A Seattle couple with the last name “Mann” actually gave its baby a second middle name “12th” in honor of the Seahawks who nicknamed themselves the “12th Man,” in honor of how loud the crowd is at their home stadium, CenturyLink Field.
Baseball sabermetrician Clay Davenport posted his 2014 MLB standings projection on his website. He has the defending World Series champion Red Sox finishing second in the AL East with an 86-76 record. He has the Tampa Bay Rays finishing first (90-72) and the New York Yankees finishing third (85-77).
STAT OF THE DAY
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has thrown for 64,964 yards in 240 games while his dad Archie and brother Eli have a combined 59,256 yards in 304 combined games played.
Recently noted in The Eagle-Tribune is that Methuen High grad Rashidat Agboola reached the 1,000-point plateau with BU and Central Catholic graduate Katie Zenevitch reached the same milestone for Boston College.
How close is Andover grad and BC sophomore Nicole Boudreau, the most prolific scorer in area history?
Boudreau certainly is on pace surpass 1,000. She has 546 points with more than two years to go.
Boudreau finished her high school career with 2,200 points — the most points scored by a girls or boys basketball ever in this area.
The four-time Eagle-Tribune Super-Teamer, three-time Eagle-Tribune MVP and two-time Mass. Gatorade Player of the Year led Andover to a 97-9 record and three straight titles over four years.
2015 FREE AGENT TRACKER
The Red Sox have had a relatively quiet offseason in free agency, signing no big-name players.
Who are some of the bigger named free agents who are on track to become free agents following the 2014 season? Here are some: Shortstop Hanley Ramirez, third basemen Chase Headley and Pablo Sandoval, outfielders Melky Cabrera, Brett Gardner, Michael Cuddyer, Torii Hunter, Coco Crisp and Seth Smith, designated hitters David Ortiz and Victor Martinez, starting pitchers Homer Bailey, Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, James Shields and Ryan Vogelsong, relievers Jason Grilli, Casey Janssen, Sergio Romo, J.J. Putz, Koji Uehara and David Robertson.
THE DOMINANT ORIOLES
The 1966 Baltimore Orioles rolled in their best-of-seven World Series 4-0 over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Orioles had four players in the top 10 in the AL MVP vote that year, including the winner (Frank Robinson), the second-place finisher (Brooks Robinson) and the third-place finisher (Boog Powell).
Frank Robinson won two MVPs (1961, ‘66) during his career. Brooks Robinson finished his career with one MVP (1964). Powell also finished his career with one MVP (1970).
Frank Robinson had quite the year in ‘66, winning the Triple Crown (49 homers, 122 RBIs, .316 batting average) as well as leading the league in on-base percentage (.410), slugging percentage (.637) and OPS (1.047).
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