April 1, 2014 |
THE STREAK is over. The Sixers avoided the longest losing streak in North American pro sports history, routing the totally uninspired Detroit Pistons, 123-98, on Saturday night. Here is a look back by the numbers: 1: Sixers' current winning streak. 1: Number of times NBA teams with a 20-game losing streak in one season have not finished with the worst record (2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers). 3: Number of pro sports teams that have lost 26 straight games. 6: Number of times NBA teams have lost 20 straight games in one season.
November 26, 2005 |
Shoppers flooded area stores yesterday, contributing to what retailers hope was a blockbuster day for sales. Here's a look at how the day went for consumers and retailers. 6,200: Number of cannolis (left) sold between 6 and 11:30 a.m. at Termini Bros. Bakery's Philadelphia and New Jersey shops. 1,728: Packs of holiday ornaments sold at Ikea's Philadelphia store from 9 a.m. to noon. 600,000: Number of lighted lawn deer (such as the one above) sold this season by Philadelphia's Brite Star Manufacturing Co. 42: Number of children in line to see Santa at 10:45 a.m. at the King of Prussia mall.
January 28, 1988 |
"I don't know how you feel about numbers, but I think they're great," David Lewis of the United States Census Bureau told an audience Sunday. "They tell you a lot about the country. " They also reveal a lot about Chester County and the changes occurring there. According to Lewis, the number of households in the county headed by single-female parents grew by almost 60 percent between 1970 and 1980. The number of Chester County residents 65 and older increased by 33 percent during the same period.
March 16, 1987 |
When telephone experts working with an auto-parts company detected frequent long-distance calls to a Midwestern university, they suggested installing a direct line to cut costs. The problem was the company didn't do business with the university. An investigation uncovered a lovelorn secretary making one-hour calls to her boyfriend at his fraternity house. Case closed, and with it, another victory for the telephone police - in this case, Communications Group Inc. (CGI)
March 7, 2000 |
Arabic numerals skitter along the stage floor, caper merrily across a white backdrop. "All is number," intones the chorus. "In symbol and sign, God wrote the world. " Now the projected numerals vanish, and parabolas of light animate the darkened stage, swirling and eddying in sync with two dancers manipulating hand-held spots. The music, incantatory over a syncopated base, gathers intensity. "All is number," the singers repeat, "from the petals on the nightshade to the petals on the larkspur.
January 5, 1992 |
More playoff football by the numbers, while waiting for Buddy Ryan to re- enter the NFL, at Tampa Bay, Los Angeles or some intermediate point: 1. The number of Detroit Lions who had been born the last time the team had a playoff game at home (placekicker Eddie Murray, that's who). . . . The number of Buffalo Bills losses at Rich Stadium in their last 17 starts. . . . The point spread favoring Detroit over Dallas (or is it the other way around?). . . . The IQ of the unidentified college poll coach who voted Miami No. 3. 5. The number of points given up by the Lions the only previous time they met the Cowboys in a playoff game (losing, 5-0, in 1970.
May 19, 2011
Gov. Christie loves a good, large number that he can use to drop jaws. He trotted out a new one Wednesday at a town hall meeting in Monroe Township: $3.25 billion. That's how much he said taxpayers will be forced to dish out if Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D., Camden) has her way with a bill to cap the payouts for unused sick and vacation days at $7,500. Christie wants to end the practice of paying government workers for, as he says, not being sick - and he wants to end it immediately.
February 29, 1992 |
A Mount Laurel telemarketing company, facing civil charges in New Jersey in connection with a 900-number jewelry promotion, must pay more than $150,000 to New York residents who responded to the same promotion. Under a settlement reached Feb. 13 with the New York Attorney General's Office, the firm, Infotrax Communications Inc., must reimburse more than 10,000 New York residents who spent an average of $15 on telephone calls responding to the promotion, a spokeswoman for the office said yesterday.
September 7, 1989 |
A 28 is a great number if you're a golfer completing the back nine of your favorite golf course. It is not, however, a good number if that is the total number of players on your high school football team. But 28 is exactly the number of players coach Dennis Baumgardner has to work with for the 1989 season, and he fears that if his team has a bad year, the numbers problem will be a major reason. After a dismal 2-9 record in their 1988 campaign, the Hornets have increased their roster number by two. That increase will be a small consolation, because Oxford will play a full JV schedule this year, something they did not have to contend with last year.
October 11, 1992 |
With the NFL Super Bowl race past the quarter pole, more pro football by the numbers: 3 - Incredibly, the number of points awarded for a 20-yard field goal or a 95-yard field goal, assuming someone kicks a 95-yarder one of these days. Talk about inequity. 4 - The number of NFL games decided in the final two minutes a week ago. 7 - The number of passes Washington's Art Monk needs to catch against Denver tomorrow night to surpass Steve Largent as the NFL's all-time reception leader.