February in Sports: By the Numbers
Here’s a look at the numbers behind some of the biggest sports stories this past month. Send us suggestions for next month’s edition by tweeting at @michaelkruse with the hashtag #GrantlandStats.
Estimated number of chicken wings eaten in America on Super Bowl Sunday: 1.25 billion.
Average current weight of an NFL player: 248 pounds.
Percentage by which that number has grown since 1985: 10.
Percentage of 513 former NFL players in one study done in 2011 by researchers at Loyola University of Chicago who scored poorly enough on a test for Alzheimer’s symptoms to indicate dementia: 35.
The amount of Gs experienced by a soccer player heading a ball: about 20.
The amount of Gs experienced in the worst hit Purdue University researchers recorded in a two-year study on high school football players: almost 300.
Number of people who watched this year’s Super Bowl: 111.3 million.
Projected amount of money bet on this year’s Super Bowl: $10 billion.
Number of workers NBC used for its Super Bowl telecast:475.
Average price of a ticket to the Super Bowl this year: $3,985.
Average price of a 30-second ad during the Super Bowl: $3.5 million.
The cost of a room for one night at the budget Best Inn in Indianapolis on the weekend of this year’s Super Bowl: $898.99.
The cost of the same room the next weekend: $55.
Percentage by which the number of sports talk radio stations in America has grown since 2002: 64.
Percentage by which the TV ratings for NBA games on ESPN through Feb. 12 were up compared to last year: 27.
Lin’s record in his six games at Harvard against Cornell: 1-5.
Lin’s record in his first six games as a starting point guard in the NBA: 6-0.
Points scored by Lin in his first five starts — the most by any player since the NBA and ABA merger in 1976: 136.
Number of Twitter followers he has now: nearly 600,000.
The value of Lin’s name as a brand: $14 million.
Amount in salary Lin makes per game: $9,620.
Amount in salary Knicks teammate Carmelo Anthony makes:$225,836.
Average ticket price for the Knicks’ game against the Heat Feb. 23 in Miami: $612.23.
Median weekly household income in America: $962.42.
Median weekly household income in Florida: $854.01.
The cost for two nights in a rental home in luxury neighborhood Isleworth in Orlando the weekend of the NBA All-Star Game: $27,000.
Their average age: 8.
The per-plate cost of a fundraiser with President Obama at Vince Carter’s house in Orlando: $30,000.
The average cost of a meal in Florida: $2.62.
The national average of additional money a “food insecure” person reports needing per week in order to meet his or her food needs: $13.99.
The cost of Nike’s limited-edition Foamposite Galaxy sneakers released in time for the NBA’s All-Star weekend: $220.
The price of the sneakers on eBay almost immediately after they were sold at the malls: $1,000 and (way) up.
Amount Lee Petty got for winning the first Daytona 500 in 1959: $19,050.
Amount Jeff Gordon got for winning the Daytona 500 in 1997: $377,410.
Amount Dale Earnhardt got for winning the Daytona 500 in 1998: $1,059,105.
Amount Matt Kenseth got for winning this year’s Daytona 500: $1,589,387.