A quick update to our recent post on American Sports Championships. Since our post, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Cleveland Cavaliers have won their respective championships. Cleveland snapped a mind-boggling 162 season losing streak with their win. The new champion of losing is now San Diego (107 seasons), followed by Buffalo (104 seasons). Also, to clarify, these are losing SEASONS, not years. If a city has a Baseball, Football, and Basketball team, they would get credit for 3 losing seasons per year.
Sorry for the extreme delay in posting any sort of content. We’ve both been absurdly busy with work! I finally had a day off today and the thought popped into my brain: at what point in history were the most U.S. Presidents alive at the same time? So, I threw every President’s inauguration and death into a spreadsheet to see what it looked like.
Turns out, there have been three periods in U.S. history where 6 former and current U.S. Presidents have been alive: 3/4/1861 – 1/17/1862, 1/22/1993 – 4/21/1994, and 1/22/2001 – 6/5/2004. Times were good to be a president in the first 70 years of the nations history and the last 50 years. But from 1861 – 1974, they had a bit of a low survival rate. Continue reading
We here at Mercenary Ornithology sometimes dabble in other subjects. With the NBA and NHL playoffs starting, we decided to take a look at how long each North American city’s championship drought is for the four most popular sports (Football, Baseball, Basketball, and Hockey). We gathered our data from Wikipedia and included all years for each sport starting with the first year its current championship format was created (1903 – MLB World Series, 1927 – NHL Stanley Cup, 1950 – NBA Finals, 1965 – NFL Super Bowl). Note: the championship is noted in the year it occurred in with the exception of the NFL, which is considered to have occurred the previous year (as that’s when most of the games were).
Current Championship Droughts for North American Cities
A few notes on data analysis:
-Minneapolis and St. Paul have been lumped as “Twin Cities”.
-Strike/Lockout years do not have a champion, but DO add to the number of losing seasons. Luckily there weren’t too many of those, but the numbers are slightly off.
-I’m sorry, Cleveland.
-New Jersey teams with “New York” in the name were considered to be New York teams.
-Sorry Canada, I didn’t include Grey Cup victories.
This Valentine’s Day, we had a wonderful time searching for Condors at Pinnacles National Park. Although the day started slow, we ended up with absolutely amazing views of Condors throughout the day. We saw at least 8 individuals and some really cool interactions between one two-year old bird and a playful Common Raven. Continue reading
Every year I make a Valentine’s Day bird painting for Sean. Here is this year’s edition.
You can see the past few year’s birds here.