Sunday, April 22, 2012

1995-96 Chicago Bulls

In the 1995–96 season, the Chicago Bulls set an NBA record by becoming the first team to win 70 regular season games. They finished the season with a record of 72–10 and would go on to defeat the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1996 NBA Finals.

Prior the 1995–96 NBA season, Dennis Rodman and Jack Haley were traded from the Spurs to the Bulls for Will Perdue and cash considerations to fill a large void at power forward left by Horace Grant, who left the Bulls prior to the 1994–95 NBA season.

Haley only played in 1 game during the regular season and didn't participate in the playoffs. He was best known for his friendship with the enigmatic Rodman.

In his book Bad as I Wanna Be, Rodman stated that Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen had to approve the trade before it took place. Rodman chose the number 91 (9+1=10 according to Rodman for why he chose that number) for his jersey since #10 was retired by the Bulls in 1995 in honor of Bob Love.

Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
PG 0 Brown, Randy 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) New Mexico State
SG 30 Buechler, Jud 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Arizona
PF 35 Caffey, Jason 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Alabama
C 53 Edwards, James 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Washington
PF 54 Haley, Jack 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) UCLA
SG 9 Harper, Ron 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Miami (OH)
SG 23 Jordan, Michael (C) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) North Carolina
PG 25 Kerr, Steve 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Arizona
SF 7 Kukoc, Toni 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Croatia
C 13 Longley, Luc 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 265 lb (120 kg) New Mexico
SF 33 Pippen, Scottie (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Central Arkansas
PF 91 Rodman, Dennis 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) SE Oklahoma State
C 22 Salley, John 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Georgia Tech
PF 8 Simpkins, Dickey 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 248 lb (112 kg) Providence
C 34 Wennington, Bill 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 245 lb (111 kg) St. John's


Head coach

Phil Jackson (North Dakota)

Assistant coach(es)

Jim Cleamons (Ohio State)
Jim Rodgers (Iowa)
John Paxson (Notre Dame)
Tex Winter (Southern California)

Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman led Chicago to the NBA Finals as the Bulls had a historic run. The Bulls finished 72–10 in the regular season to break the 1971–72 Lakers' record of 69 wins in a season. In his first full season since returning to the NBA, Jordan won his eighth scoring title to break Wilt Chamberlain's record of seven and also came away with a triple crown of awards: the MVP awards for the regular season, All-Star Game and NBA Finals. The Bulls improved 25 games from the previous year's 47–35 record to their all-time record 72 regular season wins. In addition, they would go on to set another regular season landmark by becoming the fastest team to 41 wins; by going 41–3 before losing their 4th game that year, which was also a record once held by the 1971–72 Los Angeles Lakers, who got off to a 39–3 start. They would win 33 road games, setting yet another NBA record. They also had a 39–2 home record, which was one win shy of tying the Boston Celtics for best home record in history. For these reasons, many fans and media members regard the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls to be the greatest NBA team of all time.

Later, in the playoffs, the Bulls easily made their way to the NBA Finals and the NBA championship. Rodman, Jordan, and Scottie Pippen all made the All-Defensive First Team, the first time three players from the same team made it on the first team. Rodman led the league in rebounding for the fifth straight year, and Jordan won the scoring title, the second time that teammates had led the league in scoring and rebounding.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers

1986–87 Los Angeles Lakers season
Tenth NBA Championship
Head coach Pat Riley
Owner(s) Jerry Buss
Arena The Forum
Results
Record 65–17 (.793)
Place Division: 1st (Pacific)
Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Champions
Local media
Television Prime Ticket, KHJ
Radio AM 570 KLAC
Los Angeles Lakers seasons

The highlight of the Los Angeles Lakers season was winning the NBA title over the defending champions, the Boston Celtics.

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Brady Lynch Mychal Thompson Mike Smrek
PF A. C. Green Kurt Rambis
SF James Worthy Billy Thompson Adrian Branch
SG Byron Scott Michael Cooper
PG Magic Johnson Wes Matthews

Player GP MPG REB AST STL BLK PTS PPG
Magic Johnson 80 36.3 504 977 138 36 1909 23.9
James Worthy 82 34.4 466 226 108 83 1594 19.4
Byron Scott 82 33.3 286 281 125 18 1397 17.0
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 78 31.3 523 203 49 97 1366 17.5
Michael Cooper 82 27.5 254 373 78 43 859 10.5
A.C. Green 79 28.4 615 84 70 80 852 10.8
Kurt Rambis 78 19.4 453 63 74 41 446 5.7
Mychal Thompson 33 20.6 136 28 14 30 333 10.1
Billy Thompson 59 12.9 171 60 15 30 332 5.6
Wes Matthews 50 10.6 47 100 23 4 208 4.2
Frank Brickowski 37 10.9 97 12 14 4 146 3.9
Adrian Branch 32 6.8 53 16 16 3 138 4.3
Mike Smrek 35 6.7 37 5 4 13 76 2.2

Magic Johnson, NBA Most Valuable Player
Magic Johnson, NBA Finals Most Valuable Player

Friday, April 20, 2012

1985-86 Boston Celtics

1985–86 Boston Celtics season
Sixteenth NBA Championship
Head coach K. C. Jones
Owner(s) Don Gaston, Alan Cohen, Paul Dupee
Arena Boston Garden
Hartford Civic Center
Results
Record 67–15 (.817)
Place Division: 1st (Atlantic)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions
Local media
Television SportsChannel New England, WLVI, WTXX
Radio WRKO, WTIC

In 1985-86 the Celtics fielded one of the best teams in NBA history. The 1986 Celtics won 67 games, going 40-1 at home (37-1 at the Boston Garden, 3-0 at the Hartford Civic Center). Bird won his third consecutive MVP award after having arguably his finest season, and Walton won the Sixth Man of the Year Award. They would win their 16th championship and last for 22 years, defeating the Houston Rockets in 6 games in the NBA Finals.

The 1985 NBA Draft took place on June 18, 1985. It was also the first NBA Draft of the "Lottery" era. The lottery was put into place so teams could not intentionally lose games to receive the number one pick.
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 20 Sam Vincent Guard United States Michigan State
3 70 Andre Battle Guard United States Loyola (IL)
4 93 Cliff Webber Forward United States Liberty Baptist
5 116 Albert Butts Forward United States La Salle
6 139 Ralph Lewis Guard United States La Salle
7 162 Chris Remly United States Rutgers

Player GP REB AST STL BLK PTS AVG
Larry Bird 82 805 557 166 51 2115 25.8
Kevin McHale 68 551 181 29 164 1448 21.3
Robert Parish 81 770 145 65 116 1305 16.1
Dennis Johnson 78 268 456 110 35 1213 15.6
Danny Ainge 80 235 405 94 7 855 10.7
Scott Wedman 79 192 82 38 22 634 8.0
Bill Walton 80 544 165 38 106 606 7.6
Jerry Sichting 82 104 188 50 0 537 6.5
David Thirdkill 49 70 15 11 3 163 3.3
Sam Vincent 57 48 69 17 4 184 3.2
Sly Williams 6 15 2 1 1 17 2.8
Rick Carlisle 77 77 104 19 4 199 2.6
Greg Kite 64 128 17 3 28 83 1.3

Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (Y–M–D) From
G/F 44 Ainge, Danny 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Brigham Young
F 33 Bird, Larry (C) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Indiana State University
G 34 Carlisle, Rick 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Virginia
G 3 Johnson, Dennis 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Pepperdine
C 50 Kite, Greg 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1961–08–05 Brigham Young
F/C 32 McHale, Kevin 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1957–12–19 Minnesota
C 00 Parish, Robert 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Centenary College of Louisiana
G 12 Sichting, Jerry 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 168 lb (76 kg) Purdue
F 45 Thirdkill, David 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Bradley
G 11 Vincent, Sam 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Michigan State
C 5 Walton, Bill 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) UCLA
G 8 Wedman, Scott 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Colorado
G/F 35 Williams, Sly 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Rhode Island


Head coach

K.C. Jones (San Francisco)

Assistant coach(es)

Jimmy Rodgers (Ohio State)
Chris Ford (Villanova)

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Robert Parish Bill Walton Greg Kite
PF Kevin McHale
SF Larry Bird David Thirdkill
SG Danny Ainge Scott Wedman Rick Carlisle
PG Dennis Johnson Jerry Sichting Sam Vincent

Thursday, April 19, 2012

1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers

1971–72 Los Angeles Lakers season
Sixth NBA Championship
Head coach Bill Sharman
Owner(s) Jack Kent Cooke
Arena The Forum
Results
Record 69–13 (.841)
Place Division: 1st (Pacific)
Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Champions
Local media
Television KTLA
Radio KABC

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Wilt Chamberlain LeRoy Ellis
PF Happy Hairston John Trapp
SF Jim McMillian Pat Riley Keith Erickson
SG Jerry West Jim Cleamons
PG Gail Goodrich Flynn Robinson

Player GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
Elgin Baylor 9 26.6 .433 .815 6.3 2.0 11.8
Wilt Chamberlain 82 42.3 .649 .422 19.2 4.0 14.8
Jim Cleamons 38 5.3 .350 .778 1.0 0.9 2.6
LeRoy Ellis 74 14.6 .460 .695 4.2 0.6 4.6
Keith Erickson 15 17.5 .482 .857 2.6 2.3 5.7
Gail Goodrich 82 37.1 .487 .850 3.6 4.5 25.9
Happy Hairston 80 34.4 .461 .779 13.1 2.4 13.1
Jim McMillian 80 38.1 .482 .791 6.5 2.6 18.8
Pat Riley 67 13.8 .447 .743 1.9 1.1 6.7
Flynn Robinson 64 15.7 .490 .860 1.8 2.2 9.9
John Trapp 58 13.1 .443 .699 3.1 0.7 5.7
Jerry West 77 38.6 .477 .814 4.2 9.7 25.8

Game 1

Although without Willis Reed because of his knee injury. Jerry Lucas scored 26 points but was only one of several Knicks who was red hot. Bill Bradley hit 11 of 12 shots from the field as New York shot 53 percent for the game. The team took advantage of a nearly perfect first half to jump to a good lead and won easily, 114-92. Early in the second half, the Forum crowd began filing out dejectedly. It looked like another Los Angeles fold in the Finals.

Game 2

Knicks forward Dave DeBusschere hurt his side and didn't play after the first half. Hairston scored 12 points in the second half, and Los Angeles evened the series with a 106-92 win.

Game 3

DeBusschere attempted to play in the first half and missed all six of his field-goal attempts. He was hurting and elected not to play in the second half. DeBusschere explained :"I didn't feel I was helping the team,". The Lakers danced out to a 22-point lead and regained the home-court advantage with a 107-96 win.

Game 4

The game went into overtime, but at the end of regulation, Wilt Chamberlain picked up his fifth foul. In 13 NBA seasons, he had never fouled out of a game, a statistic of which he was immensely proud. Immediately speculation started along press row that he would play soft in the overtime. Instead, he came out in a shotblocking fury that propelled the Lakers to a 116-111 win. At three games to one, their lead now seemed insurmountable.

Game 5

The Lakers won their sixth NBA championship by the score of 114-100. This was their first championship since moving to Los Angeles in 1960. Jerry West also won his first NBA championship after 12 years of waiting. Wilt Chamberlain scored 24 points and 29 rebounds and earned the NBA Finals MVP Award.

Award winners

Bill Sharman, NBA Coach of the Year
Jerry West, All-NBA First Team
Jerry West, All-NBA Defensive First Team
Wilt Chamberlain, All-NBA Defensive First Team
Wilt Chamberlain, NBA Leader, Shooting Percentage (.649

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

1988-89 Detroit Pistons

1988–89 Detroit Pistons season
First NBA Championship
Head coach Chuck Daly
Owner(s) William Davidson
Arena The Palace of Auburn Hills
Results
Record 63–19 (.768)
Place Division: 1st (Central)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions
Local media
Television PASS Sports, WKBD
Radio WCXI

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Bill Laimbeer James Edwards
PF Rick Mahorn John Salley
SF Mark Aguirre Dennis Rodman Fennis Dembo
SG Joe Dumars Vinnie Johnson John Long
PG Isiah Thomas Micheal Williams

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Mark Aguirre 36 32 29.7 .483 .293 .738 4.2 2.5 .44 .19 15.5
Adrian Dantley 42 42 31.9 .521 .000 .839 3.9 2.2 .55 .14 18.4
Darryl Dawkins 14 0 3.4 .474 .000 .500 .5 .1 .00 .07 1.9
Fennis Dembo 31 0 2.4 .333 .000 .800 .7 .2 .03 .00 1.2
Joe Dumars 69 67 34.9 .505 .483 .850 2.5 5.7 .91 .07 17.2
James Edwards 76 1 16.5 .500 .000 .686 3.0 .6 .14 .41 7.3
Steve Harris 3 0 2.3 .250 .000 1.000 .7 .0 .33 .00 1.3
Vinnie Johnson 82 21 25.3 .464 .295 .734 3.1 3.0 .90 .21 13.8
Bill Laimbeer 81 81 32.6 .499 .349 .840 9.6 2.2 .63 1.23 13.7
John Long 24 1 6.3 .475 .000 .846 .5 .6 .00 .08 2.0
Rick Mahorn 72 61 24.9 .517 .000 .748 6.9 .8 .56 .92 7.2
Pace Mannion 5 0 2.8 1.000 .000 .000 .6 .0 .20 .00 .8
Dennis Rodman 82 8 26.9 .595 .231 .626 9.4 1.2 .67 .93 9.0
Jim Rowinski 6 0 1.3 .000 .000 1.000 .3 .0 .00 .00 .7
John Salley 67 21 21.8 .498 .000 .692 5.0 1.1 .60 1.07 7.0
Isiah Thomas 80 76 36.6 .464 .273 .818 3.4 8.3 1.66 .25 18.2
Micheal Williams 49 0 7.3 .364 .222 .660 .6 1.4 .27 .06 2.6

Joe Dumars, NBA Finals Most Valuable Player

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

1996-97 Chicago Bulls

1996–97 Chicago Bulls season
Fifth NBA Championship
Head coach Phil Jackson
Owner(s) Jerry Reinsdorf
Arena United Center
Results
Record 69–13 (.841)
Place Division: 1st (Central)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions
Local media
Television SportsChannel Chicago, WGN
Radio WMVP
The Chicago Bulls repeated as NBA World Champions. The Bulls would go on to beat the Utah Jazz in the 1997 NBA Finals. The team was led by Michael Jordan, rebound ace Dennis Rodman and perennial all star small forward Scottie Pippen. Other notable players on the club's roster that year were clutch-specialist Croatian Toni Kukoc, and sharp-shooting point guard Steve Kerr. The Bulls finished with a 69-13 record, just missing out on becoming the first team in NBA history to have back-to-back 70 wins seasons.

Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
PG 1 Brown, Randy 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) New Mexico State
SG 30 Buechler, Jud 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Arizona
PF 35 Caffey, Jason 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Alabama
SG 9 Harper, Ron 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Miami (OH)
SG 23 Jordan, Michael 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) North Carolina
PG 25 Kerr, Steve 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Arizona
SF 7 Kukoc, Toni 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 192 lb (87 kg) Croatia
C 13 Longley, Luc 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 265 lb (120 kg) New Mexico
C 00 Parish, Robert 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Centenary
SF 33 Pippen, Scottie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Central Arkansas
PF 91 Rodman, Dennis 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) SE Oklahoma State
PF 8 Simpkins, Dickey 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 248 lb (112 kg) Providence
SF 6 Steigenga, Matt 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Michigan State
C 34 Wennington, Bill 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 245 lb (111 kg) St. John's
C 18 Williams, Brian 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Arizona


Head coach

Phil Jackson (North Dakota)

Assistant coach(es)

Bill Cartwright (San Francisco)
Frank Hamblen (Syracuse)
Jim Rodgers (Iowa)
Tex Winter (Southern California)

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Luc Longley Brian Williams Robert Parish Bill Wennington
PF Dennis Rodman Jason Caffey Dickey Simpkins
SF Scottie Pippen Toni Kukoč
SG Michael Jordan Jud Buechler
PG Ron Harper Steve Kerr Randy Brown

Monday, April 16, 2012

1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks

970–71 Milwaukee Bucks season
First NBA championship
Head coach Larry Costello
Arena Milwaukee Arena
Results
Record 66–16 (.805)
Place Division: 1st (Midwest)
Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish NBA champions

The 1970–71 Milwaukee Bucks season was the third season for the Bucks. Milwaukee posted a 66–16 record in only its third year of existence, and its second since getting Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. A big part of the championship season was the acquisition of "The Big O", Oscar Robertson. Other role players on the Bucks included players such as Bob Dandridge (18.4 ppg) and Jon McGlocklin (15.8 ppg), power forward Greg Smith and key reserves Lucius Allen, Bob Boozer and Dick Cunningham completing the nucleus.

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Lew Alcindor Dick Cunningham
PF Greg Smith Bob Boozer McCoy McLemore
SF Bob Dandridge Bob Greacen
SG Jon McGlocklin Jeff Webb
PG Oscar Robertson Lucius Allen Marv Winkler

In only his second pro season, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then known as Lew Alcindor) led the league in scoring at 31.7 ppg, ranked second in field goal percentage at .577 and fourth in rebounding at 16.0 rpg. Newly arrived Oscar Robertson turned 32 early in the 1970-71 season, and was past his prime when he came to Milwaukee, but his versatile skills and experience provided a leadership role for the Bucks. Robertson had never won a championship and his desire to win seemed to inspire Abdul-Jabbar and unite the rest of the Bucks. Robertson ranked third in the league in assists at 8.3 apg and was the Bucks' No. 2 scorer at 19.4 ppg.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers

The 1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers season was the 37th season of the franchise (going back to their days as the Syracuse Nationals) and their 20th season in Philadelphia.

Harold Katz bought the 76ers in 1982. On his watch, the final piece of the championship puzzle was completed before the 1982-83 season when they acquired center Moses Malone from the Houston Rockets. Led by Hall of Famer Julius Erving and All-Stars Maurice Cheeks, Andrew Toney, and Bobby Jones they dominated the regular season, winning 65 games in what is still the second most winning year in franchise history.

Malone was named league MVP, and when reporters asked how the playoffs would run, he answered, "four, four, four" — in other words, predicting that the Sixers would sweep all three rounds to win the title, with the minimum 12 games. Malone's deep voice made his boast sound like "fo', fo', fo'."

However, the Sixers backed up Malone's boast. They made a mockery of the Eastern Conference playoffs, first sweeping the New York Knicks and then beating the Milwaukee Bucks in five games. The Sixers went on to win their third NBA championship (and second in Philadelphia) with a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers, who had defeated them the season before. Malone was named the playoffs' MVP.

The Sixers did not quite fulfill Malone's prediction, as their run took one game over the minimum. Nonetheless, their 12–1 playoff record is the second-best in league history after the 2000-01 Lakers, who went 15–1 en route to the NBA Title coincidentally beating the 76ers in the finals. The Philadelphia-based group Pieces Of A Dream had a minor hit in 1983 with the R&B song "Fo-Fi-Fo", which title was prompted by Malone's quip.

1982–83 Philadelphia 76ers season
Third NBA Championship
Head coach Billy Cunningham
Arena The Spectrum
Results
Record 65–17 (.793)
Place Division: 1st (Atlantic)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions
Local media
Television PRISM Network, WPHL
Radio WFLN

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Moses Malone Clemon Johnson Mark McNamara
PF Marc Iavaroni Reggie Johnson Earl Cureton
SF Julius Erving Bobby Jones
SG Andrew Toney Clint Richardson
PG Maurice Cheeks Franklin Edwards

The 76ers went on to capture their second NBA championship as they swept the New York Knicks, and proceeded to beat the Milwaukee Bucks in five games. They finally finished it off with a four game sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers, who had defeated them the season before, making this the only NBA championship not to be won by either the Lakers or the Boston Celtics from 1980–1988.

Said head coach Billy Cunningham, "The difference from last year was Moses." Malone was named MVP of the 1983 Finals, as well as league MVP for the third time in his career. The 76ers completed one of the most dominating playoff runs in league history with a 12-1 mark after league and NBA Finals MVP Moses promised "Fo', fo', fo" (as in "four, four, four" - four wins to sweep round 1, four wins to sweep round 2, etc.), but it actually wound up as "Fo', fi', fo." (four, five, four). The 76ers were also led by Julius Erving, Maurice Cheeks, Andrew Toney, and Bobby Jones.

The 1983 NBA Finals was the last to end before June 1. This championship is especially noted because it would be the last major sports championship for the city of Philadelphia until the Phillies won the 2008 World Series. At the time, no other city with all four professional sports teams had a championship drought last as long as that from 1983-2008 (25 Years). When the Flyers played for the 2010 Stanley Cup, The Ottawa Citizen reported that the main reason for that lengthy championship drought was because the only years the city's teams played for championships during that time were years presidents were inaugurated. The city's teams had lost championships during such years, beginning with the 76ers themselves in 1977. The exceptions were the Phillies in 1983 and the Flyers in 1987.

Following the 1983 NBA Finals, a video documentary called "That Championship Feeling" recaps the NBA Playoff action that year. Dick Stockton narrated the video, and Irene Cara's 1983 hit single "What A Feeling" is the official theme song for the video documentary. For the first time, NBA Entertainment used videotape instead of film for all the on-court and off-court footage.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

1991-92 Chicago Bulls

1991–92 Chicago Bulls season
Second World Championship
Head coach Phil Jackson
Owner(s) Jerry Reinsdorf
Arena Chicago Stadium
Results
Record 67–15 (.817)
Place Division: 1st (Central)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions
Local media
Television SportsChannel Chicago, WGN
Radio WMAQ

1991-92 Chicago Bulls roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
PG 10 Armstrong, B.J. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Iowa
C 24 Cartwright, Bill 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 245 lb (111 kg) San Francisco
PF 54 Grant, Horace 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Clemson
SG 20 Hansen, Bobby 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Iowa
PG 14 Hodges, Craig 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Long Beach State
SG 2 Hopson, Dennis 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Ohio State
SG 23 Jordan, Michael 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) North Carolina
PF 21 King, Stacey 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Oklahoma
PF 53 Levingston, Cliff 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Wichita State
C 25 Nevitt, Chuck 7 ft 5 in (2.26 m) 217 lb (98 kg) North Carolina State
PG 5 Paxson, John 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Notre Dame
C 32 Perdue, Will 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Vanderbilt
SF 33 Pippen, Scottie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Central Arkansas
PF 52 Randall, Mark 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Kansas
PG 2 Sparrow, Rory 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Villanova
PF 42 Williams, Scott 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) North Carolina


Head coach

Phil Jackson (North Dakota)

Assistant coach(es)

Johnny Bach (Fordham)
Jim Cleamons (Ohio State)
Tex Winter (Southern California)

Depth chart
Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Bill Cartwright Will Perdue Scott Williams
PF Horace Grant Stacey King
SF Scottie Pippen Cliff Levingston
SG Michael Jordan Craig Hodges Bobby Hansen
PG John Paxson B. J. Armstrong

Michael Jordan, Associated Press Athlete of the Year
Michael Jordan, All-NBA Team, First Team
Michael Jordan, Guard, NBA Finals MVP
Michael Jordan, NBA All-Defensive First Team

NBA All-Star Game

Michael Jordan, Guard
Scottie Pippen, Forward

Friday, April 13, 2012

1964-65 Boston Celtics

The 1964-65 NBA season was the Celtics' 19th season in the NBA. The Celtics finished the season by winning their eighth NBA Championship. The team was named one of the 10 greatest teams in NBA history. In addition five players were inducted into the hall of fame K.C. Jones, Sam Jones, Tom Heinsohn, Bill Russell, and John Havlicek, three of whom were selected as one of the NBA's 50 greatest players, K.C. Jones, Havlicek, and Russell. Both Coach Auerbach and John Thompson were elected into the hall of fame as coaches.

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Bill Russell Mel Counts
John Thompson
PF Satch Sanders Tom Heinsohn
Willie Naulls
SF John Havlicek Ron Bonham
SG Sam Jones Gerry Ward
PG K. C. Jones Larry Siegfried

1964–65 Boston Celtics season
Eighth NBA Championship
Head coach Red Auerbach
Arena Boston Garden
Results
Record 62–18 (.775)
Place Division: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions
Local media
Television WHDH-TV
Radio WHDH

Thursday, April 12, 2012

1972-73 New York Knicks

The 1972–73 New York Knicks season was the 27th season of NBA basketball in New York City, New York. The Knicks capture their second NBA title.

1972–73 New York Knicks season
Second NBA Championship
Head coach Red Holzman
Arena Madison Square Garden
Results
Record 57–25 (.695)
Place Division: 2nd (Atlantic)
Conference: 3rd (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions
Local media
Television MSG Network, WOR-TV
Radio WOR Radio

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Willis Reed John Gianelli
PF Dave DeBusschere Jerry Lucas
SF Bill Bradley Phil Jackson Hawthorne Wingo
SG Earl Monroe Dick Barnett
PG Walt Frazier Dean Meminger Henry Bibby

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

2007-08 Boston Celtics

The 2007–08 Boston Celtics season was the 62nd season of the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Powered by the acquisitions of perennial All-Stars Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in the offseason, the Celtics finished with a record of 66–16 and posted the best single-season turnaround in NBA history, improving by 42 wins from the previous season. They finished 1st in both the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference, and had the league's best record. The 66 wins were also the second-most in franchise history, behind the 1985-86 Celtics' 67 wins. Kevin Garnett was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year, while Danny Ainge, who executed "the most dramatic NBA turnaround ever", was named NBA Executive of the Year. The Celtics also sold out all 41 regular-season home games.

Their two-year absence from the playoffs came to an end as they met the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the 2008 NBA Playoffs. Eventually, they advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in 21 years, where they met the Los Angeles Lakers. The Celtics won 4–2, capturing their first championship since 1986, and 17th all-time. However, they had a far difficult path to this championship, playing 26 games, the most any team had ever played in a post-season

2007–08 Boston Celtics season
Head coach Doc Rivers
Owner(s) Wycliffe Grousbeck
Stephen Pagliuca
H. Irving Grousbeck
Arena TD Banknorth Garden
Results
Record 66–16 (.805)
Place Division: 1st (Atlantic)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions
(won 4–2)
Local media
Television CSN New England
Radio WEEI

NBA Draft 2007: The Ray Allen trade

Shortly after being traded to the Celtics, Ray Allen threw out the first pitch for a baseball game at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball.

On May 22, the Celtics were assigned the 5th overall selection in the NBA Draft Lottery, essentially losing their chance of drafting either Greg Oden or Kevin Durant, who both were considered to go 1st and 2nd in the Draft. The 5th pick was the worst-case scenario for the Celtics, who had a 19.9% chance of obtaining the 1st overall selection. However, on June 28, the day of the 2007 NBA Draft, the Celtics traded the 5th pick along with Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West to the Seattle SuperSonics in exchange for All-Star 3-point specialist Ray Allen and the 35th overall selection prior to the event, and with the 5th pick selected forward Jeff Green for Seattle. In the second round of the Draft, the Celtics selected guard Gabe Pruitt with the 32nd pick, which was their own, and forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis with the 35th pick, previously obtained from Seattle.

Kevin Garnett trade
The Celtics achieved the league's top record with the acquisition of Kevin Garnett, who carried the team throughout the season and was amongst the leaders for the Most Valuable Player award.

On July 31, the Celtics traded for 10-time All-Star and 2004 MVP Kevin Garnett in the single largest trade for one player in NBA history. He was acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Theo Ratliff, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair, Boston's 2009 first-round draft pick (top three protected), the return of Minnesota's conditional first-round draft pick previously obtained in the 2006 Ricky Davis-Wally Szczerbiak trade and cash considerations. By adding Garnett to All-Stars Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, the trade brought a new era of relevance to the long-struggling franchise, but it also left the roster short-handed.

Free agency

The Garnett trade left the roster depleted and depth became an immediate concern. Eventually, the Celtics signed guards Eddie House and Jackie Manuel on August 1, just two days after the Garnett trade, and center Scot Pollard on August 9. Later, Ainge called and asked 5-time All-Star Reggie Miller to return from his 2-year retirement and join the roster in a reserve role. Miller strongly considered the possibility of playing alongside Garnett, but ultimately announced on August 23 that he would not join the Celtics. On August 27, forward James Posey signed with the team and was considered a decisive signing which instantly gave the Celtics a drastic improvement to their bench.

On September 26, center Esteban Batista and guard Dahntay Jones signed non-guaranteed contracts with the Celtics, two days before the beginning of training camp and the team's departure to Rome for the 2007 NBA Europe Live Tour. Curiously, Jones was involved in a trade back in the 2003 NBA Draft, in which the Celtics drafted him with the 20th overall selection, but immediately traded him with the 16th pick, Troy Bell, to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for the 13th pick, Marcus Banks, and the 27th pick, Kendrick Perkins. Ultimately, the Celtics waived Batista on October 16, and Manuel and Jones on October 25, bringing the roster down to 14 players, one shy of the league maximum of 15 players, in order to have roster flexibility and be able to sign another player midway through the season.

Later in the season, on December 18, the Celtics released yet another player, Brandon Wallace, in order to have even more roster flexibility that coach Doc Rivers said they needed. This move brought the roster down to only 13 players, which is the league minimum for players allowed on a team's roster. On February 27, the Celtics signed center P.J. Brown for the remainder of the season, in order to bolster their front court. His decision to come to Boston was strongly aided by a conversation with future teammates Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, who convinced him to sign with the Celtics during the 2008 NBA All-Star Weekend. On March 4, 2008, the Celtics officially announced that they had signed guard Sam Cassell. After the signing, Cassell immediately flew back to his hometown of Baltimore to attend funeral services for a deceased family member. This signing ultimately put the roster up to the league maximum of 15 players.

Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (Y–M–D) From
SG 20 Allen, Ray 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1975-07-20 Connecticut
SG 42 Allen, Tony 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 213 lb (97 kg) 1982-01-11 Oklahoma State
C 93 Brown, P.J. 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 239 lb (108 kg) 1969-10-14 Louisiana Tech
PG 28 Cassell, Sam 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1969-11-18 Florida State
PF 11 Davis, Glen 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 289 lb (131 kg) 1986-01-1 LSU
PF 5 Garnett, Kevin 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1976-05-19 Farragut
PG 50 House, Eddie 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1978-05-14 Arizona State
C 43 Perkins, Kendrick 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 264 lb (120 kg) 1984-11-10 CJOHS
SF 34 Pierce, Paul (C) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1977-10-13 Kansas
C 66 Pollard, Scot Injured 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 278 lb (126 kg) 1975-02-12 Kansas
SF 41 Posey, James 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 217 lb (98 kg) 1977-01-13 Xavier
PF 0 Powe, Leon 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1984-01-22 California
PG 13 Pruitt, Gabe 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1986-04-19 Southern California
PG 9 Rondo, Rajon 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 171 lb (78 kg) 1986-02-22 Kentucky
PF 44 Scalabrine, Brian 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1978/03/18 Southern California


Head coach

Doc Rivers (Marquette)

Assistant coach(es)

Armond Hill (Princeton)
Kevin Eastman (Richmond)
Clifford Ray (Oklahoma)
Tom Thibodeau (Salem State)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

2001-02 Los Angeles Lakers

The highlight of the Los Angeles Lakers season was winning the 2002 NBA Finals thus completing the first three-peat in franchise history.

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Shaquille O'Neal Jelani McCoy
PF Robert Horry Samaki Walker Mark Madsen
Stanislav Medvedenko
SF Rick Fox Devean George
SG Kobe Bryant Brian Shaw Mitch Richmond
PG Derek Fisher Lindsey Hunter

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Kobe Bryant 80 80 38.3 .469 .250 .829 5.5 5.5 1.48 .44 25.2
Derek Fisher 70 35 28.2 .411 .413 .847 2.1 2.6 .94 .13 11.2
Rick Fox 82 82 27.9 .421 .313 .824 4.7 3.5 .82 .26 7.9
Devean George 82 1 21.5 .411 .371 .675 3.7 1.4 .87 .51 7.1
Robert Horry 81 23 26.4 .398 .374 .783 5.9 2.9 .95 1.10 6.8
Lindsey Hunter 82 47 19.7 .382 .380 .500 1.5 1.6 .80 .23 5.8
Mark Madsen 59 5 11.0 .452 .000 .648 2.7 .7 .27 .22 2.8
Jelani McCoy 21 0 5.0 .571 .000 .250 1.2 .3 .00 .24 1.2
Slava Medvedenko 71 6 10.3 .477 .000 .661 2.2 .6 .41 .15 4.7
Shaquille O'Neal 67 66 36.1 .579 .000 .555 10.7 3.0 .61 2.04 27.2
Mike Penberthy 3 0 4.0 .500 .000 .750 .7 .7 .67 .00 1.7
Mitch Richmond 64 2 11.1 .405 .290 .955 1.5 .9 .28 .09 4.1
Brian Shaw 58 0 10.9 .353 .330 .692 1.9 1.5 .43 .05 2.9
Samaki Walker 69 63 24.0 .512 .000 .667 7.0 .9 .41 1.28 6.7

2001–02 Los Angeles Lakers season
Fourteenth NBA Championship
Head coach Phil Jackson
Owner(s) Jerry Buss
Arena Staples Center
Results
Record 58–24 (.707)
Place Division: 2nd (Pacific)
Conference: 2nd (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Champions
Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports Net West, KCAL
Radio AM 570 KLAC

Monday, April 9, 2012

1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers

The 1966-67 season of the Philadelphia 76ers was their 14th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and their fourth since moving from Syracuse. The season would set a record in winning percentage and they won the NBA Finals for their second championship. The team was later chosen as the greatest individual team in 1980 for the NBA 35th Anniversary Team.

During the off-season, the 76ers dismissed coach Dolph Schayes of Syracuse National fame. Alex Hannum, the former 1950s power forward, who was the last man to coach a winner past Boston, was the new coach. The 43-year-old Hannum looked like he could still play, and often ran with the club in practice.

Hannum's 76ers would share the ball, or play 'Celtic-ball' as some observed. Wilt Chamberlain would not be expected to hold the team afloat like Atlas but would pass more and get the others involved. His eight assists per game set a record for centers and made him third in the NBA overall, while scoring 24 per game and again leading the NBA in rebounds and blocked shots.

Shooting less, he made a league-record 68% of his shots; his 875 free throw attempts, another league record, offset his dismal percentage from the foul line.

The 76ers also had three other players around the 20 point-per-game mark this season in Hal Greer with 22 points, Chet Walker and Billy Cunningham, both with 19 points. All four players combined won a league-record 68 games together under Hannum's watch. The team averaged a record 125 points per game, leading all teams in shooting accuracy.

The 76ers started the season at 46–4, still the best 50-game start in league history. They finished the season at 68–13, the best record in league history at the time.

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Wilt Chamberlain
PF Luke Jackson Billy Cunningham
SF Chet Walker Dave Gambee
SG Hal Greer Matt Guokas
PG Wali Jones Larry Costello Bill Melchionni Bob Weiss

1966–67 Philadelphia 76ers season
Second NBA Championship
Head coach Alex Hannum
Arena Philadelphia Arena and Civic Center-Convention Hall
Results
Record 68–13 (.840)
Place Division: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions
Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television WFIL-TV
Radio WFIL Radio

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

1978–79 Indiana State Sycamores men's basketball

The 1978–79 Indiana State Sycamores men's basketball team is considered the greatest in the school's history. The Sycamores were undefeated in the regular season and were led by Larry Bird. He led an undefeated team to the national title game versus a Magic Johnson-led Michigan State team, and ended the season as National Runner-Up with a record of 33–1.

1978–79 Indiana State Sycamores men's basketball
Missouri Valley Conference champions
NCAA Men's Division I Tournament, Finalist
Conference Missouri Valley Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #1
1978–79 record 33–1 (16–0 MVC)
Head coach Bill Hodges
Home arena Hulman Center

In 1979, the NCAA tournament championship game was the most-watched game in the history of the sport, in no small part because of Indiana state star Larry Bird. Bird wasn’t a one-man show, but the unheralded Sycamores rode him to a 33-0 record heading into the title game. The well-rounded Bird averaged 29 points, 14.8 rebounds, and, most significantly, six assists as he changed the way the game was played. Head coach Bob King suffered a stroke and was unable to continue as head coach of the Sycamores. Assistant Bill Hodges was elevated to the position of head coach. On November 20, the touring Soviet National team came to Hulman Center to play Indiana State. ISU defeated the Soviets, 83–79, to become one of only four college teams to beat them that season.

During the 1978–79 season, Indiana State qualified for the NCAA Tournament. ISU finished the regular season to finish 29–0, 16–0 in the Missouri Valley Conference, and earned the top ranking in the country.

The only time that the perfect regular season was in jeopardy was on Feb. 1. The Sycamores were 18–0 against New Mexico State. With three seconds remaining, the Sycamores were down 83–81. New Mexico State was at the free throw line and the shot was missed. The missed shot was rebounded by Brad Miley and passed to Bob Heaton. Heaton launched a 50-foot desperation shot which banked through the net to send the game into overtime.

Bird received several honors at the end of regular season. He won the USBWA College Player of the Year, Naismith and Wooden Awards, given to the year's top male college basketball player.

The Sycamores were led by Bird, the NCAA Player of the Year, and his 28.6 scoring average. He was followed by Carl Nicks’ 19.3 average. The starting lineup also included Miley, Alex Gilbert and Steve Reed. Heaton and Leroy Staley were key reserves. The remainder of the roster consisted of Tom Crowder, Eric Curry, Rod McNelly, Rich Nemcek, Bob Ritter and Scott Turner.

* 5 Bob Ritter
* 10 Scott Turner
* 15 Dave McNally
* 20 Rich Nemcek
* 22 Carl Nicks
* 23 Steve Reed
* 24 Tom Crowder
* 30 Bob Heaton
* 32 Eric Curry
* 33 Larry Bird
* 40 Brad Miley
* 42 Alex Gilbert
* 44 Leroy Staley

The top seed in the NCAA Midwest Regional was awarded to the Sycamores. The final game of the regional tournament was against Arkansas with a berth in the Final Four on the line. With the game tied at 81, the right-handed Heaton was the hero again with a last second left-handed shot in the lane to win the game. They advanced to the championship game and faced Michigan State University, which was led by sophomore Magic Johnson. In what was the most-watched college basketball game ever,[4] Michigan State defeated Indiana State 75–64, and Johnson was voted Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.

* West
o Indiana State (#1 seed) 86, Virginia Tech (#8 seed) 69
o Indiana State 93, Oklahoma (#5 seed) 72
o Indiana State 73, Arkansas (#2 seed) 71

* Final Four
o Indiana State 76, DePaul 74
o Michigan State 75, Indiana State 64

# Larry Bird, Consensus All-American teams
# Larry Bird, All-Missouri Valley Conference
# Larry Bird – AP, UPI, USBWA, The Sporting News, Basketball Weekly All-American selections
# Larry Bird, Missouri Valley Conference Most Valuable Player
# Larry Bird – 1979 Oscar Robertson Trophy, Naismith Award, John R. Wooden Award, Adolph Rupp Trophy, Eastman Award
# Bill Hodges, NCAA Coach of the Year

Monday, April 2, 2012

1990–91 UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball team

The 1990–91 UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball team represented the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in NCAA Division I men's competition in the 1990–91 season. The Runnin' Rebels, coached by Jerry Tarkanian, entered the season as defending national champions and entered the 1991 NCAA tournament unbeaten, but lost in the national semifinal to eventual champions Duke.

The team played its home games in the Thomas & Mack Center, and was a member of the Big West Conference; it would join the Western Athletic Conference in 1996 and become a charter member of its current conference, the Mountain West Conference, in 1999.

The nickname "Runnin' Rebels" is unique to men's basketball at UNLV. The default nickname for men's sports teams at the school is simply "Rebels", while all women's teams are known as "Lady Rebels".

Larry Johnson, Naismith College Player of the Year
Larry Johnson, USBWA College Player of the Year
Larry Johnson, John R. Wooden Award

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
1991 1 1 Larry Johnson Charlotte Hornets
1991 1 9 Stacey Augmon Atlanta Hawks
1991 1 12 Greg Anthony New York Knicks
1991 2 29 George Ackles New York Knicks
1992 1 25 Elmore Spencer Los Angeles Clippers

1990–91 UNLV Runnin' Rebels men's basketball
NCAA Men's Division I Tournament, Final Four
Conference Big West Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #1
1990–91 record 34–1 (18–0 Big West)
Head coach Jerry Tarkanian
Home arena Thomas and Mack Center

Saturday, March 31, 2012

1980 Oakland Raiders

The 1980 Oakland Raiders season began with the team trying to improve on their 9–7 record from 1979. The 1980 season is the 20th anniversary of the Oakland Raiders franchise and the season where they win their second Super Bowl.

1980 Raiders Draft Selections Round Overall Player Position College
1 15 Marc Wilson QB Brigham Young
2 43 Matt Millen LB Penn State
5 125 Kenny Lewis HB Virginia Tech
5 126 John Adams LB LSU
5 128 William Bowens LB North Alabama
7 173 Malcolm Barnwell WR Virginia Union
8 194 Kenny Hill S Yale
10 231 Walter Carter DT Florida State
11 264 Mike Massey LB Arkansas
12 322 Calvin Muhammad WR Texas Southern

Five weeks into the Raiders season, starting QB Dan Pastorini broke his leg in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs. 33-year-old Jim Plunkett came off the bench to relieve Pastorini and had a terrible performance, throwing 5 interceptions in a 31-17 loss. The Raiders, thinking that Marc Wilson did not have the experience they wanted, called on Plunkett to start for the remainder of the year. In his first game as a starter, he completed eleven of fourteen passes with a touchdown and no interceptions, beginning one of the greatest comeback stories in the history of the sport. Plunkett guided Oakland to nine victories in eleven games and a playoff berth as a wild-card. Then, even more remarkably, rather than suffering an early defeat which marks the typical fate of NFL wild card teams, Plunkett led the Raiders to four playoff victories, including the Super Bowl, where they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 27–10, in Super Bowl XV. Throwing for 261 yards and three touchdowns, Plunkett was named the game's MVP.

At wide receiver, Cliff Branch re-emerged again as one of the games deep threats and had his best season since 1977. Bob Chandler, the other WR, had one of his best seasons, leading the team in receptions (49) and TDs (10).

All - Pro veteran Raymond Chester at tight end also contributed with timely big plays throughout the year and in the post season. On defense, the Raiders were led by Lester Hayes who arguably had the best season for a cornerback in NFL history – 18 interceptions, 2 TDs in 19 games played. Oakland led the NFL in interceptions (35) and takeaways (52) and 2nd in sacks with 54. Hayes was known for using "stickum" and would have stickem all over his upper body. After the season, the NFL prohibited its use.

The Raiders' Super Bowl win was the first by an NFL wild card team and the second by a non-division champion. The Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl IV after finishing second to the Raiders in the AFL West Division during the 1969 season.

1980 Oakland Raiders Roster
Player Pos Birthdate College
Chris Bahr K 02/03/1953 Penn State
Jeff Barnes LB 03/01/1955 California
Morris Bradshaw WR 10/19/1952 Ohio State
Cliff Branch WR 08/01/1948 Colorado
Dave Browning DE 08/18/1956 Washington
Joe Campbell DE 05/08/1955 Maryland
Dave Casper TE 09/26/1951 Notre Dame
Mario Celotto LB 08/23/1956 Southern California
Bob Chandler WR 04/24/1949 Southern California
Raymond Chester TE 06/28/1948 Morgan State
Todd Christensen TE 08/03/1956 Brigham Young
Dave Dalby C 10/19/1950 UCLA
Bruce Davis OT 06/21/1956 UCLA
Mike Davis DB 04/15/1956 Colorado
Ray Guy P 12/22/1949 Southern Mississippi
Cedrick Hardman DE 10/04/1948 North Texas
Dwight Harrison DB 10/12/1948 Texas A&M-Kingsville
Lester Hayes DB 01/22/1955 Texas A&M
Ted Hendricks LB 11/01/1947 Miami
I.M. Hipp RB 02/15/1956 Nebraska
Monte Jackson DB 07/14/1953 San Diego State
Derrick Jensen RB 04/27/1956 Texas-Arlington
Willie Jones DE 11/22/1957 Florida State
Kenny King RB 03/07/1957 Oklahoma
Reggie Kinlaw DT 01/09/1957 Oklahoma
Henry Lawrence OT 09/26/1951 Florida A&M
Alva Liles DT 03/06/1956 Boise State
Rod Martin LB 04/07/1954 Southern California
Rich Martini WR 11/19/1955 California-Davis
Mickey Marvin OG 10/05/1955 Tennessee
Lindsey Mason OT 08/01/1955 Kansas
Ira Matthews RB 08/23/1957 Wisconsin
John Matuszak DE 10/25/1950 Tampa
Randy McClanahan LB 12/12/1954 Southwestern Louisiana
Odis McKinney DB 05/19/1957 Colorado
Matt Millen LB 03/12/1958 Penn State
Keith Moody DB 06/13/1953 Syracuse
Bob Nelson LB 06/30/1953 Nebraska
Dwayne O'Steen DB 12/20/1954 San Jose State
Burgess Owens DB 08/02/1951 Miami
Dan Pastorini QB 05/26/1949 Santa Clara
Dave Pear DT 06/01/1953 Washington
Jim Plunkett QB 12/05/1947 Stanford
Derrick Ramsey TE 12/23/1956 Kentucky
Art Shell OT 11/26/1946 Maryland Eastern Shore
Mike Spivey DB 03/10/1954 Colorado
Steve Sylvester C 03/04/1953 Notre Dame
Gene Upshaw OG 08/15/1945 Texas A&M-Kingsville
Mark van Eeghen RB 04/19/1952 Colgate
Greg Westbrooks LB 02/24/1953 Colorado
Art Whittington RB 09/04/1955 Southern Methodist
Marc Wilson QB 02/15/1957 Brigham Young

Friday, March 30, 2012

1979 Los Angeles Rams

The 1979 Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 42nd year with the National Football League and the 34th season in Los Angeles. It was the final season for the franchise in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, as owner Carroll Rosenbloom previously announced the Rams would move to Anaheim Stadium for the 1980 season.

The Rams won their seventh-consecutive NFC West title in 1979, and went to the Super Bowl for the first time. It was the team's only Super Bowl appearance while based in Los Angeles, and their first appearance in a league championship game since 1955. It would be the Rams' last division title for six seasons.

The 1979 Rams were the first team in NFL history to have a less than a +50 point differential and make it to the Super Bowl. (The Rams scored only 14 points more than their opponents in 1979.)

The Rams' coach for much of the 1970s was Chuck Knox, who led the team through 1977. The Chuck Knox-coached Rams featured an unremarkable offense carried into the playoffs annually by an elite defensive unit. The defining player of the 1970s L.A. Rams was Jack Youngblood. Youngblood was called the 'Perfect Defensive End' by fellow Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen. His toughness was legendary, notably playing on a broken leg during the Rams' run to the 1980 Super Bowl. His blue-collar ethic stood in opposition to the perception that the Rams were a soft 'Hollywood' team. However, several Rams players from this period took advantage of their proximity to Hollywood and crossed over into acting after their playing careers ended. Most notable of these was Fred Dryer, who starred in the TV series Hunter from 1984 to 1991, as well as Merlin Olson, who retired after 1976. During the 1977 offseason, the Rams, looking for a veteran quarterback, acquired Joe Namath from the Jets. In spite of a 2-1 start to the regular season, Namath's bad knees rendered him nearly immobile and after a Monday night defeat in Chicago, he never played again. With Pat Haden at the helm, the Rams won the division and advanced to the playoffs, but lost at home to Minnesota. Chuck Knox left for the Bills in 1978, after which Ray Malavasi became head coach. Going 12-4, the team won the NFC West for the sixth year in a row and defeated the Vikings, thus avenging their earlier playoff defeat. However, success eluded them again as they were shut out in the NFC Championship by the Cowboys.

Ironically, it was the Rams' weakest divisional winner (an aging 1979 team that only achieved a 9-7 record) that would achieve the team's greatest success in that period. Led by third-year quarterback Vince Ferragamo, the Rams shocked the heavily favored and two-time defending NFC champion Dallas Cowboys 21-19 in the Divisional Playoffs, then shut out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-0 in the conference championship game to win the NFC and reach their first Super Bowl. Along with Ferragamo, key players for the Rams were halfback Wendell Tyler, offensive lineman Jackie Slater, and Pro Bowl defenders Jack Youngblood and Jack "Hacksaw" Reynolds.

The Rams' opponent in their first Super Bowl was the defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers. The game would be a virtual home game for the Rams as it was played in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl. Although some oddsmakers set the Rams as a 10½ point underdog, the Rams played Pittsburgh very tough, leading at halftime 13-10 and at the end of the third quarter 19-17. In the end, however, the Steelers finally asserted themselves, scoring two touchdowns in the 4th quarter and completely shutting down the Rams offense to win their fourth Super Bowl, 31-19.

1979 Los Angeles Rams roster

Quarterbacks

* 15 Vince Ferragamo
* 11 Pat Haden
* 8 Jeff Rutledge
* 19 Bob Lee

Running Backs

* 26 Wendell Tyler HB
* 30 Lawrence McCutcheon HB
* 24 Eddie Hill HB
* 34 Elvis Peacock HB
* 32 Cullen Bryant FB
* 43 Jim Jodat FB

Wide Receivers

* 88 Preston Dennard
* 80 Billy Waddy
* 81 Ron Jessie
* 84 Ron Smith
* 87 Drew Hill KR
* 82 Willie Miller

Tight Ends

* 83 Terry Nelson
* 86 Charle Young

Offensive Linemen

* 77 Doug France T
* 73 Gordon Gravelle T
* 72 Kent Hill G
* 62 Bill Bain G/T
* 61 Rich Saul C
* 54 Dan Ryczek C
* 60 Dennis Harrah G
* 56 Doug Smith G/C
* 78 Jackie Slater T
* 75 John Williams T
* 62 Brent Adams G

Defensive Linemen

* 85 Jack Youngblood DE
* 71 Reggie Doss DE
* 89 Fred Dryer DE
* 70 Jerry Wilkinson DE
* 90 Larry Brooks DT
* 79 Mike Fanning DT
* 66 Bill Dunstan DT

Linebackers

* 53 Jim Youngblood OLB
* 52 George Andrews OLB
* 57 Greg Westbrooks OLB
* 64 Jack Reynolds MLB
* 51 Joe Harris MLB
* 59 Bob Brudzinski OLB
* 50 Kevin McClain OLB

Defensive Backs

* 27 Pat Thomas CB
* 49 Rod Perry CB
* 23 Rickey Odom CB
* 37 Ivory Sully CB
* 33 Dwayne O'Steen CB
* 21 Nolan Cromwell FS
* 25 Eddie Brown FS/KR
* 42 Dave Elmendorf SS
* 20 Jackie Wallace SS
* 29 Sid Justin SS
* 28 Ken Ellis CB
* 45 Jeff Severson SS

Special Teams

* 3 Frank Corral K
* 13 Ken Clark P

Reserve Lists

* 4 John Cappelletti HB (IR)
* 4 Anthony Davis HB (IR)
* 4 Carl Ekern MLB (IR)
* 4 Cody Jones DT (IR)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Fearsome Foursome

The "Fearsome Foursome" was a title first used in reporting American Professional Football, when referring to the dominating defensive lines of the San Diego Chargers of the American Football League in the early 1960s, the New York Giants, Detroit Lions and most widely, the Los Angeles Rams of the 1960s and 1970s.

New York Giants

In the 1957 season the New York Daily News, a major New York city tabloid, ran an article and sketches of the New York Giant defensive line consisting of ends Andy Robustelli and Jim Katcavage, and tackles Rosey Grier and Dick Modzelewski and a headline that read "A Fearsome Foursome."

San Diego Chargers

The nickname "Fearsome Foursome" was first regularly used to describe the American Football League's Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers' defensive front four, including starters DE Ron Nery, DT Bill Hudson, DT Ernie Ladd, and DE Earl Faison. The Chargers moved to San Diego in 1961, and Faison made overall AFL Rookie of the Year, a rare feat for a defensive player. Alternate members of the group included DE Bob Petrich, DT George Gross, and DE-DT Henry Schmidt. At the time Gross and Ladd were two of the largest and strongest men in Professional Football. The Chargers' Foursome helped them reach the first two American Football League Championship games and five altogether, winning the AFL Championship in 1963 with a 51 - 10 thumping of the Boston Patriots.

Detroit Lions

The nickname "Fearsome Foursome" was later used to describe the 1962 Detroit Lions line of Roger Brown, Alex Karras, Darris McCord, and Sam Williams. The name was revived for the 2011 Detroit Lions: The nickname "Fearsome Foursome" has locally been used by the newly formed defensive line of the 2011 Detroit Lions, consisting of 2010 Rookie of the Year Ndamukong Suh, Pro-bowler Kyle Vanden Bosch, Cliff Avril and new draft pick Nick Fairley.

Los Angeles Rams

Still later, Rosey Grier was acquired from the New York Giants in 1963 to join Lamar Lundy, Merlin Olsen and Deacon Jones as the Los Angeles Rams starting defensive line. They also became known as the Fearsome Foursome, and the greater publicity garnered by the NFL leads many to assume they were the originals. Dick Butkus called them "the most dominant line in football history." They gained fame as the Rams went from a perennial second division, under .500 team to a NFL powerhouse under coach George Allen. Roger Brown replaced Grier in 1967, and Diron Talbert replaced Brown in 1970. Also in 1970 Coy Bacon replaced Lamar Lundy.

The line was ultimately broken up when George Allen became coach of the Washington Redskins in 1971; Talbert and Deacon Jones followed Allen via trades in 1972 and Bacon left in 1973. After missing the playoffs from 1970–72, the Rams then won 7 straight division titles from 1973 to 1979, and were led in part by The New Fearsome Foursome.

This line consisted of ends Jack Youngblood and Fred Dryer, and tackles Merlin Olsen and Larry Brooks. Youngblood and Olsen are NFL hall of famers while Brooks made the Pro Bowl 5 times. Dryer also made the Pro Bowl once, and set an NFL record with 2 safeties in one game vs. the Packers. Olsen retired after a 15 year career at the end of the 1976 season, and he was replaced for one year by his younger brother Phil Olsen and then by Mike Fanning.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

1979 Pittsburgh Steelers

The 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers season saw the Steelers successfully defend their Super Bowl Championship from the previous year as they achieved a 12–4 record and went on to defeat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl XIV.

1979 Pittsburgh Steelers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name
RB 33 Anthony Anderson
WR 83 Theo Bell
RB 20 Rocky Bleier
QB 12 Terry Bradshaw
T 79 Larry Brown
G 77 Steve Courson
TE 89 Bennie Cunningham
G 57 Sam Davis
RB 35 Jack Deloplaine
G 63 Thom Dornbrook
TE 84 Randy Grossman
RB 32 Franco Harris
RB 27 Greg Hawthorne
T 55 Jon Kolb
QB 15 Mike Kruczek
RB 39 Rick Moser
G 72 Gerry Mullins
T 66 Ted Petersen
WR 86 Jim Smith
WR 82 John Stallworth
WR 88 Lynn Swann
RB 38 Sidney Thornton
C 52 Mike Webster
Defense
Pos. # Name
DB 30 Larry Anderson
DE 76 John Banaszak
DE 65 Tom Beasley
CB 47 Mel Blount
LB 56 Robin Cole
DT 67 Gary Dunn
DT 64 Steve Furness
LB 56 Tom Graves
DT 75 Joe Greene
DE 68 L.C. Greenwood
LB 59 Jack Ham
CB 29 Ron Johnson
LB 58 Jack Lambert
SS 31 Donnie Shell
FS 24 J.T. Thomas
LB 51 Loren Toews
DB 23 Mike Wagner
DE 78 Dwight White
LB 53 Dirt Winston
DB 49 Dwayne Woodruff
LB 54 Zack Valentine
Special teams
Pos. # Name
K 9 Matt Bahr
P 5 Craig Colquitt


Head coach

* Chuck Noll

Coordinators/assistant coaches

* Woody Widenhofer – Defensive Coordinator
* Dick Hoak – Running Backs
* Tom Moore – Wide Receivers
* George Perles – Defensive Line
* Rollie Dotsch
* Lou Riecke
* Paul Uram
* Dick Walker

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

1978 Dallas Cowboys

The 1978 Dallas Cowboys season was their 19th in the NFL. For the third consecutive season, the Cowboys finished in first place in the NFC East. The Cowboys scored 384 points, which ranked first in the NFC, while the defense only gave up 208 points. Twice, the Cowboys appeared on Monday Night Football.

The Cowboys became the first franchise to appear in five Super Bowls. With their loss to Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XIII, they also became the first team to lose a Super Bowl after having won it the previous year.

The defending Super Bowl champions were again led by quarterback Roger Staubach. Staubach finished the season as the top rated passer in the NFL (84.9) by throwing 231 out of 413 completions for 3,190 yards and 25 touchdowns, with 16 interceptions. He also rushed for 182 yards and another touchdown. Wide receivers Drew Pearson and Tony Hill provided the deep passing threats, combining for 90 receptions, 537 yards, and 7 touchdowns. Tight end Billy Joe Dupree contributed 34 receptions for 509 yards and 9 touchdowns. Running back Tony Dorsett had another fine season, recording a total of 1703 combined rushing and receiving yards, and scoring a total of 9 touchdowns. Fullback Robert Newhouse and halfback Preston Pearson also contributed from the offensive backfield, combining for 1,326 rushing and receiving yards, while Newhouse also scored 10 touchdowns. The Cowboys also had a superb offensive line, led by Herbert Scott and 12-time Pro Bowler Rayfield Wright

The Cowboys' "Doomsday Defense" finished the season as the top ranked defense in the league against the run by only allowing 107.6 yards per game. Pro Bowl linemen Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Harvey Martin and Randy White anchored the line, while linebackers Bob Breunig, D. D. Lewis and Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson provided solid support. Their secondary, led by safeties Cliff Harris and Charlie Waters, along with cornerbacks Benny Barnes and Aaron Kyle, combined for 16 interceptions.

The Cowboys started the regular season slowly, winning only six of their first ten games. Both the offense and the defense played ineffectively, including giving up interceptions and fumbles. Dallas finished strong, winning their last six regular season games to post a 12–4 record.

In the aftermath of the season, NFL Films produced its annual highlight reel as it does for every NFL team. Notable of the highlight reel was the title, "America's Team". It would come to be a label that would define the Dallas Cowboys for the rest of their history. However, the label is most remembered for the Cowboys of this era, appearing in three Super Bowls in four years and claiming a unique spotlight in the American consciousness.

Dallas Cowboys 1978 roster
Quarterbacks

* 18 Glenn Carano
* 12 Roger Staubach
* 11 Danny White P

Running Backs

* 24 Alois Blackwell
* 36 Larry Brinson
* 33 Tony Dorsett
* 35 Scott Laidlaw FB
* 44 Robert Newhouse FB
* 26 Preston Pearson

Wide Receivers

* 80 Tony Hill
* 86 Butch Johnson RS
* 88 Drew Pearson
* 82 Robert Steele

Tight Ends

* 89 Billy Joe DuPree
* 81 Jackie Smith

Offensive Linemen

* 61 Jim Cooper C/T
* 67 Pat Donovan T
* 62 John Fitzgerald C
* 71 Andy Frederick T
* 66 Burton Lawless G
* 64 Tom Rafferty G
* 60 Tom Randall G
* 68 Herbert Scott G
* 70 Rayfield Wright T

Defensive Linemen

* 76 Larry Bethea DT
* 63 Larry Cole DE/DT
* 72 Ed Jones DE
* 79 Harvey Martin DE
* 75 Jethro Pugh DT
* 65 Dave Stalls DE/DT
* 54 Randy White DT

Linebackers

* 53 Bob Breunig MLB
* 59 Guy Brown OLB
* 58 Mike Hegman OLB
* 56 Thomas Henderson OLB
* 57 Bruce Huther MLB
* 50 D. D. Lewis OLB

Defensive Backs

* 31 Benny Barnes CB
* 43 Cliff Harris FS
* 42 Randy Hughes SS
* 25 Aaron Kyle CB
* 32 Dennis Thurman FS/CB
* 46 Mark Washington CB
* 41 Charlie Waters SS

Special Teams

* 1 Rafael Septien K

Monday, March 26, 2012

List of Manchester United F.C. players with at least 100 appearances

List of Manchester United F.C. players with at least 100 appearances
Name Nationality Position Manchester United
career
Starts Subs Total Goals
Appearances
Donaldson, BobBob Donaldson  Scotland FW 1892–1897 147 0 147 66
Erentz, FredFred Erentz  Scotland FB 1892–1902 303 0 303 9
Cassidy, JoeJoe Cassidy  Scotland FW 1893,
1895–1900
167 0 167 99
Macnaught, JamesJames McNaught  Scotland HB 1893–1898 157 0 157 12
Smith, DickDick Smith  England FW 1894–1898,
1900–1901
100 0 100 37
Cartwright, WalterWalter Cartwright  England HB 1895–1905 257 0 257 8
Stafford, HarryHarry Stafford  England FB 1896–1903 200 0 200 1
Bryant, WilliamWilliam Bryant  England FW 1896–1900 127 0 127 33
Barrett, FrankFrank Barrett  Scotland GK 1896–1900 132 0 132 0
Morgan, BillyBilly Morgan  England HB 1897–1903 152 0 152 7
Griffiths, BillyBilly Griffiths  England HB 1899–1905 175 0 175 30
Schofield, AlfAlf Schofield  England FW 1900–1907 179 0 179 35
Hayes, VinceVince Hayes  England FB 1901–1907,
1908–1910
128 0 128 2
Peddie, JackJack Peddie  Scotland FW 1902–1903,
1904–1907
121 0 121 58
Downie, AlexAlex Downie  Scotland HB 1902–1909 191 0 191 14
Bell, AlexAlex Bell  Scotland HB 1903–1913 309 0 309 10
Bonthron, BobBob Bonthron  Scotland FB 1903–1907 134 0 134 3
Moger, HarryHarry Moger  England GK 1903–1912 266 0 266 0
Duckworth, DickDick Duckworth  England HB 1903–1915 254 0 254 11
Roberts, CharlieCharlie Roberts  England HB 1904–1913 302 0 302 23
Holden, DickDick Holden  England FB 1905–1914 117 0 117 0
Picken, JackJack Picken  Scotland FW 1905–1911 122 0 122 46
Wall, GeorgeGeorge Wall  England FW 1906–1915 319 0 319 100
Meredith, BillyBilly Meredith  Wales FW 1907–1921 335 0 335 36
Turnbull, SandySandy Turnbull  Scotland FW 1907–1915 247 0 247 101
Stacey, GeorgeGeorge Stacey  England FB 1907–1915 270 0 270 9
Halse, HaroldHarold Halse  England FW 1908–1912 125 0 125 56
Whalley, ArthurArthur Whalley  England HB 1909–1920 106 0 106 6
West, EnochEnoch West  England FW 1910–1916 181 0 181 80
Beale, BobbyBobby Beale  England GK 1912–1919 112 0 112 0
Mew, JackJack Mew  England GK 1912–1926 199 0 199 0
Hilditch, LalLal Hilditch  England HB 1919–1932 322 0 322 7
Silcock, JackJack Silcock  England FB 1919–1934 449 0 449 2
Spence, JoeJoe Spence  England FW 1919–1933 510 0 510 168
Moore, CharlieCharlie Moore  England FB 1919–1921,
1922–1931
328 0 328 0
Grimwood, JohnJohn Grimwood  England HB 1919–1927 205 0 205 8
Partridge, TeddyTeddy Partridge  England FW 1920–1929 160 0 160 18
Steward, AlfAlf Steward  England GK 1920–1932 326 0 326 0
Bennion, RayRay Bennion  Wales HB 1921–1932 301 0 301 3
Lochhead, ArthurArthur Lochhead  Scotland FW 1921–1925 153 0 153 50
Thomas, HarryHarry Thomas  Wales FW 1922–1931 135 0 135 13
Barson, FrankFrank Barson  England HB 1922–1928 152 0 152 4
Mann, FrankFrank Mann  England HB 1923–1930 197 0 197 5
Macpherson, FrankFrank McPherson  England FW 1923–1928 175 0 175 52
Jones, TomTom Jones  England FB 1924–1937 200 0 200 0
Hanson, JimmyJimmy Hanson  England FW 1924–1931 147 0 147 52
Wilson, JackJack Wilson  England HB 1926–1932 140 0 140 3
Maclenahan, HughHugh McLenahan  England HB 1928–1937 116 0 116 12
Rowley, HarryHarry Rowley  England FW 1928–1932,
1934–1937
180 0 180 55
Reid, TomTom Reid  Scotland FW 1929–1933 101 0 101 67
Maclachlan, GeorgeGeorge McLachlan  Scotland FW 1929–1933 116 0 116 4
Mellor, JackJack Mellor  England FB 1930–1937 122 0 122 0
Manley, TomTom Manley  England HB 1930–1939 195 0 195 41
Vose, GeorgeGeorge Vose  England HB 1933–1939 209 0 209 1
Griffiths, JackJack Griffiths  England FB 1934–1944 173 0 173 1
Mackay, BillBill McKay  Scotland HB 1934–1940 182 0 182 15
Mutch, GeorgeGeorge Mutch  Scotland FW 1934–1937 120 0 120 49
Bamford, TommyTommy Bamford  Wales FW 1934–1938 109 0 109 57
Bryant, BillyBilly Bryant  England FW 1934–1939 157 0 157 42
Brown, JamesJames Brown  Scotland HB 1935–1939 110 0 110 1
Carey, JohnnyJohnny Carey  Ireland FB 1937–1953 344 0 344 17
Rowley, JackJack Rowley  England FW 1937–1955 424 0 424 211
Pearson, StanStan Pearson  England FW 1937–1954 343 0 343 148
Warner, JackJack Warner  Wales HB 1938–1950 115 0 115 2
John Aston, Sr.  England FB 1946–1954 284 0 284 30
Chilton, AllenbyAllenby Chilton  England HB 1946–1955 391 0 391 3
Cockburn, HenryHenry Cockburn  England HB 1946–1954 275 0 275 4
Crompton, JackJack Crompton  England GK 1946–1956 212 0 212 0
Delaney, JimmyJimmy Delaney  Scotland FW 1946–1950 184 0 184 28
Macglen, BillyBilly McGlen  England HB 1946–1952 122 0 122 2
Mitten, CharlieCharlie Mitten  England FW 1946–1952 162 0 162 61
Downie, JohnJohn Downie  Scotland FW 1949–1953 116 0 116 37
Wood, RayRay Wood  England GK 1949–1958 208 0 208 0
Gibson, DonDon Gibson  England HB 1950–1955 115 0 115 0
Jones, MarkMark Jones  England HB 1950–1958 121 0 121 1
Berry, JohnnyJohnny Berry  England FW 1951–1958 276 0 276 45
Blanchflower, JackieJackie Blanchflower  Northern Ireland HB 1951–1958 117 0 117 27
Byrne, RogerRoger Byrne  England FB 1951–1958 280 0 280 20
Pegg, DavidDavid Pegg  England FW 1952–1958 150 0 150 28
Foulkes, BillBill Foulkes  England DF 1952–1970 685 3 688 9
Taylor, TommyTommy Taylor  England FW 1953–1958 191 0 191 131
Edwards, DuncanDuncan Edwards  England HB 1953–1958 177 0 177 21
Viollet, DennisDennis Viollet  England FW 1953–1962 293 0 293 179
Goodwin, FreddieFreddie Goodwin  England HB 1954–1960 107 0 107 8
Scanlon, AlbertAlbert Scanlon  England FW 1954–1960 127 0 127 35
Colman, EddieEddie Colman  England HB 1955–1958 108 0 108 2
Cope, RonnieRonnie Cope  England HB 1956–1961 106 0 106 2
Charlton, BobbyBobby Charlton  England FW 1956–1973 756 2 758 249
Gaskell, DavidDavid Gaskell  England GK 1956–1967 119 0 119 0
Gregg, HarryHarry Gregg  Northern Ireland GK 1957–1966 247 0 247 0
Brennan, ShayShay Brennan  Ireland FB 1958–1970 358 1 359 6
Quixall, AlbertAlbert Quixall  England FW 1958–1963 183 0 183 56
Giles, JohnnyJohnny Giles  Ireland FW 1959–1963 115 0 115 13
Stiles, NobbyNobby Stiles  England HB 1959–1971 394 0 394 19
Setters, MauriceMaurice Setters  England HB 1960–1964 194 0 194 14
Dunne, TonyTony Dunne  Ireland DF 1960–1973 534 1 535 2
Cantwell, NoelNoel Cantwell  Ireland FB 1960–1967 146 0 146 8
Herd, DavidDavid Herd  Scotland FW 1961–1968 264 1 265 145
Law, DenisDenis Law  Scotland FW 1962–1973 398 6 404 237
Sadler, DavidDavid Sadler  England U 1962–1973 328 7 335 27
Crerand, PatPat Crerand  Scotland HB 1963–1971 397 0 397 15
Best, GeorgeGeorge Best  Northern Ireland FW 1963–1974 470 0 470 179
Connelly, JohnJohn Connelly  England FW 1964–1966 112 1 113 35
Fitzpatrick, JohnJohn Fitzpatrick  Scotland DF 1965–1973 141 6 147 10
John Aston, Jr.  England FW 1965–1972 166 21 187 27
Stepney, AlexAlex Stepney  England GK 1966–1979 539 0 539 2
Kidd, BrianBrian Kidd  England FW 1967–1974 257 9 266 70
Burns, FrancisFrancis Burns  Scotland DF 1967–1972 143 13 156 7
Morgan, WillieWillie Morgan  Scotland MF 1968–1975 293 3 296 34
James, SteveSteve James  England HB 1968–1975 160 1 161 4
Macilroy, SammySammy McIlroy  Northern Ireland MF 1971–1982 391 28 419 71
Buchan, MartinMartin Buchan  Scotland DF 1972–1983 456 0 456 4
Maccreery, DavidDavid McCreery  Northern Ireland MF 1972–1979 57 53 110 8
Forsyth, AlexAlex Forsyth  Scotland FB 1973–1978 116 3 119 5
Macari, LouLou Macari  Scotland FW 1973–1984 374 27 401 97
Daly, GerryGerry Daly  Ireland MF 1973–1977 137 5 142 32
Greenhoff, BrianBrian Greenhoff  England DF 1973–1979 268 3 271 17
Houston, StewartStewart Houston  Scotland DF 1974–1980 248 2 250 16
Pearson, StuartStuart Pearson  England FW 1974–1979 179 1 180 66
Albiston, ArthurArthur Albiston  Scotland FB 1974–1988 467 18 485 7
Coppell, SteveSteve Coppell  England MF 1975–1983 393 3 396 70
Nicholl, JimmyJimmy Nicholl  Northern Ireland DF 1975–1982 235 13 248 6
Hill, GordonGordon Hill  England MF 1975–1978 133 1 134 51
Greenhoff, JimmyJimmy Greenhoff  England FW 1976–1980 119 4 123 36
Grimes, AshleyAshley Grimes  Ireland DF 1977–1983 77 30 107 11
Jordan, JoeJoe Jordan  Scotland FW 1978–1981 125 1 126 41
Macqueen, GordonGordon McQueen  Scotland DF 1978–1985 229 0 229 26
Bailey, GaryGary Bailey  England GK 1978–1987 375 0 375 0
Thomas, MickeyMickey Thomas  Wales MF 1978–1981 110 0 110 15
Moran, KevinKevin Moran  Ireland DF 1979–1988 284 5 289 24
Wilkins, RayRay Wilkins  England MF 1979–1984 191 3 194 10
Duxbury, MikeMike Duxbury  England DF 1980–1990 345 33 378 7
Gidman, JohnJohn Gidman  England DF 1981–1986 116 4 120 4
Stapleton, FrankFrank Stapleton  Ireland FW 1981–1987 267 21 288 78
Moses, RemiRemi Moses  England MF 1981–1988 188 11 199 12
Robson, BryanBryan Robson  England MF 1981–1994 437 24 461 99
Whiteside, NormanNorman Whiteside  Northern Ireland FW 1982–1989 256 18 274 67
Macgrath, PaulPaul McGrath  Ireland DF 1982–1989 192 7 199 16
Hughes, MarkMark Hughes  Wales FW 1983–1986,
1988–1995
453 14 467 163
Hogg, GraemeGraeme Hogg  Scotland DF 1984–1988 108 2 110 1
Blackmore, ClaytonClayton Blackmore  Wales U 1984–1994 201 44 245 26
Olsen, JesperJesper Olsen  Denmark MF 1984–1988 149 27 176 24
Strachan, GordonGordon Strachan  Scotland MF 1984–1989 195 6 201 38
Davenport, PeterPeter Davenport  England FW 1986–1988 83 23 106 26
Macclair, BrianBrian McClair  Scotland FW 1987–1998 398 73 471 127
Bruce, SteveSteve Bruce  England DF 1987–1996 411 3 414 51
Martin, LeeLee Martin  England DF 1988–1994 84 25 109 2
Sharpe, LeeLee Sharpe  England MF 1988–1996 213 50 263 36
Donaghy, MalMal Donaghy  Northern Ireland DF 1988–1992 98 21 119 0
Phelan, MikeMike Phelan  England U 1989–1994 127 19 146 3
Webb, NeilNeil Webb  England MF 1989–1992 105 5 110 11
Pallister, GaryGary Pallister  England DF 1989–1998 433 4 437 15
Ince, PaulPaul Ince  England MF 1989–1995 276 5 281 29
Irwin, DenisDenis Irwin  Ireland DF 1990–2002 511 18 529 33
Giggs, RyanRyan Giggs  Wales MF 1991– 765 138 903 163
Kanchelskis, AndreiAndrei Kanchelskis  Soviet Union /  Russia MF 1991–1995 132 29 161 36
Parker, PaulPaul Parker  England DF 1991–1996 137 9 146 2
Schmeichel, PeterPeter Schmeichel  Denmark GK 1991–1999 398 0 398 1
Neville, GaryGary Neville  England DF 1992–2011 566 36 602 7
Beckham, DavidDavid Beckham  England MF 1992–2003 356 38 394 85
Butt, NickyNicky Butt  England MF 1992–2004 307 79 386 26
Cantona, EricEric Cantona  France FW 1992–1997 184 1 185 82
Keane, RoyRoy Keane  Ireland MF 1993–2005 458 22 480 51
May, DavidDavid May  England DF 1994–2003 98 20 118 8
Scholes, PaulPaul Scholes  England MF 1994–2011
2012–
560 129 689 152
Cole, AndrewAndrew Cole  England FW 1995–2001 231 44 275 121
Neville, PhilPhil Neville  England DF 1995–2005 301 85 386 8
Johnsen, RonnyRonny Johnsen  Norway DF 1996–2002 131 19 150 9
Solskjaer, Ole GunnarOle Gunnar Solskjær  Norway FW 1996–2007 216 150 366 126
Sheringham, TeddyTeddy Sheringham  England FW 1997–2001 101 52 153 46
Berg, HenningHenning Berg  Norway DF 1997–2000 81 22 103 3
Brown, WesWes Brown  England DF 1998–2011 313 49 362 5
Stam, JaapJaap Stam  Netherlands DF 1998–2001 125 2 127 1
Yorke, DwightDwight Yorke  Trinidad and Tobago FW 1998–2002 120 32 152 66
Fortune, QuintonQuinton Fortune  South Africa MF 1999–2006 88 38 126 11
Silvestre, MikaelMikaël Silvestre  France DF 1999–2008 326 35 361 10
Oshea, JohnJohn O'Shea  Ireland U 1999–2011 301 92 393 15
Barthez, FabienFabien Barthez  France GK 2000–2004 139 0 139 0
Nistelrooy, Ruud vanRuud van Nistelrooy  Netherlands FW 2001–2006 200 19 219 150
Ferdinand, RioRio Ferdinand  England DF 2002– 383 6 389 7
Fletcher, DarrenDarren Fletcher  Scotland MF 2003– 242 60 302 23
Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo  Portugal FW 2003–2009 244 48 292 118
Saha, LouisLouis Saha  France FW 2004–2008 76 48 124 42
Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney  England FW 2004– 320 36 356 174
Sar, Edwin van derEdwin van der Sar  Netherlands GK 2005–2011 266 0 266 0
Park Ji-Sung  South Korea MF 2005– 145 59 204 27
Evra, PatricePatrice Evra  France DF 2006– 262 21 283 3
Vidic, NemanjaNemanja Vidić  Serbia DF 2006– 237 7 244 18
Carrick, MichaelMichael Carrick  England MF 2006– 224 40 264 19
Nani  Portugal MF 2007– 152 38 190 35
Anderson  Brazil MF 2007– 107 38 145 7
Evans, JonnyJonny Evans  Northern Ireland DF 2007– 105 14 119 1
Berbatov, DimitarDimitar Berbatov  Bulgaria FW 2008– 108 39 147 56