BY JOHN PAPENDICK, email@example.com
11:29 AM PST, December 17, 2010
In the final home basketball weekend of 2010, Northern State will host special activities tonight and Saturday at Wachs Arena in Aberdeen.
All active and veteran military personnel with IDs will be admitted free to Friday's games against Bemidji State. On Saturday during the Minnesota-Duluth games, the first 500 fans will receive a free Don Meyer bobblehead. Thunder Claus will be stationed in front of the swimming pool to hand out the bobbleheads.
On both nights, the women play at 6 p.m. followed by the men at 8.
Finally, a ton of numbers have been thrown out lately in a variety of wire and staff stories:
71,775: Career yards thrown for in the NFL by Brett Favre - are more coming? - along with 6,295 completions, 507 touchdowns and 335 interceptions.
6,644: Consecutive days, or 321 games counting playoffs, Favre was a starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings in the NFL (Sept. 27, 1992-Dec. 5, 2010).
5,528: MLB games spent as a Chicago Cub by Ron Santo, first as a nine-time All-Star player and then announcer. One of the most beloved Cubs of all-time, Santo died Dec. 2 at age 70.
2,632: Straight MLB games over 17 seasons started by Cal Ripken Jr. for the Baltimore Orioles. ''My dad always taught me that as a ballplayer, you have a responsibility to come to the ballpark every day prepared to play,'' Ripken said. His dad, former Orioles manager Cal Ripken Sr., was manager of the Aberdeen Pheasants for three seasons (1963, 1964 and 1966).
1,192: Straight NBA games with four teams over 15 seasons played in by A.C. Green.
964: Straight NHL games played in by Doug Jarvis for the Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals and Hartford Whalers.
788: Straight NASCAR races started by driver Ricky Rudd.
352: Consecutive NFL games played in by punter Jeff Feagles over 22 seasons - he retired April 10 at age 44.
244: Days until LeAnn Rimes performs Aug. 18 at the Brown County Fair.
239: Other quarterbacks who started NFL games during Favre's consecutive start streak.
205: Straight regular-season NFL games started by quarterback Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts.
159: Straight wrestling wins without a loss by Cael Sanderson during his college career at Iowa State.
122: Consecutive 400-meter hurdle wins over nine years for Olympic gold medalist Edwin Moses.
91: Consecutive boxing wins by Sugar Ray Robinson.
11: Straight PGA Tour wins by Byron Nelson.
7: Consecutive Tour de France wins by cyclist Lance Armstrong.
6: Consecutive Wimbledon tennis titles by Martina Navratilova.
5: Straight duals won by the NSU women's swimming team.
4: Oklahoma offensive coordinators in a row who have gone on to become head college football coaches: Mike Leach (Texas Tech), Mark Mangino (Kansas), Chuck Long (San Diego State) and Kevin Wilson (Indiana). Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops recently promoted Aberdeen native Josh Heupel and fellow OU assistant Jay Norvell to co-offensive coordinators.
3: Straight seasons as a Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader and second season of riding the Chiefs' mascot horse Warpaint for South Dakota State graduate Susie (Syverson) DeRouchey, a native of Walnut Grove, Minn. Two other famous products of Walnut Grove are Laura Ingalls Wilder and my friend Tom Farber of Britton, one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.
3: Roster moves made Thursday by the Minnesota Vikings: signed quarterback Patrick Ramsey, placed QB Tarvaris Jackson on injured reserved and signed Simeon Castille to practice squad.
2: Children that Aberdeen natives Josh and Dawn Heupel have: 2-year-old Hannah and 9-month-old Jace (Jace's name was missing from an earlier story).
1: Dollar and an autographed baseball were what pitcher Bob Feller signed for with the Cleveland Indians in 1936 as a high school junior. Feller, who died Wednesday at age 92, went on to win 266 games in his Major League career. In his 2010 book High Heat about the kings of the fastball, baseball writer Tim Wendel concluded that Feller was the third-hardest thrower in history, behind Nolan Ryan and minor-league phenomenon Steve Dalkowski. In 1959, Dalkowski averaged 20 walks and 15 strikeouts per outing as a pitcher for the Aberdeen Pheasants.
John Papendick is the managing news-sports editor for the American News. Readers tell and e-mail him with stuff plus he reads all the daily newspapers in South Dakota on a daily basis. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Blog: aberdeensports.net/inthehuddle/.