Michael Phelps and Larisa Latynina

August 2, 2012

Between 1956 and 1964, Larisa Latynina from the Soviet Union won 18 Olympic medals in gymnastics. Today, when we think about women’s gymnastics, we think of Olga Korbut, Nadia Comaneci or Mary Lou Retton. Most people today have never heard of Larisa Latynina. But until yesterday, Ms. Latynina held the record for the most Olympic medals. That was until Michael Phelps won two medals, the second of which being his 19th medal, making him the record holder for the most medals. Ms. Latynina held the record for 48 years.

She was 29 in 1964 when she won her 18th medal. These days, most female gymnasts retire while still in their teens. Quite a difference.

For more Olympics coverage, go to http://www.iweblists.com/sports/olympics/index.html. For a list of the medals Michael Phelps has won, look here and here.


Supreme Court Justices – Republicans and Democrats

June 8, 2012

There is an interesting article in today’s NY Times¬†about how the Supreme Court’s approval rating is down to just 44%, lower than President Obama’s, partly due to the¬†ideologically divided 5-to-4 decisions in Bush v. Gore, which determined the 2000 presidential election, and Citizens United, the 2010 decision allowing unlimited campaign spending by corporations and unions.

Not long ago, there were several justices appointed by Republican presidents that were in the “liberal” camp, such as John Paul Stevens and David Souter. These days, other than Anthony Kennedy, it seems that all the justices nominated by Republicans are staunchly Conservative, and all justices nominated by Democrats are staunchly Liberal, matching what seems to be happening with the US Congress.

Here’s a listing of Supreme Court Justices through history.

What is causing all this divisiveness? I believe it’s in part fueled by people’s increased ability to access news with their own slant, instead of news that’s reasonably unbiased. Conservatives can listen to Rush Limbaugh to continually validate their own opinions, for example.

Chris Johnson – 2,000 Yards Rushing in a Season

January 7, 2010

This past weekend, Chris Johnson, of the Tennessee Titans, became the sixth player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. He finished the season with 2,006 rushing yards. He joins Eric Dickerson, the record holder with 2,105 yards in 1984, Jamal Lewis, Barry Sanders, Terrell Davis and, do you remember, OJ Simpson? He rushed for 2,003 yards in 1973.

Here’s a list of the top 50 NFL Season Rushing Yards records.

Market Capitalization

April 27, 2009

So which US companies are worth the most?

Exxon Mobil (XOM) has held the title for a long time. As of today’s stock market close, Exxon Mobil is worth $326 billion. At a distant second place is WalMart (WMT) at $190 billion, followed by Microsoft (MSFT) at $181 billion. Then we drop to $149 billion for AT&T (T) and Proctor & Gamble (PG) rounds out the top 5 at $146 billion.

The list doesn’t change very much. For example, at the end of October, 2008, near the beginning of the recent crash, four of the top five remained the same. Exxon Mobil was first, followed by WalMart, Microsoft and Proctor & Gamble. GE was 5th, and AT&T was 7th. GE has dropped due to its exposure to the banking industry. GE is now 9th.

Here’s a daily-updated list of the Market Capitalization of the top 50 US companies.

Hockey Record – Goalie Wins

March 24, 2009

Last week, Martin Brodeur, goalie for the New Jersey Devils, broke the record for career wins, with 552. Patrick Roy is #2, with 551 wins. Roy last played with the Colorado Avalance in the 2002-2003 season.

Brodeur is also currently in second place for career shutouts, with 101, behind Terry Sawchuk, with 103. Sawchuk spent most of his career with the Detroit Red Wings, and played his last season in 1969-1970 with the New York Rangers.

Here is a list of NHL Hockey records, and here is a list of Goalie Career Wins.