Sports Data: Michael Jordan’s Season PPG and Babe Ruth’s Home Run Totals


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By Stephen Ruiz

This graph details Michael Jordan’s average points per game throughout the years of 1984-2003. Jordan’s average began to steadily decline during the 1990s due to a new style of offense Phil Jackson implemented that balanced the scoring amongst the players, called the Triangle Offense.

Though the Triangle Offense is difficult to understand and learn, the Bulls Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman (among others) learned how to run it rather quickly; winning six championships during the 1990s.

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US Adds 227,000 Jobs In January

By Stephen Ruiz

US employers have been steadily adding jobs since the 2009 Great Recession. According to this line graph courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 2017 employment grew 227,000 last month, a significant increase from the December total of 157,000.

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Top Nine Vegan Restaurants in Chicago

By Stephen Ruiz

More and more people are choosing to go vegan for a variety of reasons; whether it be for health, environmental, and/or ethical reasons, many people are making the switch. Vegetarians are individuals who reject eating meat, fish, and poultry. Additionally, vegetarians pass on other products of animals, including eggs and dairy products.

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Chicago’s Annual Pride Parade Attendance


Chicago Pride Parade Bar Chart 

By Stephen Ruiz

Since it’s commencement in 1970, Chicago’s annual Pride Parade has continually grown over the years; making it the largest of its kind, by attendance, in the world. Once a year, on the last Sunday in June, thousands of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community and supporters crowd Chicago’s Uptown and surrounding neighborhoods in celebration and awareness for LGBT and human rights. According to the attendance chart, there was a dramatic increase in attendees from 2010 to 2011, while additionally doubling in attendance the last four years.

While there are numerous events that take place throughout the summer in Chicago, the Chicago Pride Parade remains one of the most popular free to all ages events in the Windy City; and for good reason, the Chicago Pride Parade offers numerous events for entertainment beyond the parade itself including food and drinks, live music and dancing.

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The ’05 Chicago White Sox popularity vs. The ’16 Chicago Cubs


Searches for “Chicago Cubs World Series” and “Chicago White Sox World Series”
By Stephen Ruiz

Chicago, Ill — In 2005, the Chicago White Sox did something that the Chicago Cubs hadn’t done in nearly 100 years— win a World Series. In fact, the Sox also had a championship drought lasting 88 years! However, despite the White Sox bringing home the Commissioner’s Trophy to Chicago, it seemingly remained an unpopular topic compared to the 2016 Cubs World Series.

Google Trends reports that in 2016, the search “Chicago Cubs World Series” was three-quarters more popular than the search “Chicago White Sox World Series” in 2005. With a score of 25 out of 100 on Google’s search interest chart, it was a swing and a miss when compared to a score of 100 out of 100 Cubs.

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Google Trends: Tom Brady vs. Matt Ryan’s popularity


Searches for Tom Brady and Matt Ryan

By: Stephen Ruiz

Chicago, Ill — On Feb. 5, 2017, the National Football League (NFL) will complete its 2016-17 season with a matchup of quarterbacks sure to draw the eyes from sports fans worldwide. Tom Brady vs Matt Ryan.

How excited are football fans across the globe to see these two dual it out February 5? Google Trends reports that almost double the fans are searching for Tom Brady of the New England Patriots over Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons. This comes as no surprise, four-time Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady is currently the all-time winningest quarterback, surpassing newly retired great Peyton Manning last month in career wins. Matt Ryan, on the other hand, hasn’t won a championship since a 2002 matchup in High School.

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