Warped Record; 5 Sports Records No One Wants To Beat
Boston Red Sox OF Jackie Bradley Jr.'s quest to break Joe DiMaggio's hit steak came to an end shortly after he made it jussssssst pas the half mark, when he failed to tally a hit in Thursday's tilt, an 8-2 loss to Colorado.
Whether you're a perennial pinch hitter, or the everyday starting first baseman, hitters throughout baseball would love to take a stab at DiMaggio's epic streak, one that MLB is currently refreshing your memory about on your smartphone. However, not all records in sports carry the power and nostalgia behind them. Let's take a look at the epic sports records that nobody wants to beat, and the poor unfortunate souls who happen to hold the marks...
Throughout his relatively short tenure as an NFL starting quarterback, David Carr liked to get sacked.....a lot. Granted, a young and inexperienced offensive line didn't help matters, but it provided a sour start to not just his NFL career, but for a new NFL team in general. Over his total career, Carr was sacked 267 times; that's nowhere near Brett Favre's all time mark of 525, but not only does Favre have several other, more positive, records to boot, he also tallied nearly two decades of starting, whereas Carr was a consistent starter for only five seasons. Selected to be face of the NFL's new kids on the block, the Houston Texans, in 2002, Carr was sacked a whopping 76 times. The 76 tumbles to the ground in Carr's rookie year accumulated in 411 lost yards, or 89 yards short of Andy Dufresne's smelly crawl to freedom in The Shawshank Redemption. Carr almost broke his record in 2006, sacked 68 times, a mark that currently stands at 3rd most all time. During his 5 years as a full time NFL starer, he was sacked 249 times, just short of 50 times per year.
A 2nd round pick of the Dallas Mavericks in the 1997 Draft, Bubba Wells lasted a mere 39 games in the NBA, but it took only one to make his mark on the NBA record book. Heading into a December 1997 game against the mighty Chicago Bulls...and keep in mind this was the 90's Bulls...Mavs head coach Don Nelson knew he would need some sort of strategy to keep pace with the mighty team of the decade, no matter how desperate, no matter how outrageous. The strategy turned out to be use Wells as a hitman on Dennis Rodman, a career 58 percent free throw shooter. Wells's sole purpose on the court was to attack Rodman, even if the Worm was nowhere near the ball. However, the plant backfired in spectacular fashion, as Rodman ended up hitting 9 of the 12 subsequent free throws...making all the difference in an eventual 111-105 Chicago victory. For his efforts, Wells earned the quickest foul-out in NBA history, lasting a mere 3 minutes.
In the 1990's, Joe Nemechek earned the nickname "Front Row Joe" for being a strong qualifier. However, as the old bit of sports wisdom goes, it's not about where you start, but where you finish...a lesson Nemechek has learned the yard way. Granted, in his latter years, he didn't have the greatest equipment to compete with, but the record he set in 2014 was still remarkable in it's notoriety. With a 43rd place finish in the 5-Hour Energy 400 in Kansas, Nemechek captured his 33rd career last place finish, passing JD McDuffie for most all-time.
While Mikkelson went undrafted to start his career, he later became a selection in two separate expansion drafts, first in 1972 to the New York Islanders. In the Islanders' debut season, Mikkelson tallied an obscene +/- of -54 during the 72-73 season. After spending a year with AHL Baltimore, Mikkelson was again exposed to an expansion draft in 1974, where he joined the original Washington Capitals. Mikkelson didn't even play a full season in Washington, going 59 games...making it all the more...impressive?...that he tallied the worst +/- in NHL history at -82. Playing one more year in the NHL, Mikkelson did manage to have an even +/- of 0 in his final year...when he played one game with Washington during the 1976-77 season.
Now a respected analyst on Fox, Bradshaw has also gone down as one of the most prolific quarterbacks in NFL history, capturing four Super Bowls in the 1970's. That quartet of Super Bowls is just one more than the number of 0.0 passer rating games that Bradshaw has had in his career, capturing the dubious distinction of an "imperfect game" on three separate occasions, once each in 1970, 1975 and 1982. The game in 1982 was especially notorious, as not only did Bradshaw post a goose-egg rating, his backup, Cliff Stoudt, duplicated the feat in the very same game.
What other notorious records do you remember? Sound off in the comments!
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490
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