Sports Records That Will Never Be Broken
Sports are a way to bring together people from different walks of life. And whether you’re playing soccer, football, or basketball, people continue to set records. Many of these records have been matched or broken a handful of times. As many records are there are that were broken, there are a few that no one can ever match.
Here is a list of sports records that will likely never be broken:
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Losing Streak
This record will likely never be broken thanks to the record number of losses. All credit goes to the team during the 1976-1977 season, quarterbacked by Steve Spurrier. While Spurrier was QB, the team lost 26 of the season’s 32 total games.
The Detroit Lions nearly broke that record during their 2008-2009 season. Losing a total of 19 games in that season, they stopped just 7 games short of Tampa Bay’s record. Carolina Panthers 2001 managed to land behind the Lions,’ landing third on the list of ‘Longest Losing Streaks in NFL.”
With the record set at such a high number, teams are likely reminded every season to do what they can to avoid setting a new record for total losses during a football season.
2. Lance Armstrong With Tour De France Seven Times
No matter what sport an athlete chooses to compete in, many look to the story of Lance Armstrong for inspiration. Having battled testicular cancer for the majority of his career. Not only did he compete for seven years in a row at the Tour De France competition, but he won every single one.
One cyclist managed 5 wins at the Tour De France, but no one since Armstrong has managed it seven times in a row.
Armstrong at one point tested positive during drug testing was disqualified from competing. It was some months after, but the athlete himself shared that the steroids being taken were prescribed by the doctor treating his cancer.
3. Richard Petty’s 200 NASCAR Wins
Petty is referred to as “The King” in the racing sport of NASCAR. Why did he get this title? The professional driver earned it after securing 200 race wins in the modern and pre-modern eras of the sport.
In addition to the number of race wins, Richard Petty finished top ten 712 times during his run as a NASCAR driver.
It was in 1967 that Petty achieved his best record of 27 wins in a single racing season. After Richard Petty, the closest anyone has come to his record is David Pearson whose career wins total out to 105.
The third in the running is Jeff Gordon with 85 wins so far.
4. Cal Ripken Jr.’s Consecutive Games Streak
In grade school, it was the ultimate show of status to have perfect attendance. The same can be said of sports as well. Cal Ripken Jr. was bestowed win the nickname ‘The Iron Man’ for the legendary number of games he participated in.
The Iron Man played from May 30, 1982, to September 19, 1998. During that time, Ripken Jr. had played in every game of every season in that time span. The total name of games comes out to a whopping 2,362. Lou Gehrig held that title of most games played with a record of 2,130 until 1995 when Ripken Jr. surpassed him.
There are a few other players that can boast attending more than 900 games, and Miguel Tejada was at a respectable 1,152 game played until 2007, when he broke his wrist during a game.
5. Michael Phelps’ 28 Olympic Gold Medals
Phelps is one of the most well-known Olympic gold medalists in any sport. He competed for 16 years, starting in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and finally in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Over the course of his Olympian career, he set a total of 39 world records.
Phelps earned a total of 28 medals: 23 gold, two bronze medals (2004), two silvers from the 2012 games, and a single silver from Rio.
Mark Spitz was the former king of the water, earning 11 medals during his Olympic run from 1968 to 1972.
Before the swimmer earned all his medals, a Soviet gymnast named Larisa Latynina held the record for most medals with a total of 18 earned over the course of her Olympic career.