On June 3rd, 2010, I put a post on this website about the 5 things I wanted to see in sports that I had never seen. I put those things on there in part because I thought at that time that these achievements might never happen again. They were:
1) UNDEFEATED COLLEGE BASKETBALL SEASON (Last time: Indiana, 1976)
2) TRIPLE CROWN OF HORSE RACING (Last time: Affirmed, 1978)
3) TRIPLE CROWN OF BASEBALL (Last time: Carl Yastrzemski, 1968)
4) SUMO WRESTLER AS GOALIE (Last time: Never)
5) FULL INSTANT REPLAY IN BASEBALL
Now, over 6 years later 3 of my 5 things on that list have occurred. The triple crowns were won by Miguel Cabrera and American Pharaoh and baseball finally put in an instant replay system after numerous embarrassing blunders by umpires. So, I feel like I need to refresh the list now:
- UNDEFEATED COLLEGE BASKETBALL SEASON
-Obviously, we were very close to having this accomplished to by our very own team. But the fact that team couldn’t go undefeated with the amount of elite pro talent they had proves that it might not happen again. That team made it 38 games without a loss but remember there were several in SEC play they could have, or should have, lost. The Notre Dame game could have very easily been a loss too. Point being, the fact they made it 38 games without a loss is one of the great college basketball feats in history. Trying to to get to 40-0 would be monumental. I’d still love to see it, even if it isn’t Kentucky. It will require such good luck and a perfect combination of players.
- SUMO WRESTLER GOALIE
-Of course I am being silly here but I would love to see some minor league hockey team try it. Just once. For 5 minutes. Put the fattest man you can find and see if hockey players have the skill to shoot it the very tiny gaps he would create. Someone is going to do it.
- GRAND SLAM IN TENNIS
-This is going to happen and it might happen this year. Serena Williams should have done it last year before her epic choke job at the US Open. It hasn’t been done on the women’s side since 1988. On the men’s side it’s been even longer. Rod Laver accomplished it twice in the 1960’s and only a couple times since has a man won even 3 majors in a season. Novak Djokovic has already won the first 2 this year, including the French Open on his worst surface. He is the heavy favorite at Wimbledon. He has a very real shot at taking the grand slam this year which is, I think, more difficult than winning the Triple Crown in baseball. You have to win 4 tournaments, in 4 different countries, on 3 different surfaces.
- 59 IN A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP
-This is probably the most unlikely of ever happening seeing as 63 is still the lowest score in any major golf championship ever, and they’ve been playing these things for over 100 years. But to see a guy shoot the mythical number in a major championship setting would be really cool. If accomplished, it would be the most difficult feat ever accomplished by an individual in an individual sport.
- A STEVE NEBRASKA PERFECT GAME
-Don’t know what this is? Watch the video (start at the 1:57:00 mark):
As sports fans, what feats would you love to see that you have never seen before?