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7 Sports Record We Thought Were Unbeatable
By Brodey Sheppard - April 22, 2016
Aside from finding the best sports betting offers, punters also enjoy discovering sports records being beaten. There’s just something amazing about seeing remarkable athletes defy odds and make history. It just gives us a glimpse of how great the human capacity can be. Take a look at some of the sports records in history that we thought would be overpassed by other athletes or teams.
1) Chicago Bulls’ 72-Win Season
1995-1996 was a great season for the Chicago Bulls when they achieved what no team had done before – winning the most matches within a single season. With a 72-10 season record, many believed that this record was unbeatable. The game changed when on April 14, 2016, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors won against the Memphis Grizzlies in Oakland. This win sealed their place in sports history – a 73-9 single season record. It was indeed a ‘crazy’ season for the Golden State Warriors. Punters, no doubt, were also crazy while betting on live sports!
2) Peter Sampras’ 14 Slams
A crowd favourite in online bookmakers, Roger Federer was able to win 12 majors in five seasons. However, the record was set by Peter Sampras when he was able to win 14 slams. By 2012, Federer was able to soar past that record by winning 17 majors. Now fans are anticipating that he’ll set another record with 20 slams, but that’s a bit far away. This may be true because despite pushing through three slams finals, Federer still hasn’t added another win to his record. What’s most likely is that his record will be beaten by Novak Djokovic who by far has won 11 majors.
3) Mark Spitz’s Seven Gold Medals in an Individual Olympic Games
For 26 years, Mark Spitz’s single Olympic Games record remained unbeaten. During the 1972 Olympic Games, Spitz who was affectionately known as ‘Mark the Shark’ secured seven gold medals. Many thought that this single Olympic Games record was unbeatable. That was true until swimming phenomenon Michael Phelps came into the picture and changed the game for betting on swimming online. Also referred to as ‘The Baltimore Bullet’, Phelps took the 2008 Beijing Games by storm when he won eight gold medals. Along the way, he also became the most decorated Olympian of all time, winning 18 medals in total.
4) Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 Boxing Career Record
Technically, Mayweather did not really beat the previous record that was set by Rocky Marciano – they just tied. However, he is still a fighter that’s worth mentioning since in our generation, he undoubtedly is the greatest boxer. Wanting to keep his record perfect, he avoided meeting Manny Pacquiao inside the ring. Even when boxing betting odds were in his favour, he was still careful not to tarnish his 0 loss record. But when he finally went through the ropes, he proved that he truly was a talented and remarkable fighter. After defeating Pacquiao, Mayweather was able to match Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 boxing record.
5) Michael Tuck’s 426 AFL Games Record
For over 50 years, many thought that Hawthorn legend Michael Tuck’s 426 games record would never be surpassed. This is essentially true since AFL players are forced into retiring early due to the demands that the game is taking from their bodies. However, this season, this record may be beaten by Kangaroos champion Brent Harvey. He is slowly climbing towards the record and he may even pass it this season just by playing 15 of the remaining 19 games. If he continues to play next year, he may even reach the 450-mark.
6) Ruud van Nistelrooy’s 10 Goals
While Manchester United was sweeping towards the winning the 2002/03 English Premier League title, Ruud van Nistelrooy was on a goal streak. During the season’s final eight games, van Nistelrooy hit the goal eight times. He went on to set the new record for goals in ten consecutive games in the 2003/4 season. This feat seemed unbeatable until Jamie Vardy scored 11 goals in the first half of the same season.
7) Jack Nicklaus’ 18 Majors
Affectionately known as ‘The Golden Bear’, Jack Nicklaus set a record in golf by winning 18 majors. For a while, this record was challenged by Tiger Woods with 14 titles under his belt in 2008. However, with a sex scandal and injuries, Woods hasn’t won a major since. On the other hand, Nicklaus’ record faces a new threat in the form of the very talented Jordan Spieth. Spieth may not have won the 2016 Masters Jacket, but with his career record, he just might surpass Nicklaus’ 18 wins.