Some records were made to be not broken
Not sure how many of you found Nothin’ But Net on our website, it was kind of hidden when I went to make sure it got on-line this morning but here it is and here’s an accompanying chart of five unbreakable basketball records.
(The chart went with the NBN mention that this is the 50th anniversary of Wilt’s 100-point game, as unassailable a record as exists in sports anywhere)
And the list got me thinking about records that’ll never be broken and whether that’s all that big a deal.
The three I’ve come up with, in no particular order:
DiMaggio’s hit streak
The evolution of the game, especially with regards to relief-pitching specialists, makes it virtually impossible to get the kind of late-game at-bats against tiring and familiar starters that helped Joe. Also, it’s just damn hard to get a hit every day.
Gretzky’s point total
There might be solid NHLers who don’t get 215 points in a career, let alone a season. I’m told the game was so different back then that it’s not even funny but, man, that’s a lot of points, isn’t it?
Cy Young’s win total
You can make the case that we’ll never see another 300-game winner let alone anyone who’ll approach Cy’s 511 career victories.
Think about it? That number is absolutely mind-boggling and I know it was an entirely different era and game but, wow, that’s five freaking hundred and eleven wins!
This is the one, the absolute one that will never, ever, ever be threatened, let alone broken.
Now, I realize we’re talking apples and oranges for the most part here, some of those – and the other records I’m sure you’re thinking about – have as much to do with longevity as anything and few play the game as long as players in bygone eras.
But, still, records are set against the level of competition at the time and all are relative to those periods; to think what these guys did is, in some instances, shocking and they should be celebrated while being taken in context.
Of course, it’s the Grizzlies and it’s Memphis and it’s Tennessee so why not Chuck Berry and Memphis Tennessee.
Makes entire sense to me.
I’ll get this out of the way so no one will ask tonight when we’re doing the IGBT, okay.
Read from RaptorsPR yesterday (and I’m thinking doing one of those follow things with them on twitter might be fun) that Bargnani actually did some on-court work yesterday instead of just working with the team’s medical and training staff on the side, as he’s been doing for about a week.
Now, it doesn’t mean a return is imminent and if you simply apply common sense and look at the schedule, it’s probably going to be a week before he gets back.
He’ll need some practice time, legit work five-on-five with his teammates and they’ll practice tomorrow but with home back-to-backs on Sunday and Monday, they aren’t likely to do too much on Tuesday before the game here Wednesday.
But then they’ve got two days off before playing in Detroit on the Saturday and if three full practices are enough, that might be when he gets back.
So tonight, I’m going with the “asked and answered, your honour” reply when it comes up.
And if it’s not a comeback in Detroit, then when? Yeesh. Hard to say. They go back-to-back in Detroit on the Saturday at home, have the Monday off but go back-to-back Tuesday-Wednesday the next week at Cleveland and Jersey before heading to Memphis on – ta-da! – Trade Deadline Day!
Two little reminders:
We’re still looking, of course, for mail for tomorrow and Sunday, thank you very much. And as a special treat, we’ll be here at noon for an hour or so to answer whatever questions you might have because we haven’t done one of those chats in a long while.
Talk to you then, right?
Hey, remember Jamario Moon?
Good for him.
Was kind of surprised he didn’t at least find some kind of minor league work earlier in the season but, truth be told, I wasn’t at all surprised he didn’t find an NBA gig.
Not sure if the D League thing will lead to a 10-day deal with an NBA team later this year – no indication it was a precursor or anything like that – but I’m glad he’s got a job playing somewhere.
I’ve got to get something far more in-depth at the first of next week – remind me to try and make some calls this weekend to get the story started, will you? – but we’re coming up on the final weekend of the first regular season for our friends at the National Basketball League of Canada.
I’ve been trying to keep tabs as the season has progresses and now that London, Halifax, Quebec and Saint John are about to head into the post-season, it’s time to take stock of how everything when.
But if you’re in one of those four cities where the playoffs will be held, I’d suggest, again, taking in a game because my spies keep telling me the calibre of play and competitiveness of the league is still outstanding and they probably deserve a big finish to a good season.
The one thing that stands out to me is that the seven cities and the league have done a good job progressing, none of the teams struggled so badly that their future was in peril during a first season and that’s always a possibility during a start-up year.
I know they’ve got a big all-star weekend planned for Halifax at the end of the month (all the details are here) and, to tell you the truth, all I’m hearing is good things. And that’s great because the league needs to survive and thrive for the good of the sport in those cities.
Okay, that’ll be it for now; got a Grunt TV taping later this morning and the big game tonight.
Have a good day.