March 23, 2017

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 15 comments

Fun discussion maker: what are the most unbreakable individual records in sports?

posted by yerfatma at 09:54 AM on March 23

Glenn Hall's 502 consecutive games started in goal. Barring a gigantic shift in the way the NHL manages its goalies, nobody is even likely to sniff making it 10% of the way there in the foreseeable future.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:31 AM on March 23

Barring a change on how they count "wins" in baseball, Cy Young's 511 wins seems impossible at this time.

posted by grum@work at 10:50 AM on March 23

NHL goals in a season - 92 by Gretzky - nobody has come close in 35 years and the game is different now

posted by kokaku at 10:54 AM on March 23

The Maple Leafs almost burned themselves last night, but got lucky.

While ahead by only a goal, the Leafs' Roman Polak drew a 5-minute penalty (and game misconduct) for boarding. Instead of putting another player in the box immediately, Leafs coach Mike Babcock elected to not put someone in right away, and was planning to put in a player at the first whistle during the penalty kill (which is an option).

However, there never WAS a whistle during the power play! After the five minutes were up, there was no player in the penalty box, so the Leafs had to remain shorthanded until the next whistle! They could not bring a player onto the ice from the bench.

The Blue Jackets were on the power play for almost SEVEN MINUTES. The Leafs tried to ice the puck, but being short handed meant that didn't stop the play!

Eventually, Dan Boyle (the veteran on the Leafs) got control of the puck at his blue line, skated towards centre, and then flipped it into the Blue Jackets bench. Because it did not go over the glass, it was not a delay of game penalty, and the Leafs could finally put a 5th skater on the ice.

Mike Babcock was seen saying "I'm sorry. My fault. I'm sorry." to his team during the commercial break and said after the game:

"That will never happen in my lifetime again. I can tell you that. I'll never wait to put a guy in."

The Leafs won the game 5-2.

posted by grum@work at 11:36 AM on March 23

Are the Blue Jackets that bad that they couldn't score a goal with a man advantage for nearly seven minutes?!?!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:40 AM on March 23

Are the Blue Jackets that bad

Nope.

posted by tommytrump at 12:33 PM on March 23

Durable sports records dep't.:

Antonio Cromartie's OBP.

12 kids, the last two designated BAV*


(*Boinked After Vasectomy)

posted by beaverboard at 12:39 PM on March 23

Barring a change on how they count "wins" in baseball, Cy Young's 511 wins seems impossible at this time.

I'm going with the single season win count: 31. What's the closest since then 22? 23? I just can't see anyone getting to 30 anymore.

Also, the sneakiest record in baseball is Nolan Ryan's no-hitter record: 7. It's such a low number that it seems it should easily reached, but what is the next best pitcher? Sandy Koufax with a paltry 4.

posted by NoMich at 02:54 PM on March 23

Lots of good picks here but I will pick Jerry Rice and 208 TDs or simply 197 receiving TDs.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:27 PM on March 23

posted by bender at 07:36 PM on March 23

Don Bradman's test average of 99.94 in cricket will never be broken by anyone who bats for more than two innings.

posted by owlhouse at 09:48 PM on March 23

I would think that Fernando Tatis' 2 grand slams (and the subsequent 8 RBI) in one inning was pretty untouchable...

posted by MeatSaber at 11:22 PM on March 23

I would think that Fernando Tatis' 2 grand slams (and the subsequent 8 RBI) in one inning was pretty untouchable...

The Tatis thing is like Johnny Vander Meer throwing consecutive no-hitters.

Maybe, in a blue moon, someone might match the record, but it's virtually impossible to ever break it.

posted by grum@work at 01:07 AM on March 24

NHL goals in a season - 92 by Gretzky - nobody has come close in 35 years and the game is different now

Brett Hull scored 228 goals in 231 games over the span of 3 seasons (1989-90 to 1991-92), including an 86 goal season (in only 78 games).

At his peak (he was 25 in the first of those three seasons), The Golden Brett was the one that might have had a chance. He had the skill and the league was still in the format that allowed for crazy scoring like that.

If Brett had started his career (and peaked) 6 years earlier (during mid-80s), I think he has a real shot at beating that record.

If you use the statistic of "Adjusted Goals" (which takes into account roster size, games in a season, and league scoring), Hulls 1990-91 season (when he scored 86 real goals) is considered the largest "adjusted goals" season in NHL history (78). Gretzky's 92 goals comes out as 69.

The next highest "adjusted goals" season in NHL history was in 2007-08. It was Ovechkin's 65 goal season, which translated into 72 "adjusted goals" (because of the low scoring environment he did it in).

The really interesting part is that when you tally "adjusted goals" for an entire career, the league leader is...Gordie Howe (925). Second place is...Jaromir Jagr (840). Gretzky comes in third with 758.

posted by grum@work at 01:26 AM on March 24

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