Monday, May 9, 2011

Sports record holders & chasers

Sports record holders & chasers
Sports record holders & chasers. Scandals aside, including this recent outburst, athletes across all genres continue to accomplish amazing athletic feats and have the records to prove it. We take a look at some of the top record holders in sports history and the players attempting to break them.

Kobe Bryant
This Los Angeles Laker became the youngest player in NBA history to pass a milestone mark. He is also on pace to become the NBA’s all-time scoring leader.
NBA championships
The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics have had one of the most storied rivalries in all of sports. After the Celtics took the 2008 championship, the teams met again in the 2010 NBA Finals, but the Celtics own the record for most championships in history. See a gallery of the top 10 teams.
Most men’s career golf majors
Sixteen years ago, 21-year-old golf prodigy, Eldrick (Tiger) Woods, put on the green jacket at Augusta National, a club that no black man was allowed to play at six years prior. Fifteen years later, Tiger needs only five career majors to pass the all-time great Jack Nicklaus. His record.
Home run record
Barry Bonds currently owns the all-time home run record at 762. However, that record could be marred with his recent legal trouble, stemming from his alleged steroid use.
Basketball coaches with most NCAA career wins
Coach Bobby Knight owns the record for most career wins by a NCAA Division 1 men's college basketball coach, earning him this nickname. He’s also the only coach in his field to lead a team to an undefeated season.
Women’s NCAA most career wins
Tennessee Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt is the all-time record holder for most career wins in NCAA history; men’s or women’s
All-time college football wins
One of the most legendary franchises in college football, the Michigan Wolverines holds the record for most all-time victories. However, Michigan football has regressed over the past few years with a combined record of 15 wins and 22 losses.
Most Super Bowl titles
A franchise from the Steel City owns the most Super Bowl Titles in NFL history. The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers are tied at a close second with five Super Bowl titles each.
Men's Tennis Grand Slam Titles
Tennis champ Roger Federer owns the record for most Singles Grand Slam titles. But when Spanish player Rafael Nadal beat Federer in 2005 at the French Open, he came one step closer to beating Federer’s record.
Most women’s Grand Slam titles
Steffi Graf holds the record for most single Grand Slam titles by a woman. She’s married to another famous tennis player.
World’s fastest tennis serve
Top-ranked American tennis player Andy Roddick has punished his opponents with blistering serves that range between 130-155 miles per hour. But his record was recently bested by the tallest tennis player.
All-time leading rushing quarterback in Division 1 NCAA football
Former West Virginia quarterback Pat White holds the record for most rushing yards by a quarterback. A current Michigan Wildcat may be the next to break the record.
All-time leading scorers in WNBA history
WNBA star Tina Thompson recently surpassed the scoring record of three-time MVP.
NFL perfect season
This team did it in 1972 and in 2007, with a 19-0 record heading into the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots were just one win away from becoming the second team to have a perfect season. Which team did they lose to? Watch highlights from the historic game.
Played in most NHL games
"The Great One," otherwise known as Wayne Gretzky, is a legend in professional hockey, but it’s another lesser known retired player who played professionally for the longest period of time.
Michael Phelps
Untouchable, or at least he seemed as such in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps blew away every opponent, earning himself eight gold medals, while breaking five world records. Phelps credits his success to hard work and using a disorder to his advantage.