I got to thinking about this following a conversation about Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden. Now that Bowden has retired, it seems all but impossible for any coach to ever catch Paterno’s record for Division I-A coaching wins. He has 393 wins now…it’s unfathomable that anybody else could average over ten wins a season for 39 years. JoePa’s record of 44 years coaching at one school–which he also set this decade–looks unbreakable too.
So I was wondering…are there any other sports records that tumbled this decade that will probably never be broken? Paterno’s records are likely the most ironclad of them all, but what else is out there?
I’m tempted to say that Barry Bonds’ career HR record is out of reach, now that the Age of Steroids is winding down and his closest rivals like Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez are likely to come up short. But a better choice is probably his MLB-record 232 walks in 2004. I doubt we’ll ever see a hitter as dominant as Bonds “protected” by such weak hitting as the Giants’ lower order again.
In world sport, I think Muttiah Muralitharan’s career Test wicket record of 792 is going to be untouchable. Despite the Future Tours Programme, I think there will be less and less Test cricket played in the coming years. 792 (or whatever Murali finishes on) is going to be very hard to beat.
Any other nominations out there?