Open Mic: Greatest Disappointments and Accomplishments

Randy RatliffContributor IJune 11, 2008

As an avid sports fan. I have seen some pretty amazing feats in my lifetime. With my favorite football, basketball, and baseball teams being the Raiders, the Kings, and the Red Sox, I have seen my teams perform greatly and very poorly.

Nothing comes close to seeing the Red Sox come back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the New York Yankees in seven games. In my mind, that is the most impressive feat I have ever seen.

It had everything. First of all, Red Sox-Yankees is probably the most heated rivalry in sports. Plus, the Red Sox hadn't won a World Series since 1918, and no baseball team had ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.

That's not to mention how exciting the games were, with Game 4 going into extra innings, and the Red Sox winning four consecutive elimination games. Nothing can top that in my mind.

As far as the biggest disappointments I have seen, a few immediately come to mind. One is the Patriots going undefeated in the regular season and then losing in the Super Bowl.

However, it is hard to determine whether something is a disappointment for one team, or a great accomplishment for the other team. You can give the Giants just as much credit as you can take away from the Patriots.

Another disappointment that comes to mind is the Mavericks winning 67 games in the regular season and then losing in five games in the first round of the playoffs. That is not as much of an upset as the Patriots losing.

I believe the Mavericks were just outcoached. Avery Johnson tried to use the same plays he learned from Don Nelson. His inability to come up with his own game plan allowed Don Nelson to pick apart the Mavericks.

It was the second consecutive year the Mavericks severely underachieved. They lost the finals the year before in six games, after winning the first two games of the series.

Then there are the disappointments that really hit home for me, such as the Sacramento Kings losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002. Now people are saying that Game Six was fixed. When you look at it, it's pretty obvious.

The Lakers shot 27 free throws in the fourth quarter. I have never seen that kind of disparity in foul shooting.

If the Lakers would have kept that pace the entire game they would have shot over 100 free throws. Every time I see highlights of that game I get sick to my stomach. I truly believe that a championship was taken away from my team.

Then, there is the infamous "tuck rule" game between the Raiders and the Patriots, a game in which the officials made a terrible call that cost the Raiders a chance at the Super Bowl.

As far as individual records are concerned. I have witnessed some huge milestones, like Cal Ripken Jr. breaking Lou Gehrig's consecutive games played record.

There are also some records that I am sad to see broken because they were not legitimately broken. These include Barry Bonds' single season and career home run records; and Roger Clemens winning 20 games and a Cy Young award after he turned 40. Also, a lot of his 350-plus wins were also affected. I don't think he would have won 350 games if he wouldn't have used steroids.

The two records I would like to see broken the most are Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hit streak, because no one has really come close to it; and someone scoring 100 points in an NBA game, because that would be an amazing sight to see.

I can't really say that there are any records that I wouldn't like to see broken. When athletes start to approach certain milestones, it creates a lot of excitement, and makes the games even more worthwhile to watch. Records allow players to gauge their talent and ability in relation to the all-time greats.

Who knows what records will be broken in the near future? That is what's great about sports. You never know.