In sports, there are some truly remarkable records.
Who would have ever predicted that Wilt Chamberlain would score 100 points in one game, or that Cal Ripken would play in over 2,300 consecutive contests?
It's extremely difficult to break many of these records, but there are always a few players that get closer than anyone thought possible. Sometimes these players are "scrubs," while other times they're first ballot Hall of Famers.
Many times, the people who have a chance to break these records are just as unpredictable as the records themselves...
Many people know Joe DiMaggio has the Major League Baseball record for consecutive games with a hit.
Although DiMaggio managed to get a hit in 56 straight professional games, this record has been surpassed on the collegiate level. In 1987, Robin Ventura had a 58-game hitting streak for Oklahoma State, a Division I record.
In the last few months, Garrett Wittels, a third baseman for Florida International University, has been creeping up on Ventura's record. Currently Wittels has a 54-game hitting streak and has led FIU to the College World Series.
It won't be easy for Wittels to beat Ventura's record. Unlike the Sunbelt League, where FIU plays, every team Wittels faces from now on will be playing high-quality baseball. In the group round alone, Wittels will have to play Texas A&M and Miami, two powerhouse teams.
Wittels has had an impressive run and I hope it continues. Even Robin Ventura is rooting for Wittels.
Odds of breaking record: 25 percent
From 1953 to 1957, the Oklahoma Sooners had perhaps the most impressive run in college sports. During that span, the football team won two national championships and 47 consecutive games. No team has ever come close to Oklahoma's record until now.
Boise State has been dominating the WAC for the last two years and is beginning to garner a national reputation. Under the leadership of Chris Petersen, the team has won 28 consecutive football games, going undefeated in both the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
This season the team has a chance to go undefeated once again, as long as it defeats Virginia Tech in its first game of the season.
People say "the third time's the charm," and a third perfect season will put the team only five wins away from those historic Sooners.
Odds of breaking record: 10 percent
Dan Marino is one of the most prolific quarterbacks in NFL history. In his 17-year career with the Miami Dolphins, Marino passed for over 60,000 yards and threw 420 touchdowns. In addition, Marino had 13 400-yard games, six more than any other player.
If anyone has a chance to break this record it might be Peyton Manning. Manning only has six 400-yard games but is playing the best football of his career. The Colts also have a great receiving core led by Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne.
If Manning stays healthy and continues to play at his best, he may pass Marino in three to five years.
Odds of breaking record: 30 percent
In 1930, Hack Wilson drove in 191 runs for the Chicago Cubs. Wilson's feat was remarkable and many had doubts that any player would ever come close.
Eighty years later, players are getting closer than ever. To have a chance at breaking it, a player must play for a winning team and have a lot of power.
Two players who fit the bill are Ryan Howard and Alex Rodriguez. Both have had 145+ RBI seasons, and they play for two of the best teams in baseball. If either one gets hot for a long period of time, they'll accumulate a lot of hits and RBIs.
I think Wilson will hold onto his record, but if players keep improving, there may be a new record holder 20 to 30 years down the line.
Odds of either breaking the record: Three percent
Currently, Reggie Miller holds the NBA Record for three-pointers made.
Throughout his career, Miller made 2,560 three-point shots and averaged approximately two three's a game.
Sitting at number two on the all-time list is Ray Allen. Allen is less than 125 three-point shots away from Miller (2,444) and has a great chance to be the new record holder.
Since Allen is so close to Miller, many people are probably wondering why I'm classifying this as a nearly impossible record.
Well, after Ray Allen, the next person on the list has less than 1,800 three-pointers made, a difference of well over 600.
Chance of Allen breaking record: 80 percent