In the present decade, a firm argument can be built over either Roger Federer or Tiger Woods as the most dominant athlete, but can I toss the beach volleyball duo, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh in the discussion? In a year-long streak that ended today, May-Treanor and Walsh won 112 consecutive matches and 19 consecutive tournaments, including throughout the Olympics, the longest streaks in beach volleyball history. In comparison, Rafael Nadal won 81 consecutive matches on clay in a streak that ended last year, still a far reach from the 112 won by the 2-time gold medalists.
The No. 3 seed Elaine Youngs and Nicole Branagh won an exciting back-and-forth game over May and Walsh in Saturday’s Crocs AVP final 21-19, 10-21, 25-23 with the match being decided on the 11th championship point. Arguably the greatest beach volleyball duo of all-time can start a new streakat the Santa Barbara Open next weekend.
Atlanta Dream Challenging for WNBA’s Worst Regular Season Record
With the WNBA season winding down, the Atlanta Dream have had a nightmare of a season, sporting a record of 3-29 – a .103 winning percentage. Not much good can be said about the expansion team that began the season 0-17 (a WNBA record for consecutive losses and most losses to open a season), then won three of their next five before dropping their last seven.
To compare the almost unfathomable winning percentage, the Miami Heat finished the 2008 season 15-67, a .183 winning percentage, while the Miami Dolphins’ 1-15 record last year tops the cake with a .063 percentage. Man, while Boston/New England is enjoying an awesome year in sports, Miami is really sucking hard.
The 1998 Washington Mystics hold the infamous record for worst WNBA season at 3-27 (.100), meaning the Dream has to drop their last five games to dip below this mark.
Rodman Greatest Athlete Jackson Ever Coached
Michael Jordan. Kobe Bryant. Shaquille O’Neal. Scottie Pippen. None of them were uttered by legendary coach Phil Jackson during a speech when talking about the greatest athlete he ever coached. That honor went to bad boy Dennis Rodman, whose endurance really impressed Jackson. And with that, a tribute to the rebounding machine. (Kobe can’t be happy about this.)