SBS’ 500th Post: An Ode to the Number 500 in Sports

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Published on : October 22, 2016

 

 

For ScoreBoredSports 500th post, we honor the number 500 and see its mark on the world of sports. 500 is a mountain to climb for things like wins, goals, yards in a game but many of the greats have those milestone in their rear-view. Let’s dig through sports history books and see where the famous number presents itself.

 

Indy 500

The first thing that comes to mind. I’ll include Daytona and all other major 500 lap Sprint Cup races in this section. Racing wasn’t always on my sports radar but with age, I’ve come to appreciate the talent needed to drive a car over 200 mph for hundreds of laps. My old car can’t even go over 45 mph. NASCAR speed is almost shocking but it’s the control that’s truly impressive.

 

The term “.500”

In reference to a team’s winning percentage. Often in the context of over or under .500. AKA are you a winning or losing team. This metric is used in many pro games. It is the gold standard for coaches where W’s mean keeping a job. Over .500? Things are probably going pretty good.

 

500 yards passing in a game

 

Only 16 NFL QBs have pulled this off. From older names like Norm Van Brocklin to modern gun slingers like Matthew Stafford. As football goes more and more pass heavy, this club will stop being so exclusive. Then we’ll start talking about 600 yards passing in one game.

 

500 home run club

Babe Ruth was the first to hit 500 dingers and 26 others have matched the feat. Albert Pujols is the only active member of the 500 club. He sits at 591. Barry Bonds’ 762 home runs seems like an insane hill to climb for anyone.

 

The game “500”

You know the rules. Your one friend plays dealer and tosses a ball and calls out a point value. The rest of the players fight to catch the ball. You earn points with each catch. Hit 500 and you earn the right to be the dealer. Perfect game for when you didn’t really have the numbers for full teams of something else.

 

500 goals in NHL

 

Only 44 hockey players have this honor. Most of them Canadians. 500 is a huge mark but for reference, the all time leader in goals is Wayne Gretzky and he has 894. Gordie Howe is second on that list with 801. Suddenly, 500 doesn’t seem that wild.

 

500 wins

Coaches in almost every sport have broken this barrier. Often it is a college coach who stays at one program for two decades plus. There are too many to name but most of the greats you can think of are here. Just no NFL guys because of the much shorter schedule in terms of overall games.

 

500 goals in soccer

27 futbol gods have netted 500 or more GOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!! Scoring machines Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the only active players with over 500 goals. Who knows how many more these two will score before it’s all over.

 

 

Happy 500 everyone. To all the athletes with the insane records, we tip our caps to you. And to all the SBS family and all the loyal Bored-Agains, here is to the next 500 posts.

 

Half thousand.

 

 


How To Fix NASCAR

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Published on : February 28, 2016

 

 

Denny Hamlin just won the Daytona 500 by the slimmest margin ever. Sounds like it was a good race. Only problem is that I didn’t watch because I’m not much of a racing fan. I’ve made a few attempts to get into it but it never sticks. The crashes are cool (if no one dies) but I don’t want to be one of those casual fans who is only looking for blood. What can we do to help the sport reach more people? Here are a few thoughts on how to fix NASCAR.

 

Change the track

For many folks, watching a bunch of cars make all left turns for 500 laps isn’t the most thrilling. What if each track had a different layout? More like Mario Kart. Maybe the Brickyard is now a figure eight or something crazy with a tunnel. Then we could really see the talent of the driver. Make each raceway more like a pro baseball park. Those places are all unique and have different attributes. This will also make the season more interesting as the races move from place to place. The change will create more separation between the drivers and make for some excellent racing moments. More importantly, we get to see these pro drivers make some right turns.

 

Add some new events

 

If diehards don’t want to change the track then let’s add some fresh new events to the Sprint Cup series. Like we add parallel parking. I’d love to see Jimmie Johnson try to wedge is number 48 car between an SUV and a Trader Joe’s dumpster. Winner gets points toward the Sprint Cup. Or maybe when teams come in for time trails they do the lap backwards. Make this determine pole position. Really, I just want to see the drivers use the full gear box. Park and Reverse need love too.

 

Go totally crazy

Add bananas and red shells from Mario Kart. Make everyone switch to a Toyota Prius and make the driver pump their own gas and change their own tires. Add traffic and potholes. Maybe they have to chug a beer every 100 laps. Wait, that could be dangerous. Do not drink and drive. Do throw banana peels at other motorists. What if NASCAR gave drivers cell phones and they had to send a text if they needed to pit? Or there was a drive-thru they had to visit (good spot for a corporate sponsor) and the driver must finish the meal while driving. You know, like we all do. Granted we don’t do it at 220 mph but then maybe they have to slow down a bit. You eat your fries and burger then you can go fast again. Or they have a really, really hot cup of coffee (more sponsorship) they have to drink while driving. Try not to spill.

 

mario kart

 

I’m sure any normal race fan hates all these suggestions. That’s fair, because they like racing already. I’m trying to add stuff that will draw more eyes. Maybe we just need a second, more fun NASCAR league. With celebrity drivers. Let’s call it BADASSCAR. That’s not great. Don’t judge the new league just on that. Instead judge it on Guy Fieri driving his nacho cheese colored number 69 car as it tears through candy cane lane. Wait, I think I just invented Wacky Races.

 

If you’re not fast, you’re last.

 

 


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