50 Sports Records Broken in 2012
50 Memorable Achievements
If you’ve watched the NFL games the last two weekends then you know it’s been a year for records to be broken. But football wasn’t the only sport that had records broken this year.
There’s always basketball and baseball, but with the 2012 Olympics being this year, numerous world records were broken. The USA did an outstanding job at breaking world records during the Olympics this summer, including some that we didn’t expect.
I was going to strictly stick the 50 records broken by the USA and leagues within the states, but I just had to add in some memorable ones from the Olympics that other countries achieved.
Most of them are honorable records, however there are some for those teams that just plain sucked. A horrible season may not look good, but it can leave your team in the record books; at least it provided some humor for us.
There were many more than 50 records broken during the year, but these 50 were the unforgettable records, or records that will be long-standing and hard to break again.
I’m going to start off with a record that isn’t exactly a broken record, rather a great achievement. Rajon Rondo became the first player in NBA history with at least 17 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists and four steals in a playoff game. He was also recorded as the first player in NBA history to have a triple-double in a playoff game after missing his team’s previous game.
As much as I hate to say it, the NBA league is just not as good as it used to be. There are barely any major records being broken, and players are just trying to show-off more than win.
But on with that, let’s take a look at the 50 records broken in 2012. Enjoy!
January 1st: Most Consecutive Field Goals in a Season (NCAAB)
Torian Oglesby from Bowling Green University set the record for most consecutive field goals in a season with a total of 26 in a row over seven games.
January 4th: Most Extra Point Attempts and Makes in a Bowl Game
Tyler Bitancurt went 10-10 for WVU during the Discover Orange Bowl to set the record.
January 4th: Most Touchdown Passes Thrown in a Bowl Game
Geno Smith threw a record breaking six touchdown passes for WVU in the Discover Orange Bowl.He was responsible for all 7 touchdowns in the game which also set an NCAA record.
January 12: Most Free Throws Attempted in a Single Game (NBA)
Dwight Howard shot a record breaking 39 free throw shots for the Orlando Magic. He made 21 of the 39. The record over 50 years old and previously held by Wilt Chamberlin with 34 attempts.
February 11th: Most Points Scored in First 5 Career Starts (NBA)
Jeremy Lin scored 136 points in his first five starts to cause the "Linsanity" phase. The previous record holder was Shaq with 129.
February 26th: Most Career Points in NBA All-Star Games
Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan after scoring a total of 271 points in his 14 All-Star games. For all the Kobe-Haters, you'd be glad to know he also broke his nose during the game.
March 2nd: Most Defeats in One Season (NCAAB)
The Towson Tigers suffered 31 defeats in one season. Their only win in the 2011-2012 season was against UNC Wilmington.
March 18th: Most 3-Point Field Goals in a Season (NCAAW)
The Florida Gulf Coast women scored a record breaking 342 three-point field goals during the 2011-2012 season and an attempted a total of 925.
March 26th: Most Wins in One Season (NCAAB-Womens)
The Baylor Bears women actually hold the most wins for women's and men's college basketball with a total of 40 wins in their undefeated season. They also set the record for most blocks in one season for women's college basketball.
April 2nd: Most Wins in One Season (NCAAB- Mens)
Although they didn't go undefeated, the University of Kentucky Wildcats now hold the most wins in men's college basketball at 38. They lost to the Indiana Hoosiers by 1 point early in the season and then to Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament making their overall record 38-2. They also set the record for most blocks as a team for the overall season.
April 27th: Worst Winning Percentage in NBA History
Under the ownership of Michael Jordan, the Charlotte Bobcats achieved the worst winning percentage in NBA history of .106. Their season ended with a 23-game loss streak and the greatest basketball player of all-time is a not-so-proud team owner.
May 25th: Most Times Hit By A Pitch in One Season (NCAA Baseball)
There are actually two separate records here. As a team, Delaware State set the NCAA Baseball record by being hit a total of 152 times in 58 games. Then they also have an individual with the record; Scott Davis was hit by 37 pitches in the 2012 season.
July 29th:100 Meter Butterfly- World Record
Dana Vollmer (USA) beat the world record in the 100m butterfly race during the 2012 London Olympics by beating her own previous record by .02 seconds. She completed the race in 55.98 seconds.
August 2nd: 200 Meter Breaststroke- World Record
Another swimmer from the USA, Rebecca Soni set the world record in the 200m breaststroke in 2:19.50.
August 4th: First Runner to Compete in Olympic and Paralympic Games
Oscar Pistorius of South Africa became the runner to compete in the Olympic and Paralympic games. He is also the first double amputee to participate in both sets of games. Pistorius' legs were both amputated when he was only 11 months old, now runs with carbon fiber prosthetic legs and was referred to as the "Blade Runner" this summer.
August 3rd: 200 Meter Backstroke- World Record
The last individual female for the USA Swim Team earning a world record, 17 year-old Missy Franklin completed the 200m backstroke in 2:04.06.
August 4th: 4x100 Medley Relay- World Record
The USA Women's Swim Team set the mark for the 4x100m swimming medley. The team consisted of Missy Franklin (backstroke), Rebecca Soni (breaststroke), Dana Vollmer (butterfly), and Allison Schmitt (freestyle) whom completed the race in 3:52.05.
August 7th: Most Decorated Olympian
Michael Phelps overcame the media-hype and became the world record holder for olympic medals. He now has a total of 22, including 18 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze. The previous record holder was Larisa Latynina, a gymnast from the Soviet Union with 18 medals.
August 9th: Fastest Man on the Planet
Usain Bolt did the impossible to gain the title of fastest man in the world by winning both the 100m sprint and 200m sprint in the 2012 London Olympics for the first time in history.
August 9th: Men's 800m Sprint- World Record
When Kenyan David Rudisha crossed the line, nobody else was in sight, he claimed the world record by completing the 800m sprint in 1:40.91.
August 10th: Women's 4x100m Relay- World Record
USA Women's Track team set the world record for the 4x100m relay in 40.82 seconds in the 2012 London Olympics. The team consisted of: Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter.
August 11th: Men's 4x100m Relay- World Record
The men's 4x100m relay world record was also broken in the 2012 London Olympics by the Jamaican team. Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt led their team to the gold medal and the world record at 36.84 seconds.
August 30th: Most Blocked Kicks in One Game (NCAAF)
It's rare to see one extra-point kick blocked in a game but Cameron Nwosu made it happen 3 times to set the record. Nwosu plays for the Rice Owls and he blocked 3 extra-point attempts by UCLA.
September 1st: Most Single Game Passing Yards (NCAAF-All Divisions)
From a little D3 school in central Illinois, Sam Durley from Eureka College had a total of 736 passing yards against Knox College. The closest anyone has come to that was in the FCS, Taylor Heinicke from Old Dominion, with 730 passing yards on September 22nd. (His overall yardage set a record for the D3 division at 723 yards due to - 17 in rushing)
September 22nd: Most Single Game Yards (NCAAF)
Taylor Heinicke from Old Dominion didn't set the overall passing record but he did set the record for most single game yards among all NCAA divisions. On top of his 730 passing yards, he had 61 rushing yards to make a total of 746 single game yards. (Heinicke's 730 passing yards was a record for the FCS league)
October 2nd: Lowest ERA in a Season (MLB-Over 50 Innings Pitched)
Fernando Rodney of the Tampa Bay Rays just barely squeaked by to have the lowest ERA in history for pitcher that pitched more than 50 innings in a season. Rodney's final ERA was .605 which just barely passed by Dennis Eckersley's previous record of .614 in 1991.
October 7th: Most Consecutive Games With a Touchdown Pass (NFL)
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees accomplished the record of touchdowns in 48 consecutive games this season by breaking Johnny Unita's record of 47 which was set all the way back in 1960. This means that we have seen Brees score a touchdown in every game he has played since NFL week 4 in 2009. On Thursday, November 29th, Brees streak came to an end at 54.
November 4th: Most Passing Yards in a Single Game for a Rookie (NFL)
Andrew Luck's first rookie record of the year, he made for passing 433 yards in one game as a first year quarterback for Indianapolis Colts.
November 20th: Most Points in a Single NCAA Basketball Game (All Divisions)
From a small town in Iowa, Jack Taylor from Grinnell College had an astonishing 138 points in a single game against Faith Baptist Bible. This beats the previous record of Bevo Francis' (113) by 25 points.
November 23rd: Most Rushing Yards for a Quarterback in a Season (NCAAF)
The unexpected Northern Illinois Huskies put on quite the show this season with only one loss. Quarterback Jordan Lynch set an NCAA season record of 1,771 yards, passing up Denard Robinson's 1,702 yards in 2010. No other player in the FBS this season has had more than nine 100-yard rushing games this season.
November 17th: Most Career Dunks by a Female (NCAAB-Women's)
Brittney Griner from Baylor University has had a successful career with 8 slam dunks, passing up the previous record of 7 set by Tennessee's Candace Parker.It is early in the season so she has time to up the record, which is highly possible as two of her dunks occurred in last year's NCAA Tournament.
November 24th: Most Rushing Touchdowns in NCAA Football Career
Wisconsin Badgers running back Montee Ball set the record for NCAA rushing touchdowns at 79, breaking the previous record holder Travis Prentice's record of 78.
December 3rd: Most Rushing Yards by a Rookie Quarterback (NFL)
Robert Griffin III beat Cam Newton's rookie rushing of 706 by one yard on December 3rd. After the final game of the season, RG3 ended up with an outstanding total of 815 rushing yards.
December 17th: NFL Player With Most Jerseys Sold in a Single Season
Robert Griffin III is setting records on and off the field. His replica jersey hit the highest sales in NFL history. Brett Favre has held the highest sales not once, but twice in a row before RG3 when playing for for the Minnesota Vikings and the NY Jets.
December 23rd: Most Field Goals Over 50-Yards in a Single Season (NFL)
Blair Walsh of the Minnesota Vikings scored 9 field goals over 50 yards in one season to beat out the previous record. His record now stands at 10 for 10 after their final game of the regular season.
December 23rd:Most Consecutive Field Goals to Begin an NFL Career
Washington Redskins kicker Kai Forbath successfully completed 17 field goals to kick-start his career, beating out Garrett Hartley's record of 16. He didn't miss a field goal the entire season and went 33 for 34 on extra-point kicks.
December 23rd: Most Receiving Yards in a Single Season (NFL)
Calvin Johnson broke Jerry Rice's 1995 record of 1,848 yards. Johnson finished his season for the Detroit Lions at 1,964 yards.
December 23rd: Most Receptions by a Tight End in a Season (NFL)
Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys has set the record of 104 receptions as a tight end in the 2012 season.
December 23rd: Most Rookie Passing Yards and Passing Attempts (NFL)
Andrew Luck broke rookie record for passing yards of 4,051 and now has a total of 4,183 on the season. He ended the season with 4,347 passing yards and 627 attempts. .
December 29th: Most Career Kickoff Return Yards (NCAAF)
Troy Stoudermire of the Minnesota Gophers set the record for most career kickoff return yards on the opening kickoff in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against Texas Tech. His career total was 3,530 yards, passing up Tyron Carrier's career record of 3,517 which ended in 2011.
December 30th: Most Passing Attempts in a Season (NFL)
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has broken the record for most pass attempts in a season, passing up Drew Bledsoe's record of 691 attempts. He is the first player in NFL history to hit the 700 mark with a total of 727 after the Lions last game of the season.
December 30th: First NFL Quarterback to Have Three 5,000 Yard Passing Seasons
Drew Brees accomplished more than one record by the end of the season. He is the first player in the NFL to have consecutive seasons with more than 5,000 passing yards, and the only player in NFL history to have three 5,000 passing yard seasons in his career. On top of that, Brees also joins Dan Marino as the only two players in NFL history to have two seasons with more than 40 touchdown passes.
December 30th: Defense That Allowed the Most Yards in NFL History
So the New Orleans Saints had a great year with Drew Brees, but not so much with the defense. Their last-ranked defense allowed more yards this season than any defense has in NFL history. The Saints allowed 7,042 yards this season and the precious record was 6,793 by the Baltimore Colts.
December 30th: First Time Two NFL Players Score Twice on Returns in a Game
This is possibly the most sporadic yet amazing record. Two players on the Tennessee Titans scored twice on returns during their last game of the season. Better yet, these plays happened back-to-back-to-back-to-back. That's right, these 28 points were scored without the Titans offense making an appearance on the field between them. Darius Reynaud scored on two punt returns and rookie linebacker Zach Brown returned two interceptions for touchdowns.