Full disclosure: A white guy is about to write on boxing, so…
I always go back to this one. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched the amazing performance of Secretariat (and his trusty jockey Ron Turcotte) in the 1973 Belmont Stakes. At 66½ years and counting, Secretariat’s world record time in this race has got to be the longest-held speed record in all of sports.
And while “dominance” cannot really be quantified – truth be told, this noun technically cannot carry qualifiers despite the evermore frequent use of terms such as “more dominant” and “the most dominant” – Secretariat certainly set a record in the category that will never be broken. Seriously, how does he win by this freakin’ much…?
The Truly the GOATs Sports Hall of Fame is certainly among the world’s most exclusive. Nominees are drawn from over 4,000 years of history and the annals of every organized sport humans play/played.
Inductees must meet the following criteria:
- Excellence in two or more sports at top levels of competition or complete domination of a single sport at once-in-a-century proportions;
- Achievement of international or at least national fame through sports achievement; and
- Lasting historical status.