By: LaShawn Encarnacion aka The Dark Knight of Sports
There is always talks about what number in sports is held in highest regards. Like the number #23 in the NBA which is held by Michael Jordan and LeBron James to the #12 in the NFL which is held by greats like Roger Staubach, Jim Kelly to today’s Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.
Well, yesterday, June 6th, 2015, the number ‘3’ became very special in sports history. And here are ‘3’ reasons why with a bonus 4th for consideration:
In Horse Racing, no horse had been able to achieve the elusive Triple Crown since Affirmed did in 1978. Well yesterday, the horse American Pharoah made his attempted to break the 37-year drought and just as he had his past two races, American Pharoah dominated from the get go.
The victory by American Pharoah was also the fourth greatest in margin of victory over his competition. The “Triple Crown” is where the number ‘3’ becomes special. Three races in a row, three wins in a row. Again, it had been 37 years since a horse was able to accomplish this feat. California Chrome just last year, I’ll Have Another in 2012 and Big Brown in 2008, all came up just short in their bids to dethrone Affirmed’s 37-year long record. The grueling race schedule had attributed to many horses coming up short, three races in such a short time span. But yesterday, The Triple Crown was claimed by American Pharoah.
In the world of Women’s Tennis, the French Open finals was won by now 3-time French Open champion, America Serena Williams. Williams defeated 12th-seeded Lucie Safarova (6-3, 7-6 ‘2’, 6-2). It is Williams 20th Grand Slam title in her career.
Serena Williams has now elevated herself into the category if greatest female tennis players of all-time level. With the greatest in history like Germany’s Steffi Graf, Australian’s Margaret Court and fellow American’s Martina Navratolova and Chris Everett. One thing that separates Williams from all the rest is this. Most of the previously mentioned got their titles before they hit their 30th birthday. Serena Williams is 33-years-old and collecting titles still, the 2015 French Open the latest on her resume and looking for more.
So why has Serena Williams NOT been compared to the greatest of all time like LeBron James is always compared to Michael Jordan? Williams’s resume is just as impressive in her sport, in fact MORE SO, so let the PUBLIC debate BEGIN.
Finally, the number ‘3’ was made special in the world of Men’s Soccer and the UEFA Championship. The FC Barcelona big ‘3’ of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi went into Berlin and defeated the Juventus team 3-1 to win the “Treble” for the second time in the team’s history. “Treble” means every soccer trophy they can in one year.
In the world of sports, the term “Big 3” always seems to follow the American sports more. Teams like the Boston Celtics (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen), the San Antonio Spurs (Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili) just to name a couple of the many. However, in the UEFA, there is their version of the “Big 3” of Messi, Neymar and Suarez who are the focal point of the dominance that is FC Barcelona soccer.
We has human know the saying, “The best things come in threes’.” Just as there is the superstition belief that death comes in threes’. Well in the world of sports, June 6th 2015 will be known for the great feats the number ‘3’ was linked to. It will be forever documented but will be remembered in 30-years? Who knows. But what can be taken is just how special the number ‘3’ really is and maybe … just maybe … NASCAR can take a long look at their sports history and give the #3 its proper respect by inducting the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. into their hall of fame.