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In 1941, Joe DiMaggio hit safely in 56 straight baseball games. From May 15, 1941 until July 17, 1941, Joltin’ Joe had a base hit in each game he played. It’s considered a record that will never be broken.

The record has stood for 75 years as unapproachable for baseball hitting streaks. Only Pete Rose has even come close to the cusp of this record by hitting safely in 44 games in 1978.

From June 1, 1925 until April 30, 1939 Lou Gehrig played in 2,130 consecutive games setting the Major League Baseball record for the most consecutive games played.

Sadly, April 30, 1939, the first game Gehrig sat in fourteen years, turned out to be the last game Gehrig ever played, having been diagnosed with the devastating disease of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis aptly referred to now as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” He was just 36 years old at the time.

His “Iron Man” record stood until Cal Ripken broke a seemingly unbreakable record 56 years later in 1995. Ripken’s record ended up being 2,632 games in a row.

In 1996, the Chicago Bulls set the National Basketball Association (NBA) record for most wins in the regular season finishing with a record of 72-10. The Los Angeles Lakers had previously held that top honor for their fabulous run 24 years earlier in the 1972 season, which netted the Lakers a 69-13 record.

The Bulls record seemed one that would never be matched, since it had taken 24 years to beat the previous best and had stood nobly for twenty years as the standard of excellence for one NBA season.

But, lo and behold, this 2016 season, the Golden State Warriors matched the top number of wins, 72, this Sunday past. As I publish this, this very very night, they stand at the precipice of establishing a new NBA hallmark of 73 wins versus only 9 defeats.

As a lifetime Chicago Bulls fan, my first reaction was NOOOOOOOOOOOOO as the Warriors approached the watermark of 72 victories in a season.

Now, as I ponder the pending accomplishment of 73, I’m thinking, there’s a lot of negative thinking out there in the world today. A lot of things, like political campaigns and even the nightly news broadcasts, perpetuate that negative environment that has become a part of our everyday lives.

Murder, robberies and fraud fuel the headline news stories, as if THAT’s the news. In this election year, politicians gallantly throw stones at their opponents in their ads as if they live not in glass houses. The media gladly accepts their money to broadcast this propaganda setting no standards on what they will air. Just show the networks the money.

Then, why oh why I wondered would I cheer AGAINST this achievement that the Golden State Warriors stand on the brink of?

To quote from the 1979 apocryphal movie, “Warriors, come out to play-i-ay.”

I am cheering for you to break the record of my beloved Bulls. The world could use a little positive energy these days.

As Mark Spitz, who set a 1972 Olympic record for most gold medals once said, “Records are meant to be broken. “

FOOTNOTE: The cover photo is of course, records albeit of a different source.

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