January was such an incredible month for sports records, that I'm not even wasting any time with a prolonged intro. Here's what you need to know from an amazing month in record-breaking:
ROAD TO THE SUPER BOWL
It's almost undoubtedly the biggest annual, single-match sporting event in the world. The Super Bowl. It happened Sunday, as the Seattle Seahawks put a 43-8 destruction on the Denver Broncos. We took a look at some potential records set right when the game started, but there were also plenty of superlatives during the contest itself.
- Seattle opened the scoring with a safety just 12 seconds into the game. It was the fastest score in Super Bowl history.
- Even in a losing effort, Peyton Manning still puts up stats. One day after winning his record fifth MVP award, he broke the record for most completions in a Super Bowl, with 34. Wideout Demaryius Thomas was Manning's favorite target, breaking a record of his own with the most receptions in a Super Bowl (13).
- It was the Seahawks' first-ever Super Bowl win and congratulations to the city of Seattle for its first major sports title since 1979. On the other side, though, Denver lost in the Super Bowl for the fifth time, the most such defeats by an NFL team.
A great time to be a Seahawks fan but the entire road to the Lombardi Trophy was paved with record intentions. It started in the Wild Card round, as the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs amassed the most combined yards in an NFL playoff game with 1,049. ...When Tom Brady and Peyton Manning met in the AFC title game, it broke the record for most combined NFL wins by two quarterbacks facing each other with 343 -- breaking the record set at 331 when Brady and Manning met earlier in the regular season. ...Meanwhile, in a losing effort in the NFC title game, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick nailed his second career 100-yard rushing game in the postseason. It's already the most career 100-yard postseason rushing performances by a quarterback.
FOOTBALL OF A DIFFERENT KIND
It wasn't just the NFL playoffs headlining January, though. In what the rest of the world calls football, Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Ballon d'Or, his third career triumph. However, he was outshined by his FIFA Women's World Player of the Year counterpart Nadine Angerer. At age 35, the German goalkeeper became the oldest player (man or woman) to win a world player of the year award (either from FIFA or the former Ballon d'Or). ...Luis Suarez continues his galaxy-conquering scoring pace for Liverpool. With 23 goals in just 19 matches, Suarez is on pace to shatter the Premier League record for most goals in a season, sitting at 34. Keep an eye on that. ...In what's been a season for goals, Manchester City became the fastest team in Premier League history to reach 100 goals in all competitions, needing just 34 matches to do so.
The sports world lost a pair of behemoth characters and men of wildly interesting lives in January. Boxing icon Jose Sulaiman died Jan. 16 after prolonged illness. Deemed by some the "father of boxing," Sulaiman was certified by Guinness World Records (above) as being the longest-serving president of a global sports organization in 2010 for his work leading the World Boxing Council since 1975. He was 82.
And Sir Chris Chataway - an integral personality in both the sports world and the early shaping of Guinness World Records - died on Jan. 19. Read our obituary here for the story of a man who truly lived life to the fullest. Chataway also passed at age 82.
AROUND THE WORLD
Nobody can stop Kyle Korver! The Atlanta marksman has gone 115 consecutive games hitting at least one 3-pointer, an NBA record. ...But for quick-strike capability, Chandler Parsons had Korver beat. The Houston sharpshooter drained 10 trifectas in the second half against the Memphis Grizzlies on Jan. 24, the most 3-pointers in an NBA half. You can watch them all of them above. ...January was a good month to be a world-class starting pitcher. First, the Los Angeles Dodgers gave their ace Clayton Kershaw the largest-ever contract for a pitcher, $215 million over 7 years. Then, the Yankees spent a total of $175 million on Masahiro Tanaka, which broke spending records in its own right. Get that paper. ...And in a nice warmup for the Winter Olympics, the X Games gave us plenty of action. Headlining the way was a story of young and old(er) at the women's snowboard superpipe. In winning the event, 30-year-old icon Kelly Clark became the most decorated female X Games athlete on 12 career medals. In finishing second to Clark, 13-year-old phenom Chloe Kim became the youngest-ever X Games medalist with her silver.
And we're just getting started!
The Sochi Olympics begin this week, so we'll have plenty of coverage of that. Plus, as always, check out our video of the best sports records broken by fans just like you this month.
See you next time!