That is exactly how many attempts Florida State University has had at trying to win a College World Series. And what do the Seminoles have to show for their efforts aside from what must be by now a huge collection of frequent flyer miles? Nothing, zero, nada, zilch.
FSU has had not ten, or twenty, but 21 attempts since thier first appearence at the CWS in 1957 under the notable coach Dick Howser at trying to win a College World Series without a single National Championship to their credit.
In fact, FSU leads the Nation by a sizeable margin in number of attempts without a win at the CWS. The next team on the list of Epic Fails at the CWS is Clemson at 12 attempts without a win. And I would be remiss if I did not remind you that the Florida Gators are also on the list of Epic Failures with 8 CWS appearences without a win. Go Gators!
But let's not get distratced and focus our attention on FSU and 21 attempts with no CWS titles. Have you ever tried to do something 21 times in a row? Do you know how difficult that is?
How many NBA players make 21 consecutive shots or even free throws?
How many MLB players collect a hit in 21 consecutive games?
How many NFL QBs complete 21 passes in a row?
How many NCAA kickers make 21 consecutive field goals without even one sailing wide right?
Doing anything 21 times in a row is a very difficult thing to do. Yet FSU and their celebrated, long-time head coach Mike Martin have made it look effortless in losing 21 consective trips to the CWS.
Speaking of Martin, he has personally accounted for 15 of the 21 epic fails at the CWS in Omaha, Nebraska. Martin began coaching at FSU in 1980 and over the last 32 years managed to get his team into the CWS on 15 occasions and even got as close as runner-up three times.
The Seminoles came in second place three times by losing the championship game to USC in 1970, to Arizona in 1986 and to some small, private school in Coral Gables known as the University of Miami in 1999. However, nobody remembers who came in second and the fact is that second place is just the first team that loses.
The 2012 ACC Coach of the Year has a winning record, an excellent program, recruited a boatload of great players over the years and even a beautiful stadium named after him and yet he still cannot seem to find a way to win a National Championship in spite of of all of his other accomplishsments.
In fact, Only one team in college baseball, the University of Miami, has been to more consecutive NCAA Tournaments than Florida State, who have, as of the 2012 season, made 33 straight postseason appearances.
We should also point out that Miami, a college baseball dynasty since the mid-70's has won four CWS titles to their credit, winning National Championships in 1982, 1985 under Ron Fraser and again in 1999 and 2001 under current head coach Jim Morris.
Apparently, the College World Series is to Mike Martin as "Wide Right" is to Bobby Bowden. To use a baseball analogy FSU has had 21 "at bats" in trying to win a College World Series. The Seminoles have struck out either looking or swinging all 21 times.
That record number, by anyone's assessment, is the definition of an Epic Fail.