Thank you, Streak fans

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Feb 15th, 2019

For the last 2,482 days I've had the pleasure of calling Streak my home. I came from humble beginnings - this was my first full-time role at ESPN after working for a couple of years as a part-timer hoping to eventually get the job (or, let's be honest, ANY full-time job being just out of college). For the experience and knowledge I've gained I owe so much to all of my bosses (one of whom invented Streak for the Cash), my co-workers, and to you the fans.

Tonight will be my last shift as StreakMaster - I've accepted another role on the Fantasy team at ESPN.

Through the years we've been through a lot together. From building SFTC's original stand-alone app, to millions of dollars in prizes, legendary moments (Rick Ankiel, anyone?) and migrating to the Fantasy App under the new mantra of 'Streak', I've had a blast.

You're being left in two sets of very capable hands - one a veteran at the top of his game with years of experience, the other, my replacement, is one of the best gambling and statistics minds I know. I can't wait to play Streak as a fan (even suffering the agony of losing a W10+ on Russian hockey) with the great things that are coming down the road.

One last thing: please be kind to others on the boards, on social media and to the StreakMasters if you reach out to them. They work hard to correct the most pressing issues that affect the timing and scoring of the props at all hours of the day. Thank you, and remember, Start time is estimated and subject to change!


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Game Blog Being Retired...

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After many years of writing monthly recaps here we've decided to retire the game blog. For the best Streak experience please download the ESPN Fantasy app at We may still post one or two things here (the best moments of the year, etc.) so check back from time to time. Most of all, if you navigated to this page you were probably an avid reader of our quirky and sometimes rambling recaps (1 am ET was a normal time for those to be written), and for that we thank you!

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Thursday, June 30

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Variety of Sports Aid in Stash Winner's Streak

Every year on Streak for the Cash when we roll into June and the summer months, we often shuffle out of the hectic pace of picking due to major leagues wrapping up. It can cause the Dog Days of Summer to become more of a reality than it is. However, this year is quite different, as Copa America Centenario and Euro Cup ruled the month of June. Toss our usual MLB, CWS, NBA Finals and others and June turned into an exciting race for all!

Right out of the gate, fans were treated to a rare summer Stunt Day on June 5, and aside from going for the $10,000 that day, it allowed many entries to climb the overall Streak leaderboard at a rapid pace. Throughout the next two weeks, the competition did not hit any stale points with several players going win for win. For one fan, the pile of W20+ streaks battling it out didn't phase him one bit. John V. of Greenville, NC reached W20 on June 17 and never took it to the competition. He would reach a W23 in the next four days, but at that point, still trailed a few slow-playing streakers. That didn't last for long though. John made five picks on June 23. FIVE! He was at a W27, and with four more picks in the following three days, John qualified for the extra $10,000 stash at a W31.

John's streak would come to an end when world #1 Novak Djokovic failed to win exactly 18 games in his 1st Rd match at Wimbledon against James Ward. With a handful days left, the go-get-em leader had to sweat it out to see if anyone would pass him up. Maybe a bead or two, but not much sweating was probably done after each would-be challenger easily fell by the wayside. Oh, forgot to mention the biggest challenger of them all...himself. On June 23, one of his five picks was Aga Radwanska to win her tennis match against Dominika Cibulkova. Radwanksa took the 1st Set and controlled the start of the 2nd when the rains fell and the match ended up being a push due to postponement. At that point, most players (on the chats at least) were obviously upset at the push because Radwanska appeared to be headed for a win. Most probably forgot about the match as the days went by, but a little fun fact emerged, as when the match resumed, Cibulkova stormed back and won the 2nd Set and eventually, the match itself. Might how different the month would've been if the push hadn't occurred or we decided to put the match back up when it resumed.

The "Most Wins" contest was won by Gloria B. who outlasted the late charge of a former Most Wins champ and one of the best pickers in Streak history, Max C.. Amazing job by Gloria to snag her first Most Wins crown for $5,000, and hats off to Max as well for another incredible month of picking!

With June '16 in the books, we head to July with a fresh $10,000 Stash, so if you put together the longest streak of the month and it's at least a W30, you will take home $35,000! And, as always if you finished ahead of me, the StreakMaster, in the "Beat The StreakMaster" Group be sure to check your email over the next week here to see if you are 1 of the lucky 20 to be randomly drawn to win an awesome "I Beat The StreakMaster" t-shirt.

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Tuesday, May 31

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The Magic Number 35

To me, March and May are very similar months on Streak for the Cash. Both begin without sudden death, one-off events and end with the pressure of the playoffs weighing heavy on collegiate athletes. As we see during March Madness, upsets come fast and come often, most of the time without the slightest warning or indication. Odds can generally be thrown out the window. But for some reason every year I forget that the middle of May brings the exact same scenarios to Streak: Super Regionals in NCAA Softball and the NCAA Lacrosse tournament both involve big pressure situations where one game can and probably will decide the team's fate. In college this spells unpredictability. And yet, the odds are so tempting to let a big streak ride that they are often almost impossible to pass up.

We don't play big favorites straight up during these events to try to trap anyone, but we know that without a doubt some will not go as planned and big streaks will fall victim. It's a great way to see who will risk crossing the minefield to keep climbing the ladder and who will take a different route, passing up an odds-on favorite for a sport that has less variability. Stacy T.  of Lakeville, MN took the latter approach, never once risking her eventual W35 streak on a college event. Instead, Stacy went undefeated in nine different sports, including MMA, NASCAR, Horse Racing and Boxing. Her variety was impressive to say the least.

Stacy didn't have it easy though. She had to sweat three different competitors that all reached W35 in the days that followed her Streak coming to an end on May 26th. Three times they tried to pass her and three times they failed, the final of which came only yesterday as her competitor chose not to pick the Warriors in Game 7 as a 6.5 point favorite (-320 moneyline). We're sorry to say, that one may haunt them for awhile. I can't imagine the nervousness she must have felt seeing the challengers keep matching her mark of W35 only to lose. Either way, $45,000 is headed to Minnesota! Oh, and the sports that ended all three of the other W35s in their tracks? NCAA Softball and NCAA Lacrosse.

The "Most Wins" contest was won by Tyler N. whose Tdirden303 entry (we're thinking the same thing: he is a big Fight Club fan and just spelled it wrong??) went blow for blow with someone who is no stranger to the winner's circle on Streak, the 4-time most wins champion Ian D. I'm extremely impressed Tyler was able to hold off Ian and a few others as his 156 wins just never seemed to stop coming throughout the month, finishing with an absurd .716 winning %. For Tyler's diligence and great picking we're putting a cool 5Gs in his pocket. Great work!

We've got a Stunt Day on Sunday, June 5th for $10,000 featuring the NBA Finals, Copa America Centenario and the French Open named by the fans as the "Sunday Dash for Cash"! And, as always if you finished ahead of me, the StreakMaster, in the "Beat The StreakMaster" Group be sure to check your email over the next week here to see if you are 1 of the lucky 20 to be randomly drawn to win an awesome "I Beat The StreakMaster" t-shirt.

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Saturday, April 30

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Ties, Draws, and a Boxing Decision for the Ages

After a record breaking March where we saw multiple Streaks of W40 and above, everyone's success came back to earth in April. In the new and improved 2016 Streak gameplay we've really opened up the board, peppering each day with props that are generous odds wise in the hopes of simply making everything more fun. And even with the big odds on our side it was still hard to get a W10 going! Brad F.  of Wolcottville, IN managed to find a way though, breaking through the ranks with a W28 that he amassed through his patient and savvy picking. His Streak began on April 1st; it ended April 30th. If that isn't a tutorial in patience, find me what is. And with a record of 28-0 and no one within reach on the active leaderboard heading into the final day of the month Brad was able to take a free shot at the extra $10,000 stash.

He elected to take the early morning Premier League prop that none of the 5 matches at 10 am ET would have 5+ Goals scored, and everything was looking good until the sometimes beloved but often dreaded "Streak Classic" struck. Soon to be relegated Aston Villa had a 2-1 lead in the 2nd Half but was on a red card, and in true Aston Villa 2015-2016 form they opened the floodgates to Watford in stoppage time. Not one but two goals poured in in a matter of two and half minutes, ending Brad's Streak and a chance at the extra $10,000. Nevertheless he still takes home $25,000 via a tiebreaker for a great effort in April - not a bad consolation prize!

The "Most Wins" contest was controversial to say the least, and to be quite honest I feel bad about the fact that a decision that is so clearly steeped in corruption had to effect our great contest. But that's the sport of boxing and we all have to live with what is out of our control. And that shouldn't take away from Donald J.'s immaculate victory who battled all day on Saturday to remain tied with the former leader heading into the final prop of the month. Luke, the competitor, decided to get crafty and select Badou Jack to win by decision, a side that was only being picked by 8% of streakers despite being -120 in Vegas, thinking that Donald would be taking the lesser picked side in hopes of picking something opposite and jumping him. And yet, Donald out-thought Luke and won the first of the two crucial battles - they were now locked in on different sides and the winner would take home $5,000.

Anyone who watched the fight saw the champion Jack work Bute over round after round, probably winning eight of the first ten based on the judges scorecards that were circulating around the internet and the unofficial @SHOStats twitter account which is always a credible source for in-match scorecards. Bute fought back in the final two rounds and showed a lot of heart, but when it came time for the announcement it couldn't be more clear that Jack was going to retain his title. But this is boxing, and nothing is ever as it seems unfortunately. Two judges scored the bout 114-114 and thus it went down as a quite rare majority draw which begrudgingly I was forced to score as "Any Other Result" based on the official boxing rules. As our ESPN colleague Mike P. would say, "it is what it is", and although Donald won a controversial decision he should be commended for grinding it out all month to reach 140 wins and for outsmarting the competition by getting his opponent to pick opposite him on the last prop of the month, keeping him alive. Congrats to Donald!

The Streak Stash was not won so we will tack on another $10,000, meaning if you win the month of May with at least a W30 you'll take home $45,000! And, as always if you finished ahead of me, the StreakMaster, in the "Beat The StreakMaster" Group be sure to check your email over the next week here to see if you are 1 of the lucky 20 to be randomly drawn to win an awesome "I Beat The StreakMaster" t-shirt.

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Thursday, March 31

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Record-Breaking Month of March Leads to Big Jackpot

There's really no great place to start when telling the tale of Streak for the Cash March '16. A month where madness is common, we saw both the record longest win streak and most wins fall by a sizeable margin. To put it into perspective on how wild this month was, you needed a W29 to crack the Top-100 leaderboard. The old record of W35 (set in February '16) was smashed, as 17 Streakers beat it. In the end though, two stood atop the final leaderboard with a record W45 streak. Only one could win the $55,000 grand prize though. The scary part was, both entered the final day with the exact same record, so if it finished that way, it would've gone to a random drawing as the third tiebreaker. It didn't come to that though after $$$ Entry lost right away in the morning after India blew what looked to be a sure-fire win in cricket against West Indies. With that loss Josh A.  of St. George, UT held the higher win % (Tiebreaker 1) and didn't have to pick again. He made a pick on the final prop of the month to own the outright longest streak record, but lost. Although it didn't matter because the $55,000 was already clinched.

This month may have been light on the odds, with multiple heavy favorites, but the race was even more intense than normal. Just with higher streaks. It was also one of the few months the heavy favorites didn't fall victim to the upset bug, which usually wipes out the entire leaderboard at least a couple of times each month. So congrats to everyone for a fantastic month to follow!

The "Most Wins" contest down the wire as usual, but the way it was won (or lost you could say) was quite the scene. Harrison C., of Eureka, MO finished with a record 158 wins in March, and managed to out duel Ozmjk Entryafter the latter went on an untimely L6 over the final 24 hours to open the door just enough for Harrison to win by 1. Congrats to Harrison on his $5,000 winnings!

The Streak Stash was won, so it will reset to $10,000. Meaning if you win the month of April with at least a W30, you'll take home a slick $35,000! And, as always if you finished ahead of me, the StreakMaster, in the "Beat The StreakMaster" Group be sure to check your email over the next week here to see if you are 1 of the lucky 20 to be randomly drawn to win an awesome "I Beat The StreakMaster" t-shirt.

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Monday, February 29

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New Yorker Wins $25,000 in February

Congratulations to Tom C.  of Endicott, NY who put together a fantastic run of 29 wins in a row before coming up one short of taking down the ultimate prize of $45,000. In a strategy I figured would become fairly uncommon in this new "no holds barred" era of Streak where creating matchups based on odds are less important than what will be exciting for our users, the NHL in general does not offer a lot of value. Most of the games on any given night find the favored team at less than -200, or in other words with less than a 66.6% chance of winning. In other sports (such as NCB and NBA) we're often now putting up -300 and -400 favorites straight up, so I figured that would be the path most people would target to build their long streaks. And yet 14 of Tom's 29 wins came from NHL games, making his accomplishment even that more remarkable. I can't even imagine how long it would take me to pick 14 NHL moneylines correct in a row...probably too long to count. But Tom did it! And unfortunately just as he had one foot across the threshold to securing the $45,000 prize Duke couldn't get a road win at Pittsburgh, leaving him one win why. Still, he takes home $25,000 for a job very well done!

The "Most Wins" contest was back to a nail biter after last month's runaway victory, this time pitting a brand new competitor on the scene with a seasoned veteran Crazyjay999, a 2-time former champion who has won some serious cash playing Streak. In the end the cagey vet couldn't outwit this savvy streaker as Dave N. of Ontario Canada took home the $5,000 with 138 wins, just one clear of the competition.

The Streak Stash is up to $30,000 in March, meaning if you win the month with at least a W30 you'll take home a cool $55,000! And, as always if you finished ahead of me, the StreakMaster, in the "Beat The StreakMaster" Group be sure to check your email over the next week here to see if you are 1 of the lucky 20 to be randomly drawn to win an awesome "I Beat The StreakMaster" t-shirt.

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Sunday, January 31

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Final Pick of January Wins $25,000 for New Jersey Resident

2016 started off even better than we could've expected at Streak HQ. To put it in perspective, in order to crack the Top-100 leaderboard, you needed at least a W21. Let that sink in for a moment! In a way, you could say there were multiple winners with the amount of success we saw from our dedicated fan base in January. In the end though Drew S.  of Matawan, NJ was the ultimate winner after making a last-minute charge to overtake the field with his impressive W29.

Rewind back to the first week of January though. We were on a record pace for overall win % with the masses racking up a win percentage surpassing .650 (simply unheard of). Like the scene out of "Jerry Maguire," Streakers across the nation had to be yelling, "Show me the money!" It was nothing but green as we continued along into the second week of the New Year.

We saw big streak rise and fall as we approached the final week of the month. We settled on a pair of W28's who had gone neck and neck before bowing out at the same time. However, one entry was sitting well with the better win % (Tiebreaker #1), so unless somebody could make a late run or somehow, the win % switched hands, we knew who our winner would be. That's exactly when Drew stepped in. He sat at a W20 with six days remaining, and didn't hold the higher win %, so nine wins in six days was the target. Drew played it slow, making a single pick on the 27th, 28th and 29th. Getting them all right was great, but he now needed six more in only 2 days. Not an easy task. Three more victories on January 30th set up a frantic finish to try and steal the $25,000 and maybe the extra $10,000 Streak Stash with a W30. Interestingly, he passed up a freebie with Novak Djokovic straight up vs. Andy Murray in the Australian Open Final. He opted for Boston U. to win at home vs. Lehigh in college hoops, and it all looked hopeless after Lehigh led by 3 with under 20 seconds left. BU got an and-1 to somehow tie it up. But it got better. Lehigh turned the ball over and with 2 seconds left, BU nailed the bucket at the buzzer to win. Drew would win with the Clippers next to set up a final pick for $25,000. His choice?... Wisconsin over Illinois in college hoops. The Badgers came through on the final pick of January to win him the cash.

The "Most Wins" contest was a runaway win during the final week. Matt R. became just the third person to hit 150 wins in a month (his 150 wins is third best all-time). For his brilliant month, he takes home $5,000!.

The Streak Stash is now worth $20,000 in February! Win the month and have that streak be at least W30, and you'll cash in with $45,000 (Monthly + Stash)! If you finished ahead of the StreakMaster in the "Beat The StreakMaster" Group be sure to check your email over the next week here to see if you are 1 of the lucky 20 to be randomly drawn to win an awesome "I Beat The StreakMaster" t-shirt.

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