Tuesday, June 30

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W29 the Magic Number Again in June; $1 Million Prize in July

We won't have to send the $30,000 very far this month - Brian C. of Vernon, CT who lives only minutes away from ESPN's headquarters in Bristol wins the cash and keeps the crown here in the Nutmeg state (at least until July 31st)! Brian utilized patience and timing as his two greatest allies while accumulating his massive Streak, getting to a W16 way back on June 8th before systematically picking his spots as the month went on. We've seen this strategy employed before, and it's a solid one: pick with no regard at the start and then have the discipline to slow down when you feel it's wise to do so.

I really hope Brian comes back to us and declares in his interview (which can be read by clicking the "June 2015" link off to the side) that he is a grunge/metal music fan because, and stay with me here as I know it's a bit of a stretch, I see his strategy as mirroring the career arc of some of my favorite bands. Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Opeth, Soundgarden, Tool - they went all out with their first few albums, utilizing raw emotion to make their name and really playing with no regard. But as time went by they slowed down and their works got more complex, more calculated. Both styles got them to where they are and both are to be celebrated; their success couldn't be measured without taking both into account. Just like those bands, as time passed Brian slowed down and took a moment to reflect before proceeding. The successes that followed, both in the studio and here on Streak, can be credited to a combination of both styles. Congratulations to him from all of us here!

Oh boy, did we have drama with this monthly wins race or what? Let's give the events a recap. Heading into the evening tonight we had two entries tied at 131 wins. The two-time most wins champion chitowncity12 was one, the other was Panthers8317 who is actually Russell F. of Charlotte, NC. Russell held the higher winning percentage and was in the driver's seat with only two windows left, but that didn't stop the drama from unfolding. After forfeiting a losing pick Russell landed on Argentina to advance past Paraguay in the Copa America semifinals match; chitowncity12 had the USA over Germany in the Women's World Cup. The USA ladies advanced 2-0 and he then made his selection for the final pick of the evening, a bottom 8th in-game MLB prop.

Argentina had built a huge lead, 6-1 to be exact, deep in the 2nd half but the MLB game was moving like a freight train that was out of control. In fact, they were mid-way through the 8th Inning in only 2 hours and 10 minutes. We had a tough choice over here at Streak HQ: should we unlock an obvious win for Argentina in the 88th minute and give the player with the better winning % the advantage to be able to pick the last prop of the month or should we leave it locked, making him sweat chitowncity12's pick for all the marbles?

In the end we felt the fairest thing to do was to grant an early unlock of the 6-1 soccer game in the 88th minute, but luckily it didn't matter. Russell and chitowncity12 made different selections on the final prop and when Curtis Granderson struck out for the Mets it was all over, chitowncity12 had picked incorrectly and would have lost either way. Still, he is a fantastic Streak player and deserves to be applauded for such a great effort. Anyone who has been a monthly picker knows how hard it is to accumulate 132 wins in a single month. Congrats to Russell on taking home the $10,000 and beating out a Streak legend in the process.

If you achieved at least a W10 in June once again be on the lookout for an email from us over the next week or so as 100 random winners will each be awarded 100 Winner's Circle points. Those points can be used to purchase some awesome prizes so be sure not to miss out if you're one of the lucky ones. Good luck in July!