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!
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 es.pn/playstreak. 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
California Resident Makes Fearless Picks to Win $30,000
We end the $1 Million chase in 2015 the way we started, with a Streaker making a charge without regard for anything else to grab that elusive W40. Calvin N. of San Jose, CA put together a remarkable run to pull away from the competition and assure himself of $30,000. But it was obvious Calvin had more in mind...
The month was pretty rough for big streaks, as we made it over halfway through without anyone reaching even a W20. Finally, we had a few fans break through that elusive W20 barrier, and once that happened, a cascade of challengers rose up the leader board quickly. Hidden among those competitors was Calvin. His eventual W27 started on December 1st, but it took him until December 13th to reach a W15. A nice, methodical run was working, as he would go on to collect a pair of victories in the next 24 hours to reach W17. For some reason, nothing appealed to our eventual winner over the next four days (only picked two during that stretch). We had now reached December 19th and the time to move was now. But it wasn't just that Calvin started picking at a much more rapid pace, it was WHAT he was picking. On December 19th, he chose three straight 50/50 props, including a road underdog in college hoops! Somehow, he nailed all three of them. Luck was on his side and he kept pushing it, taking the road underdog Atlanta Falcons to win at Jacksonville and road underdog Detroit to win at New Orleans. He got them both, along with Carson Palmer recording 163 pass yds BUT NO TDs in the 1st Half. His next two picks were also underdogs, as Akron was a 7.5-point dog to Utah State in the Potato Bowl (prop was Akron points from FGs vs. Utah State Winning Margin) and Boise State to win by double digits was a slight underdog with them being favored by 9.
It was official, we had a guy on a serious heater and making a mad dash at the $1 Million! It was awesome to watch, and we were pulling for him because not since the first month of the $1 Million offer had we seen someone really go after the W40. Calvin was going for it though with the picks he was making, and how quickly he was making them. His incredible run finally ended when the Lakers were blown out by the Thunder on Christmas Eve, 120-85 (needed Lakers to lose by less than 15). It was a well-earned and deserved $30,000 for the fearless man from California. A big round of applause echoed through Streak HQ when the streak ended because quite frankly, he deserved it. It was fun to watch unfold. So congrats to Calvin on his big victory!
The "Most Wins" contest was intense all the way until the bitter end. With a pair of pickers sitting at 131 wins apiece, it came down to the final pick for each of the year. Both fans won their respective NHL picks to finish tied at 132 wins, but Stephen W. won via Tiebreaker #1 (Higher Win %). For his efforts he'll take a check from Streak for the Cash worth $10,000!.
Another year has come and gone on Streak for the Cash. Gone is the chase for the $1 Million in 2016, but returning is the popular Streak 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. Be sure to start your streak in 2016 with our "Free Win" prop and get your friends and family in on the action. It's free and this year we have a feeling will see some of the highest streak we've ever had. Please be safe and have a Happy New Year!
Minnesota Resident Wins $30,000 via a Tiebreaker
After a year of nothing shy of a W26 competing for the cash Streak has come back to the mean; for the third straight month a W23 has taken down the $30,000 prize. Brady H. of Chanhassen, Minnesota is now the champ, putting together a run that culminated with the Patriots ending his streak in an overtime classic that will be remembered well into the offseason.
No one could fault him for the pick - he had the tiebreaker in hand with a win percentage above .800, the Patriots were on a roll and were the moneyline favorites in Vegas. And despite the loss he still looked to be in great shape, especially after Michigan eeked out a double digit win over Providence to end the night, thus eliminating one of his only two remaining competitors. With only potential usurper left to overtake his throne it was going to be a tough task indeed - 5 straight wins of the possible 6 windows we offered today to reach a W24. Sure enough, in typical Russian Premier League fashion (I can hear the cries of the monthly pickers yelling "rigged" as I write this) a 93rd minute goal came down in stoppage time and eliminated the last of Brady's competition, thus securing him the $30,000. Congratulations to him from everyone here at Streak!
I'm pleased to announce that we now have a Streak legend amongst us: the "Most Wins" contest was won by Ian D. of Highland Park, IL for the fourth time since 2008 and the third time in 2015. Ian is on a tear to say the least and in my opinion no one can question his place in the history of our game: until someone matches his four separate wins he is the greatest monthly player of all-time. For his efforts he'll take a check from Streak for the Cash worth $10,000 to the bank once again, this time right before the holidays.
The $1 Million prize is officially ending at the end of the year regardless if it's won or not so December will be the last month to take home the biggest check ever awarded on Streak. And, 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. The final stunt day of the year will be on Christmas Day with nothing but NBA props for a cool $10,000 so mark those calendars!
New Jersey Resident Edges Out Competition to Win $30,000 on Halloween
Happy Halloween everyone! Many fables and traditions come to mind when thinking about October but to me, this month was defined by a well-known yet unlikely tale: The Aesop's Fable "The Tortoise and the Hare". As John T. of Oakland, New Jersey was methodically building a streak that began on October 2nd he witnessed dozens of competitors zoom past him on the leaderboard. In fact, he was moving so slow that for most of the month his Streak wasn't long enough to even be showcased amongst the active leaders. And yet, John remained patient.
By October 18th the top Streak was a W22 in what must have seemed like a mark that was starting to become unattainable with only a W12 in his pocket. But John kept his pace, sometimes taking multiple days off in a row to find that perfect spot to strike. By October 27th he had an active W22 and a win percentage of .917 to help him with any tiebreaking scenarios, none of which ended up being necessary after the 5 point favorite Penn State Nittany Lions oblitered Illinois 39-0 earlier today. And once again a tale that's thousands of years old rings true: the resolve and patience of the tortoise outlasts the speed of the hare.
I could've compared John's Streak to a Michael Myers-esque spree of picking off his opponents one by one but hey, it seemed a bit morbid even for Halloween, so Aesop it is. And I can't say for sure, but I'm guessing that when we interview John he'll confirm our suspicions that the $1,000,000 prize was never his goal. And that's ok, because he had a game plan and went after it the only way that seemed to work. He takes home $30,000 for his efforts - well done John!
The "Most Wins" contest was won by Marc F. of Hanapepe, Hawaii. I'm having a hard time putting into words how impressive this is. To put the achievement into context, I believe that I had a great month picking on the StreakMaster account, getting 118 wins and finishing near the top of the leaderboard. And Marc crushed me picking from Hawaii - six time zones behind the East Coast. That means as myself and many of you are making our third and fourth picks of the day in the middle of the afternoon Marc hasn't even gotten to work yet if he clocks a 9-5. Many alarms and a whole lot of dedication later he takes home $10,000! We'd like to note also that Marc is a repeat winner; he achieved the "Most Wins" mark back in June of 2010 as well and has now established himself as an elite Streak player.
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. One last thing: we're having a pro-football themed Stunt Day on Sunday, November 15th for $10,000 sponsored by McDonalds!
Alabama Resident Makes Improbable Comeback to Win $30,000
Green Day's song "Wake Me Up When September Ends" should be changed to "Wake Me Up at 8 pm ET to See a Great Finish on Streak for the Cash". We here at Streak HQ always seem to have great finishes to each month, but September '15 will be one we remember for quite some time. Blake M. of Albertville, Alabama found himself staring at one final pick on Wednesday, September 30 at 8 pm ET.
Let's rewind though and see how we reached this point in time shall we? September had been a pretty rough month (proven by the fact we had zero, that's right zero, W20+ streaks on the 20th of the month). A W18 was in the lead with only ten days remaining. But naturally, things picked up and Timmy S. charged to the top of the leaderboard with a W23. His streak ended there though, but with only one day left, there was a good chance he would hang on to win the $30,000.
Meanwhile, Blake was sitting at a W18 at the start of September 29th. The three wins he managed that day was critical in setting up a chance on the last day of the month to potentially complete a great comeback. The first step on September 30th was to find a win and at least give himself a chance to make one pick for all the marbles. Blake settled on taking Manchester City to win at Borussia Monchengladbach in Champions League Group play. It almost all unraveled, as the match was tied in the 90th minute. But the Streak powers that be found a way and Manchester City earned a PK with only stoppage time remaining and netted the winner.
So we now arrive back at 8 pm ET on Wednesday, September 30th. The prop: U.S. Open Cup - Final (Sporting KC @ Philadelphia Union): Will BOTH TEAMS SCORE in the 2nd Half? (90 Min+Inj). The choices: Yes or No. Blake rolled the dice and chose "No".
Things didn't look promising after Sporting KC found the back of the net in the 65th minute, meaning our Alabama man needed to sweat it out for 25 minutes + stoppage time to see if Philadelphia would score a goal or not. The Union had multiple chances and twice the ball sailed just over the crossbar. The whistle blew and Blake had won $30,000 by winning 23 straight matchups and owning the Tiebreaker over Timmy with a better winning percentage. Congrats to both players on a great month!
The "Most Wins" contest was won by Daniel C. of Holland, PA. He easily outdistanced the competition by five games. His efforts won him $10,000!
If you achieved at least a W10 in September 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 here so be sure not to miss out if you're one of the lucky ones. Also, 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 a sweet "I Beat The StreakMaster" t-shirt. Good luck in September everyone!
Drama-filled August Ends With New Jersey Man Winning $30,000
Throughout the history of Streak for the Cash, certain individual streaks have stuck out more than others. August saw one of those streaks pop up where you think, "Hey, this one might actually have a chance to be an all-time great streak." And in this day and age of streak, that means $1 million is a very real possibility. Eduardo A. of Toms River, NJ showed he knew baseball better than most when he reeled off 21 consecutive straight-up MLB wins as part of his eye-popping W29.
Every veteran of Streak knows building a streak on straight up MLB games is almost impossible. Baseball is too unpredictable, and one off night by a pitcher or a team's bats just get hot on a particular day can end it all. Eduardo stared the MLB matchups right in eye and did not blink, and for that 21 straight correct MLB picks alone, he deserves an enormous amount of credit.
Eduardo's $30,000 win did not come easy though. He actually began his month going 0-2 before ripping off 29 straight victories from August 1 to August 26. But the biggest challenge came in the final 24 hours when Zach K. of Pennsylvania made a last-ditch effort with a W28 and only one day left to make a pick. The trick was Zach only needed to reach a W29 and tie Eduardo to win the $30,000 grand prize, as his entry held a higher win percentage on the month.
The stage was set with the U.S. Open starting on August 31st, but it was a meaningless MLB game (from a playoff perspective) between the Braves and Marlins that drew the attention of us here at Streak HQ to do some scoreboard watching. Zach was rolling with the Georgia side of the Florida-Georgia Line connection, but Atlanta could muster up little offense, and the fish from Florida won with a 4-0 shutout.
Although Eduardo did not win the $1 million, a $30,000 paycheck in one month for playing free is a nice little consolation prize. Congrats to Eduardo and everyone who put together some impressive streaks in August. All in all, fans needed a W20 just to crack the top-100 on the overall leaderboard, and an insane W25 to find yourself a place in the top-10.
The "Most Wins" contest was a convincing victory by Richard L. of Boulder, CO. He amassed 128 wins in August, and held a 5-game lead heading into the final day of the month. Historically, a 5-game lead heading into the final day is basically like the victory lap on the Champs-Elysees at the Tour de France for the Yellow Jersey.
Richard's final record in August was 128-85-2 (.601), while our runner-up bagged 125 and four Streakers finished in a 4-way tie for 3rd place.
If you achieved at least a W10 in July 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 here so be sure not to miss out if you're one of the lucky ones. Also, 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 a sweet "I Beat The StreakMaster" t-shirt. Good luck in September everyone!
State of Illinois the Streak Champs in July; $1 Million Prize in August
The Prairie State can stand proud - both winners came from Illinois in July. Kyle P. of Troy, IL came out of the gates like American Pharoah, amassing a ridiculous W26 in a mere 11 days from July 5th through July 15th.The talk around the water-cooler here at Streak HQ in Bristol, CT was that Kyle had a real chance to make a run at the $1 Million with the pace he had set, and in all honesty we were thrilled. The excitement that would have brought to the game would have been too cool to pass up and as the StreakMaster I wanted a front row seat. But alas, Kyle's Streak came to an abrupt halt when he lost on in-round British Open prop. For the rest of the month Kyle had to sweat out all challengers who were intent on dethroning him but in the end they all came up short. For his efforts Kyle takes home $30,000; well done sir!
If there was drama last month with the "Most Wins" race, what do we say about July? I love writing but I'm no Shakespeare - where is he when he need him to invent a new word that captures the strategy, stress and savvy that went into this effort by all three competitors? Anyways, let's just call it phenomenal. Here's the recap.
About mid-way through the month two different two-time "Most Wins" Streak legends, Tubbo's Pizza Picks and Zoop Leroy, emerged along with a player I had never before seen cross my horizon on Streak as the three favorites. They went back and forth trading spots at the top, rising and falling with the machinations of a "Game of Thrones" season complete with all the subplots that accompany any power struggle. When it came down to the final pick window Zoop Leroy had been officially eliminated and only two were left with a chance at the cash. Tubbo's Pizza Picks had the best win percentage and was therefore in the driver's seat; if his final pick won he'd be taking home the $10,000. Just like I did he played the odds and went with the slight favorite #5 Marcos Baghdatis over #2 Vasek Pospisil at the ATP Atlanta Open - his competitor made the only play he could and took Pospisil as a live dog.
Baghdatis proved why he's a tour veteran, landing a resounding 2-0 victory over the young Canadian and making Ian D. and his Tubbos Pizza Picks entry $10,000 richer in the process. Ian is now the only 3-time champion in the history of Streak and can probably call himself the greatest monthly picker of all-time, a title that I admit I'm very envious of. It's quite difficult to win even once as anyone will attest, but to do it three separate times is incredible. Well deserved Ian, you're once again the champ!
If you achieved at least a W10 in July 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 August!
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!
W29 Crushes the Competition; $1 Million Up for Grabs in June
We couldn't be prouder of the fact that Streak for the Cash is officially going global! We've now had back-to-back months where a non-US resident has taken home the grand prize; in April the victory went to Canada and now in May it goes to Mexico! Alejandro G. was making a serious run at the $1 Million dollars before the Cubs ended his streak at an impressive W29. Over the next two weeks a challenger or two rose to within striking distance but in the end this was one of the more cut and dry months we've seen in recent memory - Alejandro won by a margin of five as no one else was able to reach a W25. Congratulations to Alejandro on becoming the first ever resident of Mexico to take down the longest Streak prize! He earns a cool $30,000 for his efforts.
Just like last month, the "Most Wins" contest was chalk full of excitement and with $10,000 on line we know the two competitors battling it out were feeling the heat. Only minutes ago Dennis U. of Oxnard, CA prospect's were looking bleak. Both him and his competitor found themselves at 124 wins - Dennis had the Sounders picked and the opposition had selected the Giants. With the Sounders tied 1-1 in stoppage time and the Giants up 5-3 in the bottom of the 8th it looked like he was going to find himself a pick down with only one window left. Then some classic Streak magic happened. The Braves began to rack up infield singles before blowing the game open and tallying four runs in the top of the 9th to take a 7-5 lead. At almost the exact same time Clint Dempsey netted a beautiful goal in stoppage time to put the Sounders up 2-1! Those scores held and because Dennis had the better winning percentage and the 1-win lead the contest was over - Dennis had just gone from despair to glory in a matter of moments. Congrats to him on winning $10,000! As I'm sure he'd attest, when you play Streak you always find yourself in the middle of the action.
If you achieved at least a W10 in May 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 June!
W28 Easily Wins $30,000; $1 Million Returns For May
It's a pretty rare occasion when a Streak for the Cash contestant can rest on the final few days of a month. April was something we here at Streak HQ haven't seen in some time when James C. of Canada put together his W28. The W28 is not a record or anything. We've seen W28's before. But this run was fun to watch and see it stay on top despite being halted with nine days left in the month. Nobody ever got close to catching him; going against the usual narrative for the last week of a month where multiple late pushes typically show up.
James' streak began on April 7 with a victory by the Ottawa Senators. Maybe the most impressive part of his streak was when he reach W20. Historically, our contestants have played it slow once hitting a W20+ because they are in the area of what usually wins each month. But that $1 million prize for a W40 may have been the real focus of James. He made 8 picks in 5 days, including three on April 18 alone. Mind you, these picks are not designed to be easy, but James showed zero fear and kept going with the hot streak. On the morning of Arpil 22 though, his luck had finally run out. Taking Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win 2-0 over Marcel Granollers was a gutsy pick with Tsonga's current form and Granollers clay-based game (tournament was the Barcelona Open, which is played on clay). Granollers took the 1st Set and that was the end of the fantastic run. A big congratulations goes out to such a streak, as many who have played this game for some time can tell you..it's not easy. In fact James' run of 28 straight was immediately followed up with a loss of 8 straight. That's just how Streak for the Cash goes.
Only two other entries were really within earshot of James. A pair of W25's. However, one of them lost later that same night that James lost, while the other fell the following day. Aside from those two contestants, several W23's were next in line as the closest to snag the $30,000 prize.
The real drama was reserved for the "Most Wins" contest. Daniel G. of Malden, MA held on to win the $10,000 prize by 1 game. Heading into the five NFL Draft props on April 30, Daniel held a 1-game lead over the eventual runner-up. The pair of competitors ended up mirroring their picks and Daniel would finish with 128 in the end. Congrats on the great win goes out to him.
With May comes a new chance to find that elusive W40 for $1 million. We want to see history over here at Streak HQ, so get rested up and ready to rock this month! We've also got a great May 2nd Showdown Saturday stunt for $10,000. That's right, put together the longest streak that day alone, and take home $10k. Same rules apply for the "Longest Streak" contest and the "Most Wins" contest. So $30,000 and $10,000 will be up for grabs in those respective contests. Finally, keep an eye out over the next week or two if you achieved at least a W10 in April. 100 of you will be drawn at random to win 100 Winner's Circle points. Those points can be used to purchase items in ESPN's Winner's Circle. Thank you for your dedication to Streak and good luck in May!