Nebraska Resident Takes Down Stash in Epic Fashion
Here at Streak HQ we like to think of September as the month that brings stability to our beloved game: football returns, and with it comes all the NFL and NCAA action you can handle. In 2014 this was especially true as we were able to bring back a classic from the past and run our first Stunts of the year back-to-back on September 6th and 7th. Big cash ($10,000 for the longest Streak on EACH day) and a whole lot of wins set the tone for the month that weekend and no one channeled the positive energy better than Josh K. of Norfolk, NE who used the Stunt days to get himself to a quick W11 and never looked back. It took him the rest of the month to turn his early efforts into a W25, sometimes waiting for days at a time to make his next pick. And in what must have been excruciating to sit through Josh endured and came out victorious in an all-time Streak classic as the Royals, once down 7-3 late in the game, came from behind and beat the Athletics 9-8 in 12 innings of postseason baseball. Josh risked it all on the slight underdog Royals (+100) and took home an extra $20,000 for clearing the W25 hurdle, earning every dollar of his total $40,000 winnings for sitting through a prop that was as intense as any we can remember. Congrats to him on a huge victory!
Also, congratulations Daren V. of Lakewood, CO whose 131 wins earned him $10,000 via the first tiebreaker (highest win %) over two other worthy competitors. Since the Stash was reached it will reset in October and be worth $20,000, meaning if you play Streak this month you can win up to $40,000 (stash+monthly)! Best of luck and remember: nothing is stopping you from winning big cash on Streak, so go get it!
W28 Crushes all Competition and Takes Down $120,000
August was relatively smooth sailing for Streak nation; favorites covered, underdogs wilted, and monthly pickers enjoyed one of the better months of 2014 (even my brother got 100 wins for the first time!). And yet, the success came with a price. To the chagrin of all but one, the Stash fell for the first time in five months. The lone person that rejoiced? That would be Fernando A. of Fair Lawn, NJ who finally vaulted over the W24 hurdle that had ended three of the last four monthly winner's attempts at clearing the Stash. Vaulted is the key word - Fernando cleared the bar by a substantial margin and ended the month with a W28 after building his impressive streak in a methodical, detailed and deliberate manner, sometimes waiting for days at a time to make his next pick. To give everyone an idea of just how surgical he was with his picks, the Streak lasted from August 12th to August 30th and on only one of those days were more than two picks made...pretty impressive display of patience. Congrats to Fernando and to everyone who made a run at the Stash in August!
The "Most Wins" competition once again came down to the final prop, and when $10,000 is on the line there's never a shortage of gamesmanship or drama. The eventual winner, Thomas Y. of Chino Hills, CA, was a single win ahead of the second placed entry with only one prop to go. A great spot to be in, right? Well, the only problem was his challenger had the better win percentage, so if they picked different sides of the final prop and Thomas lost he would lose the $10,000 via a tiebreak! In a less than subtle attempt at reverse psychology Thomas changed his entry name to "Come on SMU! 1 more win!!!" hoping to convince the field that he was taking the Baylor under. His challenger didn't fall for it, and when the prop locked it was revealed that they had chosen different sides after all. Thomas was now at the mercy of the Streak gods. Nonetheless, whatever fears he had quickly melted away as Baylor decimated SMU right out of the gate, covering the over mid-way through the 2nd Quarter and leaving Thomas alone atop the mountain with a cool $10,000.
Best of luck in September to everyone and remember, we are running BACK-TO-BACK stunt days on September 6th and 7th worth $10,000 a piece focused around Week 2 of College Football and Week 1 of the NFL! It's a brave new world for Streak: never before have we offered $10,000 for a stunt day let alone doing it on consecutive days! Research your picks, carry your good luck charms and above all enjoy yourselves in September!
13-Inning Drama Sees Stash Roll to $120k in August
What a great month we saw with July. Typically, July is the slowest month on Streak for the Cash, but with the World Cup final and plenty of great streaks, we were treated to a nice remedy to the "Dog Days" of Summer. We may have had 17 streaks of W20 or greater, but all eyes were fixed on a lone W24 on the final night of July. Jonathan H. of Fitzgerald, GA was a single win from taking home $100,000 (he had already locked up the $20,000 Longest Streak). Many waited throughout the final day to see what Jonathan would pick, and when 7 pm ET rolled around, we all knew. He had selected the Orioles to defeat the Angels for all the marbles. It was a pick that made sense for him, seeing as he was 17-3 in MLB picks for July heading into it. The game was scoreless for the regular 9 Innings or play, so extra innings would decide whether or not the big bucks would be handed out in July. Baltimore threatened a couple of times, but in the Top of the 13th Inning, Albert Pujols singled in the only run of the game, and thus, ended the great streak of W24. It was an exciting finish to the month, and now, all of you have a chance to play for $120,000 in August! Congrats to Jonathan and everyone who put together great streaks in July.
The "Most Wins" competition came down to the final day as usual, but this time, each prop on the final day eliminated at least one entry with its result. Our eventual winner was Peter S. of Brookfield, WI, who reeled off 130 wins. The next closest entry finished with 128 wins, so the $10,000 was wrapped up with a couple of picks to go. Congrats to Peter a well-played month.
Best of luck in August to everyone and remember, a year-high $120,000 is up for grabs this month! Each of our winner's got on a hot streak to win their large prize, so why not you? Just remember...it only takes one time to get lucky! Good luck!
Original $20,000 June winner ineligible; Washington resident vaults into 1st Place
The original June winner has been declared ineligible thus making Jimmy S. of Bellevue, WA the champion by default after his A Kid Named BIlly entry finished the month in second place with a W23. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Jimmy's incredible run was that his Streak was already in the rebuilding process by June 14th following England's failure to at minimum draw Italy in the group stage of the FIFA World Cup, forcing him to sweat more than half the month in constant fear of another eclipsing his fantastic achievement. As it turns out someone did exactly that in the 11th hour in the final day of June, and as difficult as that must have been for him to swallow he was once again restored to the champions podium after the disqualification occurred. Jimmy takes home $20,000 for his efforts so congratulations to him!
The "Most Wins" competition was a battle all month long, so much so that when the chips were down and there were no props left to pick the top two entries both changed their Streak entry names to congratulate one another on putting forth such a great effort. Now that's sportsmanship! Of course there can only be one winner, and because Josh V. of Ewa Beach, HI came out on top he goes down in the history books as a two-time winner of the event, having accomplished the same feat back in July of 2012. In that month he took home $2,500; this time around he quadruples his take and nets a cool $10,000 for grinding it out and edging his competition after the top two entries tied at 127 wins apiece, needing the win % tiebreaker to crown him champion.
Best of luck in July to everyone and remember, a year-high $100,000 is up for grabs this month! If you want the cash, what's stopping you? Plan your strategy, make your picks and pray to the Streak gods for good fortune!
Arizona resident wins in May; Stash worth $80,000 in June
A W24 taking home the $20,000 is quickly becoming a trend on Streak. For the second straight month the winner came up one shy of qualifying for the Stash, which is great news for everyone except Tim B. of Tempe, AZ. He continued the trend of coming up just short of the big money as his Tbataska entry's W24 fell when the Blue Jays (a -127 favorite) lost to the Royals last night. What's most remarkable about his run is that Tim chose a staggering 14 straight MLB matchups correctly, something that any veteran streaker will tell you is nearly impossible to do. Taking these matchups almost exclusively for the majority of his run it's no surprise that he fell on an MLB game, but at least his Streak lived and died on a sport he clearly felt comfortable picking.
Now holding the top spot with his inactive W24, Tim looked on as the closest competitor Tomaguchi10 put his W23 on line with the LA Kings (-155) in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. In what must have been a wild up and down night for Tim, the LA Kings lost a 4-3 thriller to all but cement him into winning the $20,000 May prize. This afternoon it became official as the only challenger left saw their W20 go down, so despite losing his chance at the Stash Tim still goes home a huge winner. Congratulations!
The "Most Wins" competition was interesting for a few reasons, none of which included the race being even mildly competitive during the final week. Alex C. of Los Angeles, CA dominated May for most of the month with his linemover80 entry, pulling away from the competition with a week or so to go and never looking back. If that name sounds familiar it's for a good reason - Alex was our April 2013 "Play Against Flo" winner! Even more impressive are his all-time Streak statistics; as of now he is in the top 100 all-time for total wins with 5,084. Alex is one of the most dedicated streakers the game has ever known and now has $10,000 of cold hard cash to back up his "Streak-cred" (terrible, I know). This month he racked up 134 wins so congratulations to Alex on yet another fantastic achievement.
Good luck in June to everyone and remember, a year-high $80,000 is up for grabs this month! So set your alarms, research your matchups and as always thank you for playing Streak for the Cash!
When it was decided to offer the music video contest back in March there was a lot of apprehension around Streak headquarters. Even with hundreds of thousands of people playing the game each month, the question "Do any Streakers have musical skills?" loomed in the back of our minds. But the answer - as proven by the the Finalists listed below - was a resounding "Yes!". Determining a single winner among them was no easy task and sparked much debate as each of the Finalists was worthy of winning in their own way. However there could only be one, so below are the final results as determined from the judging panel. Thank you to everyone who submitted a video and feel free to tweet your opinions on how we ranked the field to @ESPNStreak.
1st Place (95 points): Sporting an 80's theme this high-energy quartet from Gainsville, FL finished on top in large part to earning the most performance points possible. The catchy chorus of "Streak for the Cash.... Climbing up the leaderboard" has been stuck in our heads since we first viewed it and their production was top notch across the board. For their efforts they win the choice of an XboxOne, Ps4 or a GoPro Hero3+. Not sure how they'll divide it though...
2nd Place (93 points): Our runner-up received several first-place votes for his "wolf time" story which scored top points in overall quality. His "On Streak for the Cash.... Your streak never last" chorus is so catchy we've found ourselves humming it around the office on multiple occasions.
Tied 3rd Place (89 points): This excellent animated short from Los Angeles scored high across the board. If we had to pick one video to capture the essence of the game this would be it. "W1, W2, W3... I think I'm on a streak" is brilliant. And, in terms of originality this gem scored top points and reminded us just how talented our fans really are.
Tied 3rd Place (89 points): While we got a bit lost in the storytelling part, there is no denying the creative genius on display here. He encapsulated everything we strive for with Streak, referencing the endless sports we include, the functionality of the game and he even managed to throw in an Adam Schefter reference. Well done!
5th Place (88 points): Like Slappy's, this video proved to be polarizing among the judges - some loved it, some didn't. Arguably the best story of them all, it scored high points for originality with the use of multiple instruments - namely a banjo, an electric piano, a guitar and even a basketball - yes, a basketball.
6th Place (87 points): This video rocked a great hip-hop vibe, a catchy tune of "Sometimes I win and sometimes I lose...." but fell a bit short in production value when compared to a few of the videos that ended up finishing higher on the list.
7th Place (86 points): Who doesn't love seeing a slo-mo video of a grown man riding a tricycle in a clear attempt to mock a rapper cruising in his beloved sports car? Like so many of the others this song had an incredible catchy chorus ("I was so close until Melbourne beat West Coast") which FYI is a reference to an Australian Rules Football game that never did happen on Streak but that our entrant thought sounded catchy. And to his credit, it absolutely did.
Pennsylvania gets another winner; $60,000 up for grabs in May
We began the month introducing our Streak Video Contest, and if we ran it again in May, many Streakers might be singing the "Streak Blues" or the "Nothing But Red Rap" because overall, it was rough April for a lot of you. However, there's always some glimmer to give everyone hope they will eventually come out on top as Streak Champion.
The glimmer of hope came in the face of Austin P. of Pipersville, PA, who put together a masterful W24 with his SF Austin Petrie entry, and picked well enough to hold the higher win % over another W24, to win $20,000. In a strange month where game and prop favorites were dropping left and right, Austin began a meticulous run on April 5. His streak spanned over much of the month before finally ending on April 23 when the Miami Heat did not win by double digits over the Bobcats. Ironically, that same prop made things very interesting because Kevin H. (goldsoundz01) reached a W24 as well by taking the Bobcats. The very next day though, he would also fall short of qualifying for the Streak Stash when the Indiana Pacers lost to the Atlanta Hawks.
A few other entries made a push for the longest streak, but could never quite get close enough, and all fell to the side. With one day left, the Streak board was loaded with enough props for a single W19 to make a run and sneak away with the Stash. After winning the morning prop, the now W20 took a chance with Chelsea at home against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Semifinals. Madrid netted a 3-1 win, thus eliminating the final threat to Austin's W24. Being so close to an extra $20,000 had to hurt, but seeing your streak hold up for the initial $20,000 is no small consolation.
The "Most Wins" competition was exciting as usual and came down to the final prop of the month (we swear you can't script this stuff) and the final day saw quite the battle between a handful of Streakers. Our eventual winner was Kao T. with 117 wins...but it wasn't easy. Kao's entry went back and forth with HoustonTexans26 entry the whole day. On the final prop, Kao took "0 or 1 Goals" to be scored in the 1st Period of the Sharks/Kings Game 7. Trailing by 1 win, HoustonTexans26 took "2 or More Goals" and would've had the higher win %. A third entry, rjb1206 had an outside chance trailing by 1 win as well, but needed to have both the others ahead take the opposite. It didn't happen and they ended up finishing second with 116 wins. Congratulations to Kao on a great month and a well-earned $10,000! Good luck in May to everyone and thank you as always for playing Streak for the Cash!
$40,000 Stash Falls in March; Back-to-Back Monthly Wins Champion is Crowned
The final day of March, 2014 on Streak paralleled a fantastic scene from the 2007 Best Picture winner "No Country for Old Men" in which the central antagonist Anton Chigurh asks a gas station employee to call the results of an impending coin toss.
Anton Chigurh: What's the most you ever lost on a coin toss?
Gas Station Proprietor: Sir?
Anton Chigurh: The most. You ever lost. On a coin toss.
Gas Station Proprietor: I don't know. I couldn't say.
Anton Chigurh: Call it.
Gas Station Proprietor: Look, I need to know what I stand to win.
Anton Chigurh: Everything.
Heading into this morning our eventual $40,000 March winner Bradford O. found himself tied for the longest Streak of the month, but because his entry had the worse winning percentage (the first tiebreaker) he knew he had to make just one more pick to lock up the prize money. Thus, he found himself in the predicament of the gas station employee, needing to make a nearly 50/50 call to come out victorious. Except Bradford knew the stakes. In the film those stakes are something much more sinister, but luckily here at Streak you can only win or break even. Taking the Nationals, a -170 favorite, to get an Opening Day road win, things looked bleak early when the Mets took a 3-0 1st Inning lead. Despite battling back, the Nationals found themselves down 5-4 with 2 outs and 3-2 count in the top of the 9th, a lone strike away from losing the game. To Bradford's delight they drew a clutch walk and followed it up with a base hit, sending the game to extras tied at 5. Anthony Rendon then blasted a 3-run HR in the 10th, and after withstanding a bottom inning charge, the Nationals earned themselves an Opening Day win and made Bradford $40,000 richer. Luckily if someone ever asks him what's the most he's ever lost on a coin toss, Bradford might have to ponder it for a moment like the gas station employee did, and most importantly he won't have to say a small fortune.
The "Most Wins" competition was won for a second straight month by Max C. who takes home the $10,000 prize and has now firmly rooted himself into Streak legend alongside the all-time most wins leader Jeremy M., the only other person to ever accomplish this feat. Pretty good company to find yourself in, eh? Congratulations to Max on repeating and taking home the cash in back-to-back months! Good luck in April to everyone and thank you as always for playing Streak for the Cash!