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.
|Rank||Entry Name||Total Wins in 2015|
|4||(TTFG) #1 Group 4 Life||1465|
|5||(MP) Groovy UV (27)||1465|
|7||(IS3,SS)The Red Caribou||1422|
|8||WEAS For The Cash||1420|
|9||(MP) Crazyjay999 (27)||1405|
|11||(MP)All I needisa Miracle||1395|
|16||(MP) Sd1632 (GH)||1378|
|17||Greg E. Fresh||1374|
|28||REGGIE'S PIZZA IS BETTER||1345|
|29||T swifts x boyfriends||1342|
|33||(TDS) Same As It Ever Was||1334|
|36||Sponsored by Matty Ice||1331|
|42||Streaking Only in 2016||1327|
|46||Go Crew Go 28||1324|
|49||(MP) Serby The Greek||1319|
|53||Prescott Is Streaking||1317|
|54||(TDS) asu still classless||1316|
|56||(A.S.) Mr. Mime (M.P.)||1313|
|59||7 1 8||1308|
|65||Tom Brady's Husband||1302|
|68||regression to the mean||1302|
|80||Just Call Me Streaky||1293|
|82||this gm really sucks||1289|
|83||(MP) RAIDER NATION (LH)||1288|
|87||RUSH for GREENS||1282|
|88||Trust Jesus, He's The Way||1282|
|92||(AS) Let's Go Islanders||1280|
|94||(TDS) ChArM CiTy FaM||1279|
|97||(MP) StuporSaiyan624 (LH)||1278|
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!