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Streaks Continue, Streaks End

by Ronald A. Rowe October 7th, 2013 | Weekend Review
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prez cup whAs crisp fall weather covers the land, our dedicated team of experts barricaded themselves into the rumpus room at 1 Buzzer Eagle Plaza to do nothing but eat salty snacks and watch sports this weekend. All for you, people. The five most impressive moments from a three day TV sports binge are:

#5 Pitchers Duel, Playoff Edition
Sonny Gray and Justin Verlander pitched two gems on Saturday. It was a shame that only one of them could win. At least Verlander can take some consolation from the fact that he wasn’t the losing pitcher. After pitching eight scoreless innings for the Detroit Tigers, his bullpen let him down as the Oakland A’s scraped together the only run needed to win the game in the bottom of the ninth.

#4 99
The Denver Broncos and the Dallas Cowboys combined for a whopping 99 points on Sunday in a shootout that came down to one bad decision by Tony Romo and a chip shot field goal from Matt Prater as time expired for the Broncos to seal the 51-48 victory and go to 5-0. For the record, that makes 103 points in two weeks for Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

#3 Bad News
Will Power, the IndyCar driver with perhaps the coolest name ever, won the Grand Prix of Houston on Sunday. That’s good news for him but the race was marred by a horrific wreck on the final lap that overshadowed anything else that happened at the track. Takuma Sato hit IndyCar superstar Dario Franchitti’s car which went airborne and shredded into confetti as it dragged along the outer wall.

#2 Streaks
The Green Bay Packers extended their home win streak against the Detroit Lions to an unprecedented 22 straight games, dating back to the late 1700’s*. The Kansas City Chiefs are on a streak of sorts as well. The new-look Chiefs under head Coach Andy Reid are 5-0. That’s two and a half times as many wins as they had all of last season. The people who keep track of these things tell me that this is the first time in NFL history that a team has gone 5-0 after winning two or fewer games the year before. That’ a weird stat for someone to actually look up, but it is impressive nonetheless. On the flip side, Tom Brady’s astounding streak of 52 consecutive games with at least one touchdown throw came to an end in an ugly, 13-6 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

#1 USA
Since we’re speaking of streaks, how about the USA winning its fifth consecutive President’s Cup? It was only fitting that golf’s poster boy, Tiger Woods, was the one with the opportunity to clinch the win for the American team. Woods looked like the Woods of old as he calmly beat Richard Sterne for the point that put the USA over the top.

*actually 1991

(White House photo)

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