During the 1980s the Columbia University football team lost 44 games in a row at one time, despite the efforts of a wide receiver who was planning on entering the wild world of Wall Street, but decided to get marooned on a mysterious island instead (Matthew Fox, for those of you keeping score at home.)
No one knows if any member of the NJIT Highlanders will become a star on a hit TV series, but none of them are marooned on the island of Loserville anymore. They broke a 51-game losing streak last night over another Division I newbie, Bryant College, 61-51.
While the Highlanders are undoubtedly basking over this win, they should use this as a stepping stone to bigger and brighter things. And judging by the recent efforts of two formerly moribund teams, there is hope on the horizon.
Savannah State went 8-101 from 2002 to 2006, but are currently a relatively robust 7-10 despite being an independent. Chicago State was 4-51 from 2001 to 2003, but now stand 9-9 and have one of the nation's leading scorers while playing in the Summit Conference.
Now, don't expect the Highlanders to get a dance invitation any time soon, especially since this is only their third Division I season and they are also an independent. Joining a conference would be a step in the right direction.
But let them enjoy the moment. Matthew Fox actually said the Columbia victory over Northern Illinois that broke the doldrums was more satisfying than a lot of the acting work he had done to that point (which included the series Party of Five). The Highlanders hoops squad can definitely relate.