'72 Dolphins & '71-72 Lakers Both Impressive, Lakers Streak Is Easier to Love
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Winning streaks have been prominent thus far in 2013. The Chicago Blackhawks reeled off 24 straight games with a point to start the season, an NHL record.
The Miami Heat have won 24 in a row themselves, rallying to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-95 on Mar. 20. They are all alone in second place now since they eclipsed the Houston Rockets mark of 22 games in a row.
Ironically, Shane Battier was a member of both teams.
The Denver Nuggets have even gotten in on the act by winning 14 straight games themselves. Unfortunately for them, this will continue to go unnoticed as long as the Heat continue to win.
Miami has a decent chance to equal and possibly surpass the historic 33-game win streak set by the legendary 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers squad.
Four decades ago, winning streaks were a prominent topic of sports conversation just as they are today.
In addition to the Lakers impressive record, the Miami Dolphins were making history as well. They recorded the only perfect season in NFL history going 17-0 en route to winning Super Bowl VII.
Both of these streaks are legendary. The longevity of these records is a testament to that.
However, the Lakers streak is easier to love, or remain fond of.
The '71-72 Lakers don't grate on our nerves annually the way the '72 Dolphins do. Sure, it is their record and they are free to act how they want to about it.
We are free to feel how we want to about it as well. However, we could do without hearing about them popping champagne every year even if their record isn't seriously challenged in that particular season.
It's just unnecessary and played out.
Nick Buoniconti, Mercury Morris and the rest of the guys should be happy about what they accomplished for sure. It would be nice if they would just relax a little, without giving off that defiant defensive vibe any time a team starts the season 13-0 or greater. But Morris really gets extreme with it.
Now to be fair, this is the first time that the Lakers' record has really been challenged. No team had ever been within single digits of 33 before. But it's still hard to imagine the Lakers being as bent out of shape about things as the Dolphins.
There were personalities on that team for sure but come on. Can you see Gail Goodrich popping off like that if a team was in their neighborhood with 31 consecutive wins? I doubt it.
Pat Riley? I think Pat would be too cool for that.
Jerry West? Please. Mr. Clutch is way to mild mannered for that. He has no problem with the Heat breaking L.A's record. He even said so himself.
What if the late great Wilt Chamberlain were still alive? Maybe so, he had no trouble speaking his mind. He may have been cool with LeBron and company achieving and eclipsing 33 in a row.
Even if he absolutely hated the thought of seeing their record broken, it's hard to imagine him being as bitter and grumpy as Mercury Morris, When he's discussing his beef with the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (about three minutes into the video) it's still cool because he's Wilt.
The Lakers and Dolphins' records were already five years old by the time I was born.
I'm not a fan of either team. The Dolphins' antics make me wish their record had already been broken long ago. That's why, although not a Pats fan either, I wanted so badly for Bill Belichik and the Patriots to finish the 2007 season a perfect 19-0.
It would have been nice to see new Super Bowl history made.
I'm torn about the Lakers' streak. It would be cool to see the Heat make history, but it would also be just fine seeing great '71-72 Lakers keep 33 all to themselves.
We'll all see how it plays out soon enough.
All stats are accurate as of 3/22/13.
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