Which Streak That Ended in 2010 Will Least Likely Be Repeated?
Streaks in sports are part of the game like scoring points are part of the game. Some streaks are impressive, and other streaks are embarrassing.
No one really knows when a streak starts. It just sort of happens. Then, everyone realizes they have not lost a game in a long time or have not won a game in a long time.
2010 saw some streaks end, both good and bad. There were some streaks that almost ended. The University of Michigan hockey team had the longest consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances with 20. They needed a win over the No. 2 team in the country, Miami (OH), and Northern Michigan in the CCHA Tournament to become CCHA Champions and make the NCAA Tournament.
Here is a look at some of the streaks that ended in 2010. Which streak is least likely to be repeated?
Brett Favre: Consecutive Starts for a Quarterback
In 1992, Don Majkowski went down with a ligament injury in his ankle. Brett Favre made his first professional start for the Green Bay Packers on September 27, 1992. He started every game after that until December 5, 2010.
In total, Favre made 321 consecutive starts including playoffs. He has started for three different NFL teams and played all 32 teams in his start streak.
This means that Favre has started every game for the past almost 19 seasons. He has even retired twice and still started all these games consecutively.
The next closest quarterback to the streak is Peyton Manning with 225 consecutive starts including playoffs. This means Manning has to start every game for the next almost six seasons if he never makes the playoffs.
The only other active quarterback on the list in the Top 10 is Eli Manning with 109 consecutive starts. Will Favre's streak ever be broken?
University of Connecticut Women's Basketball: Most Consecutive Wins
Yes, they are human. The University of Connecticut women's basketball team can lose.
Stanford beat Connecticut to end the Huskies streak of consecutive wins at 90. This is the most of any NCAA basketball team—men's or women's.
Stanford seems to be at the root of the UConn streak. The last time they lost was to Stanford in 2008 in the Final Four.
Since then, they have had back-to-back 39-0 seasons with a National Championship each year. They looked prime to continue their streak until they travelled to Palo Alto on December 30, 2010.
The Huskies surpassed the UCLA men's basketball team with their 89th consecutive win against Florida State on December 21st this year.
Detroit Lions: Most Consecutive Road Losses
There is something about home-field advantage, but this streak is ridiculous. Can you imagine a professional football team losing every road game for over three consecutive seasons?
That is what the Detroit Lions did. The Lions beat Chicago on October 28, 2007, at Soldier Field. That was their last road victory until they beat Tampa Bay this year.
The Lions lost four road games after the Chicago victory, plus eight in 2008, eight in 2009 and six in 2010. This puts their consecutive road loss streak at 26.
During this "streak," the Lions also had the first 0-16 season in NFL history. Luckily, they were able to win on the road against Tampa Bay. They also beat Miami at Dolphin Stadium one week later.
Maybe the next streak they break is consecutive years without a playoff game. That currently stands at 11 seasons.
Sidney Crosby: Consecutive Games with a Point
Sidney Crosby had a point in 25 consecutive games, making it the longest active streak and the 11th longest streak in NHL history. Then, he met the New York Islanders on December 29, 2010.
Crosby had his 25-game streak snapped when he failed to make a point, including his shootout goal against the Islanders. This was the second longest streak in the past 20 years.
The only streak that was longer belongs to Mats Sundin. He had a point in 30 consecutive games for Quebec in 1992-93.
While this streak may be broken, it will be interesting to see. The game has obviously changed, and it has become harder to score a point in every game.
Casey Kotchman: Most Consecutive Chances without an Error
Having a sure-handed first baseman can help a team in professional baseball. The Seattle Mariners had the most sure-handed first baseman in MLB history—Casey Kotchman.
Kotchman broke the MLB record with 2,003 consecutive chances without an error on June 3, 2010. The previous record had been held by Kevin Youkilis of the Boston Red Sox.
The last time Kotchman made an error was in 2008 when he played for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
On August 21, 2010, Kotchman mishandled a hard groundball from Curtis Granderson. This ended his streak at 2,379 chances. Oops!
Streaks Still Alive
Detroit Red Wings: Consecutive Playoff Appearances. The most is Boston with 29. The Red Wings currently have 19.
Michigan Hockey: Consecutive NCAA Playoff Appearances. They currently sit at 20, which is the most active streak as well as the most all-time.
Penn State Volleyball: Consecutive NCAA Championships. The Nittany Lions beat Cal to win their fourth straight National Title and have also won an NCAA record 24 consecutive postseason games.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Stanley Cup Drought. The last time the Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup was in 1966-67, giving them 42 years without the Cup.
Detroit Lions: Super Bowl Champions. The Lions have never won a Super Bowl, giving them the longest active drought.
Chicago Cubs: World Series Champions. The last time the Cubs won a World Series was before the Titanic sank, in 1908, making it the longest active streak.