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No streak in sports is greater than boxer Sugar Ray Robinson's 91 consecutive win streak from 19 February 1943 to 16 June 1951:

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1943
2/19 Jackie Wilson, Majority Decision Win (=MJW), 10 (number of rounds)
2/26 Jake LaMotta, UDW (=Unanimous Decision Win), 10
4/30 Freddie Cabral, Boston, KO (=Knockout), 1
7/1 Ralph Zannelli, UDW, 10
8/27 Henry Armstrong, UDW, 10

1944
10/13 Izzy Jannazzo, KO, 2
10/27 Lou Woods, Technical Knockout (=TKO), 9
11/17 Vic Dellicurti, UDW, 10
12/12 Richard "Sheik" Rangel, TKO, 2
12/22 George Martin, TKO, 7

1945
1/10 Billy Furrone, TKO, 2
1/16 Tommy Bell, UDW, 10
2/14 George Costner, KO, 1
2/26 Jake LaMotta, UDW, 10
5/14 Jose Basora, Win By Points (=WBP), 10
6/15 Jimmy McDaniels, KO, 2
9/18 Jimmy Mandell, TKO, 5
9/26 Jake LaMotta, Split Decision Win (=SDW), 12
12/4 Vic Dellicurti, UDW, 10

1946
1/14 Dave Clark, TKO, 2
2/5 Tony Riccio, TKO, 4
2/15 O'Neill Bell, KO, 2
2/26 Cliff Beckett, KO, 4
3/4 Sammy Angott, UDW, 10
3/14 Izzy Jannazzo, UDW, 10
3/21 Freddy Flores, KO, 5
6/12 Freddy Wilson, KO, 2
6/25 Norman Rubio, WBP, 10
7/12 Joe Curcio, KO, 2
8/15 Vinnie Vines, KO, 6
9/25 Sidney Miller, KO, 3
10/7 Ossie Harris, WBP, 10
11/1 Cecil Hudson, KO, 6
11/6 Artie Levine, KO, 10
12/20 Tommy Bell, UDW, 15
(Wins Vacant World Welterweight Title)

1947
3/27 Bernie Miller, TKO, 3
4/3 Fred Wilson, KO, 3
4/8 Eddie Finazzo, TKO, 4
5/16 Georgie Abrams, SDW, 10
6/24 Jimmy Doyle, TKO, 9
(Retains World Welterweight Title)
8/21 Sammy Secreet, KO, 1
8/29 Flashy Sebastian, KO, 1
10/28 Jackie Wilson, TKO, 7
12/10 Billy Nixon, TKO, 6
12/19 Chuck Taylor, TKO, 6
(Retains World Welterweight Title)

1948
3/4 Ossie Harris, UDW, 10
3/16 Henry Brimm, UDW, 10
6/28 Bernard Docusen, UDW, 15
(Retains World Welterweight Title)
9/23 Kid Gavilan, UDW, 10
11/15 Bobby Lee, UDW, 10

1949
2/10 Gene Buffalo, KO, 1
2/15 Henry Brimm, WBP, 10
3/25 Bobby Lee, UDW, 10
4/11 Don Lee, UDW, 10
4/20 Earl Turner, TKO, 8
5/16 Al Tribuani, Exhibition Match (=EM), 4
6/7 Freddie Flores, TKO, 3
6/20 Cecil Hudson, KO, 5
7/11 Kid Gavilan, UDW, 15
(Retains World Welterweight Title)
8/24 Steve Belloise, TKO, 7
9/2 Al Mobley, EM, 4
9/9 Benny Evans, TKO, 5
9/12 Charley Dotson, KO, 3
11/9 Don Lee, UDW, 10
11/13 Vern Lester, KO, 5
11/15 Gene Burton, EM, 6
11/16 Gene Burton, EM, 6


1950
1/30 George LaRover, TKO 4
2/13 Al Mobley, TKO, 6
2/22 Aaron Wade, KO, 3
2/27 Jean Walzack, UDW, 10
3/22 George Costner, KO, 1
4/21 Cliff Beckett, TKO, 3
4/28 Ray Barnes, UDW, 10
6/5 Robert Villemain, UDW, 15
(Wins Pennsylvania Middleweight Title)
8/9 Charley Fusari, WBP, 15
(Retains World Welterweight Title)
8/25 Jose Basora, KO, 1
(Retains Pennsylvania Middleweight Title)
9/4 Billy Brown, UDW, 10
10/16 Joe Rindone, TKO, 6
10/26 Carl "Bobo" Olson, KO, 12
(Retains Pennsylvania Middleweight Title)
11/8 Bobby Dykes, MDW, 10
11/27 Jean Stock, TKO, 2
12/9 Luc Van Dam, KO, 4
12/16 Jean Walzack, UDW, 10
12/22 Robert Villemain, TKO, 9
12/25 Hans Stretz, TKO, 5

1951
2/14 Jake LaMotta, TKO, 13
(Wins World Middleweight Title)
(Vacates World Welterweight Title)
4/5 Holly Mims, UDW, 10
4/9 Don Ellis, KO, 1
5/21 Kid Marcel, TKO, 5
5/26 Jean Wanes, UDW, 10
6/10 Jan deBruin, TKO, 8
6/16 Jean Walzack, TKO, 6
If you're not impressed by the fact that Sugar Ray Robinson went undefeated for such a length of time, then consider the amount of fights/rounds that he fought in a period of approximately 100 months: 91 fights, 640 rounds. In the world of contemporary boxing, fighters of Robinson's caliber rarely box more than 3 12-15 round matches a year (that comes out to, at best, 36-45 round a year); during this streak, Robinson averaged about 76 rounds a year.

To the best of my knowledge, no athlete in recorded history has accomplished so much while sacrificing so little. Despite fighting 91 times during this period, Robinson came out virtually unscathed. Any other fighter that could rival Robinson's achievements wouldn't be able to say so because they'd probably be afflicted with Parkinson's (a certain someone does come to mind, but his 61 professional bouts look absolutely trivial in comparison to Robinson's 200).

I've analyzed the numbers and provided you with a detailed account of Robinson's streak. In doing so, I'm letting Robinson's streak speak for itself because there's not much else one once can do besides stare at the computer screen in amazement. Nothing in the world of American sports comes close to Robinson's streak, and, if I knew much about them, I'd probably be able to say with confidence that nothing in European/Latin American/Asian/African/Oceanic/Middle Eastern/Canadian sports comes close to it either.
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There have been many impressive winning streaks in the history of sports on both the collegiate and professional levels. The most impressive of these streaks is the 33 game winning streak by the LA Lakers during the 1971-72 NBA season. The streak to this day is the longest winning streak in the history of major American professional team sports and team sport streaks are more impressive then individual ones.

The Streak

They won 33 games in a row. Think about that. In the NBA you play an 82 game schedule and are usually playing 3-4 games every week. It's very easy to slip up and lose a game, but the Lakers were able to go for two months without losing one. They weren’t exactly playing bottom feeders every night either. 19 of the 33 games they won during the streak were against teams that either made the playoffs or had a winning record at the end of the season. There were 17 teams in the NBA at this time, including the Lakers. LA faced and defeated all of them at least once during the streak with the exception of the Cincinnati Royals who finished the season 30-52 and missed the playoffs. The team that ended the streak was the defending NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks who were led by Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Even though the Bucks ended the streak they were also one of the many victims during the streak as the Lakers had beaten them for win number 11 in a row.

Competition Level

You can talk all you want about the competitiveness of the NBA when the Lakers had their streak but the league at that point was very competitive. From the 1958-59 season to the 1968-69 season, only two teams won the NBA title. The Celtics won it 10 times and the 76ers won it once. However, for the next 10 seasons from 1969-70 to 1978-79 there were 8 different teams that won the title. Parody in the league was alive and well during the Lakers streak.

Streak in Perspective

I’d also like to put even more in perspective how impressive the Lakers streak was. During the Celtics run of dominance in the NBA throughout the 50’s and 60’s, the longest winning streak they put together was just 17 games. That’s barely half of what the Lakers streak was.

Comparison to Other Pro Team Winning Streaks

Only 3 other NBA teams have even been able to reach at least 20 straight wins and the second longest streak is still 11 games behind at 22 and that was done a few years ago by the Rockets. Looking at the other 3 major professional team sports you have a 17 game winning streak by the Penguins in the NHL in 1993. In the NFL the Patriots had a 21 game winning streak combining regular season and playoffs from 2003-2004 and the Colts had a 23 game regular season winning streak from 2008-2009. In MLB the New York Giants have the longest win streak at 26 games and that happened all the way back in 1916 and included a tie. The longest MLB win streak without a tie is 21 games by the Cubs in 1935. As you can see, with the exception of the 1916 Giants in MLB, all of these streaks are at least 10 games short of what he Lakers did.

Comparison to Other College Team Winning Streaks

Another argument I know will come up is “what about UCLA and UConn in men’s and women’s college basketball?” Those streaks are impressive no doubt but the parody just wasn’t there during UCLA’s streak and isn’t there now with UConn’s streak that just ended. UCLA was THE dominant team in college basketball for a good 12 year period at the end of John Wooden’s run there. They had the best coach in the country and got all of the top recruits. UConn is in a very similar position now in Women’s college basketball. There just aren’t many teams out there that can compete with them, let alone beat them when they’re at their best. It isn’t a coincidence that both UCLA and UConn’s streaks ended with a loss to the same teams that had beaten them last before their respective streaks started.
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No streak in sports is greater than boxer Sugar Ray Robinson's 91 consecutive win streak from 19 February 1943 to 16 June 1951:
I'd like to point out that officially Robinson's streak of 91 fights was an unbeaten streak, not a winning streak. He had two draws in those 91 fights. Boxrec.com shows he had draws to Jose Barosa in 1945 and Henry Brimm in 1949. The longest winning streak belongs to Julio Caesar Chavez at 87 straight wins. Even if we were going with unbeaten streaks in boxing there are two boxers with longer unbeaten streaks. Pedro Carrasco at 93 straight and Jimmy Wilde at 103 straight.
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I'd like to point out that officially Robinson's streak of 91 fights was an unbeaten streak, not a winning streak. He had two draws in those 91 fights. Boxrec.com shows he had draws to Jose Barosa in 1945 and Henry Brimm in 1949. The longest winning streak belongs to Julio Caesar Chavez at 87 straight wins. Even if we were going with unbeaten streaks in boxing there are two boxers with longer unbeaten streaks. Pedro Carrasco at 93 straight and Jimmy Wilde at 103 straight.
Firstly, Sugar Ray Robinson's streak can correctly be classified as either an undefeated or a consecutive win streak. The fine print at boxrec.com shows that, in the two draws he had during this streak, he had the majority of points. Also, Sports Illustrated regards it as a consecutive-win streak.

Secondly, this is about the most-impressive streak, not the streak that lasted longer. Pedro Carrasco was a European boxer who never fought an International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHF) boxer during his streak and who only sniffed meaningful gold once in his life (the WBC Lightweight title, which he captured through a DQ victory) before losing it immediately after in his next match. As for the other two boxers, cross-referencing Chavez's streak opponents with the list of IBHF inductees shows that he only faced one inductee during this streak (Jimmy Wilde's in the IBHF, but there doesn't seem to be any information on his opponents in there). On the other hand, during his 91 consecutive-win streak, Robinson faced other IBHF inductees 9 times (Jake LaMotta four times, Henry Armstrong once, Sammy Angott once, Kid Gavilan twice, and Bobo Olson once). In terms of quality, the streaks of the other fighters you mentioned have nothing on Robinson's streak, hence why it's more impressive.

All right, I'm packing it in for the night. I'll respond to your argument properly later on today.
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For me, the most impressive winning streak is the one that we just recently saw come to an end. That is the UConn Women's Basketball streak of 90 consecutive wins.

When looking at the competition that they faced, you have to agree that women's basketball is at its highest. It may not be at the same level as other competitive sports, but its a growing sport and it only going to keep getting better. On top of the overall competition high, the UConn women faced many of the countries best teams on numerous occasions. They faced 27 teams that were ranked in the top 25. On average, that means they faced at least one of the best teams in the country every three games.

Not only did they beat the best teams, they dominated and destroyed the best teams. The average margin of victory during the streak was over 32 points, including 28 wins by over 40 points. All but two victories, both against the #2 team, were by at least 10 points. Obviously, they were the #1 ranked team in the country, but even when they faced the #2 team, their domination showed. Their average margin of victory in those games was 14. Also, they never trailed for more than half the game. It was very rare for them to not dominate from beginning to end.

When you look at the game before the streak started and the game where the streak ended, they were both against Stanford, a team they beat three times during the streak. When two teams face each other so many times, both teams learn an enormous amount about the other team. The more they play, the more they learn and the more likely that the game will be closer. Even with a loss against a team that was pretty much bound to beat them eventually, they are still the most dominating team in the country and this incredible streak could still be going. And even though it is over, 90 games is one hell of a winning streak and I consider it the most impressive winning streak in sports.
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For me, the most impressive streak in sports would be Brett Favre's 297 games started streak. Let's look at some stats.

During his streak, 410 different quarterbacks started at least one game in the NFL. The Bears started 21 different quarterbacks alone during Favre's streak. That is a testament to the willpower and endurance that this man has. The fact that he played one game in 2003 after the sudden death of his father and again the next year after his wife, Deanna, was diagnosed with breast cancer shows that he doesn't let anything tear him away from the game. Some might say that he's putting his job before family, and that is a valid point. But Brett said that his father would have wanted him to play, and his wife probably knew how much Brett loved football and how much football meant to him.

Onto the real stats. During his streak, he went 186-111. That is a better record than a number of head coaches around the league. He threw for 71838 yards, and threw 508 touchdown passes. He also threw 336 interceptions, but that's just from playing in so many games.

The reason this streak is better is the fact that week in and week out, Brett Favre put his body on the line to help his team win. He played through an enormous amount of injuries, and it finally took a hit to his already injured shoulder to knock him out at age 41.

Now, onto my rebuttals.

To Tdigs: Yes, he might have won 91 bouts, but how many of them were against opponents of his caliber? According to you, 9 times. Lord knows how many Hall of Famers has Brett Favre taken hits from, thrown to, or handed off to. Even doing a 3:1 ratio on the Hall of Famers, 3 NFL to 1 boxer, Favre would have interacted with more Hall of Famers than Sugar Ray ever would have.

To Big Sexy: You put up a good argument, but let's face it: NBA win streaks are not to impressive. Many other teams have put up 10-15 game win streaks in the highly competitive NBA of today. A 33-game win streak may be impressive, but compared to any other win streak, it falls short.

To TPP: I was debating on arguing for the UConn women. I will agree with most of your points, and on the point that the fact that they are women doesn't make much of a difference. I really can't argue against it, so yeah.
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To Big Sexy: You put up a good argument, but let's face it: NBA win streaks are not to impressive. Many other teams have put up 10-15 game win streaks in the highly competitive NBA of today. A 33-game win streak may be impressive, but compared to any other win streak, it falls short.
1. The topic is most impressive winning streak in sports. Brett Favre's consecutive game streak is not a winning streak, therefore your entire argument is irrelevant.

2. Why are NBA winning streaks not impressive? They are just as impressive as winning streaks in any other sport, college or professional. Many teams may put up 10-15 game winning streaks in today's NBA but that isn't even half of what the Lakers streak was. Compared to other winning streaks the Lakers 33 game winning streak is the best. Like I said in my opening post "it is the longest winning streak in the history of major American professional team sports," and no one has really come close to beating it.
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For me, the most impressive streak in sports would be Brett Favre's 297 games started streak. Let's look at some stats.

During his streak, 410 different quarterbacks started at least one game in the NFL. The Bears started 21 different quarterbacks alone during Favre's streak. That is a testament to the willpower and endurance that this man has. The fact that he played one game in 2003 after the sudden death of his father and again the next year after his wife, Deanna, was diagnosed with breast cancer shows that he doesn't let anything tear him away from the game. Some might say that he's putting his job before family, and that is a valid point. But Brett said that his father would have wanted him to play, and his wife probably knew how much Brett loved football and how much football meant to him.

Onto the real stats. During his streak, he went 186-111. That is a better record than a number of head coaches around the league. He threw for 71838 yards, and threw 508 touchdown passes. He also threw 336 interceptions, but that's just from playing in so many games.

The reason this streak is better is the fact that week in and week out, Brett Favre put his body on the line to help his team win. He played through an enormous amount of injuries, and it finally took a hit to his already injured shoulder to knock him out at age 41.

Now, onto my rebuttals.

To Tdigs: Yes, he might have won 91 bouts, but how many of them were against opponents of his caliber? According to you, 9 times. Lord knows how many Hall of Famers has Brett Favre taken hits from, thrown to, or handed off to. Even doing a 3:1 ratio on the Hall of Famers, 3 NFL to 1 boxer, Favre would have interacted with more Hall of Famers than Sugar Ray ever would have.

To Big Sexy: You put up a good argument, but let's face it: NBA win streaks are not to impressive. Many other teams have put up 10-15 game win streaks in the highly competitive NBA of today. A 33-game win streak may be impressive, but compared to any other win streak, it falls short.

To TPP: I was debating on arguing for the UConn women. I will agree with most of your points, and on the point that the fact that they are women doesn't make much of a difference. I really can't argue against it, so yeah.
Noah that's all well and good, but please, there was a regular thread about this. This is for winning streaks, not individual streaks. Read for the love of God man!

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My choice is quite simple. The Oklahoma Sooners' 47 game winning streak from October 10, 1953 - November 16, 1957.

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Oct. 10 Oklahoma 19, Texas 14 Dallas, Texas
Oct. 17 Oklahoma 45, Kansas 0 Norman
Oct. 24 Oklahoma 27, Colorado 20 Norman
Oct. 31 Oklahoma 34, Kansas State 0 Norman
Nov. 7 Oklahoma 14, Missouri 0 Columbia, Mo.
Nov. 14 Oklahoma 47, Iowa State 0 Norman
Nov. 21 Oklahoma 30, Nebraska 7 Lincoln, Neb.
Nov. 28 Oklahoma 42, Oklahoma State 7 Norman
Jan. 1 Oklahoma 7, Maryland 0 Orange Bowl

1954 Season Score Location
Sept. 18 Oklahoma 27, California 13 Berkeley, Calif.
Sept. 25 Oklahoma 21, TCU 16 Norman
Oct. 9 Oklahoma 14, Texas 7 Dallas, Texas
Oct. 16 Oklahoma 65, Kansas 0 Lawrence, Kan.
Oct. 23 Oklahoma 21, Kansas State 0 Norman
Oct. 30 Oklahoma 13, Colorado 6 Boulder, Colo.
Nov. 6 Oklahoma 40, Iowa State 0 Ames, Iowa
Nov. 13 Oklahoma 34, Missouri 13 Norman
Nov. 20 Oklahoma 55, Nebraska 7 Norman
Nov. 27 Oklahoma 14, Oklahoma State 0 Stillwater, Okla.

1955 Season Score Location
Sept. 24 Oklahoma 13, North Carolina 6 Chapel Hill, N.C.
Oct. 1 Oklahoma 26, Pittsburgh 14 Norman
Oct. 8 Oklahoma 20, Texas 0 Dallas, Texas
Oct. 15 Oklahoma 44, Kansas 6 Norman
Oct. 22 Oklahoma 56, Colorado 21 Norman
Oct. 29 Oklahoma 40, Kansas State 7 Manhattan, Kan.
Nov. 5 Oklahoma 20, Missouri 0 Columbia, Mo.
Nov. 12 Oklahoma 52, Iowa State 0 Ames, Iowa
Nov. 19 Oklahoma 41, Nebraska 0 Lincoln, Neb.
Nov. 26 Oklahoma 53, Oklahoma State 0 Norman
Jan. 2 Oklahoma 20, Maryland 6 Orange Bowl

1956 Season Score Location
Sept. 29 Oklahoma 36, North Carolina 0 Norman
Oct. 6 Oklahoma 66, Kansas State 0 Norman
Oct. 13 Oklahoma 45, Texas 0 Dallas, Texas
Oct. 20 Oklahoma 34, Kansas 12 Lawrence, Kan.
Oct. 27 Oklahoma 40, Notre Dame 0 South Bend, Ind.
Nov. 3 Oklahoma 27, Colorado 19 Boulder, Colo.
Nov. 10 Oklahoma 44, Iowa State 0 Ames, Iowa
Nov. 17 Oklahoma 67, Missouri 14 Norman
Nov. 24 Oklahoma 54, Nebraska 6 Norman
Dec. 1 Oklahoma 53, Oklahoma State 0 Stillwater, Okla.

1957 Season Score Location
Sept. 21 Oklahoma 26, Pittsburgh 0 Pittsburgh, Pa.
Oct. 5 Oklahoma 40, Iowa State 14 Norman
Oct. 12 Oklahoma 21, Texas 7 Dallas, Texas
Oct. 19 Oklahoma 47, Kansas 0 Norman
Oct. 26 Oklahoma 14, Colorado 13 Norman
Nov. 2 Oklahoma 13, Kansas State 0 Manhattan, Kan.
Nov. 9 Oklahoma 39, Missouri 14 Columbia, Mo.
We see teams of greatness from year to year. Sometimes a Cinderella like Boise State was in the Fiesta Bowl, coincidentally against the Sooners. However, for three full years and parts of five, the Oklahoma Sooners did what pros couldn't and likely won't do, and what others have tried and failed at. No team has gotten into single digits while trying to rack up the wins since it was accomplished. Toledo was at 35 from '69-'71, USC at 34 from '03-'05, and Miami at 34 from '00-'03. That's still another full season of wins from all of them.

Some perspective on the teams they played. They weren't easy games either in the Big 7 (at the time) or non-conference either way. I know I have the list above but the rankings aren't listed. Look at both if necessary.

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Texas was at #15 to start the #16 Sooner's streak with a 19-14 victory.
Maryland was #1 and the Sooner's beat them in the Orange Bowl 7-0.

1954 Ranked Opponents


First game of the season vs. #12 Cal. Final score was 27-13.
Second game vs. #20 TCU. Final score was 21-16.
Third was against against again 15th ranked Texas. Final score was 14-7.

First three games against ranked opponents that were all non-conference game.

1955 Ranked Opponents


#12 Pitt in the second game. Game ended 26-14.
#14 Colorado got torn up 56-21.
A rematch of two years prior vs. Maryland. The Sooners won 20-6.

1956 Ranked Opponents


None, and they railed through pretty much everyone. Colorado gave them the only semi-close game but lost 27-19.

1957 Ranked Opponents


#8 Pitt to start the season ended with a 26-0 victory.
The final game of the streak against #19 Missouri was a 39-14 affair.


The streak speaks for itself. Teams can lose on any given day, we saw that with Michigan and Appalachian State a few years ago. Oklahoma spent over 4 seasons undefeated, in parts of 5 years.

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Sugar Ray Robinson - So the guy went undefeated for 8 years. Definitely impressive and the guy is considered the best pound for pound boxer of all time. The one thing that doesn't impress me about this whole streak is he didn't defend his titles all that often. '47 He fought 10 times with two defenses. In 1948 he fought five times with only one defense. The following year he fought 16 times. How many for the belt? Once. Only one title defense (from what I read at theboxinghistorian.com) in 19 fights in 1950. And losing in his only Middleweight title defense in 1951.

When there is something on the line, people go harder for it. Pride in beating the champ in a non-title match is fine, but you'd have to think that some of those fighters were contenders for the belt before they fought him. If he defended the title more I'd say it's impressive, but I can't say it is.

I'll get to the others when I get back.
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God dammit.......just dammit. Well, then I'll go with Jimmie Johnson's 5 Sprint Cup Championship wins, which is a winning streak, just a championship win streak. For me, this streak is more impressive than any other sports streak. This is 5 straight championships in a highly competitive sport. NASCAR is not easy, despite the heckling and the argument that "It's only driving". Winning 1 championship isn't easy, let alone 5 in a row.

Here are some basic stats from his championship streak from 2006-2010
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Average starting position: 9.28
Average finish position: 10.96
DNF: 11
Top 10 Finishes: 94
Top 5 Finishes: 80
Races Won: 35
Poles Won: 17
All of this happened over 180 different races, and he finished more than half of them in the Top 10, and nearly half finishing in the Top 5. That is an amazing feat even without the championship, but adding the championships in there makes it insane. No other racer has ever come close to doing what Johnson has done. Hell, he could still keep it going, seeing as his streak is still active, something that no other mentioned streak has going for it.

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To Big Sexy: I'm sorry, but to me, that streak doesn't mean much. And just because it's the longest streak in the Big 4 leagues doesn't give it much. It couldn't happen in hockey, just because hockey is by nature, a sport that doesn't help winning streaks. The longest for hockey is 17 by the Penguins. It couldn't happen in baseball for the same reason. The record for baseball is 26, and it happened in 1916 with the New York Giants. And there is no way in hell that an NFL team could win 33 games in a row, because they would have to go undefeated for 2 straight seasons, and then some.

To CH David: Good post, but the issue I have with it is the ranked opponents. There were only 13 ranked opponents in those 47 games, with 2 Top 10 opponents. (I could be wrong with a miscount). That hurts the streak for me, because that takes away the credibility.
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