It’s safe to assume that when any professional sports team knocks off 27 straight W’s, people are going to take notice. Mix in potentially the most dominant athlete of this generation, the fact that this team is the defending NBA champions, and that they are only 7 more wins away from passing the 71-72 LA Lakers for the longest winning streak in NBA history, and this cocktail just became the hottest thing since sliced bread! Shaken not stirred, of course. They’re so hot we might as well call them the…wait for it…. Heat! (I almost went an entire paragraph without a really lame joke, but alas, it was not to be.)
But seriously, what Lebron and the Heat are doing right now is something that even the casual fan should take note of. These are the kinds of streaks that only happen once in a life time and if this team goes on to repeat and win the title, they’ll become a once in a life time type of team.
A little context: The Miami Heat have won 27 consecutive games. There are 11 teams that haven’t won more than 27 games all season! (76ers, Wizards, Raptors, Pistons, Cavaliers, Magic, Bobcats, Timberwolves, Hornets, Kings, Suns.)
So what is the best way to commemorate a potentially historic streak? The only way the Student of Sports knows how, make a long list only partially filled with relevent facts pertaining to said streak!
So here we go! 27 things that have happened since the last time the Miami Heat lost a game.
- The Heat started the season 0-5 against Eastern Conference rivals the Bulls, Pacers, and Knicks. They’ve beaten all three of those team in their last 27 games.
- The Lakers have moved up to the 8th seed in the west, in the playoff picture for the time being.
- Dennis Rodman has one upped Metta World Peace by actually attempting to capture world peace by befriending North Korean dictator, and our residential crazy world leader, Kim Jong-Un.
- Three different college basketball teams were ranked number one in the AP Top 25. (Michigan, Indiana, Gonzaga)
- The New York Yankees attempted to replace CurtisGranderson, Nick Swisher, Mark Texeira, and AlexRodriguez with the likes of Ben Francisco, Brennan Boesch, Juan Rivera, and the corpse of Vernon Wells.
- The Dominican Republic won the WBC.
- Tiger Woods announced he is back on the horse, dating Olympic goldMedalist and SI swimsuit model Lindsey Vonn.
- The Western Conference became much more wide open after MVP contender Tony Parker injured his left ankle.
- The Denver Nuggets proved they are a legit contender in the west, winning an impressive 15 games in a row.
- The Miami Heat improved an 11-11 away record to an impressive 24-11.
- Andrew Bynum attempted (and failed) to pull off the dreaded cornrow/afro combo.
- In the last season with the Big East as we know it, their representatives went a lackluster 3-5 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
- I watched all 49 episodes of the FX comedy Archer, and thoroughly recommend it.
- The Mexican and Canadian baseball teams decided to finally decide who was 2nd best in North America by having an all out brawl on the baseball diamond.
- Sean chose Katherine on The Bachelor.
- The New York Knicks struck fear into the hearts of all retirement home basketball teams by giving legit minutes to Jason Kidd, Kenyon Martin, Kurt Thomas, and Marcus Camby.
- Gonzaga was given a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.
- Gonzaga proved why they had never been given a number one in school history, being beaten in the round of 32 by Wichita State.
- The Washington Wizards have gone 15-9.
- The US International Soccer Team beat Costa Rica in a
World Cup Qualifying snow match.
- The country fell in love with Ole Miss leading scorer Marshall Henderson.
- The country fell out of love with Ole Miss leading moron Marshall Henderson.
- Tiger Woods became the top ranked golfer in the world for the first time since October 2010.
- Miley Cyrus showed us her ability to twerk.
- We suffered through countless versions of the Harlem Shake.
- We learned that a school called Florida Gulf Coast
University existed, as they became the first ever No. 15 seed to
advance to the March Madness Sweet 16.
- LeBron James solidified his position as Baddest Dude on the Planet.
When you put it that way, what a 27 games it has been.
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