Cleveland Cavaliers end futility streak, among the worst ever?by Christopher C. Wuensch on Feb. 12, 2011, under Sports, Stranded At Second Base
STRANDED AT SECOND BASE
“Culling the thoughts that occur when you’re standing around waiting for something to happen”
It appears 26 games is the un-crossable threshold for losing streaks. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ halted a 26-game losing skid on Friday night, one defeat shy of setting the all-time mark for consecutive futility in any of four major sports (MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL).
LEAGUE CONSECUTIVE LOSSES TEAM, YEAR(s)
NFL: 26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1976-77
NBA: 26 Cleveland Cavaliers, 2011
MLB: 24 Cleveland Spiders, 1889
MLB: 23 Philadelphia Phillies, 1963
NHL: 17 Washington Capitals, 1974-75
NHL: 17 San Jose Sharks, 1992-93
NHL: 38 Ottawa Senators (straight road games), 1992-93
It should be noted: The previous NBA mark for consecutive loses was held be none other than the Cleveland Cavaliers, who lost 24 straight between the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons. Combine that with the Cleveland Spiders’ MLB-worst 24-game slide, the Browns’ 46-year NFL title drought and the Indians’ 62-year World Series hiatus and you begin to understand the misery it is to be a Cleveland fan.
Forgive Connie Marrero for being a little nervous upon hearing that the Washington Nationals have announced new uniforms for the 2011 season.
The 99-year-old former Washington Senator is now the oldest living former Major Leaguer, after the passing of Tony Malinosky, 101, this week.
The ex-Brooklyn Dodger infielder’s death comes a day after the Los Angeles Dodgers announced plans to honor their heritage by wearing retro-Brooklyn uniforms for six games in the up-coming season.
What’s more surprising? That legendary pugilist Jack Johnson invented the modern-day “wrench” while in prison or that legendary pugilist Jack Johnson was afforded the tools he needed in prison to invent the modern-day wrench?
The Texas Rangers might part ways with 34-year-old third baseman Michael Young, claiming that they want to get ‘younger.’
Nike founder Phil Knight has announced plans to entirely finance the new, $41 million state-of-the-art weight-training facility at his alma mater the University of Oregon. This debunks the old adage that uniforms cannot make the man.
The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty announced in a Jan. 26 report that a 2009 stimulus bill aimed at homeless prevention and re-housing is out of money and, presumably, now living in the subway where it plays its guitar for tips.
Scientists say they finally have enough tissue to clone a wooly mammoth within the next four to six years. Kind of cruel to re-create a very hairy animal during an era of global warming, isn’t it?