After watching the UConn Lady Huskies, led by the legendary Geno Auriemma secure their 80th consecutive win over the number 2 ranked Baylor Bears, it got me thinking. What is the greatest streak or record in sports history?
Here are my top 5 team streaks of all time:
5. From 1991 to 2005, Bobby Cox, who is recently retired, led the Atlanta Braves to an unfathomable 14 consecutive divisional titles. Plenty of teams go 15 years without even making the playoffs once. Just ask the Reds about that.
4. In 1979, the Philadelphia Flyers went an unthinkable 35 games without a loss. The NHL is a brutal League where no teams has ever won more than 62 games during regular season play. This team was able to go 35 without suffering 1 defeat. It was a good time to sport a Flyer’s jersey.
3.UCLA’s 7 consecutive NCAA Men’s basketball titles. During this amazing time of utter dominance by John Wooden and the Bruins, they also won 88 consecutive games! Could you imagine a team doing something like this in this day and age. The last Men’s team to sport a perfect season was the Indiana Hoosiers in 1976.
2. The Boston Celtic’s won 8 consecutive NBA Titles between the 1958-1959 season and the 1965-1966 season. Will any team ever touch this? I mean 3-peats are great, but that is not even half of an 8-peat.
1. California’s De La Salle’s High School Football won 151 straight games over a 12 year span. This is not easy task at any level, especially the high school level, where the kids really change every couple of years due to graduation, etc. The previous record was only 72. This streak spanned from 1992 to 2004!
I know there are other major streaks out there. So here are my honorable mention top team streaks of all time.
– Penn State Women’s Volleyball 109 match winning streak and the University of North Carolina Women’s Soccer 103 game win streak.
– The LA Lakers scintillating 33 game win streak.
– The Oklahoma Sooner Football 47 game winning streak between 1953 and 1957.
What are your top streaks?
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