Thursday, June 3, 2010


A lot of streaks are ending lately:
  • Roger Federer's 23 consecutive Grand Slam semifinal appearances, and if Rafael Nadal wins the French Open on Sunday, Federer's current run as world #1.
  • The Northwestern University women's lacrosse team's 5 consecutive national championships, which ended in the 2010 title game last weekend as the University of Maryland erased a 6-0 deficit en route to a comeback victory. "Oh no you don't," the Terrapins might as well have said as they prevented Northwestern from further approaching their own record 7 consecutive NCAA titles.
  • The Chicago Blackhawks' 7 consecutive road playoff victories.
  • Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga's 27 consecutive batters retired -- oops, make that 26.  With Galarraga one out away from a perfect game last night, umpire Jim Joyce blew a call at first base and cost the young pitcher his bid for baseball immortality.
  • Al and Tipper Gore's 40 years of marriage.
  • And on a more somber note, Gary Coleman's 42 years of life.
To mark the end of these streaks, I did not streak today on my commuter train for the first time since May 11.


Elaine said...

You've been streaking, Ben? If no one noticed, I don't think you should brag, you know.

Honestly, Al and Tipper shake me up more than Gary Coleman, whose kidney condition pretty much dictated a shorter life. Packing it in after 40 years? Ouch. As someone who is nearing the 31-year-mark, I can only think of how many shoals and rocks people have to steer over to make it *this* it makes me sad. And the Clintons, of all couples, are making it?!? Go figure.

Rose Gomez MD said...

Streaking again?