Thursday, December 31

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December's "Most Wins" prize winner under review
December 2009 featured one of our most competitive months in Streak history. With the Streak7 and NBA Christmas Day stunt we had many windows in play and two entries hit the century mark with exactly 100 wins - "AANR Girl" and "iceman585858". With the first tiebreaker being winning % during the month, "AANR Girl" wins by posting just one fewer loss - "AANR Girl" = 100-45-3 (.690), "iceman585858" 100-46-3 (.685). However, during our routine check of winner's eligibility a red flag came up while reviewing the accounts and we're reviewing the situation further before announcing the winner. Whichever way it turns out it was a great month of Streaking and look forward to another run in January 2010.

New Year's Eve Preview
Streak 2009 ends on a relatively quiet day as Streak HQ gears up for Streak 2010! There's still a few bowl games to enjoy, as well as college hoops and an NBA matchup.

Air Force had a surprisingly easy time with Houston in the first bowl game of the day.

The Bulls and the Pistons were a big rivalry a decade ago. Now - well, not so much.


Texas Bowl: Navy Midshipmen vs. Missouri Tigers
A contrast of offenses in this game, as Navy's run-heavy attack will try to outscore Missouri's pass-happy approach.

The Tennessee Volunteers travel to Memphis in the final Streak matchup of 2009.

Yesterday's Results
Streakers stayed above break-even with a 55 percent record.

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Wednesday, December 30

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Today's Preview
A very solid Wednesday we have on our hands. A few soccer props in the morning and some football and basketball to round out the night.

In the Belgian Jupiler League, the home team has the rare draw, which means they're out pick to win. The under looks like the pick in the EPL match, especially after yesterday's one goal game.

The Huskies start Big East play on the road against a solid Cincinnati squad, while Baylor has the slight odds over Arkansas later on. The South Carolina-BC game should be entertaining as well.


Holiday Bowl: Arizona vs. Nebraska
Both teams finished in the top-25 but Nebraska finished off the year on a great note, almost beating the undefeated Longhorns. Let's see if Arizona can protect their QB against that superb Nebraska defensive line.

Yesterday's Results
Streakers got the best of The SM once again, finishing with a 66.9 overall win percentage. The Miami football squad crushed a few streaks but Syracuse basketball extended plenty.

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Tuesday, December 29

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Today's Preview
A solid four-window day for Streakers today. Two soccer in the afternoon and most likely, two college basketball matchups.

In the Belgian Jupiler League, Racing Genk is favored with the win and the under has the slight odds in our EPL matchup.

Plenty of matchups on our networks tonight. UCLA, even at a mediocre 6-6 are favored to beat Temple (-4.5) in the Eagle Bank Bowl.

In college basketball action, John Wall should get over 25 points and assists while Syracuse is favored by 3.


Champs Sports Bowl: Miami vs. Wisconsin
The 'Canes are favored by 3.5 and have Streakers at 89% to back them up. Look for the more athletic team from the ACC to take care of a decent Big Ten squad.

Yesterday's Results
53.5 was the overall winning percentage with the Vikings are the huge streak breaker of the night.

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Monday, December 28

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Today's Preview
A doubleshot of EPL, an afternoon bowl game, and Monday Night Football highlight the action.

We take advantage of an expanded Monday schedule for the English Premier League - twice! The Blackburn Rovers host Sunderland; later, Manchester City visits the Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Texas A&M Aggies take on the Georgia Bulldogs in the Independence Bowl needing a win to avoid a losing season. The sportsbooks have Georgia favored to win by a touchdown.


Monday Night Football: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
The Favres hit prime time television again, and while they've clinched the NFC North, a win tonight would help them get a higher seed for the playoffs. The Bears thought they'd scored a coup when they landed Jay Cutler in the off-season, but with their record at 5-9, this year has been a disappointment as they'll miss the post-season for the third straight year following their most recent Super Bowl appearance. The game may seem like a mismatch on paper, but home underdogs have a way of coming up big on Monday Nights.

Later on the West Coast, the Nuggets visit the Kings while the Coyotes swim with the Sharks.

Yesterday's Results
Streakers stayed hot with an almost 70 percent record on Sunday behind winning favorites Clemson and Dallas.


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Sunday, December 27

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Sunday's Preview
Morning soccer, afternoon NFL, and an evening bowl game form the foundation of today's slate.

Early risers followed along as Arsenal administered a beatdown to outmatched Aston Villa. Another fine start for Streakers!

The early NFL includes two "win by more" props, and three games straight up. The most enticing match up is between the Ravens and the Steelers, who both need the win badly if they wish to make the playoffs.


Music City Bowl: Kentucky Wildcats vs. Clemson Tigers
Has Streak HQ gone soft? Yes, the Tigers are big favorites, but it's the Wildcats that have won three straight bowl games, while Clemson has dropped three in a row. We think Rich Brooks has cooked up a defense to C.J. Spiller, and expect this one to stay close to the end.

Yesterday's Results
The end-of-year hot streak continued with yet another day over 60 percent.


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Saturday, December 26

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Today's Preview
What's the best way to work off those extra holiday calories? Sit on the couch and watch bowl games all day! ESPN delivers from morning to night with three quality matchups.

We started in the Motor City, where Marshall upset the favored Ohio Bobcats. The Thundering Herd did all their scoring in the first half, but it was enough as the Bobcats sputtered on offense all day long.


Meineke Car Care Bowl: North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh
The Heels and the Panthers look evenly matched, but Pittsburgh has the advantage in offensive skill players with freshmen Dion Lewis and Jonathan Baldwin. Will that be enough to overcome North Carolina's stout defense?

Boston College challenges the USC Trojans in our nightcap - the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco. USC is a sizable favorite, so we've made this a prop - will USC's victory margin be more than the number of times BC scores?

Yesterday's Results
Our Christmas Day event was a rousing success for Streakers, who chose wisely and ended up at 63 percent.


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Friday, December 25

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And the winner is... 12:20am ET
Congratulations to our unofficial winner of the NBA Christmas Day Streak - Nathan De Guzman from Silverdale, WA. His silverdalesporty entry went a perfect 14-for-14, winning it on Carmelo Anthony's rainbow jumper from the top of the key for his 8-point of the 3rd quarter (with 4:20 remaining). Pending verification, Nathan (and a lucky friend) will be in Dallas the week of the NBA All-Star game with some nice spending money. Congrats to Nathan and thank you to everyone who played along throughout the day.

Leaders take opposite sides in final prop 12:08am ET
Regardless of the result, we're going to have one single perfect entry. IF Melo scores 7 or more points in the 3rd Q then silverdalesporty3 wins. IF Melo scores 6 points or fewer, then CDLsports is our winner. Good luck guys!

Two tied at 13-for-13 heading into final prop 11:53pm ET
After a full day of Xmas Streaking it all comes down to the final prop - Carmelo Anthony 3rd quarter O/U of "6 Points or Fewer" or "7 Points or More". There are a few scenarios that could work out here depending on which side is picked, and who wins. Good luck to our leaders and thank you to everyone who took place in the 2nd annual Xmas Day NBA Streak.

Three leaders all take Rip City, and win 10:41pm ET
Brandon Roy hit a 3-pointer then a 2 to put the Blazers up 10-6. All three leaders took the Blazers and are now tied with active 12s going into the last two props for the XMas Day Streak contest. A trip to the NBA All-Star game in Dallas and some sweet cash is on the line. Will J.R. Smith sink a 3-pointer in the 2nd Q? He hit 10 3s in his last game, but is very hot-and-cold. Good luck!

Three remain perfect 11-for-11 going into final game 10:03pm ET
Also five active 10s who are not out of it. This could come down to the last matchup. Lesson learned #2... NEVER play a blocks prop again. Good luck to those who are still alive! Only 3 matchups remain.

Then there were five 9:14pm ET
Only 5 entries remain a perfect 10-for-10 after the Baron-Nash prop (which ended up 3-2 in favor of Davis - though player props in the 2nd quarter are still bad). With only 4 more windows to pick from the remainder of the night, will anyone go 14-for-14? Good luck to all.

25 entries tied with perfect 9-for-9 going into Baron vs. Nash prop 8:42pm ET
20 picked Nash, 5 riding on Baron. One thing we learned today is not to offer these player vs. player props in the 2nd quarter. Ugly Ray Allen vs. Vince Carter 0-0 tie in points proved that. And now neither Baron nor Nash are playing. Another 0-0 tie (with win to Baron) is possible here.

CLE-LAL game rolls over into start of LAC-PHX 8:17pm ET
We pushed back the time as far as possible but when the LAC-PHX game tipped off LeBron was still on the court trying to pad his stats. As such the max number of windows from today is 14, not 15 as planned.

2nd Annual Christmas Day Streak
Here we go again! 15 windows on tap for today and from what we're guessing here at Streak HQ 10 or 11 in a row will win the prize. Let's see what happens.


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Thursday, December 24

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Christmas Eve Preview
Enjoy the holidays everyone! The sporting world looks to be on a break today, which is why there are only three matchups. But don't worry, we have 15 windows tomorrow!


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Wednesday, December 23

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Wednesday's Preview
A normal looking day on the streak board but it is a possible five-win day if the game-time's cooperate.

In Dutch Cup action, there should be a ton of goals in the first matchup with Ajax heavily favored but the second match should be very close.

As for basketball, some of us may be lucky enough to catch John Wall at work. Can he get to 19 points before he gets taken out because of a blowout?

Night matchups include a women's college basketball battle between the top two teams in the land, Stanford and Connecticut. We also have Illinois at Missouri and NC State at Arizona on the men's side.


Poinsettia Bowl: Utah vs. California
Cal is without Jahvid Best but are still favored by three over a very good Utah team. Will Cal use the bowl's location to their advantage or will Utah want it just a little bit more?

Yesterday's Results
59.4 overall win percentage. No major streak breakers but the heavy basketball favorite, Texas helped out more than a few streaks.


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Tuesday, December 22

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Monday's Preview
A 12 to 12 day today with a possible five-win day.

In the South African Premiership, the under has the edge while the road team has the edge in the French Ligue.

On the court, we have a top-ten matchup with Texas heavily favored by eight points. Seems like a lot doesn't it? Also two top scorers, Jerome Randle and Xavier Henry square off when Cal takes on Kansas.


MAACO Bowl (Las Vegas): Oregon State vs. BYU
The 10-2 Cougars takes on the Beavers of Oregon State, who finished with a 8-4 record. Oregon State is favored by two but The StreakMaster likes BYU in this one, if that means anything.

Yesterday's Results
A decent day for Streakers, as they finished with a 52.1 win percentage. The Oklahoma Sooners were the top streak breaker, but the G-Men were the safe winners.


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Monday, December 21

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Monday's Preview
A possible four-win day for our monthly players.

With the Bolton-Wigan EPL match postponed, we quickly added a French Ligue 2 matchup with the road team favored with the draw.

Tonight, you have your choice of sports. The best bets for three more wins are the Oklahoma Sooners, the Giants score first and Long Beach State.


Monday Night Football: New York Giants @ Washington Redskins
The Giants are on their last limb for NFC playoff hopes. With the spread only at three, Vegas feels the game is about even and with the way the G-Men have been playing, it is no surprise they feel that way. Expect a battle on this freezing night, that's for sure.

Yesterday's Results
A few big breakers in the Canucks, Packers and even the Chiefs. The overall percentage was only 44.8 percent.


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Sunday, December 20

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Sunday's Preview
A December Sunday? You can count on a lot of NFL, plus a college bowl game.

We warmed up with some morning NBA - the Raptors topped the Hornets in Toronto.

The early NFL games on our board couldn't have been any better. The Browns scored at the end of the game to beat the Chiefs, while the Titans had to go to overtime to defeat the Dolphins.


New Orleans Bowl - Southern Mississippi vs Middle Tennessee
It's a showdown in the Big Easy, with two high-scoring offenses looking for more in the New Orleans Bowl. This is the first ever meeting between these two teams - the Streak likes the Blue Raiders in a mild upset.

Our night ends north of the border when the Blues visit the Canucks.

Yesterday's Results
Streakers bounced back from Friday's failings with a strong 64 percent showing.


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Saturday, December 19

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Today's Preview
Plenty of basketball, football, and hockey. We've also appended a Strikeforce match to the end of the slate.

A rare college basketball prop hits the board - a victory margin contest between Texas (facing UNC at Cowboy Stadium) and Butler (home against Xavier).

We have a double dose of #1 against #2. In the Division III football championship, Mount Union faces Wisconsin Whitewater. Later on, the NCAA Women's Volleyball championship will go to either top-ranked Penn State or Texas.


St. Petersburg Bowl - Central Florida Knights vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Everyone gets excited come St. Petersburg Bowl time! Played in, well, St. Petersburg, Central Florida should have the home crowd advantage - but that may not be enough against a bowl-experienced Rutgers team that includes freshman sensation Mohamed Sanu.

El Nino takes on The Punk in a Strikeforce event held in San Jose, California.

Yesterday's Results
Streak HQ issued orders, and the Streak took revenge as Streakers were held under 40 percent on Friday.


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Friday, December 18

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Friday's Preview
Bonus Eurosoccer, then basketball, hockey and football throughout the evening.

The top leagues have the day off, so we compensate with quantity. Bundesliga 2, Dutch Eredivisie, and Portuguese Liga are all on the early part of the slate.


NCAA Football - Montana at Villanova
It's the Football Championship Subdivision championship game in Chattanooga Tennessee. Montana is a regular attendee; this is their fifth appearance this decade and they were the runner-up to Richmond last year. Villanova seeks their first ever football title.

Two of the more disappointing teams in the NBA match up in Oakland as ESPN broadcasts the Wizards and the Warriors.

Yesterday's Results
Streakers had a second straight 60+ percent day.


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Thursday, December 17

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The StreakMaster with the Streak 7 this past weekend.


Thursday's Preview
A four-window day for Streakers, with soccer or EuroLeague basketball to start, and hockey, basketball or even the NFL to end the night.

For our first Europa League game, the odds are with the under at 55% and in our later match, FC Twente Enschede has the slight edge on the road.

Our evening matchups include a prop around the Auburn-Florida State game. With FSU favored by 11, the double digit win is a very good possibility.


NFL: Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The Colts look to stay perfect on the road at Jacksonville. All the healthy starters will play for the Colts but with the spread only at three, it looks like Vegas thinks this could be the game they could possibly drop. A perfect storm perhaps?

Yesterday's Results
Streakers did some damage to the board, finishing with a 65.4 overall win percentage. No major streak breaker but the Mavericks lead the way for the winners.


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Wednesday, December 16

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Wednesday's Preview
A five-window day for all you monthly players out there. Three consisting of soccer then the right is up to you.

In the FIFA Club World Cup, Barcelona is heavily favored over Atlante, but they may not win by more than two because who knows? The starters may get some rest. Also, CSKA Sofia has the edge with the draw and the "under" has the slight odds in the Livorno-Inter Milan match.

Tonight, Mississippi State is favored by 11, South Alabama by 3.5 and Oklahoma State by 2.


NBA: Dallas Mavericks @ Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder have plenty of up and coming talent but the Mavs are the better team currently. It is pretty surprising the line is just 1.5 in favor of Mark Cuban's club. Too good to be true or too easy?

Yesterday's Results
A standard day for Streakers, hitting 54.2 percent overall. Blackburn was the only major streak breaker.


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Tuesday, December 15

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Boomer

Who knew Boomer was a fan of Streak?


Back To Normal
We return to the standard board from now until New Years except for Christmas Day, which we will have a stunt event.

The under is a big favorite in the FIFA Club World Cup, while Blackburn has the edge with the draw in the EPL.

In the evening, Afam Muojeke is the best bet going against Scotty Hopson. He averages three more points per game. Also the Suns and the under for the NBA matchups are solid picks as well.


NCAAB (Gardner-Webb @ Duke): How many points will Nolan Smith (Duke) record?
Nolan Smith has emerged as the team's top scoring threat and will look to continue his hot run against a weak Gardner-Webb squad. Expect a fantastic start from Smith but it could be a blow-out early therefore he may sit a lot of the second half.


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The Streak 7 Pick-Off Live Blog (Day 4)

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Blake Wins! at 4:41 PM ET
That's it! Blake is now covered in silly string. He just won 1 million dollars!

Why Hello Drama at 4:13 PM ET
Well that was quick. All of a sudden it is 2-1 but the Rangers have solid possession lately. Let's see what else West Brom has up their sleeves.

2-0 Queens Park at 4:11 PM ET
Let's just say Blake is loving life right now.

Goooooooooooal! at 4:03 PM ET
Blake must be feeling good right now. He now has a two-goal edge on the competition which makes the other three very, very nervous. I don't think Kevin or Jason have sat down this whole game either.

0-0 At The Half at 3:34 PM ET
Wow, a few chances for each team but still no score. It's very fitting that this matchup will come down to the last 45 minutes. The "Streak Room" is now silent after a few loud cheers from a few shots by West Brom.

Blake Can Win It All at 3:01 PM ET
The odds are with West Brom at -170 odds and everyone but Blake took them to keep their streaks going. Blake decided to take a gamble and pick Queens Park on the road, and if they at least tie, Blake will win the million dollar grand prize! I expect to hear a lot of screaming coming from the "Streak Room" in the next few hours.


One of these four will be $1M richer by today's end (minus taxes) at 7:54 AM ET

After more than 8 months and 100M picks made by over 2.5M unique entries only 4 remain with a chance to win the big cash prize. Today's board is set with four (4) total matchups over three (3) possible time slots. As such there are a lot of different scenarios on who will win. Who will pick the 2:45pm ET soccer match? Will 8 be enough or will 9 or more win it? Will it all come down to a tiebreaker? Here's a closer look at the final four with their current stats through Sunday night.

Mike Valentine

Mike Valentine


Name: Mike Valentine (bio)
Hometown: Watseka, IL
Pick-Off Streak: W8
Pick-Off Record: 12-2 (.857)
Qualify Streak: W29
Overall record: 117-64-4 (.646)
Blake Thompson

Blake Thompson








Name: Blake Thompson (bio)
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Pick-Off Streak: W8
Pick-Off Record: 11-2 (.846)
Qualify Streak: W29
Overall record: 138-84-10 (.622)

Kevin Connors

Kevin Connors








Name: Kevin Connors (bio)
Hometown: Doylestown, PA
Pick-Off Streak: W7
Pick-Off Record: 7-0 (1.000)
Qualify Streak: W29
Overall record: 315-294-19 (.517)

Jason Winters

Jason Winters








Name: Jason Winters (bio)
Hometown: Hendersonville, TN
Pick-Off Streak: W7
Pick-Off Record: 8-1 (.889)
Qualify Streak: W29
Overall record: 448-315-19 (.587)



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The Streak 7 Pick-Off Live Blog (Day 3)

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Final Four set for Monday finish at 11:59 AM ET
Only one day remains in the $1M Pick-Off and four of the original Streak 7 are still standing with a chance to win the $1M prize - Mike V., Blake T., Kevin C. and Jason W. Monday's board is set with 4 total matchups over 3 possible time slots. As such there are a lot of different scenarios on who will win. Will 8 be enough? Will 9 or more win it? Will it all come down to a tiebreaker? Check back tomorrow afternoon and during Monday Night Football to see who will win the $1,000,000.

Philly win moves KConn to W7 at 11:56 PM ET
The Eagles 45-38 win in the Meadowlands moves Kevin Connors to W7, and makes him one of 4 finalists with a chance to win the $1M on Monday. Kevin is the only undefeated finalist during the Pick-Off (7-0).

Cincinnati @ Xavier goes down as Streak classic at 9:58 PM ET
It took two overtimes but the Musketeers prevailed to move both Blake and Mike to W8. The Bearcats loss eliminated Pargev. With one more win than Blake, Mike now controls his own destiny in the Pick-Off if he wins out.

Cincy at Xaiver game proves to be pivotal matchup at 7:48 PM ET
3 of the 4 active W7s have the Crosstown Shootout in play, with Blake and Mike pulling for the Muskies, and Pargev putting it all on the line with the Bearcats. One thing for sure is we'll have an active W8 after the game goes final.

Late afternoon splits pretenders from contenders at 7:08 PM ET
Adam (Raiders) and Kelly (Cowboys) are eliminated with late NFL losses, while Pargev and Mike ride Portland State to W7. Currently 4 active streakers at W7 remain.

7th Heaven at 4:12 PM ET
Blake has arrived! A three-way tie for first once again. Kevin stays undefeated as well with a Bills win.

Taking A Break? at 3:28 PM ET
Pretty quiet in the Streak Room right now as our leaders are holding out for a little bit. Blake and Kevin have their faith in the Bills, while Mike went with the Dolphins. The StreakMaster has a feeling the Chargers-Cowboys game will have big implications later on.

Jason Tries To Make A Move at 11:46 AM ET
Arsenal on the road with the draw? It looked like a great pick on paper but Liverpool is in the lead 1-0 at halftime. If they come through for Jason, he will be tied for first-place heading into the NFL schedule. He is on the edge of his seat for sure.

They Are Here For A Reason at 10:54 AM ET
Most of the Streak 7 started off the day on the right foot, and it is no surprise that all of them are over a .625 winning percentage. Adam and Kevin still haven't lost a matchup and Kelly has pulled out seven straight to take the lead. It's football Sunday and with all the upsets on the gridiron lately, it wouldn't be shocking if someone broke away from the pack today.

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The Streak 7 Pick-Off Live Blog (Day 2)

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The Streak 7 on the SportsCenter set.


That's Five In A Row! at 6:20 PM ET
Navy not only destroys Army's chances of a bowl game but they put Jason alone in first place! A streak of five is now the number to beat. With a little down time now, the seven have plenty of time to research some picks tonight. Mark Ingram is probably the best pick of the night, with -605 odds to win the Heisman. Wow, that's a big line for a tight race. The always shocking MMA fights are also tonight and it will be interesting to see how many of these matches are taken as well.

Navy Struggling at 4:17 PM ET
Army has the lead over Navy, 3-0 at the half, which means Jason is shaking in his boots. Kelly is still playing it safe with a later pick and Kevin is just observing, seeing what everybody else will do before he makes his next move.

Three-Way Tie at 2:24 PM ET
With a convincing Butler victory, our most animated Streaker, Kevin Connors has moved into a tie with Jason and Kelly for first place. Adam, Mike and Blake are all right on their backs with streaks of three. The "Streak Room" is getting quite packed with the ESPNews crew but the Streakers are keeping their heads in the game in their respective locations. The next best pick would have to be Navy's winning margin over Army's total points scored. Ricky Dobbs is going to extremely hard to stop, mark The StreakMaster's words!

ESPNews Segment at 12:59 PM ET
Some of the Streakers went to get some lunch at the cafe and should be back for our first ESPNews "live look in" with Molly Qerim. Make sure you tune in around 1:45 to see what they're up to.

It's 4 Against 1 at 12:32 PM ET
Kevin, Adam, Mike and Blake all went with the home favorite in Butler, while Pargev tries to get another streak started with the Buckeyes. Jason is playing it cool in the lead and staying away, while Kelly has a pick set for later today. Nothing crazy going on just yet, but it will definitely get more intense as the day goes on.

Day Two Locked And Loaded at 11:24 AM ET
The morale is high in the "Streak Room" as all seven are as close as ever to the million dollar grand prize. Some breakfast and some Ohio State/Butler is up next. The StreakMaster thinks Butler should take care of business at home against an Evan Turner-less Ohio State.

A Streak Of 4 Is The Number To Beat at 9:59 AM ET
After day one, Jason and Kelly are in the lead with four wins-a-piece. It's amazing to see, since Kelly lost her first three picks. Kevin is not far behind with a streak of three. For the match this morning, it looks our guys (and girl) are staying away except for Pargev, who is trying to make up some ground. All of the seven are on their way back to ESPN as we speak, and will be arriving any minute now.

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The Streak 7 Pick-Off Live Blog

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They Seven Have Left Building at 7:58 PM ET
After a long day here at Streak Headquarters, the seven have left to relax and make some picks from their rooms. It looks like Kevin Connors is already thinking about sole possession of first place as he has made a pick already. It will be interesting to see what Adam Hill's strategy will be going forward as well. Nobody is out of the race, that's for sure. Too many time-slots and matchups to go. Villanova is the best pick with a 3.5 spread but LeBron James' points looks appetizing as well.

Almost The End Of The Road at 6:03 PM ET
The recliners are out and the lights are dim. It's been a long day for our Streak 7 but they are still very much into the pick-off life. It is 0-0 at halftime and has the makings to be a very exciting second half. We might even see some penalty kicks!

All Eyes On Virginia at 5:21 PM ET
Five out of seven take Virginia to take down Wake Forest in tonight's NCAA Semi-Final. The Cavaliers defeated the Demon Deacons twice this season but could the third time be a charm? The StreakMaster sure thinks so.

Kevin Connors Takes The Lead at 4:40 PM ET
"I can finally sit down" Kevin Connors said after he took the lead with a "under" win to earn a streak of two. Connor was seen throughout the "Streak Room" pacing back and forth after pouring in sugar packet after sugar packet into his coffee. It's still early but it must be a great feeling have the lead all alone.

Streakers On The Move at 3:44 PM ET
The Seven are currently on the set of SportsNation after a quick visit and photo-op at the SportsCenter studio. Little do they know, there has been zero goals scored so far in our second soccer match. Make sure you all look for them with Colin Cowherd and Michelle Beadle at 4:00 PM ET.

4 Goals Seems High Doesn't It? at 2:22 PM ET
Four out of the Seven picks have been selected. According to the odds, there is a 52% chance there will be four goals or more. NEC Nijimegen's last match had seven goals, count 'em -- 7! This may mean the pace will be fast with a lot of offense but no matter what the odds are, four goals is a lot for a 90 minute soccer game. Let's see what the Streakers choose.

Streak_Talent

SM, MQ and The TMR hold the million dollar check.

Some Talent Stops By at 1:26 PM ET
Matthew Berry and Molly Qerim stopped by to chat with the Streakers this morning. Luckily, they made time for the good ol' StreakMaster for a quick photo-op.

What A Comeback! at 12:55 PM ET
Six new leaders! With two goals in the second half, the Pohang Steelers pulled out a 2-1 match. Currently, the Streak 7 are eating lunch in the cafeteria after visiting The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

Halftime--TP Mazembe Leads 1-0 at 11:46 AM ET
A somewhat surprising first half as the underdog, TP Mazembe takes the early lead 1-0. Still a lot of time left but Adam Hill is already starting to get weary saying, "Hopefully a tornado will hit and we can call this a push." It should be a great second half.

The First Soccer Match Is Underway at 11:10 AM ET
Kelly Trevethan is the lone TP Mazembe fan of the day. All of her other opponents went with the Pohang Steelers, who are favored at 7/10 odds.

All Picks In, Except For One? at 10:27 AM ET
Six out of Seven picks are in. The one that's missing? Adam Hill, also known as andyaknow, our longtime leader who had a streak of 31. It will be interesting to see if he makes a pick or not.

Let It Begin!!! at 9:31 AM ET
We are underway here at Streak Headquarters! The Streak 7 has arrived and are filling out paperwork as we speak. It will be a great time for them and for you, the fan as well.

The Streakers will be attending a breakfast hosted by The Talented Mr. Roto Matthew Berry in just a few minutes before selecting their first pick.

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Thursday, December 10

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Today's Preview
It's almost that time! The Streak 7 will be arriving shortly, it should be a blast.

As for the rest of you, keep making picks. The monthly prize is still in play!


NCAA Basketball: Syracuse @ Florida
Two surprising teams headline the day. Both are undefeated and looking for a little more respect. The Orange are two-point favorites for anybody keeping track.

Yesterday's Results
Streakers dipped below .500 with a 46.3 overall win percentage. Liverpool was the big loser of the day.

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Wednesday, December 9

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Today's Preview
Another Wednesday in the Streak world. How about a possible five-win day to get through the week?

In soccer, the under has the slight odds while Liverpool is about a 51% favorite over visiting Fiorentina.

On the hardcourt, it's a toss-up between Derrick Rose and Josh Smith who both score around 15 points per game. St. John's is favored to beat Georgia by 13, while Scotty Reynolds should rack up the points against St. Joseph's.


NCAA Basketball: Kentucky vs. Connecticut
Two of the elite programs in college hoops square off in New York City. The Wildcats are favored by one, but with the advantage in the frontcourt with Patterson, expect Kentucky to win fairly easily. At least that's what The StreakMaster thinks.

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Tuesday, December 8

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Another four-win day lined up for all you Streakers going for the monthly prize.

In the South African Premiership, Bidvest Wits has the odds with the draw while Maseille is actually a favorite in the Champions League against Real Madrid. Also, odds-wise, the under is the play for the Man U-VfL Wolfsburg match.

A few great college basketball games tonight, including the Jimmy V Classic. Dayton (-2.5), Illinois (-3.5), Kansas State (-5), and Fresno State are favored (-1).


Jimmy V Classic: Butler vs. Georgetown
In honor of Jim Valvano and one of the greatest speeches of all-time, we have one heck of a game lined up for you. A very good Butler team takes on a somehow overrated Georgetown squad. It will be interesting to see how the mid-major handles a prime-time power.

Yesterday's Results
A solid 59.6 winning percentage for Streakers. The top breaker were the Portland Trail Blazers who lost to the New York Knicks.

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Monday, December 7

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Although the Streak 7 is officially set, it's time to play for pride! Only a four-win day though.

Esbjerg is the big favorite in our first match with the draw and the under is the surprising favorite in the Portuguese Liga.

In the NHL, the Sabres (-125), Flyers (-120), Blues (-150), and the Flames (-115) are favored.

Some decent basketball tonight too, especially Virginia at Auburn.


MNF: Baltimore Ravens @ Green Bay Packers
Wild-Card implications here and with the Pack at home, it's no surprise that they are favored by 3.5. Can Joe Flacco get back on track and help his team or will Aaron Rodgers be too much to handle at home?

Yesterday's Results
Sunday Funday wasn't so fun this time as Streakers finished with a 35.1 overall win percentage. The top breakers were the Vikings and Texans who lost in a few heartbreakers.

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Sunday, December 6

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It's the putative last day for Streak Seven qualification but the chosen ones are out of reach, largely due to the "Duke Massacre" a few days ago. There's still pride (and a monthly prize) to play for; we've loaded up the slate with all the usuals, including every NFL game in one form or another.

Fulham hosted Sutherland in the early EPL, and posted a 1-0 shutout to the dismay of most Streakers.

The Texans visit the Jags in what sportsbooks see as the most competitive of the morning games. Houston needs to win and now if they want to make the playoffs.


NFL - Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
Two more teams that need to win face off in this traditional NFC East rivalry game. The Cowboys have a slim lead over the Eagles in the division race, while the Giants are probably hoping for a wild card slot at best.

The third-ranked Villanova Wildcats take their show on the road to Maryland in college hoops.

Yesterday's Results
Streakers scored a nice 57 percent on a difficult Saturday.

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Saturday, December 5

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College football conference championships highlight a busy day of soccer, basketball, football, and hockey.

Wigan hosts Birmingham in the early EPL. They'll try not to give up nine goals in this match.


NCAA Football - Cincinnati Bearcats at Pittsburgh Panthers
The Bearcats face their final challenge to an undefeated regular season. Cincy relies on the arm of Tony Pike, while Pittsburgh has ridiculous talent at both running back and wide receiver. The sportsbooks see this one as even; so does the Streak.

If you want to watch John Wall in college, you'd better catch him this season. Kentucky hosts the Tar Heels in an early afternoon game.

It's number one versus number two in the SEC Championship game. Florida is a decent favorite, so we've made it a prop matching the Gators' margin of victory against the number of times that the Crimson Tide score.

Yesterday's Results
Streakers meandered to a 45 percent mark on Friday.

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Friday, December 4

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The calm before the storm, as we ready for the Streak Seven in Bristol.

Another round of Q-School if the weather cooperates. Kid sensation Rickie Fowler takes on Chris Riley in a front nine matchup.

We double-dip for today's Eurosoccer. First we stretch to Bundesliga 2; we make up for it with a quality Portuguese Liga match in the afternoon.


NBA - Dwyane Wade vs Kobe Bryant
It's hard to get more star power than this matchup provides. Wade is playing the second game of a road back-to-back, but the Streak predicts he brings it nonetheless and scores at least 30. Bryant's production may depend upon his supporting cast; if the Lakers get up big early, Kobe should take it easy.

There are a couple late options in college hoops. Colorado travels to disappointing Oregon State, while San Diego visits UC Riverside.

Yesterday's Results
A rebound from Wednesday's disaster as Streakers had a healthy 56 percent mark.

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Thursday, December 3

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Users with current streaks in the high teens and early 20's have a lot to do. We have five windows available for those in that position.

We head to Q-school early in the day then the pitch. Copenhagen is favored to win the early game but Panathinaikos in favored with the draw later on in the day.

In college hoops action, the Washington Huskies are three-point favorites at Texas Tech. Also, expect a big game from Damion James as his Longhorn squad hosts a struggling USC team.


NCAAF (Oregon State @ Oregon): What will be the game result?
The Ducks of Oregon are 9.5 favorites at home but the Beavers are no team to sleep on. Nine points seems like a lot with so much on the line here, that's why The StreakMaster is taking the "Single Digit" option.

Yesterday's Results
One of the most disappointed days in streak history for users. A 26.1 overall winning percentage which caused streaks of 30, 29, 27, 25 and 22 to go down.

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Wednesday, December 2

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A lot to choose from today thanks to the always popular ACC-Big Ten challenge. A five-window day too, for all those who are counting.

PGA qualifying is under way as two household names battle for their card. Duval should have the edge here with the draw.

For soccer action, Empoli, the under and Chelsea have the odds to take their respective matches.

As for the challenge, Miami (-2.5), Clemson (-4), Manny Harris under and Evan Turner over should be the safest picks, although you never know of player props.


NCAAB: Duke @ Wisconsin
What looks like a mismatch on paper may have you all fooled. Duke is only a three-point favorite on the road. Can this pesky Badger squad pull off a huge upset or will Duke continue to be Duke and live up to expectations?

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Tuesday, December 1

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The last month of Streak 2009, how sweet it is. Of course, we provide you all with a four-window day to get in as many picks as possible.

Soccer gets us started early, first in the South African Premiership where the home team has the draw and the public's eye. In the afternoon, you can take a chance on the goals scored or stick to a fan favorite, in Manchester United.

College basketball headlines our evening hours, especially with the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. The ACC has won every year, so make sure you take that into consideration when making your picks.


NCAAB: Michigan State @ North Carolina
A 2009 Final rematch in Chapel Hill. This one should be outstanding and with a bunch of starters returning, Michigan State should get the most play here. Although, you can never sleep on the high-flying Tar Heels at home.

Yesterday's Results Another nice day for Streakers, earning a 69.4 overall win percentage.The Patriots were the only streak breaker therefore it wasn't a harsh day what-so-ever.

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