*For the uninitiated, Streak For The Cash is a game on ESPN.com that allows players to pick the outcomes of various games and props in an effort to build the longest streak of the month. The prize: $50,000. As an added twist, there is an extra “stash” of $50,000 if the month’s winner hits 27 or more wins in a row. If the winner gets less than 27 wins, the stash rolls over to the next month. I am confident that I will one day win this game, buy an island, and drink coconut rum. Unfortunately, I have terrible luck. Or I’m just not very good. Let’s review.*
The dream may be dead. This month, some lucky man (or robot, the jury’s still out—dude’s only been a member since June 3rd, and something about it all smells funny) has reached the 27 win pinnacle. That means the cool $300,000 that should have, could have, would have been mine may be lost forever. It’s not from lack of trying. I’ve showed some real promise this month, putting together nice streaks that were ultimately foiled. I blame the Giants (quickly becoming my streak kryptonite), the Red Sox, Aroldis Chapman, and John Isner. In that order. Let’s get to the picks.
Current Streak: Loss 1
Current Overall Record: 55-53-1 (.509)
The Pick: Portugal: Win over Czech Republic: Win or Draw
Why It Worked: The Czechs have been feisty in this tournament, but Cristiano Ronaldo is finally becoming for his national team what everyone expected him to be in the 2010 World Cup, and what he has been for Real Madrid for the last few years: one of the five best players in the world. Since his team’s first match of the tournament against Germany, their only loss so far, Ronaldo has been a machine. In a must win against Netherlands, he scored two goals on ten shots. In this semifinal, he scored the only goal on eight shots. Maybe he’s finally starting to resent that Messi guy.
The Pick: Euro 2012 Semifinals: Germany vs. Greece: When will the 1st goal of the 1st half be scored? 29th Minute or Later OR No Goal in the 1st Half OVER 28th Minute or Earlier
Why It Worked: Look, this is a dumb prop. There are no stats that can help anyone to accurately predict when a goal will happen. That said, it seemed clear that Greece would be hanging on for their Euro lives in this match. The aim was not to score goals, only to prevent Germany from scoring bookoos themselves. Eventually, of course, that strategy failed, but it seemed a safe bet that the Greeks would have eleven men back playing prevent for at least the first half.
The Pick: WNBA: Sky @ Lynx: How Many Points Will Be Scored In the First Half? 73 or Fewer OVER 74 or More
Why It Failed: Oh, the lows one can sink to when trying desperately to crawl back in to streak relevancy. Cheryl Miller doesn’t watch the WNBA. No one watches the WNBA. Can you name a single WNBA player? No, you can’t. But you can assume that not many of them are prolific scorers can’t you? Yes, you can. This seemed like a safe bet. It really did. The two teams combined for more points than either scored in the whole game. That’s what happens when you’re desperate.
The Pick: San Francisco Giants over Oakland Athletics (June 24th)
Why It Failed: I’m never picking the Giants again. In the month of June alone, the Giants have been responsible for ending streaks of 6, 1, and 4 wins. And there was that whole Tim Lincecum disaster last month. Never again, boys. Never again. Let’s hope July (my birthday month) is sweeter to me. Until then…