Sunday, October 21, 2001
Updated: October 24, 2:13 AM ET
Page 2's List: Greatest
Page 2 staff
Last week Page 2 listed the top individual streaks in sports, so now we're focusing on the best streaks by teams.
And by greatest, we give more weight to how unbreakable a record it is.
Check out our top 10 below, then see how Page 2 readers' ranked their top 10 list. And don't forget to vote in the poll to crown the greatest all-time streak by a team.
Here's Page 2's list:
1. L.A. Lakers' 33-game winning streak (Nov. 5, 1971 to Jan. 7, 1972)
That's close to half a season, while zipping back-and-forth from
coast-to-coast. Next best is 20 by Washington Bullets (March 13 to Dec. 4, 1948 -- five games during 1947-48 season, 15 games during 1948-49 season) and Milwaukee Bucks (Feb. 6 to March 8, 1971).
2. UCLA's seven straight NCAA titles (1967-73)
Certainly will never be approached, but "only" No. 2 because expanded NCAA tournament now tougher to
win. Next best: Six teams have won two straight, including UCLA
3. Oklahoma's 47-game Division I college football winning streak (1953-57)
More than four full seasons without a loss or a tie. Next best: 39 by Washington (1908-14).
4. New York Yankees' 11 straight postseason series wins (1998-current)
And counting. Next best: Six, by the Oakland A's of 1972-1974.
5. Boston Celtics' eight consecutive NBA titles (1959-66)
Would be higher on the list, but teams only had to win two playoff series to win championships
in those days. Next best: Three, by Bulls twice in the '90s and Lakers (1952-54).
6. New York baseball Giants' 26-game unbeaten streak (1916)
Giants had 25 wins and a tie during the streak, but finished fourth in the NL that year. Next best: Chicago Cubs had 21-game winning streaks in 1880 and 1935.
7. Pittsburgh Penguins' 17-game winning streak (March 9-April 10, 1993)
Next best: New York Islanders' 15-game winning streak (Jan. 21 to Feb. 20, 1982).
8. Prairie View A&M's NCAA football record 80-game losing streak (Nov. 4, 1989 to Sept. 26, 1998)
Division I-AA school in a class by itself. Northwestern still has Division I record of 34 straight losses (Sept. 22, 1979 to Sept. 18, 1982).
9. North Carolina's NCAA women's soccer 103-game unbeaten streak (Sept. 30, 1986 to Sept. 17, 1990)
Tough to pick best Tar Heels streak: Nine consecutive NCAA championships (1986-94), 92 consecutive wins (Oct. 12, 1990 to Sept. 30, 1994), or 84 consecutive home wins (Sept. 6, 1986 to Sept. 18, 1994).
10. U.S. Ryder Cup team's 13 straight titles (1959-1985)
Great Britain-Ireland team finally got tired of getting kicked around so they added Europe to its team to break the streak.
New York Yankees five straight World Series championships (1949-1953), Montreal Canadiens' five straight Stanley Cup titles (1956-60), Philadelphia Flyers' 35-game unbeaten streak (Oct. 14, 1979 to Jan. 6, 1980),
Winnipeg Jets' 30-game winless streak (Oct. 19 to Dec. 20, 1980), Penn State
football's 46 consecutive non-losing seasons (1939-87), Canton Bulldogs' 25
straight NFL games without a defeat (1921-23); U.S. men's basketball team's seven straight Olympic gold medals (1936-68)