Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Cynic: Paris Streaks

(There, that title should drive up our Google rankings.)

Long, long ago Saturday Night Live used to be funny without the help of Sarah Palin. One of my memories of the late, great Phil Hartman was the “Super Colon Blow” skit below.

It’s all about one-upping the competition. And nowhere is that truer than in the world of sports. Well, now we have the Super Colon Blow of sports records. One so ridiculous that it will never be approached, let alone broken, in this lifetime or the next.

U. of Oklahoma women’s basketball star Courtney Paris’ streak of consecutive double-doubles ended Monday night at 112 games during OU’s win over Pat Summitt and the Tennessee Lady Vols. That number is impressive enough by itself, but it becomes absolutely mindboggling when you consider this: the second-longest streak in history is 19 games by Old Dominion star Anne Donovan in 1982-83.

To put Paris’ streak into some historical context, examine some other “unbreakable” records. Below is a chart with some of the most impressive sports records of all time, along with what I’ll call “the Colon Blow factor” (CBF). You know, “you’d have to break a record by this much to have the same status as Courtney Paris.”

While I imagine that the majority of our readers (myself included) don’t consider themselves true aficionados of women’s hoops, you gotta admit that is one hell of a record.

This is Courtney’s world. The rest of us just live in it.

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