Unbelievable Endings to Sports’ Greatest Streaks

Tiger Time expired at the MCG on Thursday night as Richmond’s 52-week undefeated streak came to an abrupt end at the hands of the Hawks. 

Richmond going down without a fight has caused hysteria in the heart of Tiger Land, but it got us thinking about some of the other famous streaks that came to an end when we least expected it. 

Tiger Fails to Make the Cut 

The 2006 US Open holds a special place in the heart of Australians following Geoff Ogilvy’s win, but it was a tough day at the office for Tiger. 

Woods had made the cut in 39 consecutive tournaments coming in, tying all-time great Jack Nicklaus’ record. 

Having won the US Open twice previously, it seemed a foregone conclusion that Tiger would make it 40 at Mamaroneck, but on the back of a nine-week break following the death of his father, Woods shockingly missed the cut shooting back-to-back rounds of 76 to finish +12 over par. 

The Iron Man Takes a Seat 

Baseball is rich in tradition, milestones and records, but perhaps the most relatable one for any fan is Cal Ripken’s consecutive games streak. 

Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s record of 2,130 games played on September 6, 1995, and would go on to play another 502 consecutive games before finally taking a sit in 1998. 

Going to work everyday, or in Ripken’s case, taking the field, was something fans could relate to, and it showed when the soon to be Hall of Famer received this standing ovation during the Orioles’ final home game of the season. 

Favre (Finally) Calls it Quits 

They don’t call Brett Favre the “gunslinger” for nothing. 

Despite how indecisive he was when it came to retirement, Favre was well-known for playing through pain, injury, and even the death of his father, during his storied 19-year career. 

In December 2010, Favre had started 297 consecutive games, but the streak quickly came to an end after suffering a sprained shoulder in a Week 13 game against the Bills. 

Favre started the following week against the Bears in what would be his final game in the NFL. 

21-1 

Even if you don’t consider wrestling a sport, you can’t argue with the shock-factor of The Undertaker losing to Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30. 

Three F5’s, stunned silence, Paul Heyman, and one of the greatest fan reactions in the history of television. 

This was a “where were you when?” type moment. 

18-0 

The Patriots actually hold the record for the longest winning streak in the NFL with 21 straight victories in 2003-04, but their 18-0 season in 2007 is probably the one most admired. 

New England finished the regular season with a 38-35 win over the Giants in Week 17, but little did they know they’d be facing Big Blue two months later in Super Bowl XLII.

After extending their record to 18-0 with playoff wins over the Jaguars and Chargers, the Patriots famously lost the Super Bowl thanks to a brilliant play by Eli Manning and David Tyree dubbed, “Helmet Catch”. 

Rafa and Roland Garros 

Rafael Nadal is the undisputed king of Roland Garros, but his memorable fourth-round loss to Robin Soderling in 2009 remains one of the most shocking streak snappers ever. 

Nadal had won 31 straight matches at Roland Garros since debuting in 2005, and looked well on his way to winning a fifth consecutive French Open title, right before Soderling, No. 23 in the world, beat him in four sets. 

The Warriors’ Dynasty 

Remember when it was fun to hate the Warriors?

Golden State finished the 2016-17 regular season with a 67-15 record that quickly turned into 15 consecutive playoff wins – the most of any team in NBA history. 

The Warriors’ only postseason loss came in Game 4 of the Finals against the Cavs on their way to the title. 

Golden State also won 36 straight home games that season before losing to the Celtics in April.

Just About Every Rugby League Team Ever 

The Roosters hold rugby league’s longest winning streak when they won 19 straight during the 1975 season. 

You could also include the Bulldogs on this list, who won 17 straight in 2002, or more recently the Storm, who won 15 straight across the 2012-13 season before finally losing to the Warriors. 

Gunners Fall Just Short of 50 

Arsenal’s glory years saw them win 49 consecutive matches across all competition between 2003-04, but before they could make it 50, Manchester United happened. 

The Red Devils won 2-0 at Old Trafford on a controversial Ruud van Nistelrooy goal and a late sealer from Wayne Rooney. Arsenal went on to win the Premier League title that year, but still have the right to wonder what could have been. 

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