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Denver columnist calls Blackhawks’ streak ‘bogus’
Daniel Carcillo, 13, of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates his game-winning goal with teammates Niklas Hjalmarsson, 4, and Johnny Oduya, 27, against the Colorado Avalanche at the United Center on March 6, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Avalanche 3-2. | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
LeBron James is impressed by the Blackhawks’ NHL-record, season-opening 24-game point streak. He tweeted as much.
Denver Post columnist Mark Kiszla, on the other hand… well, read for yourself.
In his column, Kiszla calls the Hawks’ run “the most bogus ‘winning’ streak in the history of American sports.”
“[L]et’s keep it real: The Miami Heat winning 16 straight NBA games is without doubt a greater achievement than the Blackhawks’ bogus streak,” Kiszla writes. “Why? Well, for starters, the Heat’s streak isn’t the result of creative accounting. Miami plays, gets a W, moves on.”
Nobody loves a good meaningless debate more than ESPN, and the folks in Bristol, Conn., have been fueling the debate between the concurrent streaks by having the likes of Stephen A. Smith — who appeared proud of the fact that he didn’t know Columbus had a hockey team, and who thinks the NHL still has ties — bloviate on television about it.
Some say the Hawks’ run — which does include a current 11-game outright win streak — is more impressive because there are so few bottom-feeding teams in the NHL, compared with the NBA. Some say the Heat’s run wins because the Hawks did actually lose three games in the run, albeit all in gimmicky shootouts.
Patrick Kane’s just happy people — James, included — are talking about the Hawks.
“I think it’s great for the sport,” he said Friday in Denver. “You turn on ESPN and it’s one of the first stories. You don’t really see that too much with hockey. So you know you’re doing something good and making some noise. It’s cool, he’s probably the most coveted athlete in the world in terms of popularity, and he’s talking about us. Gotta like that.”
As for which streak is more impressive? Kane took a diplomatic approach.
“What do they have 16? And we’re at 24 unbeaten [in regulation],” said Kane, a basketball fan himself. “I don’t know. It’s up in the air, I guess. I think when you look at theirs, they’re not even the longest in the NBA this year — I think the Clippers have 19 [it was 17, but close]. It’s cool to be compared. I think both streaks are unbelievable in their own right. Obviously they haven’t lost in that amount of time. We have a pretty good streak going there, too, I think it’s 11 games without a loss so hopefully we can keep that going.”