Washington Kastles link themselves with Miami Heat

The lamestream media has again dropped the proverbial reportorial ball, lazily forgetting to check the World Team Tennis record books when assessing the historical significance of the Miami Heat’s current win streak.

LeBron, Dwyane blah blah blah blah blah, but the Heat still haven’t reached the rarefied air gulped pure by local heroes Bobby Reynolds, Leander Paes and Venus Williams.

At least ESPN has gotten wise to the truth, as seen in this recent SportsCenter clip.

“You know what I learned this week is that the World Team Tennis Washington Kastles have 32 straight wins,” host Neil Everett pointed out. “And that’s some serious heat as well.”

Indeed, while the media breathlessly salivates over meaningless regular-season triumphs over the Raptors, virtually no one has yet pointed out that the Kastles are poised to set the all-time U.S. pro sports win streak record in July, assuming there are no massive team pro Jai alai streaks I don’t know about.

Via the Kastles:

The Kastles could match the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers with their 33rd consecutive victory when they host the New York Sportimes in the Mylan WTT season opener on July 8. One night later, Venus Williams, Leander Paes and Bobby Reynolds could help Washington break the Lakers’ longstanding record at home against the Boston Lobsters.

Meanwhile, the Heat are quickly catching up to the Kastles. To do so, Miami would need to continue winning through its April 5 game against the Charlotte Bobcats. It won’t be easy for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and company. Seven of Miami’s next 10 games are on the road. Though they play on different courts, the Kastles and Heat have shared a flair for the dramatic during their respective runs. Here’s how the two streaking teams stack up:


Commemorate the Kastles’ near-record run with this U.S. Pro Sports Win Streak T-shirt. And until the Heat have win streak chart T-shirts, they can just keep the Kastles’ name out of their mouths. Or refrain from putting it in there, anyhow.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.



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