record breaking

I'm posting for 60 days straight, leading up to my early December birthday, and I'm making the time to write on behalf of slain UCC Professor and aspiring novelist, Larry Levine. And now we have CSU Long Beach design student Nohemi Gonzalezgunned down in Paris.

Did you hear the roars of ecstasy from both sides of the pond? Today capped off a week of record setting sports feats, and as a once passionate (now more passive) fan they're worth mentioning. In the spirit of individual determination, persistence, and old fashion teamwork:

  • Virtually unknown until this season, English Premier League's Leicester City forward, Jamie Vardy, has set the record for goals scored in consecutive games. He scored his 11th straight against powerful Manchester United - the New England Patriots of the league, a team revered around the country but equally hated - in a back and forth game that ended in a 1-1 draw. (A tie to us Yanks). The previous record was set over two seasons in 2002-03 and, fittingly enough, by a former Man U forward.
  • Here in the States the former lowly and now champion Golden State Warriors have started the season 18-0 - that's 18 wins, 0 losses - smashing the record of 15-0 set by the 93-94 Houston Rockets.
  • And in one of those games I would've been drooling about in years past, Stanford senior Conrad Ukropina kicked his first-ever game winning field goal as time ran off the clock. Final score: Stanford 38, Notre Dame 36.

I'm off football these days, but I was a part of a few last minute wins (and losses) back in the day. So congrats to the Cardinal on another great season.

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