I mentioned in my nametag post that Shane had the highest streak for the month at that time on ESPN's Streak for the Cash. He had a streak of 25 that ended on the 18th or 19th or so, and he's been waiting for the month to end to see if anyone else could beat that number. As of Thursday evening there was a guy with an active streak of 23 wins. He had to win 3 games on Friday to beat Shane, but with the number of match-ups available for picking each day, that wasn't beyond the realm of possibility. The other guy made a pick on the front nine of a golf match that was played Friday morning. I was at home working on the pain in my neck with a heating pad before heading in to work an hour late, so I periodically checked the progress of the match. After the first few holes, it really looked like it was going to go our way, but then it got much closer, and I'm fairly certain the tension wasn't good for my neck. Right about the time I was going to have to go in to work with the whole thing unresolved, they finished the ninth hole, and my brother unofficially won $100,000. With the 23 win streaker stopped at 23, there was no one else with an active streak high enough to get to 26 by midnight, so we were safe. And I use the term "we" very loosely. So Shane's got a phone interview with someone from ESPN sometimes next week, and I really hope they're going to give him a big cardboard check because I love big cardboard checks.
The idea of him winning the money has been a possibility in our lives since he hit about 20 or 21 wins around the 11th or so, but it's still very surreal. There was still so much month left for something else to happen, and (I think he'll forgive me for saying this) Shane's just not a lucky guy. He's deserving and one of the few genuinely good people that I know, and I couldn't be more pleased that he's had this stroke of luck. But it's surprising, nonetheless. I'll keep you posted here on how much he actually gets and what he blows it on . . . though knowing Shane, he'll probably spend it wisely. But I hope not too wisely.
$100,000 is not the game changer that the hundreds of millions that the Popster is going to win in the lottery some day, but if you, imaginary reader, suddenly found yourself the recipient of such a windfall, what would you do?