NJIT Finally Wins, Ends 51-Game Losing Streak

There were a lot of Barack Obama detractors out there over the last year who were telling you that his campaign slogans of Hope and Change were nothing but buzz words to distract people from thinking about the real issues. And while they were totally right, what they didn’t take into account was the fact that by making people believe these things were possible actually makes them possible. I mean, just look around the world of sports right now. We’re not even 48 hours into Obama’s Presidency and already hope and change are evident everywhere, or at least in the world of college basketball.

Just look at the Speed Read this morning. Virginia Tech toppled #1 Wake Forest, Northwestern — freaking NORTHWESTERN — went into East Lansing and ended Michigan State’s 28-game home winning streak, and Clemson finally, well, okay, Clemson must have been McCain supporters. Still, as remarkable as all of those stories are, none of them can hold a candle to what happened in Newark, New Jersey, on Tuesday night.

From THE STAR-LEDGER:

They had waited 702 days for this moment, a basketball eternity, losing a record 51 straight games along the way. The old cliche goes, act like you’ve been there before, but [Jheryl “Curl”] Wilson hadn’t.

He is a sophomore from Irvington, nearly halfway through his college career, and for the first time Wednesday night, he could experience the simple satisfaction of winning a basketball game.

NJIT 61, Bryant University 51.

Yes they did!

The New Jersey Institute of Technology Highlanders ended their Division I college basketball record 51-game losing streak.  Now if they wanted to set the record for longest losing streak on any level of college basketball, they would have had to keep losing for a few more years to match Division III’s Rutgers-Camden who lost 117 straight from 1992 to 1997. Rutgers-Camden is also located in New Jersey, by the way, and when you combine that with the success of the New Jersey Nets it becomes pretty clear that Jersey is where basketball goes to die.

Of course, lost in all the celebration over the Highlanders victory is what to make of the poor kids on Bryant University’s team. The only thing that’s worse than being on a team that has lost 51 straight games is being on the team that snaps that losing streak. Try getting laid after that.