Sunday, December 7, 2008 Updated: December 9, 10:51 PM ET
Steelers' win gives Streak For The Cash player 25 straight wins
With the Pittsburgh Steelers' 20-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys, Samuel Louis-Charles of North Miami Beach, Fla., has reached 25 straight wins in ESPN's Streak For The Cash game.
The pick was worth $1 million for the 31-year-old package handler.
The victory didn't come easily for Louis-Charles, who registered himself as Bigsam1122. The Steelers trailed the Cowboys for much of the game and were in trouble late. But Pittsburgh came storming back, outscoring Dallas 17-0 in the last seven minutes of the game. Deshea Townsend's interception return for a 25-yard touchdown capped the comeback.
Louis-Charles, who grew up in Brooklyn, worked methodically. He won his 23rd straight game on Nov. 24, and got his 24th win last Sunday when Tampa Bay beat New Orleans 23-20 on a field goal in the final two minutes.
Streak for the Cash
Bigsam1122 got his 25th straight win on Sunday. How did he do it? Take a look at his entire streak. Bigsam1122
He was able to wait for the right opportunity as several players with streaks in the low 20s lost games within the past week.
"Once I got close, it was all about patience," Louis-Charles said on Monday. "I really slowed down, listened to everything out there, tried to balance all the different opinions, and then go with my gut."
Louis-Charles' 24-pick streak began with a Tampa Bay Rays victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 2 of the World Series. Since then, Bigsam1122's wins have come exclusively on college football, NFL and NBA action.
Ironically, he started the Streak For The Cash game with five straight losses.
Earlier in the contest, two other players got to 24 wins, but failed in their attempt to win the 25th.
The streak game isn't over, however. There is still the $10,000 prize for the longest overall streak before Dec. 31.