Then and now: 10 ways the world changed between Warriors’ regular-season losses
The No. 1 movie in the country: Furious 7
The "Fast and Furious" franchise has become one of the most beloved cinematic universes. The latest installment debuted just days before Golden State's last loss of the 2014-15 season; by the time that game came around, "Furious 7" had conquered the box office, grossing nearly $150 million in its opening weekend. That's about three and a half times the total value of Stephen Curry's current contract, by the way. Now, would anyone be surprised if the Warriors could win a few games even while bringing The Rock and Vin Diesel off the bench?
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Don Draper hadn't yet left us behind
No, the "Mad Men" protagonist didn't have a secret twin, as seen in this picture. It's a wax double that debuted in advance of the series finale, in which Draper (fictionally) received the inspiration for the famous "I'd like to buy the world a Coke" commercial. Seated in the lotus position, we see Draper meditating before a smash cut to the ad. It was something like watching a Warriors game -- a moment of enlightenment right before a television timeout.
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Twists and turns left in Deflategate
More than a month after the Warriors' April 7 loss last season, the NFL suspended New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for what it viewed as his role in "Deflategate." That's right -- forget the appeal and the actual playing of games. Before Saturday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Brady hadn't even been suspended yet the last time the Warriors lost a game. If only certain high-ranking NFL officials had simply tuned in to a few NBA games rather than seeking such radical punishment, this whole thing might have been avoided. We're just saying.
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The year of the Royals was just getting started
Between Golden State's regular-season losses, the Kansas City Royals took over baseball. First, it was the All-Star Game, where the Royals were on pace to vote in almost every AL starter. At one point, Kansas City led the balloting at eight positions. By the time the game rolled around, that number was down to a more reasonable four, but it was just the precursor to bigger and better things. The Royals won the World Series for the first time in 30 years, with their title coming more than a month before the Warriors' first loss of the 2015-16 season.
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Breakfast was served only in the mornings, like in the Stone Age
At least at McDonald's, anyway. If you wanted a Sausage McMuffin or a couple of hash browns the last time the Warriors lost in the regular season before this past weekend, you had to make sure you were in line before 10:30 a.m.. We can't for sure say that the menu change was a result of the glory of the Warriors, of course, especially since it happened during the offseason. But we also can't say there was any other impetus for the decision. Something to think about next time you're scarfing down a stack of pancakes at 8 p.m.
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Drake sets the stage for Dubs to go "Back to Back"
Speaking of food-type products, the beef between Drake and Meek Mill helped fill the gap in the time between Warriors losses. When the latter called the former out for supposedly having someone else write the lyrics in his raps, Drake responded with not one but two diss tracks. The first was solid. The second, "Back to Back," earned the 6 God a Grammy nomination. Drake has been known to reference Stephen Curry before; if Golden State can win consecutive titles, it's a safe bet the track will make an appearance during the championship celebrations. As Meek Mill and Warriors opponents know, you don't mess with a champion.
From downtown to "Uptown"
Remember "Uptown Funk"? Of course you do! For much of 2015, you couldn't turn on the radio without hearing the song, which topped Billboard's Hot 100 for 14 consecutive weeks, including most of April. Eleven different songs held the top spot on the charts in between losses by the Warriors, with hits by Adele, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift serving as the soundtrack of the zeitgeist during Golden State's dominant stretch.
Before he was the toast of New York, Kristaps Porzingis was booed by Knicks fans at the draft. Before that, he was most well-known for a rather stupendous workout video. Yet his entire existence as an NBA player came into being in the lifespan of Golden State's win streak. Porzingis declared for the draft on April 15, a little more than a week after the Warriors lost to the New Orleans Pelicans last season.
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A different breed of champion
What can you do in the time it takes the Golden State Warriors to lose two regular-season games? How about claiming the first Triple Crown in horse racing since 1978? The last time the Warriors lost before Saturday, American Pharoah hadn't run in the Kentucky Derby, let alone the Preakness or Belmont. And another thing: There are some who worry Stephen Curry's affinity for pull-up 3s might teach the children bad fundamentals, but what of their spelling education in the face of such a flagrant misspelling of "pharaoh"?
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Truly, a world champion
When the Warriors lost to the Pelicans last season prior to their streak, Japan was the reigning Women's World Cup champion. That's no longer the case, as the United States put on a captivating performance in Canada, including a 5-2 win in the final over Japan to capture the title of world's best. It was a rematch of the 2011 final, which fits nicely with our Golden State motif. Barring some big changes, we're guessing the Warriors will get a rematch of their own against the Cleveland Cavaliers in June 2016.