Her Excellencies

Only in sports could there be an issue over excellence.

Geno Auriemma’s Huskies set a record for consecutive wins, and Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated asks whether their dominance hurts the sport of women’s basketball.  ESPN analyst Doris Burke answers his question quite correctly:

“Did anyone ask John Wooden when he was in midst of the 88-game streak, ‘Is this good for men’s college basketball?’ It didn’t happen. If they are beating your ass on a nightly basis, then get better.”

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8 Responses to Her Excellencies

  1. Doug Hardy says:

    outstanding quote from burke there gerry

  2. I’ve been having some fun with this topic on my blog, but when you look at it seriously, as you’re doing – You’re absolutely right. The opposition needs to get better. And boy, do they have their work cut out for them. Geno’s a great recruiter and has been for years. But if you were a high school senior trying to decide which college to go to, and your options were Notre Dame, Stanford, West Virginia, Rutgers…
    Uconn.

    What would your choice be?

    And another thing. Why isn’t Uconn playing Tennessee anymore? Womens’ college basketball needs, DESPARATELY, rivalries like The Huskies and The Vols used to have.

    If Dave Gavitt had a say in this one, he’d say, Play ball Geno and Pat.

    Whew. I’m still coming down from that Uconn mens loss to The Red Storm. Which used to be call the Red Men. Same name as our alma mater, which gave in to political correctness and changed its name to the Minute Men.

    Judging from their record this year, they’re sure not the Forty Minute Men.

    • Gerry says:

      For whatever reason, Pat Summitt ended the Tenn.-UConn series. All she would say was “Geno knows why.”

      The men should go play the NIT if they’re lucky enough to get a bid. They did just that in ’88 or ’89…won it…then ran off a bunch of years that put Calhoun in the Hall of Fame.

  3. Li'l Em-Kel says:

    Pat Summitt bailed on the UConn rivalry when Geno recruited Elena Delle Donne and guaranteed that UT would not win a championship for the next four years. Well, Delle Donne reneged, but it looks like Pat was right anyway.

    I watch the UConn women because they play excellent basketball. The UConn men don’t. For me there is no greater feeling than seeing my team crush an opponent. Can’t wait till Pat and Geno meet in the tournament.

  4. James says:

    Doris got it right! Excellence attained is amazing, but excellence sustained is incredible. Geno and his staff have managed to convince the players that they’re able to leap over tall buildings in a single bounce – year after year after year.

    The UConn women’s team has set the gold standard for all. There’s no doubt that other teams will step up – and that’s a good thing.

    If we ever get to the point in this country where we seriously question excellence, even when it makes the losers feel bad, it will be the beginning of the end for us.

    I want to see Wooden’s UCLA record fall!!

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