Can’t We All Just Get Along?

It figures.

In this Olbermann-O’Reilly world we live in, we actually have to argue the merits of the 88-game winning streak by the UConn women’s basketball team.

How sad that the hoop haters are offended that Geno and his girls have tied the record set by the sainted John Wooden and his UCLA boys.

Let’s leave it to a Hall of Famer and a future Hall of Famer for a dose of perspective.

“My only comparison is, you win 88 games in Parcheesi, you’re doing something special.”  (Jim Calhoun)

“We will just want people to remember how much we respected and loved the game.”  (Maya Moore)

John Wooden couldn’t…and wouldn’t… have put it better.


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12 Responses to Can’t We All Just Get Along?

  1. Gerry: I know how you feel. I’m a volunteer at TrinityONMain in New Britain–and we did an old fashion Christmas for children who are underprivilaged–and you should read the blogs about it–since we didn’t do it for every child in New Britain–we shouldn’t have done it at all. As the bumpersticker says: mean people suck!

    • Beckie says:

      Leslie–I grew up in NB. Some families very fortunate. Others have absolutely nothing. I don’t understand how anyone can feel the Trinity Christmas should have been for ALL of NB’s kids. That’s just ridiculous. Some people are greedy and will just never be happy.
      Kudos to the Trinity group for helping make kids happy! Keep up the good work!

  2. Shar says:

    With all the football I had watched yesterday, I had switched to ABC News last night (while waiting for the Patriots game to start), and they were the only Network News (after the local’s), who had mentioned the UCONN Women’s Basketball Team. The word ‘sexism’ came in the report and that is how it felt to me as well. Yet, with Miss Moore’s comment “We will just want people to remember how much we respected and loved the game.” , she showed her wonderful class!

  3. It’s a tremendous achievement by Geno and the UConn women and deserves to be celebrated.
    Also great to see Calhoun with a positive comment. I haven’t always “felt the love” from him for Geno.

  4. Mary says:

    Wow, such sour grapes from so many, can’t we at least give the players their dues. They have my respect and admiration. Growing up in a house full of brothers, and having daughters myself, I’ve rooted for both sides, seems pretty simple.

  5. Linda says:

    I have to say ABC news has had great coverage of the women’s record – probably because they are affiliated with ESPN. It was on Good Morning America Friday morning, both Saturday and Sunday morning and on the evening broadcasts and again, this morning. It’s nice to see someone acknowledging the women’s great accomplishment. It would be nice to see national coverage for Tuesday’s game.

    • Gerry says:

      Linda, I suspect Robin Roberts has a lot to do with that. She was a great college basketball player, might have been an All-American. She’s also a great lady.

      Tuesday night’s game will be on ESPN2.

      • Linda says:

        I totally agree that Robin Roberts is a great lady. She might live around here (or know someone who does) because my daughter who works in West Hartford has seen Robin at Crate & Barrel and walking around Blue Back Square.

  6. James says:

    John Wooden was a gentleman in addition to being a great coach. If he were alive today, I’m sure the first call that Geno received would have been from the Wizard of Westwood, congratulating the whole team on their accomplishments. He, of all people, knew how difficult it is to maintain excellence over a long period of time.

  7. Beckie says:

    Not to take away from the women’s accomplishment at all, I’m going to play devil advocate, Gerry.
    Comparing the mens’ game and women’s game in college basketball is like comparing apples and oranges. The women Huskies have little competion. Other teams don’t have the support (and thus the money) that the women’s team has. And many of the women who play are playing, as Ms. Moore suggested, for the love of the game (which is why I like women’s bball.) The lucrative contracts the men are offered when they go pro just aren’t there for the women. Even the professional opportunities are limited. Though we’ve come a long way, sports, in general, is still a man’s world.
    Basically, what I’m saying is the playing field really wasn’t level. It was harder for the men’s team to achieve the streak.
    Regardless, 88 games is incredibly impressive!!! I doubt any of the naysayers out there (men or women) could match that achievement.

    • Gerry says:

      Actually, I totally agree Beckie.
      I am glad, though, they tied the record against a Top-10 team at MSG.
      I just wish the haters would get over themselves.

  8. Li'l Em-Kel says:

    Those who scorn the ladies’ achievement because “it’s only women’s basketball” should take a step further back and acknowledge that UCLA’s achievement was only basketball.

    Ain’t no thang anyway ‘cept a game.

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