In winning their 88th game in a row today against the Ohio State Buckeyes, the University of Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team tied the record for consecutive wins previously set by John Wooden's UCLA teams.
Coach Geno Auriemma was quoted in a post-game press conference saying, "I just know there wouldn't be this many people in the room if we were chasing a woman's record."
But is Auriemma right?
Most sports sites such as FanVsFan, Bleacher Report and ESPN don't have main tabs on their sites for women's college basketball, but ESPN gave UConn good TV time and coverage on the front page of their website. FanVsFan had nothing on their front page and neither did Bleacher Report.
Would anyone be interested if it was a women's record? I think that I would be interested in an 88-game winning steak even if it was in a senior citizen basketball league — 88 games in a row is a massive accomplishment, and nobody even gave the Huskies' achievement the light of day.
Auriemma used bold words later in the press conference on this topic. He said, "If we were breaking a women's record, everybody would go, 'Aren't those girls nice, let's give them two paragraphs in USA Today, you know, give them one line on the bottom of ESPN and then let's send them back where they belong, in the kitchen.'"
Now, I know that I won't be anywhere near the front page of the two websites I write for — it seems like our country is even sexist in sports.
Despite the tendency to disagree with Auriemma, the reality is that basketball is mainly thought of as a man's game — most sports fans are more interested in Marcin Gortat's trade to the Suns than a group of talented women reaching an incredible milestone.
The last time this group of women lost was in the 2008 Final Four against Stanford. The Huskies lost by nine to a top-tier school.
What else is remarkable about this program? The men's team at UConn is having their best season in a couple of years (fourth in the AP poll). The University of Connecticut could have their men and women win the National Championship in the same season like they did in 2004 with Emeka Okafor and Ben Gordon leading the men and Diana Taurasi for the women.
Do you think that Auriemma is right? Or that UConn will sweep both Big Dances?
Brad Wolff is the editor of TheKingofSportsBlog.com and turned 14 a day ago. Wolff has just started a new website called TheSportsLead.com where if you message him on B/R, you could write beside the great Big Brad Wolff.
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