Some sports records are sacred. Joe Dimaggio’s 56-game hit streak. Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game. Nolan Ryan’s seven no-hitters. Even Brett Favre’s 297-game streak. The list goes on and there is one thing in common…they all come from men’s sports.
Call me sexist, call me sexy, call me what you want, but I can’t find one person who cares about the UCONN women winning 90 straight games or who are sad that they lost last night. I actually can’t find one person who cares about women’s college basketball. Maybe all the dudes at the sports bar are too scared to bring the topic up?
“Hey, Trevor, did you see the UCONN women haven’t lost since 2008?”
“What Pete? Did you hear what Pete just asked? Someone get him a cosmo.”
Don’t get me wrong, winning 90 straight games is pretty amazing. My point is nobody cares. Maybe a small group of people care, but in the general sporting community, the Lady Huskies never come up in conversations. I don’t even know if they are the Lady Huskies? Isn’t that what college’s do? Just add ‘Lady’ in front of their men’s team’s nickname? The Lady Orangemen of Syracuse? I don’t pay attention to that kind of stuff.
When you turn on ESPN2 and there’s women’s college basketball on, what do you do? You turn it off, right? Maybe you even add a “what the hell?” while your changing the channel? It’s unfortunate, but it’s true. How many two-handed set shots and missed lay-ups can you watch until you realize it’s more interesting to see if Rick sold a George Washington button on Pawn Stars?
With all that said, congratulations to the UCONN women for their 90-game winning streak. It’s unfortunate it had to end, but we all knew it would happen eventually. And let’s also congratulate the Lady Cardinal of Stanford for ending the streak. Now any ounce of publicity for the sport will vanish in thin air and men across the country can again focus on their favorite woman in sports, Jenn Sterger!!