Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Congratulations to the UConn Huskies

Hats off to the UConn Huskies. They have just won the 89th straight game the school has played. This win moves them past the UCLA teams of the 70s who won 88 straight under coach John Wooden.

There will be a lot of people who will try to knock down the significance of this run because this is womens basketball but 89 games is 89 games. There are people who act as though this is still Womens College Basketball from a decade ago when UConn and Tennessee were the only two dominant teams. Schools like Baylor, Duke, Stanford and even Rutgers have taken a huge step forward since that time. When UCLA put together their streak they were in the middle of winning 10 championships in 12 years. Where was the elite competition for them? Why doesn't anyone ever mention that? Why don't people discount their streak because they were so much better then the competition? I don't care whether it is at the NBA level or you are playing Tic Tac Toe. Winning 89 straight times is impressive. I agree completely with Coach Auriemma's take on this.

I root for Rutgers but UConn has been the elite team in the Big East Conference for an extended period of time but there is no way not to be impressed by this streak. Credit to NBC Nightly News for sending Ron Allen to cover the story (I'll post the clip when I find it).

Question to those who are trying to downplay this streak, when was the last time you successfully did something 89 times in a row? For his part, speaking shortly after the game Coach Auriemma said he did not want to be compared to UCLA and John Wooden.

Stanford was the last team to beat them (back on April 6th 2008), the two meet again on the 30th. During his post game press conference Coach Auriemma receive a call from Barack Obama.

Just how long was this streak? Last time UConn lost a game, George W. Bush was still President, the iPad hadn't been invented and Brett Favre hadn't played a NFL game for a team other then the Packers. The last time UConn lost a game no one outside of Alaska knew who Sarah Palin was (those were the days!).

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