Dogging the Huskies

March 9, 2010

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My apologies to the Connecticut Women’s Basketball team and their fans, but the entire content of this article will likely be offensive to you …

A dynasty is alive and kicking in NCAA Women’s hoops. It is worse than Duke of the 90’s, The New York Yankees, the Patriots and well … it even makes me more sick than Notre Dame Football.

The UCONN Lady Huskies

This just in … they are pretty damn good. Jedi Mind tricks do not work on the great recruiter Geno Auriemma …

About now I am waiting for all of you to chime in and say “Goodman, you are a Husker fan, and the Lady Huskers are undefeated this year so far and ranked #3 in the country so of course you are to dog the Huskies.”

True all these items are …

My question is this … is Geno the Hut a good coach or just able to work with SUPERIOR talent year in and year out?

I can make a bunch of comparisons here. Coaches that can recruit but really are not that good of coaches in my opinion include:

Mack Brown – CLEARLY the #1 on this list
Roy Williams – This year prove a lot to me
Rick Barnes – is there a Texas theme developing on this list? YES!
Les Miles – wow, he misses Pelini
Rich Rodriguez … nice job there Michigan
Charlie Weis … well … I guess the golden domers did figure that one out.

I think GENO is in fact a good coach. He has a lot of ladies that go on to not just careers in the WNBA, but are in fact some of the best in the league. Many of these players are three and four year starters at Connecticut … and they do indeed improve their games a LOT by the time they get drafted.

UConn will likely win it all again this year. They have utterly destroyed just about every single team they have played all year. But this is not necessarily a good thing for Women’s Basketball in general. The sport is gaining popularity. The is definitely MORE parity than I can remember in a long long time. Heck the Big XII conference has SEVEN count em, SEVEN teams in the top 25 alone.

I for one will be rooting for everyone else. It will be more publicity than ever in the tournament this year if the Lady Huskies get knocked off. There is truly not a dominant team in the Men’s side of things this year, so the Lady Huskies are front and center. It would be one of the better things that could happen for ESPN coverage if the do get beat. Here on Monday when they have set the record for consecutive wins, it has been on all day long

It is on television all day long, because fans love a winner. Especially the home team fans. But ….

EVERYONE roots for the underdog …

My new favorite team this year is now whoever is playing the Lady Huskies.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kosmo
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 10:30:30

    I think there is a bit of chicken and egg situation with some sports like women’s basketball. Teams like UConn and Tennessee women’s bball got out way ahead of the curve and established a great history at a point in time where a lot of universities were paying scant attention to their own programs. I don’t completely begrudge them their dynasty, since they took the bull by the horns and built their infrastructure before other people.

    Having said that, I’m waiting for someone to throw a leash around the Huskies.

    The Big XII women’s tourney should be great to watch – especially when the ISU women knock off the Hucksters 🙂


  2. Martin Kelly
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 18:28:38

    Ouch! You know how to hurt a longhorn.

    I actually agree with you about Barnes, 10 of the best players in the nation and not even in the top 25. Mac Brown on the other hand, I have to take offence. Two shots at a national championship and he brought one home (and maybe could have had the second if his quarterback hadn’t been hurt in the first quarter). That is a pretty elite class of coach.


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