Last week, one of sports’ all-time most amazing benchmarks of excellence was eclipsed when the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team won its 89th straight game with a win over Florida State. Even before the win was in the books, the debate was on as to whether or not this streak compared with the 88-game win streak by John Wooden’s UCLA Bruins in the early 1970s.
Regardless of where one falls on the debate, it’s impossible not to be impressed with what Geno Auriemma has done with the program at UConn. The streak has helped shine a deserving light on women’s athletics. Some in the press have argued that the record hasn’t gotten its due; that people don’t care enough about what should be a hailed as a major achievement. Without taking a side in that argument, we’ll just say, they might have a point. (more…)