Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Shut The Hell Up, Geno
If you follow women's basketball, you may have seen Geno Auriemma whining after last night's UConn game. I'm kidding of course, no one follows that crap, but if you were watching Sportscenter last night or this morning, you might have heard his bitching in the background while you ate your Frosted Flakes and waited for the top ten plays or whatever. Geno seems to be pretty pissed that the arena was only half filled to see his lady Huskies beat up on another sad sack team and advance to the Sweet Sixteen. You know where there's always a packed house, Geno? A UCONN MEN"S BASKETBALL GAME. Or any men's basketball game for that matter (except maybe the Nets). I know I sound terribly chauvinistic, but the reason nobody wants to watch Geno's team play is not because they're spoiled by success, it's that women's basketball is just not that much fun to watch, no matter how hard ESPN and David Stern may try to sell it.
There has to be something wrong with a sport that allows one team to win 90 games in a row. Maybe there were sell-out crowds to see that, but that was more to see the sideshow of a team that never loses. Once that streak was over, there's nothing to see any more but a team that dominates a boring sport. It's like watching the Globetrotters beat the Washington Generals every night without the actual entertaining plays. People could set up lawn chairs at their local park and watch 5' 7" players run back door plays and not dunk, but it gets old after a while.
If Geno really wanted to prove his worth, he'd accept an offer with a men's team instead of running up scores in the ladies league. I saw the piece that HBO Real Sports did on Auriemma and he addressed that point, saying that the critics of his arrogance who question why he stays where he is just don't understand the sport, and that he could succeed in the men's game if he wanted. Do it Geno, then you'd have plenty of people in the stands to watch you. In the meantime, just shut the hell up.