December 22, 2010 by David Gillaspie
Sports play a big part in the world around DeeGee’s B&B. The University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball team earned their mark in this neighborhood.
According to NPR, they ‘shattered’ the previous record of consecutive wins by notching their 89th in a row.
The previous record was 88, held by the ’71-’74 UCLA Bruins coached by John Wooden.
No one is contacting Don Imus for an update on the record, or the number of his hair stylist.
After the interviews and impressions wear off from winning 89 games in a row, a few questions still remain.
Coach Geno Auriemma cleared a few things up when he said he was not John Wooden and the UConn Women’s Basketball is not UCLA.
But why not take it a step further? There’s only one way to validate the new winning streak record.
They must play and beat the UCLA Bruins of ’71-’74 to solidify their place in sports’ history. Not a simulated game. Not a video game. Not like Ali and Marciano in a studio.
Both teams deserve better.
The UConn Women’s Basketball Huskies need to suit up against the original Bruins whose nearly forty year old record they now own and knock the old champs out.
How would they match up? You decide. Here are the names and the numbers:
Bill Walton: 57 years old, 36 surgeries, academic All American in 1972, 1973 and 1974.
Larry Farmer: 59 years old.
Silk Wilkes: 56 years old.
Greg Lee: 57 years old, academic All American in 1972, 1973 and 1974.
Larry Hollyfield: 58 years old.
Once upon a time a boxer who fought the champ for a title had to knock the champ out. A decision wasn’t good enough. If that time comes again, the Huskies would have to take it to the aging Bruins.
A computer match-up against the guys below wouldn’t work for anyone. It has to be present time.
Winning streaks without championships are a hollow measure of success. Coach John Wooden had both, but he was no Dan Gable.
Even the Wizard of Westwood bows to Iowa.