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March 9, 2010 - Al Stephenson
The game just went final. The University of Connecticut's women's basketball team has now won 72 consecutive games. That extends the record the Huskies set last night when they broke the record of 70 wins, set a few years ago by - you guessed it - UCONN!
When I was talking to someone earlier today about the streak, he suggested that he didn't even want to watch them play. "Their games are not even close, he said, so why watch."
He has a point but he is missing the bigger one. Not watching the Lady Huskies this year is like not watching Secretariat blow away the field in the 1973 Belmont Stakes. Perhaps it is better to compare not watching them to not watching the UCLA Bruins under John Wooden. The legend of Westwood guided his teams to 88 straight wins. That will be the next goal for UCONN and it could happen.
When history is made one needs to watch. What they have accomplished is remarkable. Sure the Huskies have a great team. Great teams don't always win. Sure the Huskies have great players, but again great players have off nights. To win 72 straight games is astounding.
When I asked my companion what the most amazing statistic was during the streak he obviously knew something about it. He suggested the fact that the smallest winning margin is ten. 72 consecutive wins by double digits is impressive.
I, however, like this statistic better. The Lady Huskies have played 1,440 minutes of second half basketball during this streak. They have trailed in the second half for less than 4 minutes. WOW!!!! That is absolutely incredible.
The view from my seat suggests that we give UCONN its due. History has been and is still being made. I, for one, will watch every time I get a chance to see greatness in action.
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