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Watching Women's Hoops

April 1, 2010 - Al Stephenson

As I was watching Baylor and Oklahoma gain births in the NCAA Women's Elite Eight the other night, two players stood out for me.  Baylor's Britney Greiner is hard to miss at 6'8' tall, but I was wondering if she should even have been there.

Only a freshman, Greiner is the same person who pulled a Kermit Washington on Jordan Barncastle of Texas Tech near the end of the regular season.  If you can remember the right cross that Washington threw to rearrange the face of Rudy T. oh so many years ago, you will know why I lump these two together.

After a foul in which Barncastle and Greiner got tangled up, the Baylor center swung a mighty right fist that broke Barncastle's nose.  The NCAA has an automatic suspension for throwing a punch and Baylor chose to add one more game for their star, making her eligible to return for the Big 12 tournament and subsequent NCAA tourney action.

Many felt the punishment was akin to Carl Edwards getting a slap on the wrist for taking out Brad Keselowski at 195 miles per hour.  Tempers flare in college basketball, but punches should never be thrown.  Her sucker punch (Barncastle was looking away) was viscious and perhaps the penalty should have been more severe.

Now the only question left is whether Ms. Greiner will have an answer for UCONN's mighty Huskies.  Let's hope she plays hoops and does not resort to pugilism.

The other player that caught my attention was Carly Roethlisberger from Oklahoma and it had nothing to do with her playing ability.  I wondered what it must be like to be the sister of Ben Roethlisberger and have to answer questions about his behavior.  Even the commentators felt it necessary to address the issue.

Big Ben has been the focal point of two sexual abuse charges in the last couple of years.  Even the Pittsburgh Steelers are getting tired of his behavior (to be fair he has not been convicted of anything yet) and may end up parting ways with the two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback.

The stories that I hear is that Ben seems to think he is entitled to special treatment given his professional athletic status.  He may not be this way, but where there is smoke...

The view from my seat suggests that Carly should be left alone as far as Ben's behavior goes.  She is not responsible for his actions and shouldn't have to answer for them.


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