Today In Women's Sports: Louisville Tricked The Entirety Of Duke's Program Into Defending The Wrong Basket
Here's what I don't want to do. I don't want to treat this one single play as if it's a complete indictment of women's sports. The ladies that participate in college basketball are proud student athletes that deserve better than having their skill, intelligence, and awareness marginalized by one blooper that's undoubtedly going to get more air-time than any of their non-dunking highlights. So before we point and laugh at a bunch of girls getting tricked into defending the wrong basket, let's acknowledge that said girls are talented individuals who have earned just as much respect as their male counterparts.
That, however, doesn't mean we shouldn't discuss facts here, and the fact is that I have never seen a men's college basketball team and the entirety of their coaching staff duped into playing defense on the offensive end. Again, that's not a joke. It's simply an observation. In all my time watching 18-22 year old people with penises try to put a ball in a hoop I can't recall them mixing up which hoop was their own. It would be wrong to say that women are a million times more likely to stand casually by confused as their opponent sinks a lay-up in their basket...because zero multiplied by one million is still zero. Women are infinitely more likely to end up confused by their opponent pretending to switch sides. I know that comes across sexist, but it's also as historically accurate as saying that no female has ever participated at basketball's highest level.