UConn Deserves More Credit For Creating A Women's Basketball Monopoly Than They Do For Winning 100 Straight
There's not many things that I will refuse to argue with, but results are undoubtedly on the top of that short list. That's why I can't - in good conscience - find anything negative to say about the most dominant team in the history of competitive sports.
Well, other than the fact that they are without a doubt the most dominant team in the history of competitive sports. You see, as impressive as it is to win 100 straight games spanning over multiple seasons, it's much more impressive that the Lady Huskies have reached a level of superiority that a string of victories reaching triple digits doesn't even seem all that surprising. Geno Auriemma is undoubtedly a hell of a head coach, but his biggest claim to fame should be achieving such a Nick Saban-esque command over the talent pool that it would make John Calipari complain and the ghost of George Steinbrenner take out his checkbook. You can't blame UConn for doing what literally every other collegiate program aspires to do by becoming thee place that you absolutely have to go to if you are a women's basketball player that's worth a shit, but you also can't blame the casual observer for being less than floored by an unforeseen winning streak when it came over inferior competition.
The fact of the matter is that UConn has been at risk of losing maybe 3-4 games out of the last 100, and their execution isn't the only reason that's the case. Basketball is inherently a game of percentages and there's not a team on the planet that plays well 96% of the time. As well coached as they are, they could sleepwalk to over half their wins due to skill alone. I haven't watched more than five straight minutes of a women's basketball game since Rutgers miraculously made it to the National Championship and gave me even more reason to go to the bar and get blind drunk on a "school night", but watching single game highlights of UConn is the equivalent of watching a team of big sisters take on their little sisters. Every game is basically a rematch of David versus Goliath, and - unfortunately for David - there's no biblical forces at work. The biggest criticism people have of the NBA is a lack of parity, and the winningest team in their history topped out 24 wins in a row that required more than a handful of lucky bounces. No one expects UConn to apologize for their success, but - to stay consistent with my original criticism of Kevin Durant when he joined the Warriors - I also can't ignore that the only time they compete on an even playing field is during practice.