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UConn’s Streak and Gender in Spectator Sports

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The Connecticut Huskies of women’s college basketball just broke a record that has garnered some crossover attention:  They’ve won 89 games in a row, which breaks the streak of 88 wins that John Wooden‘s UCLA Bruins achieved in men’s college basketball way back when.  Perhaps what’s getting most attention of all though is UConn‘s coach Geno Auriemma taking issue with the attention his team is getting for this accomplishment.

Now there are some layers here:

Yup, Sports Fans are kinda Sexist

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Written by Matt Johnson

December 25, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Beasley, Bosh, and Opportunity in Basketball

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Over 4 games in the last week former future superstar turned bust Michael Beasley has averaged 32.5 PPG on a TS of 58.7%.  In other words, pretty damn good.  Meanwhile on Beasley’s former team in Miami, B-list superstar Chris Bosh is averaging 14.5 PPG on 55.5% TS for the season after not having done less than 22 PPG or 56.9% TS since he hit his prime over a half decade ago.  Now I don’t want to blow this out of proportion.  Beasley’s not going to keep up this pace, and his Timberwolves still stink.  Bosh was expected to have his scoring volume decrease substantially while playing with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.  However, any attempt to argue that this is a coincidence is silly.  Something is definitely going on, and while there’s nuance in any story like this, I’d say one word summarizes the situation well:  Opportunity.

Wizard of Westwood’s Wisdom

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