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April 6, 2009 at 1:24 PM

NCAA championship game set; “pansies” tossed aside

I’m sure you’ve seen Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma’s classic clip from the Final Four by now. If not, please take a gander below.

I guess Stanford proved him right, looking timid (except for C Jayne Appel) and getting trampled by UConn 83-64 to lose in the NCAA tournament semifinal game. The Cardinal is the third consecutive Pac-10 team the Huskies defeated en route to the championship game tomorrow against fellow Big East opponent, Louisville.
Can’t say much about Auriemma’s comments. Stanford is the only team west of Texas to reach the modern-day Final Four, according to an ESPN graphic shown during the game, and they’re full of white players. A lot of teams out west are. And apparently even Auriemma’s daughter agrees that in women’s basketball, white players are stereotyped as a “wuss.” Maybe it’s because I’m black, but this is news to me.
I mean, as far as the color divide on toughness goes, hello, does Auriemma have Alzheimer’s? While I’m not going to say former UConn PG Sue Bird (Seattle) is the toughest beak on the block, does he remember Diana Taurasi (Phoenix)? What about Svetlana Abrosimova (Connecticut)? With the Storm, I’m drowning in tough “white” examples from Michelle Marciniak to Lauren Jackson, so it’s ludicrous to spend much time on the subject.
Then again, I’ve spent most of my timeout west, which makes me a “pansy” to Auriemma. I know he was sort of kidding, but on a serious note, it’s 2009. The reason why we say “Hi” around here is because we know what’s really important. Getting fussy with you messes with our chi and the goal in life is to be happy. It doesn’t hurt to spread a little sunshine, you know.
I guess we have to wait until Tuesday to see Coach A happy again. The title appears to be UConn’s, unless too much focus was spent redeeming the 2008 semifinal loss to Stanford. But I doubt that.

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