UConn-UCLA: Parallel Greatness

UConn-UCLA: Parallel Greatness

Tina Charles flew in from Russia. Kemba Walker, Randy Edsall, Richard Blumenthal — the who's who of Connecticut — descended from all parts Nutmeg. In the middle of Geno Auriemma's postgame press conference on this historic night, even the President called.

Auriemma would joke it was the new president at the University of Connecticut, but, no, it was the nation's No. 1 basketball player. Auriemma did the listening and when he finally spotted an opening he teased Barack Obama, thanking him for the tips when his team visited the White House basketball court.

Yet on this night it would be a grandson of greatness, one who arrived on a red-eye from California, who helped all us keep an eye on what mattered most. Better, we'd argue, than even the man most responsible for this historic night.

Greg Wooden arrived with no agenda.

He only wanted to share the Wooden name. He only wanted to tell everyone how much John Wooden would have loved this beautiful basketball history.

A couple minutes before 9 o'clock on Tuesday night, the UConn women's basketball team finished off Florida State 93-62 to complete its rendezvous with sports greatness. Mathematically speaking, the Huskies eclipsed the record of Wooden's UCLA men.

In spirit, as in practicality, it is impossible to say what greatest streak is greater. It is a fool's errand to even try. And as the days drifted on, as some truly silly garbage emerged in the media, it was clear some fools did try. In some cases people misconstrued what he said, but we would submit Auriemma, wittingly or wittingly, lit some matches Sunday in the closing moments of his press conference at Madison Square Garden.

It was never about what team was better. It was never about who's a better player, Bill Walton or Maya Moore? It was never about who is a better coach, John Wooden or Geno Auriemma?

For those of you who would make this only about gender, shame on you.

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