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Gender bias? Don't think so

Geno Auriemma only grazes the target when he says the negativity directed at his UConn women's basketball team -- who just tied UCLA's legendary 88-game winning streak -- is because no one wants to see a bunch of women break a men's record. Especially such a cherished one.

There's probably some truth to that. But I think the adverse reaction in some quarters has more to do with Auriemma himself.

The 88-game record, after all, belonged to the John Wooden, candidate for basketball sainthood. Auriemma, on the other hand, is only an arrogant jackwagon who just happens to win a lot of games.

And nobody likes to see arrogant jackwagons succeed.

As to the record itself ... those people who are downplaying it because it's just, ahem, women, are nitwits. College hoops in 2010, men or women, is light years different than it was in Wooden's day. Recruiting is much, much more competitive. Schedules are far more grueling. I'm not saying it was easier then to pile up a long winning streak, but it certainly wasn't harder. And that goes for either gender.

Ben Smith's blog.

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