Thursday, June 7, 2012

Big 12 Orientation: Baylor's other sports

No, that is NOT Udonis Haslem
 Interacting with Baylor fans during this most recent college basketball season was an odd experience.  While they were certainly and understandably proud of their neon yellow jersey-wearing men's team, most of their bravado seemed to stem from the success that their women's hoops team was enjoying.  Sure enough, as the Lady Bears barreled their way toward an undefeated national championship, my facebook timeline was littered with BU folk bragging about their dominance in women's basketball.

Now, don't get me wrong.  I'd love for Jeff Mittie and the Lady Frogs to have won two national titles.  If they did, I'm sure I'd be happy about it and proud of the team.  But there are three sports worthy of bragging or trash talk: football, baseball and men's basketball.  I'm proud of TCU's rifle team for winning their two national titles, but I'm not about to organize a watching party when they're in the playoffs.  And it's not like I don't recognize the hard work and athleticism of female athletes...I'm just not about to let Title IX cloud my thoughts enough to think that women's hoops is something worth scoreboarding someone about.

So, genuinely, congratulations to the Baylor women's team on their success.  I truly mean that.  But to the Baylor fans who turn all in your face rah-rah because your school is good at a sport no one else cares about, you all come off looking like a bunch of sing-song Young Life counselors...which I understand might not register as an insult to you.

It's also worth noting that Baylor won a national championship in men's tennis in 2004 and that their track program has produced three Olympic gold medalists: Michael Johnson (1 in Barcelona '92, 2 in Atlanta '96 and 1 in Sydney '00), Jeremy Wariner (2 in Athens '04 and 1 in Beijing '08) and Darold Williamson (Athens '04).

1 comment:

Sir Wesley Willis said...

If Britney Grenier joined the TCU Men's team, would she be the leading scorer/rebounder/male AND female genitalia haver?