The Connecticut women will win their 89th straight basketball game tonight, surpassing the record 88 John Wooden's UCLA men won in the early to mid-1970s. But newspapers and TV and radio and the Internet have not noticed. UConn coach Gino Auriemma ripped the lack of attention the streak has attracted.
Auriemma is entitled to be indignant. I'm entitled not to get worked up about another UConn victory.
Although I commend the sustained excellence that was required, I don't follow women's basketball. Does that make me sexist? Is it really that simple?
I also don't follow men's or women's golf, men's or women's track, men's or women's soccer and men's or women's tennis. I don't follow field hockey or hockey or lacrosse or amateur or professional wrestling. While we're at it, I don't follow men's or women's softball, tractor pulls, skating, skiing or Monster truck shows.
Is anybody obligated to follow a sport? If It were my job to cover all sports, I'd cover all sports. But as a columnist, I have the flexibility to write about the sports, people and issues that interest readers most.
There are ways to find out. TV ratings are the most accurate barometer of interest. Attendance is good. And, while subjective, buzz is essential. What are people talking about? What do they ask me about when I run into them, or when they call or email? What do they talk about to each other in the gym, the bar, the coffee shop?
ESPN2 will televise the Connecticut-Florida State game tonight. Because of the pending record, the numbers, perhaps, will be phenomenal. Whatever they are, they won't lie.
Auriemma says the reason everybody is "having a heart attack" is because women are threatening to break a men's record.
I'm not threatened. I'm not having a heart attack. I'm not offended by the UConn women's good work.
I'm not terribly interested, and I don't feel any obligation to pretend.