Perhaps not upsetting news to some of you.
But seriously, sitting in the XL Center last night*, I cringed every time I heard the announcer boldly exclaim Lady Bears. Lady Bears? Sounds like a bad children’s book.
And yet I rooted for them. Well I clapped whenever they scored and raised my arm up whenever Brittney Griner sank one of her free throws (note that my arms are not tired this morning. Never forget: Free throws win ball games!). I avoided the glares, as best as possible, from the nearly rabid UConn fans surrounding me. (I mean, yea! that women’s basketball is popular in Connecticut, but seriously, little scary down there. The woman next to me did not come back to her seat after halftime. And I was being very good.)
I rooted for them knowing that Baylor is a Baptist school and their anti-homosexuality policy. Knowing that it has driven at least one successful player from the team, and wondering the circumstances under which star senior guard Kelli Griffin left right before the season began. Knowing that coach Kim Mulkey might herself be harboring some homophobia.
And what forced this feminist conundrum? Pretty much my utter distaste for all things Geno Auriemma–which I will not rehash here. This isn’t news after all. I know. I sound bitter. But it’s not because I lose the March Madness pool every year because I just refuse to put UConn in that winner’s spot. It’s something deeper. Something about…that guy. Someday. Someday the world will know what I and Pat Summitt and few select others know.
Until then, enjoy this pic from the game last night. In case you couldn’t spot her–that’s Kim Mulkey in the very gold blazer down there.
* Dear Mechelle Voepel, I really like and respect you. But if you could please set an example for other media and reporters out there and not use the term “Lady,” even when the team does, that would be great.