So because I usually give ESPN a hard time about…well everything, I thought I would give them a shout out for the little piece that aired during tonight’s coverage (on ESPN2) of the Baylor v. Oklahoma game.
There were interviews with a couple of NBA players (I don’t remember who because I have next to no familiarity with current NBAers) who talked about how they tune in to watch Baylor’s Brittney Griner play. One of them sets a DVR alert to make sure he doesn’t miss it. They think she is exciting and talented. One even said she should come play for the NBA when she’s done at Baylor. She can dunk; she can rebound; she can knock balls down like no one else in the college game. And she scores points too!
I thought this was especially appropriate given that the Women Talk Sports network published a question on their Facebook page today:
Agree or disagree: “People don’t watch women’s sports because they aren’t as exciting as men’s sports.”
It was kind of oddly worded; a two questions in one kind of thing. I agree that people don’t watch women’s sports because they believe or profess that they are not as exciting. But as tonight’s OU/Baylor game proved, as did the commentaries from some male athletes who are allegedly the more exciting players (according to some), female athletes are doing some pretty exciting stuff on the court (and field, slopes, track, etc.).