UConn Head Basketball Coach Geno Auriemma (pictured above), looks to make history tonight with an 89th consecutive victory. Is he the greatest College Basketball Coach (Men's or Women's) of all time?
Today is another “Food for Thought” day. There is just entirely too much going on in the sporting world to not at least touch on multiple items. Being a sport’s fan at this time is good.
Lets take a look at some of the main storylines.
Bye Bye Brett
-Once again the media has been dominated by yet another storyline regarding the legendary #4. I am not going to lie, I thought we would hear very little about Brett until the conclusion of the season when whispers of retirement came into the picture again. Sadly, I was wrong. Brett shocked America by suiting up and starting last evening’s Monday Night affair against the divisional rival and 1st place, Chicago Bears. I will state, this was a mistake for Brett. Not only did he hardly play, but he took another massive hit and suffered a concussion. I know Brett’s legacy has been built on playing in big time Monday Night Games in the snow. But the guy was not healthy, and had no business being on the field. Will this be how Brett goes out? He ended his career in Green Bay throwing an INT in the NFC Championship Game. In addition, he ended on a sour note in New York (and still is dealing with the repercussions). Now his Minnesota reign has appeared to end in a sad fashion. The man just needs to retire already. It is not worth permanent injuries. He has nothing left to play for.
What is next for the TO Show?
-So Terrell Owens has suffered a major knee injury and appears to have played his last down in Cincinnati. Does TO or Cincinnati really care? Many thought TO was the final piece to the puzzle for the Who Deys. Many thought that the Bengals were a Super Bowl contender. Many were wrong. I will state, Terrell has had his best year in some time. He has quietly had a very strong year. Until recently, he had even kept his mouth shut. Amid all the losing, he finally opened up his mouth and his true colors showed. Owens had 72 catches for 983 yards, and 9 TDs this season. At 37, the guy can still play. My question for you is who will pick him up? His days in Cincy are without question over. Who saw this Bengal’s team getting 7 or 8 games worse after the offseason they had? Sadly, Cincinnati is very used to being disappointed by the Who Deys. It is fact of life for the people who live in the 513.
-In less than an hour, Geno Auriemma leads his Lady Huskies into battle with a chance to rewrite history. With a victory this evening, the Huskies will have one upped John Wooden and his legendary UCLA teams, with an 89th consecutive victory. I do not care that this is women’s basketball. 89 wins in a row is an astounding feat. Something that will probably never happen again. Now my question for you. Is Geno Auriemma in the class of the all time great coaches such as John Wooden, Coach K, Dean Smith, and Adolph Rupp? Bobby Knight on ESPN coverage today stated that Auriemma should be the number 1 choice on any team’s list when looking for a new coach. Is it that easy to go from coaching women to men? I do not think so. Sorry Bobby. Geno is one of the best ever, but coaching women is far different from coaching men.
Coach K Satisfied?
-Coach K secured his 879th career victory last evening behind yet another stellar Kyle Singler performance. The greatest Duke Coach of all time is now tied with UNC’s best, Dean Smith, for 2nd on the all time list. Krzyzewski now sits just 23 wins behind the all time record, which is held by the legendary Bobby Knight. The real question at this point is not if Coach K will catch Knight, but when, and by how much? My money is on this year during another deep NCAA Tournament run. Is Coach K the greatest College Coach of all time if surpasses this milestone? Is he even as good of a coach as Geno Auriemma?
Magic in Orlando
-So Orlando has been struggling. They tried to change their luck by making the trade of the year thus far (LBJ’s decision was a free agency decision). Following a trade that could really shake up the battle of the top of the East, the Magic ended up with Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson, and their former (now current) star, Hedo Turkoglu. Now I realize the Magic lost again last evening to the Hawks. But do not sleep on this team. They are definitely a contender in the East and this trade will make them a better team in the long run. Give them a couple of weeks to develop a chemistry. The battle for supremacy in the Eastern Conference, much less the state of Florida will be exciting in the near future. I still have the Magic going to the Conference Finals as I predicted in the preseason.
So there you have some of my insights on the major happenings going on in the sporting world on this particular day. Obviously there are other things going on as well. Feel free to ask about whatever is on your mind via commenting or emailing.
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