It's alive! Remember, UConn is still streaking
"Yeah, but "
But nothing! No "but they're women." No "but it's different." Stop dissecting the achievement and just enjoy it. That's what it's all about -- the moment. Hartford's XL Center was packed with 16,294 screaming fans waiting for that moment Tuesday night. Waiting for the moment they could roar with applause when Maya Moore was subbed out with one minute left in the game. Waiting for the final seconds to tick off, for Connecticut's place in history to be solidified.
There is no "Yeah, but ." What the UConn Huskies accomplished during the past two-and-a-half years is something nobody has seen before, and, in all likelihood, will never see again.
Eighty-nine consecutive wins is impressive no matter how you look at it. As a player, you need to have your mind and your energy focused 100 percent on winning a basketball game. This UConn team has been able to maintain that level of focus for the past two-plus seasons. It hasn't mattered whether they've played Sacred Heart in November or Stanford in April. The Huskies' focus -- their ability to lock into a game and on to an opponent -- is almost as impressive as the streak itself.
This type of mental attitude is directly attributable to their head coach. Geno Auriemma doesn't just teach his players how to play basketball. He teaches them how to feel basketball, how to anticipate what your opponent is going to do and what your teammate is going to do. Auriemma wants you to sense the game, know what's going on around you and know what will happen a split second from now. For 89 straight games, his teams have anticipated, reacted and, ultimately, dominated.
Auriemma has surpassed a legendary mark set by John Wooden, the man many consider to be the greatest coach in the history of team sports. The UConn Huskies have broken a record most thought was untouchable. Is it time to start arguing that this UConn team is the greatest ever?
Yeah, but the streak's not over yet.