Thursday, March 22, 2007
Equal time for ladies in NCAA
It is very appropriate at this time of the overlapping sports seasons that a call is received asking, “What about the girls?”
Of course, the lady caller went on to ask if somehow I was not displaying just a little bit of chauvinistic leanings, meaning that I was giving the men’s basketball teams wide spreads and not much for the ladies at the collegiate level.
I assured the caller that I was not becoming a chauvinist – senile and doddering, maybe, but chauvinistic, no. She seemed to accept my explanation that I had not gotten around to covering the women’s NCAA playoffs. Logically, the men start just a wee bit earlier (like two days), so all the media is prone to jump on that.
Everyone, well us men types, generally, are coming down from the surreal high of the NFL and are looking for a “quick fix” for the post gridiron blahs.
So, ladies everywhere, you are not being slighted, we were just saving the best for last (heh, heh).
The Women’s NCAA Division I Playoffs got underway on Saturday. And lo, and behold, our very own SEC had the same number of teams that the men fielded, five.
It was no surprise that Tennessee grabbed one of the number one seeds again. There have been 24 Women’s NCAA Playoffs and Tennessee has been in all of them. Pat Summitt and the Lady Vols are just like Ole Man River, “they just keep rolling........”
There are also a pair of number threes, a deuce and one lucky seven. Vanderbilt (27-5) No. 2, LSU (26-7) and Georgia (25-6) both weigh in at No. 3. Holding down the seven spot is our favorite, Ole Miss (21-10).
We won’t hang a Cinderella label on the Lady Rebs at this point, but they haven’t been to the ball as a winner since 1994. They slapped TCU 88-74 in the first round to rectify that.
Vanderbilt was also a winner. Don’t have the scores on Georgia and LSU, but I am sure that there is no need to worry. After all, LSU beat Ole Miss and Tennessee this season.
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