It was a pleasant surprise for me, a few days ago, to be asked to write about the upcoming Stanford – UConn game. Some of the media (whom I gotten to know and adore as an newly adopted daughter of the state of Connecticut) wanted a distinctly Stanford perspective of the match-up. As a recent graduate and former player at Stanford, (and a very outspoken, opinionated and even biased Nerd Nation minion,) that request comes second nature too me.
Basketball is a game of respect. If Wilson or Spalding created college hoops commandments, the top ones would be: respect your school, respect your coaches, respect your teammates, and most importantly, when the ball is tossed up, respect your opponents because if you don’t, you will feel their wrath. Every program respects what UConn and Coach Geno has done for the game of basketball. Everybody respects the amount of talent, combined with precision they display every time they walk onto the floor. But one thing I have also realized is that while the crown is glittering gold, it is also heavy. Oftentimes in such situations, the world expects perfection. No slip ups. No losses, especially when you have this or that player. To achieve what they have over and over again, is remarkable and special. Therefore, the best way for an opponent to gain/demand respect is by dethroning such royalty. I call that Mission Impossible. Continue reading