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  1. Bigpetunia

    Dee Kantner as a ref...

    This topic is so terminally boring, and so much more worthy of a Notre Dame forum than one of ours. Refs are a necessary part of the game. Are they perfect? Is the Pope Jewish? Yes, bad calls of a highly subjective nature will be made. Whatever blown calls there are affect an ultimate win or...
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    (OT) What's been your reaction to Covid-19 vaccine ?

    I got two doses of the Pfizer with no side effects from either. From that information one can deduce nothing. Some people get side-effects, some (even more) don’t, and age, gender, blood type, astrological sign, none of ‘em are predictors. What’s important is a: if you get side effects they’ll...
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    Tennesse vs South Carolina

    So South Carolina goes on the road and blows one against a well-coached and improving Tennessee. What does that say about SC? About the same thing that the UConn loss at Arkansas said about UConn...not a lot. I get a kick out of the fact that as deep as Tennessee hatred runs on our forum, for a...
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    St Johns Early Pre Game Pressers. 02/15

    I love Geno! My ever-more-acerbic wife (58 years of bliss coming up next week!), who's never inclined to cut me much slack, and who possesses what might be best described as an eye-rolling response to my passion for UConn WBB, observed me watching the Geno presser. In her inimitable fashion, she...
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    Dawn in retrospect with comments and a question - what constitutes throwing players under the bus?

    Dawn is very straight-talking, sometimes to a fault. She is street smart and cocky. She is brash and in your face. Good thing we UConn fans don’t have somebody like that coaching our team!!!
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    Refs and Announcers

    Whether our favorite team loses, or, as on Monday, wins a tight game, one inevitable and unrelentingly tiresome consequence of such an event will be the emergence of the usual chorus of complaint about all of the “blown” calls delivered by the referees. It’s as though all the missed open shots...
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    SC Postgame Thread

    Excellent defensive game plan by Dawn. SC shut down UConn’s game down low, and cut off the slash and drive game, usually Christyn’s bread and butter. As a result, she dared Liv and Aaliyah to hit from the outside, which neither could do. Folks are upset that Liv kept shooting from out there, but...
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    Marquette Coach's Pregame Presser

    As fans of WCBB, and in recognition of the fact that the inequity curve in the game is flattening, we should all be gratified to see the emergence of such classy coaches, like this one and several others our favorite team have faced recently. Yagotta like her...a lot!
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    Saylor Poffenbarger St. John's Pregrame Availability

    Like, personally, I really like, well, like you know, hearing kids of this age talk these days. Its like if they were like deprived of the use of a certain word in the lexicon, they’d like be rendered like mute! But, like still, how can one not like her?
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    What we learned about this UConn women’s basketball team in its 90-87 loss to Arkansas

    We learned three things from the game: 1. To borrow a term from the pandemic, the curve is flattening. The talent disparities in WCBB that used to characterize the sport, and from which UCONN was long the beneficiary, are gradually evening out. Coaching is getting better,(see Kellie Harper, Mike...
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    Mike Neighbors

    As a fan of women's basketball, I find it so gratifying for my favorite team to go up against truly classy teams, made classy by their truly classy coaches, to wit:
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    No Kibitzer??

    Np Badass(es) of the game awards? Is The Oracle ok?
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    Kellie Harper

    Traditionally, on our Board, a lot of posters have been so mired in Tennessee hatred that they were blind to how great the rivalry once was for women's basketball. The dismal results achieved by UT under Holly Warlick obviously took a lot of the edge off the prospect of that rivalry, which was a...
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    Providence Post Game Thread

    Agreed! Way too much is made of the issue of which players start. For anyone who has played this game, or for any astute observer, there is an understanding of the importance of specific "roles" in team success. In that regard, there's no substitute for a player who can come off the bench and...
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    UConn/Baylor Game Cancelled

    Well, obviously, the “small stuff” to which I alluded, has to do with losing a game. Yes, Covid is deadly serious, but a lot of otherwise conscientious people were faced with tough personal decisions around the holidays. Unlike you, I would not be so quick to brand Kim with a scarlett C across...
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    UConn/Baylor Game Cancelled

    I’m a major fan of Kim. She’s a great recruiter, great coach, and most entertainingly, adds great “color” to the game. Even my wife, whose level of interest in the game can best be described as “desultory,” will sit and watch at least one-half of a Baylor game just so she can get a load of Kim’s...
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    DePaul vs UConn Badass Award Goes to...

    As usual, I agree with Kib's choice. ONO is bringing a different dimension to the game this year, and poses issues for which opposing teams have no good answer...on both ends of the floor. She'll be wi9nning lots of BA awards this season! But I think an unanticipated reality is emerrging for...
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    Meet Aaliyah Edwards

    Correct you are! I grew up and spent most of my life in the Deep South. Down there, girls do not sweat. They gently perspire. And that last word, most critically, contains three syllables!
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    Aaliyah Edwards!

    Well, just because she deserves a thread of her own!! We Husky fans, insanely spoiled as we already are, find ourselves on the threshold of a new platinum era for our favorite program. Paige, of course, is going to grab the lion's share of the attention, and deservedly so...she's the real deal...
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    UCONN vs. UMass Bad Ass Award goes to.......

    Glad to see you remain in good form, Kib!
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    UMass-Lowell Postgame Thread

    McLean, Edwards and Bueckers amazing! So much talent, so few minutes to go around. When next year's freshmen arrive, some players are really gong to really be pushed...especially Christyn.
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    How far have they fallen?

    Here’s a question: we all know ND will not win the college football championship. But would it be more fun to see them win the first of the two games just to see them thoroughly humiliated by Alabama, or just go down in flames right from the outset. After all, it’s not really ND we hate so much...
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    Bad news: Positive Covid Test- Team to Pause Activities [MERGED THREAD]

    Terribly disappointing news! But even though we are culturally predisposed to cast about for someone or something to blame (NCAA?), that effort is, as it generally tends to be, an exercise in futility. Alas, the gulf between THE WAY THINGS REALLY ARE, and THE WAY WE ARDENTLY WISH THINGS COULD BE...
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    Azzi Four Schools Remain on List, Not Two.

    C’mon, my friends...I haven’t a clue as to whether or not Azzi has any kinfolk in Southern California, nor if she has a cousin named Unni (doubtful), nor if UCLA boasts an amorous tennis star mamed Eugene. The political landscape has rendered all of you much too serious
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    Azzi Four Schools Remain on List, Not Two.

    I know you’re all sick of the speculative Azzi posts, but I think I can help with this, and am pleased to do so because the breaking news is appears to be positive, but allow me to begin with just one caveat: I would never deny my friends on this forum the knowledge to which I am now privy, but...
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    OT: Favorite College Campuses

    Sorry to put an end to the discussion... Washington and Lee University, the true University of Virginia!
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    OT: Lifetime Badass Award

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    Delle Donne denied medical opt-out by WNBA

    I feel sorry for Elena...she clearly suffers from some condition. But it isn't chronic Lyme disease. That condition does not exist!
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    OT: Movies you probably never heard of but ought to check out.

    Great quarantine topic...thanks to all.I'll offer two: 1. Pan's Labyrinth. A del Toro film, set in Franco's Spain. One of the greatest films ever made. I'm not usually a fan of the phantasmagorical, but the manner in which fantasy is employed to heighten the portrayal of despotism and cruelty in...
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    Don't Panic

    Panic can be a good thing, especially the kind induced by over-protective adult children. Best ways to paniic in our house: 1. Make a monster-sized pot of gumbo. I promise your grocery hasn’t sold out of frozen okra! 2. A similarly large pot of jambalaya, which tastes better every time it’s...
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    USF Postgame Thread [merged thread]

    Team Defense 38 points in a conference semi-final game...are you kidding me?? C'mon, Kib, that's a hint!!
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    Baylor loses, but likely means nothing,

    Well, it does mean something. As the landscape in WCBB changes, and becomes more equitable, no team is without risk of a once unthinkable stumble. This emerging reality may prove to be salutary for our favorite team, a team for which a twelfth National Championship in 2020 seemed like an...
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    UConn vs. UCF Badass Award

    As always, I have no argument with Kib’s selections, but, given that we’re engaging in a badass discussion, I have to give a shoutout to Jamelle. Look, I do not pretend to know all the dynamics of what goes on in practice, but I know I’m not the only Husky fan who has noticed that the...
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    UConn Huskies "Bad For The Women's Game?"

    The ongoing refrain to which we’ve all been treated during the evolution and the flowering of Geno’s dynasty has been that the resulting inequity was “bad for the women’s game.” We’ve been lectured on how devastating an effect the dominance in Storrs would inevitably have on national fan...
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