Sports dominance, is it okay?

Hannah Maxwell and Joey Karlik
Staff Writers

Last Monday the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team won its 100th consecutive game, begging the question is this kind of dominance by one team healthy for a sport?

Hannah Maxwell:
The wins that made up UCONN’s streak span over multiple seasons and many different groups of players. I think that that milestone is something to be celebrated not frowned upon. Winning 100 in a row shows that the players and staff of UCONN know what it takes to win and are willing to give the effort needed. They have created a remarkable program that is so far, unbeatable.

Joey Karlik:
No team in any sport should be unbeatable. It makes me want to see that team lose so mine or the underdog have a chance to win the championship. Dominance isn’t good unless it distributed out between multiple teams. People love great teams competing against each other. It’s because everyone wants to see the rivalry between Golden State and Cleveland, Duke and North Carolina, or Dallas and New York.

Maxwell:
If it was your team that was winning I don’t believe you would have the same opinion. People just don’t like to see a team that isn’t theirs win consistently. Also how would you change it? Would you make UCONN get rid of some players so it’s more fair?

Karlik:
If UCONN is so “beatable”, then why haven’t they lost in 100 games over MULTIPLE SEASONS!!! UCONN only seems good and gets noticed when they win 100 times in a row. If they did not reach that milestone, then we wouldn’t be talking about how good they are. Honestly, I can’t change anything. The NCAA should because it’s no fun to go into a game and already know that you’re going to lose.

Maxwell:
So you’re saying that a Board of Directors should take away the scholarships of athletes to give other teams a better chance at winning? Scholarships that allow them to attend high caliber colleges.

Karlik:
I never said anything about scholarships. If you are going to mention scholarships, then treat it like it’s all about the college and not the sports team. But nowadays it’s all about what team you’re playing for. You can still accept the scholarships but if you are going to another school with the exact same program you are looking for it won’t change your plan. It’ll just change the sports team.

Maxwell:
If you were an athlete would you not want to go to play for the best team?

Karlik:
In my opinion, I would go to whatever place offered me the most amount of money. The second priorities would go down to two things, program and location. If they didn’t have the program I’m interested in then I’m not going there. Otherwise it would be best location. Connecticut isn’t exactly the best place to go so they are obviously offering better things to the people so I’m asking the other schools to step it up and offer a whole lot more to get that special player that they’ve always wanted.

Maxwell:
Saying that Connecticut isn’t the best location is completely subjective. You have always lived in Alaska so you don’t find it as appealing as other colleges. But this isn’t about the location. You started your argument stating that “no team should be unbeatable” but never gave a fix.
It does suck for every other team that UCONN has dominated the sport for so long but that’s not their fault. You wouldn’t want the UCONN team to not work as hard or try to lose just so other teams could feel better about themselves. Wouldn’t facing a team that’s on a 100 game win streak give you the incentive needed to work harder in order to have a chance at beating them.

Karlik:
The question isn’t if UCONN should do anything, it’s if it’s good for women’s basketball and I still think it isn’t. I’m not mad at UCONN, I’m mad at the other schools. You can still be the best program in the league and not win that much in a row. Look at New England. They are good but they lose every once in awhile. If New England was winning 100 in a row, you would know that Roger Goodell would start to change things.

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