Looks like Memphis is envious of the Lady Vols winning their eight national title Tuesday night. Well, at least this editorial
in the Commercial Appeal
would indicate that.
Ho-hum. Another year, another national championship for the University of Tennessee women's basketball team.
After thrashing Stanford University Tuesday night, the Lady Vols have won a remarkable eight national titles, including the last two in a row.
They were led this year by Candace Parker, who overcame a shoulder injury and became only the fourth woman ever to win back-to-back Most Outstanding Player honors in the Final Four.
The last few days have been hard for Mid-South basketball fans, since the University of Memphis men's team narrowly missed winning a national championship of its own. Nevertheless, the accomplishments of this terrific group of athletes from the other end of the state shouldn't be overlooked.
Before last year, the Lady Vols had endured a nine-year drought between titles. Only by their exceedingly high standards would that qualify as a drought, however.
The Lady Vols make dominating their sport look much easier than it really is.
Would it be wrong to take a moment to remind Memphis that one of their two losses was to our men's team? And that Bruce Pearl showed why he's the superior coach in that he knew the strategy to win a big game when you're up by three with seconds left on the clock?
Maybe not...that'd be piling on.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 4/10/2008 04:38:00 AM