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Denise’ Blog – I’m Just Sayin’ – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

2012-04-05

Denise Saul

The Good…actually, the GREAT!!!

The World of Women’s Sports continue to fascinate me.  I, like so many other Women’s Basketball fans, watched in awe as the Baylor Lady Bears became the first women’s or men’s team in Division I history to go undefeated in a season at 40-0.  I don’t usually root for any particular team, I just like watching great basketball games, but I must admit I found myself rooting for the Lady Bears to complete their season of perfection. Mission accomplished!

Brittney Griner & Odyssey Sims have become, in my opinion, the best post/guard combo in college basketball.  Man, we get another season watching them play together and seeing their growth, both on & off the court.  I can’t wait!!

Congratulations to the Baylor Lady Bears on a phenomenal season!!

The Bad…actually the, I don’t get it…

Cappie Pondexter (photo credit: Lynne G./WSENetwork.com)

USA Basketball recently announced the 11 finalists for the 2012 Women’s Basketball Olympic team.  While I thought the selections were good/solid one’s, I couldn’t help but wonder why Cappie Pondexter, one of the best guards in the WNBA, a player described by many as “the best one-on-one players in the league,” wasn’t one of the players named.

USA Basketball Head Coach Geno Auriemma’s Quote:

“I think anytime you’re choosing a team made up of the best players, not only the best players in the country, they’re some of the best players in the world, it’s very difficult to come to a team of 12.  While 11 players have been selected to be a part of the 2012 Olympic team, some really, really good players are still in the mix for that final spot.”

While I won’t get into logistics, question the selections or even say this is “shades of Isiaih (Thomas, who was left off the 1992 Dream Team), I will say Cappie deserves to be, should be on the 2012 USA Olympic team.

There is one spot remaining and some say that it should go to Cappie.  My thought on that:  a player of Cappie’s stature should be named with the first 11 players, period.  Some may say it doesn’t matter how she gets on the team, just include her.  I say it does matter.

I believe the final spot will go to Ms. All-everything Brittney Griner (2012 Wade Trophy winner, 2012 Naismith winner, AP Player of the Year, Big 12 Player of the Year, etc.).  They will absolutely pack the house in London’s Olympic basketball arena to see Ms. Griner dunk!!

Speaking again about Brittney Griner, she is changing the ‘face’ of women’s basketball.  For those who say they can’t watch Women’s Basketball because women don’t dunk, take a look at the video below.

DENVER, CO - APRIL 01:  Nnemkadi Ogwumike #30 ...

DENVER, CO - APRIL 01: Nnemkadi Ogwumike #30 of the Stanford Cardinal drives for a shot attempt in the second half against the Brittney Griner #42 of the Baylor Bears during the National Semifinal game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship at Pepsi Center on April 1, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

DENVER, CO - APRIL 03:  Brittney Griner #42 of...

DENVER, CO - APRIL 03: Brittney Griner #42 of the Baylor Bears celebrates late in the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the National Final game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship at Pepsi Center on April 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

And finally, the UGLY...

For nearly 80 years of it’s existence, the Augusta National Golf Club has been a ‘male only’ golf club.  Some have tried, to no avail, to compel the powers-that-be at Augusta to change that policy.  Well, as fate would have it, they may not have a choice.

A little background:  Augusta has always granted honorary membership to the CEO’s of their top sponsors..AT&T, Exxon Mobil, and IBM.  But now IBM’s CEO is a woman…Virginia Rometty.  What will Augusta do and more importantly, what will be IBM’s response if the Augusta folks stick to their guns?  All I say is money talks and the decibel level should be raised on this one!

Switching gears…

I recently learned that there is still a sport Women compete in, but can’t at the Olympic level…read on.

“The Olympic Trials for whitewater slalom Canoe will be held at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC on April 11-14th.  The results of the Olympic Trials will determine which athletes will be allowed to represent the United States in kayak and men’s canoe at the Olympic Games in London
this summer.
Men and women will compete in kayak and canoe, however, only male canoeists will be allowed to attend and compete at the Olympic Games (both in slalom whitewater and sprint flat water).  Women will be allowed to compete in canoe at the Olympic Trials (also referred to as decked canoe or C-1) and they can reach the podium at the Olympic Trials in Charlotte, but that is where their dreams will end.  There will be three very happy, but also extremely disappointed women
canoeists standing on a podium with medals on their neck in Charlotte. Their male canoe counterparts will  be allowed to compete in London, however they will not be allowed to proceed.”

Really??  Here we are in 2012 and female athletes are still fighting for equality in all sports?  That’s shameful, disgraceful..just WRONG!!  Women Canoeist can compete at the trials but not in the Olympics? If women can compete at the trials, why not the Olympics?  Again, time to stop the one-sidedness.

Denise Saul is the Founder & CEO of Women’s Sports & Entertainment Network (WSENetwork.com).

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