Student Advisory Board Member
The UConn women’s basketball team showed us this weekend that we need to appreciate the good things while they’re here.
The Huskies’ 111-game winning streak came to an end in the Women’s Final Four against Mississippi State in overtime. Only three of the team’s 111 wins during the streak were by fewer than 10 points.
UConn was flat out dominant and ruled the sport. It has since 2000.
But Mississippi State was not the ultimate winner, falling to South Carolina in the championship.
UConn is not going anywhere; it is still going to rule women’s basketball. South Carolina has a chance to be the much-needed rival that the sport needs. We learned all of this over the weekend.
If UConn’s loss taught us in the sports world anything this weekend, it is that nothing lasts forever.
Sidney Crosby and LeBron James are going to retire. The Patriots are going to have a losing season. UConn is going to lose.
We don’t fully appreciate the greatness that we are witnessing in sports until they are gone.
We knew Derek Jeter, David Ortiz and Mariano Rivera were going to retire, and gave them farewell tours. Kobe Bryant had a historic final game and went out in style.
But each of their retirements still left a gaping hole in their team and in their sport that are hard to replace.
When legends retire, pass away, or lose, it comes as a shock.
Very few expected UConn to lost Saturday against Mississippi State. It came as a shock. The streak is over.
But we got to experience history and watch greatness unfold before our eyes. The word “great” is overused, but UConn was truly great. LeBron James is truly great. Sidney Crosby is truly great.
We have to better appreciate the great athletes and teams that we are watching play every day before it is too late.
UConn had a phenomenal run, and surely will start winning again as soon as next year begins. But its loss reminded us to slow down and appreciate the things we have now before they are gone, retired or over.