This is the first — and I suspect the last — time I write words of praise for championships won by any team other than UCLA. (That's because my favorite teams all play for UCLA; my second favorite teams all play for UCLA; and my third favorite teams all play for UCLA. So I'm guessing you know about my fourth and fifth choices as well.)
But what the Connecticut women did tonight, following the men's victory Monday night and sharing a title with the men's team as they did in 2004, is special. I'm not interested in any comparisons between Coach and Connecticut's Gene Auriemma, who won his ninth title. I think the women's game is different — not worse, just different — and Coach's achievements and the times in which they were achieved are incomparable to anything else in college sports, then or now. And fortunately, Auriemma rejected any comparison with Coach, at least in this story.
But that doesn't mean I can't tip my hat to the men and women from Storrs. Even if there is another major school that has won men's and women's titles in the same sport in the same year — and I don't know of one — it doesn't diminish my admiration for Connecticut. So congratulations, Connecticut, on two jobs well done.