She shoots, she scores

In fact, she dunks, and some people have a problem with that:

Last week Baylor University’s Brittney Griner set the basketball world on fire with 2 dunks in the NCAA tournament. Not that women haven’t always had the ability to dunk, but it was informally forbidden for being “masculine.” When Candace Parker won the dunk contest back in 2004 it set off all kind of outrage from asshats like Jason Whitlock, who, not coincidentally, reaffirmed his opinion on ESPN a few days ago, exclaiming how much it offended him that a girl would do a man thang.

Part of said asshat’s opinion:

And while it might be exciting to see Vince Carter hang on the rim and growl after an alley-oop dunk, I can guarantee you that no one wants to see Candace Parker do it. Consider it another one of those ugly double standards that you’re better off embracing rather than fighting.

Truth be told, I don’t particularly want to see Vince Carter hanging on the rim; I have a limited appetite for that sort of showboating generally.

But here’s (yes!) your telltale statistic: For the last quarter-century or so, the average NBA player has been six foot six, maybe 6’7″. Brittney Griner is 6’8″. She could posterize rather a lot of guys.

And there’s this:

When Griner and Baylor failed to reach the Final Four [in 2010], an ESPN poll was taken before the Stanford-Texas A&M semi-final basketball game saying that 63% of Americans were disappointed that Griner and the Baylor women’s basketball team did not make it past the quarterfinals. Many of the people who participated in the on-line poll said they would very much like to see women dunk in NCAA basketball.

I note that her Wikipedia page is now locked. I blame asshats.





6 comments

  1. CT »

    6 April 2012 · 8:37 am

    “She shoots, she scores” being a hockey analogy, well played…

  2. Roger Green »

    6 April 2012 · 9:46 am

    Lots of asshats out there…

  3. McGehee »

    6 April 2012 · 11:37 am

    Not that women haven’t always had the ability to dunk, but it was informally forbidden for being “masculine.”

    Let them play in pants instead of skirts and all hell breaks loose.

  4. Jeff Brokaw »

    6 April 2012 · 2:12 pm

    After watching basketball for 40+ years, I’m convinced more than ever that it was a better game when dunking was illegal. The list of reasons why is long, but I’ll mention just a few: (a) too much emphasis on the individual over the team, (b) refs completely ignore the hanging on the rim rule now (almost every dunk involves swinging from the damn thing), (c) kids watch SportsCenter and become obsessed with dunking when they should work on real skills instead, etc.

    But then, I’m a purist on such things, and I even ranted 900+ words on dunking a few years ago: Dunking Lessons.

  5. hatless in hattiesburg »

    7 April 2012 · 2:31 am

    “Truth be told, I don’t particularly want to see Vince Carter hanging on the rim; I have a limited appetite for that sort of showboating generally.” – totally.

    that’s part of the reason i prefer baseball to basketball and football; it doesn’t *rely* on showboating nearly as much as the latter two. so it should be easy to guess my opinion of professional wrestling…

  6. Jeffro »

    7 April 2012 · 8:58 pm

    The whole showboating issue is why I prefer college basketball over pro. The refs look the other way all the freaking time when someone takes that extra step to make that ESPN highlight reel dunk.

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