If you needed any confirmation that humans love round numbers, you got it last week as UConn’s women’s basketball team approached 100 consecutive wins.
That doesn’t make much sense to me. After all, the team broke the consecutive wins record with their 91st win. The team won that 100th game and also a 101st and 102nd. That 101st was actually a dramatic 3-point nail-biter over Tulane. Despite all that, it was the 100th win that got the most media attention.
So yeah, that’s a little confusing. But hey, round numbers are fun.
The good news is that at least one media outlet has been paying attention to the “lesser” wins. They paid attention to the 91st win, the 101st win, the 102nd win, and all the rest. In fact, that media outlet didn’t just pay attention – they turned the whole thing into a documentary series.
Oh yes, Connecticut basketball fans want all of that. The HBO Sports documentary is a coveted achievement. It means your team is the real deal. And while we’ve all known that for some time now, it’s nice to see it reflected by one of the best-run sports media outlets in the world.
UConn’s women’s basketball team has two games left in the regular season. One is February 25 at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs. The other is February 27 at University of South Florida. If all goes well, that’s 104 straight wins. The NCAA Tournament comes next, with an opportunity for six more wins (110 in a row) and a 5th straight national title.
The point is, HBO got on the bandwagon at the right time. And there’s a reason they decided to make this a documentary series with multiple parts. That reason is that they know the story isn’t over yet. 91 wins was big. 100 wins was bigger. But 110 and 5 straight national titles? That would be the biggest story in college sports history. And thanks to HBO, we’re all going to get a behind-the-scenes look at that story as it develops.