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The Misunderstood Britteny Griner

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Boom_70, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Cheery story from Karen Crouse on the lovable and misunderstood Britteny Briner- the center from Baylor who punched the girl from Texas Tech in the face.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/20/sports/ncaabasketball/20griner.html

    Karen seems to specialize in these redemption stories.
     
  2. D-3 Fan

    D-3 Fan Active Member

    Good grief. I know she's a girl, a freshman, and a freaky good hoops player. It doesn't excuse the fact that she slugged that Tech player (though Griner was chicken-winged by that chick). She served her punishment and Baylor can advance to the Sweet 16.
     
  3. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    2 games for breaking a nose? Since when is Gary Bettman the AD at Baylor?
    Nice to know that Baylor is a New Age Christian School, not one of those eye-for-eye nose-for-nose old school Christian Schools.
     
  4. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Jeré Longman contributed reporting from Berkeley, Calif.

    Jeré Longman is the NY Times' go-to person for women's college fighting redemption stories.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/18/sports/soccer/18soccer.html
     
  5. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    Longman knows about fighting on the court ever since Peter Vecsey popped him and broke his nose during an off-day hoops game at the 1990 NBA Finals at the Palace.
     
  6. Den1983

    Den1983 Active Member

    Griner's good for the game. I'm really interested to see if she ever reaches her ceiling as a player. That would be pretty scary.
     
  7. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    Worth a nomination for the Dan LeBatard Award for athlete apologists ...
     
  8. Della9250

    Della9250 Well-Known Member

    Set a tournament record with 14 blocks tonight. Old mark was 11.
     
  9. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    And if it was the same announcing team on the WWL that they had Saturday for the Fresno State game, she's all they talked about the whole game. Dreadful.
     
  10. gingerbread

    gingerbread Well-Known Member

    Maybe I'm reading it wrong, but this doesn't seem like the typical redemption story or apology for an athlete gone bad. I think it's a fascinating look at a freakishly good athlete who spiraled into the public view because of the punch.
    And to tell the story, Karen talked to a pretty diverse group of basketball icons (Michael Cooper, Nancy Lieberman, Bill Russell), and they all offered interesting anecdotes. There was none of the typical "athlete comes from a poor background" or "athlete was never given a chance" hogwash that generally completes a redemption story.
     
  11. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    With very few quotes about how wrong it was to punch opponent in the face. How about some quotes from Kermit Washington or Rudy Tomjanovich.

    This story is consistent with the work of Crouse - The lovable Tank Johnson and his gun collection, Ricky Manning and his tolerance.
     
  12. zagoshe

    zagoshe Well-Known Member

    Britteny Griner should have been suspended for the rest of the season.

    The fact that she wasn't speaks volumes about what is wrong with the women's game - the need to try and sell tickets always trumps fairness and doing what is right.
     
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