- Aug 27, 2011
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Of course it's Skylar Diggins!
So, just so I'm clear, you didn't think much of the article?This is the stupidest article I have ever read about a college athlete.
It epitomizes celebrity worship in ways that should embarrass any thoughtful, decent, values-oriented adult or teen ager in America.
Welcome to the world of People magazine and all the other stupid, gossip, celebrity rags available at your local super-market checkout line.
I don't know Skylar; but my best guess from watching her play basketball is that she is a really nice kid. And she is really embarrassed by, and unhappy with, this piece of media over exposure and hyperbole.
Shame on ESPN for publishing this fawning bit of media self-promotion.
Just My Humble Opinion.
And my point is that she is neither the first attractive WBB player, nor nearly as transcendent a player as those the author opens with. Nor has our society changed so dramatically over the past 10-15 years that the beauty of one player is going to create a tipping point in WBB. Nor are we headed to an age or parity.This article is not about her skills changing the game. It's really about the fact that our society values celebrity and beauty so much, that Skylar has the chance to change the ways people look at the game. It can bring more fans to the game because, like it or not, people thrive on celebrity. Look at Paris Hilton and the Kardashians (I don't know or care how to spell it). My take away from the story is that there is that Skylar appears to remain a pretty grounded, dedicated and hardworking person, despite the celebrity being thrust upon her. (I only wish the celebrity would distract her.) It's also a nice piece about how she thinks and makes decisions and looks at things. Regarding her "petulant" actions during games, we would tend to call them competitive, driven or acts of frustration for not delivering if she played for our team instead. She's a good kid. UConn would have liked to have her. Regarding the parity comments, etc., hey, they're "trying to sell papers." It can't be all UConn all the time and a story about another kid on a team that dashed the giant's hopes last year sells. We would all be praising the author if this was a few years ago and the story was about Sue Bird.
Funny how perceptions are different. Several times during ND loses have noticed her being "petulant", swatting at a ball for a steal late in the game, a kind of "smugness" about her look like "how dare you guard me, or call a foul on me". Guess I just can't like anything "ND", although I will admit that I no longer think Ruth Riley is a witch (although her hairdo does resemble the wicked witch of the west)!
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The theory that we're in an "attraction economy" in a way we've never been before is just nonsense. Ana Kournikova made a fortune for being an avergae tennis player who was exceptionally attractive, if it comes to that. Sex sells, has sold, and will continue to.
I also cannot believe the article is really buying into the notion that we're entering an age of parity in WCBB, using ND's preseason Big East projection this one season as evidence. Hasn't the author SEEN Uconn's current and upcoming recruiting classes??? Weren't we supposed to be entering an age of parity five years ago after the Baylor-Maryland championships? And who won the next four 'ships after that? It's just a terrible narrative that is based on not having an attention span or real udnerstanding of what's happening to the game right now.
Skylar Diggins is beautiful. She's a very good basketball player. If she plays at her highest level, game in and game out, I'd even concede she's a great WBB player. However, her ceiling is not that of the players the author opens the article with. So if she's going to change the game by virtue of being a great but not transcendent player and exceptionally cute, God help us.
"the game changer that women's hoops has long prophesied?"
Where can I read the women's hoops prophesies?
She's not the only player Lil' Wayne follows. See this pic? He's wearing the jersey of the team Maya plays for now:
I think Anna Kournikova was actually a little subpar when it came to tennis skills. She was so ordinary that it hurt and I'm one who doesn't think that she was overtly attractive. So for me and a bunch of other men, her being a media "star" was ludicrous.One small quibble, Alex, and not about your main points. Anna was an above average player who just couldn't quite break through to a championship.